Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks is one of the exquisite designs in Millefiori Quilts.
Thanks to Quiltmania, this fabulous design is Inklingo-able now, so I’ve added it to the Main Stars Page on the website.
Midnight Fireworks is based on an 8-pointed star and stars are fascinating. Let’s start with a star review, okay?
FUN FACTS ABOUT 8-POINTED STARS
- The diamonds in 8-pointed stars have 45º angles. (The diamonds in 6-pointed stars have 60° angles.)
- The star points are equal distance from each other, except when a design uses parallelograms instead of diamonds.
- Some 8-pointed star designs include octagons (8 sides), but not hexagons (6 sides).
- Other 8-pointed stars are available on the Main Stars Page too, including LeMoyne Star, Feathered Star, Hunter’s Star, Inklingo Star, and Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda.
- When you fussy cut all 8 diamonds, it creates a kaleidoscope effect.
- There are TWO great ways to fussy cut diamonds with Inklingo–traditional and No Waste Fussy Cutting.
- You may decide to fussy cut only 3, 4 or 6 of the eight 45º diamonds for special effects.
- “Circling the intersection” ensures your stars will look their best. The sewing technique in the video for 6-pointed stars works perfectly for 8-pointed stars too. (VIDEO on the Main Diamond Page)
- The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer includes a fascinating array of 8-pointed stars (pages 276-308 and 343-347, etc.) This is one of my favorite quilt books. It should be in every quilter’s library. No affiliation, just couldn’t live without it.
- The DVD lesson with the Quilted Diamonds 2 book includes close-up detailed instructions for sewing sequence, continuous stitching, inset seams, many seams converging at the center, and pressing stars. It is like taking a private hand piecing lesson with me.
- When you learn how to sew stars with a running stitch, you can sew anything!
- I love stars! In fact, the very first downloadable shape collection in 2008 included everything you need for an 8-pointed star (and many other designs)—diamonds, triangles and squares. These very versatile shapes are a great introduction to Inklingo—and you can download for free! Try printing on fabric before you buy anything.
- Many more stars have been requested. You can see them in the free Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book, under the Support & Goodies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.)
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INTRO SALE PRICE
Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks shape collection is only $20—but only until Wednesday, July 15 at midnight. $25 is great value but $20 is even better.
Oh! One more fun fact! Midnight Fireworks is a perfect hand piecing project for summers on the front porch—in daylight, probably not at midnight!
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Thank you for visiting! I hope it is a good weekend for sewing stars at your house too.
Linda & Monkey
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7 thoughts on “Sew 8-pointed Stars! Part 1”
I do use the name LeMoyne Stars for that block but in this article, I am also referring to several other kinds of stars with 8 points, like Feathered Star, Hunter’s Star, Midnight Fireworks, etc. All LeMoyne Stars are 8-pointed stars but not all 8-pointed stars are LeMoyne Stars.
Hugs, Linda & Monkey in Canada
Linda – I’m curious why you don’t call these by their traditional name: Lemoyne Star?
I give you 100 stars for this No-waste-fussy-cutting example in picture #2 above! Wow! How perfect can you get?
You find the best fabric! That one is so beautiful and creates such fabulous kaleidoscope stars!
I absolutely LOVE that fabric. It keeps showing up again and again. You must have purchased a whole bolt of it! It is perfect for fussy cutting/printing.
Please identify the beautiful blue/grey fabric you show in the example
of the no waste fussy cutting of stars above. Thank you.
Hi Charlotte, It says Belle Fleur Too by Kings Road Fabrics http://www.kingsroadfabrics.com on the selvage. It is probably about 10 years old. You can see more of it here: http://www.inklingo.com/blog/even-more-kaleidoscope-stars/ Hugs, Linda & Monkey