Hand Piece Miss Elizabeth’s Star

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One of my favorite star designs is named for Miss Elizabeth Bennet, probably the best loved of all of Jane Austen’s heroines.

This 5-pointed star has some brilliant advantages for hand piecers.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD

It is diamond # 1 in Quilted Diamonds 2.

I chose it to be one of the diamonds demonstrated in the two-hour QD2 DVD lesson.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

This diamond has inset seams, and the entire diamond can be stitched continuously by turning a corner at the end of every seam!

(Hand piecers LOVE inset seams. Machine piecers, not so much.)

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

“Continuous stitching” is one of the delights of hand piecing with a running stitch.

Sewing with a running stitching is reassuringly repetitive and the method is the same for straight seams, curves, insets, and pieces of any shape and size.

(By the way, there is a video showing how to hand piece inset seams on the Main Hexagon Page on the website, so you can start now even if you don’t have QD2 yet.)

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

The method in Quilted Diamonds 2 uses freezer paper templates in the FINISHED size.

It is much better than using acrylic or plastic templates that include the seam allowance!

With freezer paper templates, you can draw the seam lines with crosshairs at the seam endings and matching marks along the seam.

It removes all the stress of sewing “dot to dot” or English Paper Piecing.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

Quilted Diamonds 2 is the book that inspired me to invent Inklingo!

I prefer to print the shapes on fabric when I can, but when the shapes are not “inklingoable” yet, freezer paper templates are the next best thing!

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

Jane Austen referred to Miss Elizabeth Bennet as “the most delightful creature ever to appear in print.” The slightly off-kilter lines represent Elizabeth’s independent spirit and her willingness to think for herself.

 

Five-pointed star in Passacaglia

This 5-pointed star is similar to the one in Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia quilt.

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

Passacaglia is the quilt on the cover of Millefiori Quilts, published by Quiltmania.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

I show pressing suggestions for every diamond in the QD2 book and demonstrate this pressing technique in the DVD lesson, so if you haven’t watched the DVD for a while, this is a good time for a review.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD was reprinted this year, so you can learn to pleasures of hand piecing whenever you are ready.

 

Print shapes on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet

This is one of the images I posted on Facebook last week. Hand Piecing with a running stitch is the same for curves!

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5 thoughts on “Hand Piece Miss Elizabeth’s Star”

  1. Love that star in the diamond. I also agree with Cathi about having its own collection. I refer to the QD2 book and DVD all of the time. They are always within easy reach. Great blog article, Linda!! Thank you.

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  2. I loved making that diamond. The fun of choosing fabrics to fussy cut for the little centre, all that wonderful continuous stitching all added up to pure enjoyment while stitching a great star!! It seems I loved making that one so much that I made 3 or 4 different ones.
    It would be wonderful to have an Inklingo collection for your version of that star as I can just imagine the effects one could get using a variety of fussy-cut centres with different star points and then perhaps a unifying background. 😉

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