Last night I had some fun with twinkly little stars.
I cut out 336 diamonds for 42 fussy cut 8-pointed stars—and started sewing!
Last June, I started a shape collection for LeMoyne Stars 3 inch. A few quilters requested it and it seemed like a good idea to me because the size works very well with existing Star shape collections. Gotta love stars!
However, it is still not finished! I was distracted with other projects—like expanded 90° Hexagon 1 inch, expanded 90° Hexagon 1.5 inch, new 90° Hexagon 0.5 inch, new 90° Hexagon 0.75 inch, new Inklingo Star 9 inch, new Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda 6, 9 and 12 inch, Colonial Garden 1.32 inch, Passacaglia 3 cm, Passacaglia 1.5 inch, Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds, and on and on. (All listed at inklingo.com > Shop.)
Recently, I found a perfect fabric for testing little diamonds! Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies was ready to print—washed and dried and folded.
Finding the perfect fabric is a very important step—and sometimes it is the most difficult step too! I print on scrap paper and make a window template.
In this case, I like what I see!
Everything else is easy enough to do with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals on TV, especially if you are only a casual fan. (Congratulations, NY Rangers.)
- Measure the repeat along the selvage: about 11.75 inches after washing (also less than 6 inches)
- Decide on a Custom Page Size: 42 diamonds in 8.25 x 10.5
(Suggested Custom Page Sizes are included in every shape collection.)
- At the cutting mat: Cut Freezer Paper 8.25 x 10.5
- At the ironing board: Iron FP to the right side for 8 sheets along the selvage.
Position each sheet of FP is over the same part of the repeat, so the sheets will print identically.
Trim with shears around the FP.
- At the printer: Print 8 sheets.
(Print on Fabric Best Tips is one of the Top Ten Tutes.)
The ironing and printing go fast!
This method is called Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting.
I rotary cut one row from each of the 8 identical sheets, stack 4 rows, and cut the diamonds apart. This way, they are already sorted into sets for me! Cool.
Can you imagine how long it would take to fussy cut the diamonds for 42 stars (336 diamonds) with the traditional “Swiss Cheese” method? WOW! And how much fabric would be “wasted?”
This uses less fabric, takes a lot less time, and gives beautiful, surprising results!
I’ll try to get this lovely little shape collection finished soon, so you can start playing too!
In the meantime, there are lots and lots of stars to entice you. Main Stars Page. Sew by hand or by machine.
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I just realized that this month marks NINE YEARS since I published the first Inklingo shape collection. You can see all of the shape collections I have published since then in the Shop.
While you are waiting for LeMoyne Star 3 inch, you can practice your techniques on 4.5 inch stars too with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.
By the way, I have more than a dozen shape collections “almost” finished, so please stay tuned!
Thank you for visiting!
Linda & Monkey
New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.
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