Friday, April 5, 2013
Eight Point Star: Blogging from A to Z
I have always loved star quilt patterns. The are many ways to make star quilt blocks, but I have especially loved the eight point star made from eight 45 degree diamonds. This was not covered in the quilting class that I took several years ago, and everyone says that working with diamonds can be challenging, but I do have a book that gives some instructions, so I thought that I would give it a whirl. First I traced a paper template from the book to use as a pattern for cutting my diamonds. I cut four red patterned diamonds, and four dark blue diamonds. I then sewed each red diamond to a blue diamond along one edge, making four units. Next I sewed the four units into two units:
The last step was to sew the two halves of the star together.
As you can see, my points don't match up very well, and I haven't quite figured out how to trim down or press the bulk from the eight points all meeting together to make a nice flat block. I'm going to have to work some more on this one before I can add the white squares and triangles around the star to complete the block. Any suggestions?