Today I get to share my diamonds, but first I would like to thank Carol for hosting another fabulous and inspirational Hop. The first day just wow'ed us and if you missed it, please visit these folks:
I've been wanting to make a Texas Star and thought this hop would be the perfect opportunity to tackle that project. I pulled a Jelly Roll - 'Botanical Blooms' by Connecting Threads and got right to work.
I was using a free pattern from the Quiltmaker website from back in 2009 that I had saved. Well, let's just say you don't get an 8-pointed star from their directions - thus I am not passing the pattern on (and it no longer is on their site). But a Radiant Star works just as well for me.
Since there was a change in plans, I had to make my own template for the setting triangles. Not a hard thing to do - just lay some paper under your edge and draw the angle. Then add your seam allowance. I made them a bit larger because I wanted to 'float' the settings to prevent losing my star points.
Setting triangles cut and ready to stitch on. Yes, there are 'Y' seams, but at this easy angle they were really no problem.
Just very simple straight line quilting and I used a couple of the raspberry color strips to make the binding. I still want to make the Texas Star, but this turned out to be a nice project. Now I have a lot of JR strips left over to make something else.
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