Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lovely Star This Morning

I really like this one! Easy to construct, versatile and it would make a nice finished quilt. As usual the directions leave a lot to be desired but were better on this one because that awful HST technique was not used.

That corner unit seemed familiar so I looked through my bookmarks and found this
This gal has devised a way to use this block to make a built in border. Great idea, huh?

Since there are some participants here that are newer quilters, I thought I'd share a few tips I've gotten over the years.

When sewing the parts of hourglass blocks, start at a pointy end, like this:

The points tend to shift so starting there keeps them together. Another tip is to use a "laying tool" when you are sewing.

It helps to hold those little pointy parts together as they feed through the needle,

If you are sewing a cut shape to a piece that has a crucial point to match like this one:

Make the job easier. Don't layer the parts like this.

You just make it difficult to match your point. Be sure you feed the parts through the needle with the crucial spot showing like this:

You have a much better shot at hitting that mark when you can see it!

I don't want to give anyone the impression that I'm an expert. Far from it! I just know that I have been helped along the way with some simple hints and tips that seemed obvious to experienced sewers but weren't obvious to me as a novice.


Quilt Pixie said...

great block Julie. I love how the dark makes a definate square in your block -- hadn't really noticed that in the others.

Living on the Spit said...

I really like you block too and I never mind the hints and trciks to help me along. Thanks for your in put.

Vicki said...

Great block and a nice bonus of tips and hints. Thanks.