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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Journey to Nebula Quilt Along - Jawbreaker - Cutting Star 60 way

 


Week 5 in the Journey 2 Nebula has started with the making of the "Jawbreaker" pillow by Jaybird Quilts. When finished, this pillow will measure 20".  


This pattern is written by Hex N More Ruler by Jaybird Quilts, but I will be using the Studio 180 Design Star 60 tool to do all my cutting. I'm using fabrics from the Island Batik "Islander Batik" Collection that I have been using for the last 2 projects.


The pattern calls for eight 2 1/2" x WOF strips, so I pulled out eight coordinating strips that I could use as strip sets. 


Then I began making four strip sets.


Once my strip set was stitched, I press the seams open to reduce the bulk.

Right Handed

Left Handed

Now that I have my strip sets ready, it was time to start cutting the triangle pieces out using the Star 60 tool, starting by carefully placing the strip on your mat.  If you are looking for the direction on the 

Position the mark at the tip of the tool with the top of the strip set and 4 1/2" horizontal line on the tool on the bottom edge of the strip set. Right Handed quilters will move from left to right. Left Handed quilters will cut from right to left.  Trim up one of the sides and down the other to get your first triangle.

The cutting technique we will be using can be found in the Star 60 instructions under the Cutting the Side Triangles.  Link to the Star 60 PDF Instructions.


Right Handed


Left Handed

Rotate your Star 60™ tool 180°, so the tip of the tool is facing you. Aligning the tip line on the bottom edge and the 4 1/2" Horizontal line on the top edge of the strip set. Trim up the side. 

Continue this process of rotating and aligning with all the strip sets.


Now all my triangles are cut using my Studio 180 Design Star 60™ tool.  Now its time to play with the pieces and their arrangement.  Next week I will show you my finished product.

Tina




Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Journey to Nebula - Lucky Charm Finishing

 


Welcome back to my Journey 2 Nebula blog posts. I got a little behind on my blog for Week #3, finishing the "Lucky Charm" pillow.  If you would like to see how I cut my Half Hexagons pieces check out my blog post on Cutting the Star 60 way, HERE.


The first thing I did after I finished cutting out my pieces was to arrange them the way I wanted the pillow to look in the front. 


Once I had them all arranged, I still had 10 of the Half Hexagons leftover, which will be filled in on the sides.


I found the halfway mark on the Half Hexagon pieces and cut all 10 pieces vertically.


Then place them on the sides of the pieces.  I choose one color of the Half Hexagons to give them all a border effect.


I figured out a way to make the stitch of the row go faster and to stay organized.  I started by pulling two rows that I had placed on my small design board and placed them into stacks. 


I then started stitching the Half Hexagon pieces from each of the stacks one from the first stack.  Once the first pieces where sewn, I then grabbed pieces from the second stack.



Once I had the second match piece sewn, I snipped the first row pieces off and Pressed all the seams open.

Then continued the stitch on the next piece from the first stack. Repeating the steps over and over until the rows were complete, pressed thoroughly.  Then started sewing the next couple rows until all the rows were ready to be sewn together.


Once my rows were ready to be sewn together, the process of sewing the rows went fast.


My pillow-top is now complete, ready to quilted.



Here are my finished pillow and the back of the pillow.  I had fun machine quilting this project; these projects have been great for practicing my skills.  

I can't wait until today to start my next project in the Journey to Nebula Quilt Along.

Tina

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Journey to Nebula Quilt Along - Lucky Charm - Cutting Star 60 way


 This week the Journey 2 Nebula is starting a new project.  We are making the "Lucky Charm" pillow by Jaybird Quilts. This pattern uses 5" charms or 2 1/2" strips to make Half Hexagons.  


The pattern is written by Hex N More Ruler by Jaybird Quilts.  I will be using the Studio 180 Design Star 60 tool with leftover 2 1/2" strips from the last project, Island Batik "Islander Batik" Collection.  

Right Handed
Left Handed

After referring to the Half Hexagon Cutting Chart, I found the 2 1/2" strip width under the Precision Column.  Then moved one column to the right titled Bottom Horizontal Line  (Precision) and found the 4 1/2", this would be the number we will be using on the tool to line up the tool on the strips.

Place the folded strip on your cutting mat, starting on the left side of the strip for Right Hand and the right side for Left-Handed. 

Position the Star 60 tool on the fabric aligning the 4 1/2" Horizontal line on the strip.  This is the number we found in the chart.  This will give us the exact size of the hexagon we need. 

Once your tool is in position, trim up both sides of the tool.  

Right Handed

Left Handed

To cut the next half-hexagon, rotate the tool 180° and align the 4 1/2" horizontal guideline. Cut up the next side.

Continue doing this until you get all the half hexagons you need.  You can get 10 Half Hexagons out of a strip.



For this project, you need a total of 60 half hexagons.  So choose 6 different strips.


Right Handed

Left Handed

Now we need to trim off the tips on the bottom. Place your half Hexagon with the longest end of the half hexagon on the cutting mat. Then position the 4" horizontal line on the top of the Half Hexagon and aligning the 4 1/2" Diamond Point Guidelines along the sides of the Hexagon. 

Trim up both sides.



Continue with the rest of the Half Hexagons.  I just love how easy it is to cut out and trim the tips of the half hexagons.  

Next week, we will continue making our Lucky Charm pillow.  See you next week.

Tina

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Journey to Nebula Quilt Aong - Seaside - Assembly

Week 2 of the Journey to Nebula Quilt Along. This week we are to sew our Seaside diamonds that we cut out last week.  If you missed last week post of how I cut the diamond shapes out with my Studio 180 Design Star 60 tool, you can check out that post right here.  

Trimming the Tips:

Before we begin I want to show you how to trim the tips of the diamonds using your Star 60 tool.

Right Handed
Left Handed

Place the diamond on the mat so the diamond lays on its side. Position your Star 60 tool on the diamond so the 4 1/2" line sits on the bottom of the diamond.  Trim the tip off.



Next, rotate your unit 180° and place the Star 60 tool on the diamond once again, aligning the 4 1/2" lines again and trim the tip off.


Now your diamonds are ready to assembled together easily by just aligning with right sides together and assuring to align the tips to the other diamond.


Assembly

Note, I choose not to trim the tips of my diamonds, so the rest of this blog will show you how to stitch your SeaSide tablerunner together with the tips still on your diamonds.  

Start by laying out our diamonds into rows. Arranging the diamonds in the order of which I want the colors to be placed with the background colors in between.


After they were all laid out I started to sew the diamonds together.  I choose to sew my rows one at a time, by pairing two diamonds together at a time. Start by flipping one of the diamond on top of the other with right sides together.  Slide the tips of the diamonds roughly a 1/4" inch up so you can see the bottom diamond tips.  If you choose to remove your tips of your diamonds the alignment is a lot easier and you just align the edges right side together and start stitching.

Once the pieces are sewn, I then press the seams open with my iron. I like to use the hot steam to press those seams open.


Then continue sewing all our diamonds together to get 5 diamonds across. Remembering to overlap those tips slightly and to press the seams open.


The first row is now complete.


I laid each row out the way I want to sew them into the tabletopper.


Now, to sew the rows together I decided to sew two rows together at a time. I left all the dog ears on each of the rows because this help in lining up the diamonds.


Press each row's seams open.  Then assembled all the rows together.


Once all your blocks are together, we then cut the tips of the diamonds shaped off to square the tablerunner up.  Now all I have to do is to baste and machine quilt to finish it all up.

Next week, we start an all new pattern in the Journey to Nebula, I can't wait to see what Julie from Jaybird Quilts has in store for us.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Journey to Nebula Quilt Along - Seaside - Cutting Star 60 way

 

Are you participating in the Journey to Nebula Quilt Along that started today. I am but I'm doing this a little different from a lot of you, I'm using the Studio 180 Design Star 60 tool.  

I thought it would be fun to show you how easy it is to cut the pieces out with the Star 60 tool. The Star 60 tool will cut Diamonds, Hexagons, Half Hexagons used in the Journey to Nebula Quilt Along. One thing I love about the Studio 180 Design tools is that they are designed for Right and Left Handed Quilters, plus they can make multiple sizes. 

Today, we started with the Seaside pattern.  I will be showing you how I cut this out with the Star 60 tool.  For this pattern I will be using the Island Batik "Islander Batik" Collection from the Summer 2019 I had left over.   


I picked 5 different colors from the 2 1/2" Pre-cut strips I had in the package. 


From my background fabric, I cut 7- 2 1/2" strips from the WOF of the fabric.

Right Handed 

Left Handed

Now we can start cutting the diamonds from the strips. Start by laying out the strip flat right sides up on your mat. Trim off one of the short edges at a 60° on the strips. 

Right Handed

Left Handed

With the end trimmed, which gives us a 60° angle to start cutting from the strip.  I now need to find what my tool guideline size is for the 2 1/2" strips. To find this guideline number, I need to use the Basic shape Cutting Chart found in the Star 60 instructions.  I located the Diamond Strip size of 2 1/2" and moved over one column to find the Diamond Sub-cut guideline, which is the 4 1/2".

 I then located the guideline on my Star 60 tool and aligned the 4 1/2" guidelines along the raw edges of the strip. From there I made my angle cut from this alignment.


Right Handed

Left Handed

Then continued cutting in the same manner until all my diamond were cut.


After I made my first cut, I verified that the diamond was the exact as the template piece in the Seaside pattern, and found it matched it completely. 


I continued to cutting all my background and featured diamond shapes out.  I love how easy they are to cut out and now I'm ready to start stitching all these pieces together to make this table runner together.

Stay tuned, I will posting the final product next Monday. I hope you will enjoy the Journey to Nebula Quilt Along as much I will.


Tina

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