Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set-In Seams

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set In SeamsWe quilters LOVE star quilts and star quilt blocks. From the super-easy Friendship Star and Sawtooth Star to the challenging Feathered Star, we can’t get enough of those twinkling, sparkling star quilt blocks and quilts.

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The LeMoyne Star quilt block falls somewhere in between the super-easy and super-challenging. With 8 diamond-shaped star points, the traditional way to piece these beauties is to set-in triangle and square patches at the sides and corners after the star points are sewn together. Now, a lot of us are not big fans of set-in seams. It’s not that they’re actually hard, but they do take some time and usually some pinning, and your first few attempts may not be 100%….stellar!

Two units sewn 400px Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set In SeamsErin Russek to the rescue! Erin taped a short video for us demonstrating the coolest way of making LeMoyne Star quilt blocks I’ve ever seen. Unlike some methods where you end up with extra seams in the star diamonds, this one puts the extra seams in the background fabric for a sweet scrappy look and sharp true-diamond star points that will have your quilting friends wondering “how did she do that??”.

Watch Erin’s video now…it’s a Tuesday Tutorial! You’ll be amazed by this fast, fun, extremely cool technique. The cutting instructions for the patches, etc. are given on the Block Builders Workshop page in the new September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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The optional Add-A-Quarter ruler Erin used in her video is available here.

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