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Surely there is a better way.........

I have never written a blog post so that it was posted for all to see.  I am part of several groups here on QWU and comment often on them, but this is a first for this kind of post. I do it now because I read these blogs all the time and I know the talent that is out there.

The quilt I am doing for a grandson has a star--one that he picked from a book. I am showing a picture of it.  I have done this star once before as a class with Eleanor Burns in a quilt in a day class in Paducah.  That was a few years ago and I only did one. You can do anything once.  My problem is this star has 8 y seams for each block and I need to do about 12 blocks, 12inch finished.   OH MY GOODNESS!!  I am not talking him out of this star....tried that.  He wants this star. And he shall have it (just maybe not in my lifetime if I can't figure this out.) So where you all come in is......does anyone know a construction method for this star that does not use y seams?   I am a pattern/instruction/rule follower so I can't just say I will figure it out on my own.  I don't have that kind of brain.  I need instructions.  I have searched the internet and can't find anything. I think the secret is in the light blue triangles and the cornerblocks....they need to be cut in half (??maybe?) but I don't have the first idea how big I would need to make them so I could cut them and sew them together and have them fit in those spaces.  I have found several sites that show me "easy" ways to do the y seams but that's not working out so good. They are still y seams. In the picture, I have completed 4 of the seams using the "easy" methods" I found on line.  I really don't want to do this whole quilt doing these "easy" seams.  You know what I mean??

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Comment by Kathy Steele on March 29, 2012 at 6:54am

Ok, I'm working on it.  I believe your measurements were right Maryam.  I'm just figuring out how to put the seams together.  It is probably obvious, but I'm working on it.   Thank you so much for all your input.  I would love to post a picture when done, but......it will probably be a while!

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 29, 2012 at 5:55am

Beautiful block.  I wish you success in finding the help you are seeking.

Comment by Kathy Steele on March 29, 2012 at 5:27am

I'm going to make a sample block today with some scraps and try the new dimensions I was given for the corner blocks and triangles. 

My gson wanted red, white, blue but not the real bright rwb and not country rwb.  He loved the above colors though.  He is only 12 but knows his mind. But then his mom, my dil, was a fashion design major in college so I think his color style is in his DNA. I've shown him the layout of the quilt and he is happy with it.  Now if I can just get this star made!


Comment by Pam/NY on March 29, 2012 at 4:38am

Gorgeous block...be sure to post a picture when completed!

Comment by MARYAM/MO on March 28, 2012 at 6:30pm

The squares will need to be bumped up to  4 3/4" and cut once diagonally.

The triangles should be fine as 3 3/4" squares cut once diagonally now that you will do them this other way.

Try one with these measurements to be sure I got the dimensions right!  Let me know!  I think once your quilt is quilted you will not notice the extra seams too much.  :0)  Otherwise....the more Y seams you do, the easier they become!  Good luck either way you decide!

Comment by Patricia, VA on March 28, 2012 at 6:13pm


Your star is great, below is the youtube site for Eleanor Burns, maybe you can find what you need on this site





Comment by Kathy Steele on March 28, 2012 at 6:05pm

Oh thank you girls.  The light blue background corner squares are 4 3/8 squares.  The 4 triangle pieces were cut from a 6 3/4 square. Do those deminesions help figure out how much bigger I need to cut those pieces to allow for the extra seam?  I do know what you mean Prairie Quilter.  I figured it had to do with those pieces but I don't know how to figure out what size I needed to adjust to.  And Lynne, I am open to all suggestions at this point so I would love to know what you know about y seams.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 28, 2012 at 5:12pm

What a beautiful block!  It will be wonderful.  I love the textured tone-on-tone white background.  I don't blame you for wanting to avoid y-seams.  

I agree with Maryam, the technique I've seen is to cut the squares into triangle and piece them to the ends of the diamonds (one straight seam), and cut the side triangles into 2 pieces setting them on the ends of the diamonds, giving you one straight seam.  Of course you'd need to reconfigure the sizes of the squares and triangles to allow for the extra seam allowance.  Then you'd only have the 8 points to deal with because the rest of the block would be pieced already.

Here is a link to a video that shows a picture of the block.  


I don't think you need this tool, but just wanted to give you a picture of where the seams go in case my typed explanation is confusing.  (One of those things where I know what I mean, but no one else can make heads nor tails of it.) :)  

Comment by Lynne on March 28, 2012 at 4:01pm

If you were willing to the do the 'Y' seams, I could give you some great hints.  Not sure you will be happy putting in extra seams in.   Good luck   Great block.

Comment by MARYAM/MO on March 28, 2012 at 3:58pm

What size is the block....the squares and triangles size is what I really need to know

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