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Here is Lesson 5... We are on the home stretch!

Lesson 5 includes the last two blocks and instructions for finishing the sampler. Note: These comments are available as a PDF to download; click the link below the Lesson 5 PDF.

The LeMoyne Star Variation is paper-pieced. Hopefully, the instructions will suffice if you have successfully paper-pieced in the past. I included a paper-pieced block so you could practice using a positioning pin with the paper and fabric. I posted resources for learning to paper-piece in Lesson 3 including CT tutorials on paper-piecing and related CT products.

For those of you who do not wish to paper-piece for some reason, here are two options:

       Make two more Sawtooth Star blocks to substitute for the LeMoyne Star Variations
       Make templates from the paper-piecing templates and piece them the traditional way.

This block also involves multiple intersecting diagonal lines. Paper-piecing can help piece this block precisely. With traditional piecing, it works best to  stop each seam at the 1/4" mark at the center and backstitch. Then the intersection of the multiple seams on the back of the block can be "swirled" like the Pinwheel in Lesson 4. You may want to try this on one of the blocks.

The Basket Block is the final block in the sampler. It provides practice and review of the techniques in the other lessons. The trickiest part may be piecing the triangle underneath the basket. Use the positioning pin to align the marked diagonal line with the point at the bottom of th basket (this will make sense when you get there).

Final Comments on the Positioning Pin: I am the only person I know who, after inserting the perpendicular positioning pin, uses one securing pin coming out where the positioning pin is inserted. I often balance this with securing pins on each edge of the unit, but not always. I like to know exactly where the positioning pin was so I can sew one thread width away.

You need to know that most sources and other quilters use a perpendicular positioning pin to stabilize the fabric layers and then insert two pins, one on each side of the positioning pin about 1/16" or 1/8" away. Also, some resources say to push the positioning pin all the way down to the fabric, keeping it perpendicular underneath. I have seen people leave the positioning pin in place perpendicular to the fabric, sew right up to the pin and remove it at the last moment. Just wanted to let you know about these variations so you can choose one that works for you.

Finishing the Sampler: Lesson 5 also includes instructions for assembling the sampler, adding borders and finishing the quilt. Sewing the blocks and rows together may be challenging with all those points! You will be grateful for the blocks with frames; they at least don't have points to match. To be honest, when I assembled my sampler, I had to self-enforce my rule of accepting the results after ripping out a seam three times.

Binding: You may want to check out my five-part detailed tutorial on binding called Binding Basics. 

Perfect Points Quilt Along: This lesson ends the sampler quilt along in that there will be no more official postings. The tutorial, pattern and lessons will stay up for many more weeks so members can finish and others can start later. I will be checking the Perfect Points Quilt Along group frequently in the next month or so and infrequently after that. Eventually, everything will be available on the website.

Member's Photos: We will post some more photos in the next couple of days and probably as people send in photos of their finished samplers. Look forward to seeing them!

Thanks! I want to say thank you to all of you who have added your comments, helped others and sent in photos. This was my first blog and quilt along. It has been a tremendous learning experience and a rewarding one. I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

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Thank YOU for teaching us!  I learned quite a bit about points...and just like calorie counting, being AWARE of them seems to be the biggest lesson!  I did find it a bit easier to have 2 pins near the positioning pin...but I did try it both ways.  I must say my pinwheels were the best I've done!  I will continue to work on my points and (hopefully) when I get to putting the blocks all together!  Can't wait to finish it up.  Thank you again for your very clear instructions.

- Angie

Ann, although I still need to complete lesson #5, just want to let you know how much I LOVED this tutorial.  You did a fantastic job putting it together.  It did challenge me and I learned soooo much.  THANK YOU!

Theresa Shorten

Dear Ann Johnson.  Thank you very much for your fantastic teaching ability.  I'm still working on all my points..Loving every bit of it...but, working slow...along with other things that I'm sewing.  I've downloaded all of Lesson #5, and am about to print it out.  Will let you know when I comple all my lessons... Thank you Hugs..Anne Grinley

Thanks for your lessons! Are you going to do more...soon?  This is way better than dragging machine and supplies off to a class someplace and dragging it all back home again, plus you still get the classroom atmosphere! and you can complete when you are able.  Fantastic, and finally got used to all the places where you can get help

I like this too! I still like face to face classes, because part of that is laughing and joking with girlfriends. No dryer to beep and tell me it's time to hang up my work clothes. But, this way I get to take a time out if I'm frustrated and can take over the whole room- no sharing space. This has been a lot of fun and a good atmosphere. I will do it again for sure!

Thank you Ann for the lessons on perfect points. I am still working on them and will post pictures as I finish each lesson. I have not been able to get as much sewing time in as I wanted. Should have some more pictures soon. I have had fun learning this way. It is very helpful with all the tips and tricks of other quilters too. I would do another one if it were ever offered.

Thank you so much Ann for this tutorial. It took me til lesson #4 to get a grip on the pin positioning. I did find it easier to push the pin all the way down and then place the other pin. My points look so much better than before these lessons. Hope to get to the LaMoyne star today. Your lesson is really good. Hope I can keep the fabrics straight. :-)

I want to return your thank yous! I have enjoyed hearing about members' progress throughout the quilt along. I took classes, did a lot of research (reading and Internet searches) and practiced but still struggle myself at times. It is wonderful when blocks are the correct size and go together well the first time most of the time. i wanted to share my experiences with you. It is rewarding to know it has made a difference. Thank you for taking the time to post your positive comments.

Lesson 5 Pattern Error:

Okay...The paper-piecing illustrations for the LeMoyne Star Variation are wrong. Joanna, thanks for catching the errors right away. Also, a big thanks to my friend Nancy, who helped test and edit the pattern. She helped me figure out what is wrong this morning.

Sharla, our staff person who made the pattern test sample, suggested I switch the colors in the illustrations because the finished block had a fabric next to the same fabric in an adjoining block. I did switch the colors but did not switch the light and dark areas in the templates and illustrations. Also, the Fabric numbers in the legend are wrong.


I am going to delete the posted pattern, make these changes right now and repost the pattern. I will post a blog when the block is corrected. I appreciate your patience. Making changes creates sort of a domino effect at times. Please accept my apologies for the error.

I think the triangle sizes are correct. Use the larger triangles on the larger areas and the smaller triangles on the smaller areas.

If you are pressed for sewing time, go ahead and work on the basket. 

I do not have any plans at this time to do another quilt along or class. CT always has groups starting and continuing. Mari Martin has a fun quilt along that just started doing a country-themed wall hanging with barns. The Gifty group is ongoing...making lots of small projects.

Let us know if you have an area of interest or an idea for the future.


I'd like to add my 'thanks', too.  As a self-taught piecer, there is still much to learn.  All of your feedback has helped tremendously, Ann.  And, thanks to the quilt-along members who have provided their own tips and positive criticisms. 

Pattern Corrected: I revised the pattern and hopefully caught the errors. This was my first effort writing a paper-piecing pattern so it has been a learning experience! The reason I was concerned and apologetic is because it's bad enough to learn to paper-piece when everything is backwards...and then to have a pattern be illustrated backwards as well. Oh dear!

The revised pattern was posted yesterday here on the Discussion Forum and in the list of PDFs in the quilt along introduction. I would throw away the other version and print this one to use. Good luck!


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