Another Eight Pointed Star

This Quilts of Valor GO! for a Star has made me try things I never thought I would do. This 8 pointed star is one I have admired for years. I even bought the Accuquilt die. But I’ve always been intimidated by triangles and even more intimidated by these triangles. Well, I tried it anyway—so here’s a quick photo essay on putting this block together. The finished size is 9 inches, so if you make blocks to send for a Quilts of Valor submission you can add sashing to the sides to make it come up to 12-1/2 inches. If you’re going to make a top or a quilt, you don’t need anything except the minimum quilt / top size of 55 x 65 inches.

Here’s the finished block:


 These are the dies that I used for a 9 inch finished block:


This the number of pieces needed for each block:

This is how I constructed the star points:


Star with Flag Center Quilt Block

This quilt block was sent to me by Colleen over at Colleen is a new blogger, but has been a stitcher for many years. She asked for cutting instructions for making this in an 8 inch finished size, but I have also included cutting instructions for the 12 inch finished size. I am not going to include block construction because you can use the Split Star instructions for making this block. The only difference is the center unit – one is a flag and the other is a half square triangle.

Click on the image below to access the adobe pdf file with cutting instructions.


Connected Stars – Tutorial

With all this cold weather, it’s nice to be inside and working on a quilt pattern. Today’s tutorial is for the Connected Stars Quilt that would be a great one to make for a QOV. And you will see that it can be made with pieced or appliqued stars. I have used Ebony’s EDeN™ cutting system. There are instructions at the bottom of the table to help you understand it as well as complete cutting instructions and die numbers in the table too.

Found an error from the table yesterday, so have corrected it on that image and also in the table today. The error was in Unit B which should be a rectangle cut 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Somehow, in the stream of things, I wrote 8 instead of 6.

Hope you enjoy!


Click HERE for a Printable Copy of these Instructions


Unit #

# Units Needed


Accuquilt GO! Die

Cutting Instruction







Cut 3 each 4 ½” x WOF using the 4 ½” strip cutter, then rotate 90 degrees and subcut into 4 ½” squares



Cut strips 10” x WOF for use with the GO! Square 4 ½” Multiples


Cut strips 5” x WOF for use with the GO! Value Die





Cut 2 each 6 ½” x WOF using a rotary cutter, then fanfold across the 3 ½” strip cutter





Cut 2 each 12 ½” x WOF using a rotary cutter, then fanfold across the 3 ½” strip cutter






Cut 4 each 4 ½” x WOF using the 4 1/2” strip cutter (55054), then rotate 90 degrees and subcut into 4 ½” squares



Cut strips 10” x WOF for use with the GO! Square 4 ½” Multiples


Cut strips 5” x WOF for use with the GO! Value Die





Cut 2 each 12 ½” x WOF using a rotary cutter, then fanfold across the 4 ½” strip cutter. Save leftover fabric from the second strip to cut the last F piece below.





Cut 1 each 8 ½” x WOF using a rotary cutter, then fanfold across the 4 ½” strip cutter (55054). Use the leftover fabric from the E cuts to make the last piece in this set.


290 inches

3” finished


To cut border on lengthwise grain: Cut 30 inches across the width of fabric. Fanfold this across the 3 ½”  strip cutter and make 10-11 strips.To cut border on crosswise grain: Cut 30 inches across the width of fabric. Cut 8 strips across the width of fabric.Piece these strips together on the diagonal to make one continuous border strip.


290 inches

1 ½”cut

55014 or 55017

To cut binding on crosswise grain: Cut 22 inches across the width of fabric. Cut 8 strips across the width of fabric.

*using the EDeN™ Cutting Nomenclature

SQ = square

REC = rectangle

all measurements are given in finished sizes so ½” should be added for ¼” seam allowances on each side.




Block and Quilt Construction

You will need 12 pieced or appliquéd 6 ½” blocks (finished size will be 6”.    
Step 1: Stitch unit B to either side of your pieced blocks.  
Step 2: Stitch unit C to the top and bottom of your pieced blocks. You will have 12 completed blocks.  
Step 3: Piece 16 sashing strips
Step 4: Piece sashing rows
Step 5: Piece blocks and sashing rows together.
Step 6: Sew block rows and sashing rows together to complete quilt top.
Step 7: Borders Lay completed quilt top (minus borders) out flat and measure from top to bottom through the center of the quilt. Use this measurement length to cut the two side borders for the quilt. Laying the quilt out flat, pin the borders to the side edges, easing in any fullness as needed. Stitch the borders to the sides of the quilt with a ¼” seam. Press seams in the direction of the border.Lay quilt top with the side borders out flat and measure from side to side through the center of the quilt. Use this measurement length to cut the top and bottom borders for the quilt. Laying the quilt out flat, pin the borders to the top and bottom edges, easing in fullness as needed. Stitch the borders to the top and bottom edges of the quilt with a ¼” seam. Press the seams in the direction of the border.
Step 8: Quilt as desired
Step 9: Bind.


Connected Stars

Thus far, we’ve made some applique stars and some pieced stars. They’re all six inch blocks. So, just playing around this morning with settings, this is another setting that would be nice. It only requires 12 six inch blocks and is a quickie top to piece. I am going to try to piece this one over the weekend because I already have a dozen appliqued star blocks that I made when working with the machine embroidery set. If you have a nice fabric with stars on it or just want to sit down and stitch around some applique stars from the Accuquilt Star die – you’ll be set to go.

Work on your stars today and I’ll have the instructions ready for you tomorrow morning. I have worked out all the cutting instructions already and if you know Ebony’s EDeN™ system, you can follow the cutting instructions below.

If you’re working on a quilt for the GO! for a Star QOV Challenge and would like to have the star ME set, let me know and I’ll send you a sampler set.

Connected Stars

Finished Size 58 x 74″


Click on the thumbnail below for a full-size image with readable text:


Piecing the Quarter Square Triangle Units on the Ohio Star Block

Several people asked me how I would make the six inch finished Ohio Star block for the quilt that was shown in the post on Friday if I wanted to cut it using the Accuquilt GO!™ cutter. Using the rotary cutter to make a quarter square triangle unit to finish at 2″, one needs a square that is 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. That square would be rotary cut corner to corner to make quarter square triangle units. So that is where I started.

Using the Accuquilt GO!, the closest units to the 3-1/4″ square are the 3″ finished half square triangle and the 3-1/2″ square. My preference was to use the 3″ finished half square triangle even though there is more waste from trimming with it. The triangles stitch together so well with those dog ears cut off, that it makes it more fun to sew than if I used the square. (I used the  GO! Half Square-3″ Finished Triangle (55009); but you can also use the GO! Bountiful Baskets (55048).

I will show you both ways, and you can decide what works best for you. Instructions are on the photos – just click them for a step by step slide show.

Update: – if there is no image below, just a line – click on the line. IE9 seems to have a problem displaying the image. But the slide show really is there!




GO!™ for a Star Blog Hop

The GO!™ for a Star Blog Hop to kickoff the April-May Quilts of Valor Challenge is this week. Here’s the lineup. You’re invited to visit each blog and sign up for the giveaways that you will find at each one. Happy April!

QOV Challenge Dates: April 1 – May 31

Blog Hop Dates: April 2-6

Featured Blogs for Blog Hop:

Monday 4/2/2012
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Tuesday 4/3/2012
Gene Black, an Alabama Artist and Quilter

Wednesday 4/4/2012
Marjorie’s Quilting Bee

Thursday 4/5/2012
North Hills Quilter

Friday 4/6/2012
Recap by Marjorie’s Quilting Bee

 Blogger support and promotion for blog hop and throughout the challenge:


Lily Pad Quilting

Heirloom Quilting by the Pashofa Quilter

Desert Sky Quilts

Quilts of Valor Foundation Sunflower Meadowlark



Happy St. Patrick’s Day – and Join the Blog Hop Party

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

The Quilting Gallery is sponsoring a blog hop party with a giveaway at every blog. On March 17, click the link above to see the list of all the participating blogs and join the hop.

If this is your first visit here, I’ll tell you a little about me. I love quilting and what I love most about it is the ability to constantly challenge myself and others to try new ways to make quilts and to do it better. One of my favorite tools is a die cutting system. But I like Electric Quilt software and other really cool, new tools that are on the market. Click on the free stuff tab above to see some of the patterns and tips for using these tools.

And, what is a blog hop without a giveaway. I have used my Accuquilt GO!™ to cut 36 beautiful 4″ hearts. Each one already has fusible on the back and is ready to be used for quilt blocks or other projects. These would look great appliqued onto potholders, placemats, table runners, aprons, little dresses for little girls–and a thousand other things.

To win this set of hearts, please leave a comment on this blog and tell me how you would use them if they were yours.


Thanks for your visit.




Pinwheeel Quilt Finished – Yay!

It’s so wonderful to finish a quilt. And I really love this one – it’s a two-color quilt and the piecing turned out just perfect. When I got ready to put it on the frame, I realized that without borders it would fit onto one width of fabric, so I went for it. Quilts without borders are nice, very simplistic and very much the way my grandmother and great-grandmother quilted. Here are the instructions for getting pinwheels with great centers. Enjoy the photos.


And don’t forget about the giveaway this week – there hasn’t been much response – it is a complete quilt kit (except backing) and it includes embroidery blocks that are already assembled. So scroll down to see what you can win and leave a comment if you want to enter the giveaway.

Pinwheel Quilt

Close-up of quilting and piecing


EQ7 Tips for Use with the Accuquilt Die Cutting System

EQ7 is one of the  most important tools in my studio. I have written  about some of the ways to use it with the Accuquilt cutting system. One really neat feature is that you can print the rotary cutting instructions for a block and use that along with the Accuquilt cutting equivalents chart to determine which dies to use. I also wrote about adding text in the EQ7 software to be able to write notes to yourself or to write instructions if you are teachnig a class. I almost always use text from Layer 2 to write instructions to myself. Another great feature of EQ7 software is that you can use it to determine the number of patches that you need. I have created links below to the blog posts that discuss each of these features.

Finding the Right Die

Texting in EQ7 Software

How Many Patches Do I Need?

 Hope these tips help. In the fall of 2010, I ran a series of EQ7 blocks on my blog. In addition, you might want to read Ebony’s Blocks to Die For magazine, as it tells you which die sizes you will need for many blocks which can be drawn in EQ7.

Link to Blocks to Die For


Elephant Parade progress

Progress on the elephant baby quilt. Isn’t it adorable? You can see I still have some more blocks to do and to add a border. And the wild animals and train dies are back in stock at Accuquilt, so I ordered them this week.

Elephant Parade