Sunday, November 15, 2015

It's not just Ohio stars

There are other stars shining bright around here.

 I've been assembling Twinkle Star parts

 into lovely stars and stacking them up.

I'm up to fourteen so far.

And I've got ten of the little stars that will be the intersections of the sashing.

Which means I've really got to start working on them, since I'm going to need a bunch.

I'd been doing flippy corners for the blue triangles in the four corners of the star block, but it occurred to me that, while I might have plenty of the blue fabric, it was still possible that I might not.  Since it's something that came out of stash (and someone else's stash at that) I have no idea how old it is and whether I can get more.
So, I decided to be a little less profligate with it, and pulled out my Easy Angle ruler to cut triangles instead of squares.
I worked out that if I put the 1" line of the ruler even with the top edge of the square, I could cut the corners off the background squares,


and have perfect corners to stitch up.

(I would brag that I got all mathy and stuff, and calculated where the ruler should go, but the truth is, I just folded one of the blue squares diagonally, set it down on the corner of the block, then lined up the ruler with where the seam allowance would be.  Empiricism is my friend.)

Now my design wall floor is currently taken up by my rainbow Ohio star, but since I don't yet have enough Twinkles to start laying out (and arranging and rearranging and rearranging again), it's not a problem.  Yet.
Gotta finish up that rainbow.
And think of a name for it...


Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I keep seeing these twinkle blocks and thinking I need to make some of my own. Thanks for the tip on cutting triangles for the corner pieces.

kmkat said...

There be stars upon tharz. And so forth. So go forth and twinkle. (Yeah, I know that has little to do with your post. But I like to say it.)

Libby in TN said...

Gotta love that Easy Angle! You keyed in on the biggest disadvantage of the sew-and-flip method. Drives me crazy to waste fabric and/or try to make something out of the leftover corners. And I'm too lazy to stitch a second seam before cutting apart, too.

Magpie Sue said...

Smart woman! I knew there was a reason we clicked. ;- )