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Psychedelic Stars

Designed by Darlene Zimmerman and quilted by Barb Simons

6.5" EASY ANGLE™ INSTRUCTIONS

6.5" EASY ANGLE™ INSTRUCTIONS

Cuts half square triangles and squares without fabric waste. Built in 1/4" seam allowance.

Instructions for Use:

1. Cut strips of fabric 1/2" wider than the finished size of the triangle squares. (Example: For 3" finished triangle-squares, cut 3-1/2" strips).

2. For the first cut (after selvages have been trimmed), align the flat tip of the tool with the top of the strip, matching a line on the tool with the bottom of the strip. Cut on the diagonal edge. (Fig. 1)



3. To make the second cut, rotate the tool so the flat tip is aligned with the bottom of the strip, and a line on the tool is aligned with the top of the strip. Cut again. (Fig. 2)



4. Repeat this procedure for the rest of the triangles. Chain sew the triangle-squares on the diagonal edge. Press to one side and trim off the dog-ears.

TALL TRIANGLE INSTRUCTIONS

TALL TRIANGLE INSTRUCTIONS

The Tall Triangle tool will cut triangles for divided rectangles that are 3 times as tall as they are wide. For example, a 9" tall triangle will finish to 3" wide.

Cutting:

Step 1: Cut strips 1/2" wider than the finished height of the Tall Triangle unit (EX: For a finished 6" Tall Triangle unit, cut strips 6-1/2" wide).

Step 2: Align the top of the tool at the top of the strip and a line on the tool with the bottom of the strip. Cut along the diagonal edge.



Step 3: Also, before moving the Tall Triangle tool, cut off the "magic angle" at the top left corner of the tool. Cut accurately, as it is a positioning guide for sewing.



Step 4 : For the next cut, rotate the Tall Triangle tool so the top of the tool is aligned at the bottom of the strip. A line on the tool should align with the top of the strip. Cut along the straight edge of the tool. Trim off the "magic angle" as before. Continue cutting triangles in this manner.



NOTE: For both right and left facing Tall Triangles, cut pairs from the fabric folded as it comes off the bolt. Cut pairs from all your fabric strips.

Step 5: To sew, take two matching Tall Triangles (but different fabrics), and turn one triangle upside down, then place it right sides together with the first triangle. Match the "magic angle" on both triangles to the wide bottom end of the other triangle. The "magic angle" should fit exactly into both corners. Sew an exact 1/4" seam. Press.





finished size 58" x 58" / 13" blocks


fabric requirements

  • Black: 2-1/8 yds.
  • Red batik: 5/8 yd.
  • Orange batik: 1 yd.
  • Blue batik (incl. binding): 1-1/4 yds.
  • Lavender batik: 2/3 yd.
  • Green batik: 2/3 yd.
  • Backing: 3-1/2 yds.
  • Batting: twin size

tools

cutting directions




assembling the units


STEP 1 Sew together all the small blue and black Easy Angle triangles to make a total of 16 triangle-squares. Press half to the blue, half to the black.



STEP 2 Sew together all the large Easy Angle triangles with the black Easy Angle triangles. Press half of each color to the black and the other half to the colored triangle.



STEP 3 Sew all the 10-1/2" Tall Triangles to the 10-1/2" black Tall Triangles. Press as shown.



STEP 4 Sew all the red, orange, and blue 6" colored Tall Triangles to the 6" black Tall Triangles and press as shown.



STEP 5 Sew 4 pairs of each color combination shown of the 8" Tall Triangles. Press as shown.



assembling the blocks


STEP 1 Starting with the 6" blue/black triangle-square and an orange/black 6" Tall Triangle pair, sew one Tall Triangle to the right side of the triangle-square, matching the two black sides of the units. Press toward the triangle-square. (Make 4)



STEP 2 Sew the 2-3/8" square to the bottom of the other half of the orange/black 6" Tall Triangle pair. Press toward the small square. (Make 4)



STEP 3 Sew the Step 2 unit to the bottom of the Step 1 unit and twist the seam to open. Press. (Make 4)



STEP 4 Sew the orange side of an 8" orange/lavender Tall Triangle unit to the right side of a Step 3 unit. Note the unit will be longer than the Step 3 unit. Put the excess fabric at the outer edge of the block. (Make 4)



STEP 5 Sew 3" lavender squares to the bottom of the remaining 8" orange/lavender Tall Triangles. Press toward the square. Sew this unit to the bottom of the Step 4 units. Note that the Tall Triangle unit will be larger than needed. Put the excess fabric at the outer edge of the block. Twist the seam to open and press. (Make 4)



STEP 6 Sew the lavender side of one lavender/black 10-1/2" Tall Triangle unit to the right side of the Step 5 unit and press toward that unit. (Make 4)

Note: The Tall Triangle unit will be longer than the Step 5 unit. Put the excess fabric at the outer edge.



STEP 7 Trim the 4" blue/black triangle-squares to 3-7/8". Sew one triangle-square to the bottom (matching the black) of the remaining lavender/black 10-1/2" Tall Triangles. Press toward the triangle square. Sew this unit to the bottom of the Step 6 unit. Twist the seam to open; press. (Make 4)

Note: the Tall Triangle unit will be longer than the Step 5 unit. Put the excess fabric at the outer edge.



STEP 8 Trim the outer two uneven edges so the blocks measure 13-1/2" square.

Note: If you are worried about losing the points, sew the ends of the seams in a tiny bit and this will take care of the problem.

STEP 9 Repeating Steps 1-8, make 4 red/orange blocks, 4 blue/green blocks, and 4 red/green blocks.



assembling the quilt


STEP 1 Arrange the blocks as shown in the picture, or make your own arrangement. Then, sew the blocks together in rows, pinning and matching the seam allowances. Press the seam allowances open.

STEP 2 Sew the rows together, pinning and matching seam allowances. Press the seams open.

STEP 3 Piece the 4-1/2" x 42" black borders together with diagonal seams pressed open. Trim two borders the width of the quilt. Sew to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press toward the borders.

STEP 4 Repeat this procedure for the sides of the quilt.

finishing the quilt


STEP 1 Piece the backing, then trim the batting to the same size. Layer the backing wrong side up, the batting and the quilt top right side up. Baste, then quilt as desired.

STEP 2 The quilt shown was quilted with different designs in each color of the quilt with variegated thread. The black stars were quilted with black thread.

STEP 3 After the quilting is completed, hand or machine-baste (with a walking foot) a scant 1/4" from the edge of the quilt to hold the layers together.

binding the quilt


STEP 1 To prepare the binding, join the ends with diagonal seams pressed open. Fold the binding in half, wrong sides together and press to make a double binding.

STEP 2 Sew the binding to the quilt, matching raw edges and sewing with a 1/4" seam. Miter the corners and join the ends with the "Perfect Fit" technique. (See General Directions.)

STEP 3 Trim the excess batting and backing, turn the binding to the back, and stitch down by hand with matching thread.





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