On 19 April 2017 I posted my progress on Robin’s Nest quilt and why I did not want to use the templates provided so I reversed engineered the directions for rotary cutting of the Star!
These are the instructions I had posted and they are WRONG! If you use them you will be working with bias on the Flying Geese and that will cause a lot of issues.
“There are 17 pieces in each star.
- Cut 4 each 1 1/4″ squares for the corner from a 1 1/4″ strip from the light fabric.
- 1 each 2″ square for the Center from a 2″ dark fabric strip.
- 4 each 1 3/4″ squares cut once diagonally for the Star Points from a dark 1 3/4″ strip
- 2 each 2″ squares cut diagonally for the Flying Geese background fabric (light)
When I sew the Flying Geese I use a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, then I go back to the full 1/4″ seam allowance to put the rest of the Star Block together. It comes out perfect. I am using 50wt Aurifil thread and a Husqvarna Designer I. (this is important because all machines are different)”
On 22 April 2017 I posted how I had problems putting the first ring of the pattern together and how the Hexagon was off on the measurements. After doing a test pattern with plain fabric I knew I would have to completely start over if I did not want the quilt to be a bomb out. Monday I made one star that seemed to be OK, then on the second star I began to realize that I had a Bias problem! I was working with bias on the outer part of the block!
Then the light blue went on!!! By using a 2″ square, cut once diagonally, I was making my Flying Geese with a bias edge on the outside of the block! My first thought was to do a stay stitching line on each of the bias sides and maybe that would stop the issue! I decided that I would give up for the day and go sit in my recliner and think about the problem.
After supper, I decided to google on any information on working with bias edges. I found Controlling Bias Edges. After reading this article I decided to check out YouTube and see what I could find there that would help me figure out how to get rid of the bias edges on my Flying Geese. I found a very short 2 minute video from Jenny Beyer Understanding Grainline. What a great visual for me! For some reason, grain line has always given me problems so it was time to correct that and Jenny provided a great example. I needed to cut my Flying Geese background fabric from a “Quarter Square Triangle” rather than “Half Square Triangles”!!!!! If I had kept working the stars using HST’s the quilt would have been a mess!
So here is the corrected version for making the 3 1/2″ Star Block:
“There are 17 pieces in each star. If you pre-wash your fabrics, spray your fabric with Sizing to prevent any stretching.
- Cut 4 each – 1 1/4″ squares for the corner (from a 1 1/4″ strip from the Light fabric.)
- Cut 1 each – 2 inch square for the Center (from a 2″ Dark fabric strip.)
- Cut 4 each – 2 inch squares – cut once diagonally for the Star Points (from a Dark 2 inch strip.)
- Cut 1 each – 3 inch squares cut diagonally TWICE (Quarter Square Triangles) for the Flying Geese background fabric (light)
Sew the Flying Goose unit with a full 1/4″ seam allowance and finger press, then trim the unit to 1 1/4″ x 2″ It comes out perfect but make sure that the points are equal when trimming. I use 50 wt Aurifil thread and have a Husqvarna Designer One machine. Be sure to check your 1/4″ seam allowance on your machine as all machines are different.
This morning I tried the new procedure and it has taken care of the problem. Another lesson for me! No wonder at times I had problems with some of my work! I printed out the Hedgehog Hints on Bias Edges and a picture of Jenny’s information and that will be posted on my design board – never to forget again!!!!!
Have a great day – things are looking up for Robin’s Nest!
4 Replies to “3 1/2″ Star Block Correction for Robin’s Nest”
I hope you have all the problems resolved and it is smooth, easy sewing now.
Things are working unbelievable well now. Thx to Jenny Beyer’s little video and the other information. So MAYBE when you return I will have the center completed! LOL
Thanks for the information on bias edges. I have had problems and didn’t know how to correct them
Heck, I figured I was the only quilter in the world that did not know how to fix that problem. One reason I do not do paper piecing is because there are bias edges all around the blocks when the paper is taken out and the outside of the quilt! No thx.
I am on track now and there will be no more issues! YEA
Hope all is well with you.