Hello! It is Amy Friend here with you today!
I had the chance to play with another newly released Sizzix quilting die, the Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Diamonds, 2 1/2" (2 3/4" x 6 1/2" Unfinished). I've long admired Lone Star quilts so I decided to use a half yard bundle of Luxe in Bloom in the Greystone colorway as well as Kona Ash to make this lone star quilt measuring about 43 1/2" x 57." I was able to piece the star as well as the back of the quilt with the Luxe in Bloom using every scrap!
To begin, it is helpful to use a design wall so that you can play with the order of your diamonds and then cut the number you need once you decide on the arrangement you like.
I settled on the arrangement above where each "arm" of the star begins with one diamond and increases for a total of 6 rows and then begins to decrease for a total of 5 additional rows.
To piece this quilt, you will sew together one arm of the star at a time.
Above is an image showing how two diamonds are attached using a 1/4" seam. Remember that you are working with pieces that are cut on the bias so you need to handle them with care because they can stretch and become misshapen with tugging, pulling, seam ripping or even ironing.
Continue attaching the diamonds until you have one complete strip. I ironed the seams all to one side but this is personal preference.
First sew all the diamonds together in strips as shown above. This goes pretty quickly.
Next, you need to join the strips. This is harder and requires some patience and careful handling.
You will want your seams to match up at the 1/4" seam allowance as shown above.
In order to do this, you can pin at the seam line where each diamond meets the next.
Carefully remove the pin at the last minute and stitch right through the pin hole (you can often still see it).
Taking care at this step will give you nice points on your diamond.
Continue to piece each arm of the star in the same way.
Then it is time to add the background fabric and join the arms of the star. To calculate the size of the solid triangles, you should measure your star arms. I used 17 1/2" squares cut at the diagonal. I sewed them, right sides together, to the arms of the star. You could use a square and inset seams instead of doing it this way. I did it this way because I know some people like to avoid inset seams and because I thought that having the seam line there would help me with my quilting plan.
Then stitch the seam joining those two arms.
Next, attach the smaller triangles. I cut my 17 1/2" square into quarters for those pieces. Repeat this process for all four quadrants and then sew the quadrants together.
To create a more modern variation of the lone star, I cut the right side of my star off so that the center of my star is not in the center of the quilt.
I decided on straight line quilting, 1/4" on either side of the seams, radiating out from the center of the star.
I hope you enjoy using the new diamond dies! They come in 4 sizes, this being the smallest size.