Last Sunday, I told you about my decision to join Kim's Scrap Basket Sunday sew-along. I'm making LeMoyne star blocks out of fabrics left from my Fig Tree Quilts projects.
Here is my test block. It came out pretty well if I do say so myself; look at how those points match in the center!
My blocks will be 7 inches square, finished. I chose this size pretty much at random, not having a final vision for the layout of the quilt in mind yet. It just seemed a good size for the scale of the prints I will be using.
I am using a tool called the Rapid Fire LeMoyne Star ruler, designed by Deb Tucker. The special construction technique using this ruler allows you to strip piece units and assemble the block without any Y seams. So far, so good; my blocks have come together easily and accurately. The block above has been trimmed to size. Deb's video tutorial for the block is here; she does a better job of explaining it than I can. The ruler comes with illustrated directions for use which I found very easy to follow.
I bought my ruler a couple of years ago at a quilt show. Deb Tucker was vending at the show. What a dynamo! She has a lot of very original ideas for easier construction of traditional blocks.
In the directions, she gives the option of pressing the final seams in one direction or pressing them open. I decided to give both a try. I pressed the seams in my first block (above) to the side and that worked well, then I tried pressing the seams open on the next block. That worked even better so that's how I am proceeding.
My three finished blocks, hanging on my design wall.
Go over to Kim's place to check out the other scrap basket projects.