How to Sew a Beginner Eight-Point Star Quilt Block by Edyta Sitar -| Fat Quarter Shop

♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ Hi, I’m Kimberly with the fat quarter
shop, and today we’re joined by Edyta Sitar of laundry basket quilts – thanks so much
for joining me today. Oh thank you for having me. One of the things that I know all of us love about Edyta is all of her beautiful intricate
piecing – that’s what at quilt shows she’s a showstopper, and everyone stops to that
booth because everything she has is so complicated. And we are going to take her
methods bring them to your home so that you can make these complicated quilts.
One of the things she’s best known for are her eight point stars. We’re going to
start with the beginner eight point star. We’re going to show you all the tips to
make this perfect and in our next video we’re going to take you to the
intermediate level to make an even harder one. So tell me what size do we
start with today for this beginner block? Edyta – The beginner block is 11 inches of
finish and I think it is very important that no matter what level the star that
you wanting to do is you need to start with a basic eight point star. Make a one
practice block, learn the technique choose different things from the
technique that are important to you and incorporate them to your quilting
experiences. And I’m hoping that what I’m going to show you today it’s going to
ease it up some of the anxieties of wide seams, perfect points, pushing your seam
allowance – so let’s do beginners eight point star. Edyta – I choose two strips. The
strips are 20 to 22 inches long, two and Edyta – three-quarter inches width. Yep, open up
one of those, and I open the other one. Edyta – And I chose two different colors just to
give a little bit of a movement to the star. Edyta – Then we need the background squares
and those squares are three and Edyta – three-quarter inch squares. We’re going
to place them in a corner of our block, Edyta – and then we needed triangles. First
lesson that I learned in quilting that Edyta – you should never have bias on an outside
of your block, on the outside of your row, Edyta – or on the outside of your quilt. So
triangles could be cut from half square Edyta – triangles but then we would have a bias
right here. We’re gonna cut Edyta – ours from quarter square triangles so
that way we have a straight grain and Edyta – the bias are inside. Straight grain, bias
will be on the inside, so. Edyta – This square is 5 and 3/4 inch – So let’s repeat it, 5
and 3/4 cut to quarter square triangles Edyta – four squares 3 and 3/4 and 2 strips 2
and 3/4. We are ready, set, go, let’s cut. I’m going to take the strips, we’re going to layer them Edyta – one on the top of the other just like this. And, before I cut my strips I always press my fabric. Edyta – And you can use a starch fabric finish, something to give a little bit body and Edyta – little stiffness to your fabric. And I’m using the cutting board as my guide to Edyta – line my fabrics nice and straight. Kimberly – And, does it matter that they’re right sides together? Oh yes it does – you want to
place them right away, right sides together because you’re going to cut
them in sets of two and that’s how you’re going to sew them two sets of two –
so you’re already preparing everything beautifully. And what I like to do is I
actually press my fabrics together, cut my strips and always have them this way. I open them up to show you that I had a light and a dark – lighter blue and a
darker blue that’s why we did that. And there’s two ways to cut eight point star,
you can cut it with templates those are 45-degree diamond a template,
or you can use a rotary and a ruler. And I chose the rotary and a ruler today
for you because I think it’s just wonderful to know this basic technique
how to cut it. Edyta – And what you do is you need to find a 45 degree angle on your ruler and I put a masking tape to show Edyta – you my 45 degree angle and I also going
to use that masking tape to kind of push Edyta – it towards my fabric and stay really
nice and snug. You want to line up the 45 Edyta – degree with the bottom edge of both of
your strips. Remember make sure your Edyta – strips are not sliding you want to be
lined up nicely together. Edyta – Okay, and now we’re going to make
our first cut. What I’m basically going Edyta – to just trim this edge and start up our 45-degree cut. Right here. Now – Edyta – you don’t want to move anything you just want to slide your ruler down, slide it down. Edyta – And the recipe for diamonds is the width of your strip determine this length from Edyta – this side to this side. So our strip
is 2 and 3/4 – Edyta – so we need to find 2 and 3/4 on our ruler right here and make a cut and let’s practice this. Edyta – If our strip is 5 inches how many inches would I slide my ruler? Kimberly – 5 inches. Edyta – perfect. Kimberly – And we’re measuring from this point to this point. Edyta – Yes, yep you don’t want to get Edyta – confused and measure from here to here, that’s not the right measurement. Edyta – you’re right, you want to measure from here down to here. And I’m going to make another cut – Edyta – and I’m cutting two diamonds at
once I’m going to gently lift the ruler Edyta – move my diamonds to the side and proceed measuring and cutting another set of diamonds. Edyta – And I will repeat that four
times. We need four sets of two diamonds Edyta – to have 8 total diamonds for 8 points star. And another cut. Edyta – Kimberly do you want to try a cut? Kimbelry – Sure. Edyta – Perfect; Ooh I move the fabric for you – go right for it. I’m going to mess up the ruler Edyta – so you measure yourself. Perfect, yes slide Edyta – it down are you doing so good, perfect I want to help you but you are just doing Edyta – amazing on your own. Kimberly – And so you’re just lining up both lines? Edyta – yes – Edyta – then I know it’s 45 degree – beautiful and you made a cut, lift it up, two and 3/4, yeah, super Edyta – and measure again. Oh that’s great I love quilting with you. Next time I’m making a twister Kimberly is coming over to cut all my diamonds. Edyta – Perfect. Okay so now we have Edyta – eight sets of two wonderful diamonds – oh – four sets of two diamonds – so we have Edyta – eight total. We have to move on to our next step what it’s sewing. I’m going to set up a sewing machine and put it
thread in it as well as I’m going to put a needle in it I’m going to use a sharp
needle or microtext needle and start sewing. Edyta – I’m going to proceed sewing from
the tip straight down, stopping quarter Edyta – inches away from this line right here
stop and backstitch. I like to take a Edyta – ruler and a pencil and measure where there – there is a quarter inch stop for me Edyta – Let me show you some that I already sewn. I have them right here – I started right at the top, Edyta – sew it, stopped, backstitch and this is the area that I talked about Edyta – that I like to stop and back stitch and I like to use a pencil or to mark that area Kimberly – And you’re going to make sure you start at this point and not this point – Kimberly – So can you tell me about that? Edyta – Yes, why I do this I feel like when I lined up my fabric – Edyta – I want to grab the tip right away and I set this right under my foot of the Edyta – sewing machine so it’s straight down
stop and backstitch and it’s easier for Edyta – me to hold to this area because it’s
bigger with my fingers then hold down to Edyta – that little point. It seemed to like to
stretch, so and I also start sewing all Edyta – the way from the top because it almost based the center for me for later on. Edyta – So this is going to help us out. The next step is we’re going to open up our diamonds Edyta – they look wonderful – and I look
at the diamonds with the tip going up and I push my seam allowance towards
left just like this and I finger press. Edyta – You want it to finger press because you have a lot of bias cuts on your diamonds, Edyta – so if you put an iron on to this right
now it’s going to stretch, the diamond is Edyta – going to relax and it’s going to change its shape. So we want to just finger press, Edyta – and make four sets of two all of
the seam allowances needs to be pushed Edyta – towards left. There’s your other one and look what happened – Edyta – If the seam allowance is poor push towards left. Edyta – It’s very easy for me to
take two sets of two, place them right sides together, just like this. How you
doing Kimberly? – Ooh, I didn’t do it right. More, take your time when you’re a
beginner you don’t want to rush through the steps. You want to take your time,
enjoy the process and make sure that you learn the right way – it’s like riding a
bike: you get on it you take it slow and you go around and around the
neighborhood Edyta – Perfect, look at you. Edyta – And what we’re going to do is now we’re going to start sewing from the top again Edyta – straight down, stop quarter inch and
backstitch. Kimberly – and so we’re not going to be cutting the points off yet? Not yet. We’re going to do that after we sew. Edyta – and bring those. I have done some sewing on those, and notice I started from the top – Edyta – straight down, stop, backstitch, and yes now it’s time for housekeeping. Edyta – Before I push my seam allowance I’m just going to clip those bunny ears and this is super important – Edyta – If you want a really nice
center, and you want your block to spin Edyta – in the back, you want those bunny ears clipped off right now. So remember first Edyta – mark your quarter-inch, second stop and backstitch before those at that point Edyta – where the quarter-inch is. Push your seam allowance towards the left. Edyta – Housekeeping, clipping the bunny ears super important and now again pushing Edyta – your seam allowance? – Kimberly – to the left – Edyta – Perfect. Edyta – One set, another set, towards the left. Edyta – And I’m going to take two of them put them together this way just like that and now Edyta – you probably wondering what is our next step – We want to make sure that this seam Edyta – right here is snug, nicely together and now we’re going to sew from the center, out – Edyta – stop, back stitch and then from the other side Edyta – I want to bring your attention to
something – look at that this Kimberly, Edyta – Look at this stitch and this stitch
right here – see the crossing this is x Edyta – marks the spot. This is where your first stitch should go and this is where you should start sewing. Edyta – Sometimes if you are unsure that you can hold it you can use Edyta – a pin and pin it right through this X
and come out on this side and pin it so Edyta – that way this does not move and you can start sewing from here stop backstitch. Edyta – Yes we’re going to mark that quarter inch seam allowance right here you can do it. Edyta – And when I’m finished sewing one side – Edyta – very nice Edyta – I’m going to flip it over Edyta – overlap by a quarter inch, start sewing a little bit further down so I overlap the seams Edyta – and finish sewing to this side. Kimberly – And so I think that’s an important tip because a lot of times when you’re sewing something like this Kimberly – I would have just started a quarter inch in, sewn across, backstitched, Kimberly – and I probably would have got inaccurate because in the time that you’re sewing Kimberly – you would have been sewing on a bias edge, this would have probably gotten out of whack. Kimberly – so starting in the center, going to the edge, turning it, starting in the center, going to the edge – – is an important tip that you can
use on a lot of your blocks and I was just amazed that she told me that the
other day because this could have saved me like a lot of unripping for like 10
years. So I think it’s a great tip to Kimberly – start in the center; and she was also
mentioning to me that Kimberly – you know you put your needle down right in that x marks the spot Kimberly – because then you’re not going to have to seam rip later. Edyta – Yeah it really does work nice. And notice that first we look at it our block from the back Edyta – and I’m going to open this one Edyta – right here and again, seam
going to left – going to left – and with Edyta – your fingers look at this I’m going to
open it up and I get a nice little spin right here. Edyta – All that I did is finger press. Edyta – Now we have a star, but the star is not finished yet. We’re going to set in our background pieces – Edyta – and we’re going to start up with
triangle. This one I already did but let Edyta – me show you the next one. When I finish my star block just the center what I Edyta – like to do I fold it back in half; I
pretend it’s like a book. Edyta – And I just finish reading and I close the back cover. It is important that you take your Edyta – right hand and close it back down. The next step I’m going to do is pull one of the tips down. Edyta – Kimberly, what shape is
this? Kimberly – we’ve got a triangle. Edyta – Perfect. Now that’s what we always have to start with it. When we’re setting up the backgrounds Edyta – the Y seam backgrounds – Edyta – always start with triangles first. That will allow you to push your seam allowance Edyta – in a really nice direction so that way you have Edyta – great transitions at the points of your star Edyta – look what I’m going to do – I’m just going to place Edyta – this right here. And as you slide your fingers you can feel that crease under there. Edyta – Notice that there is this crease right under there – Edyta – This is the point where the point where you’re going to want to stop and backstitch Edyta – And I’m going to start sewing from here, sew straight down, stop, backstitch, lift the whole star Edyta – push this to the back Edyta – and now I’m going to finish sewing from this point Edyta – straight out. Let’s look at one that I
have done it for you. Kimberly – And so on this we’re sewing all the way to the edge from not going to leave a quarter-inch this time Edyta – No, we’re going to leave a quarter-inch right here. Kimberly – Mmhm Edyta – So we’re starting from the point, sewing straight down, stop, backstitch, Edyta – and if this is opening up for you put a pin, keep it in half and we’re going to flip it back Edyta – and we’re going to finish sewing, starting up from here and what I like to do is I use my Edyta – locking stitch option, or I take two
stitches forward two stitches back and Edyta – then keep on going forward so that way you lock this area right here those threads. Edyta – And I finish sewing straight out
here. Edyta – And look at this, when you open first thing that I like to do is pay attention to my seam allowances – Edyta – I push this one towards left.
Those seams are going towards the eight point star – Edyta – and now we have our first
wide seam. Kimberly – And so we’re going to keep adding the rest of the triangles and we’re still not going to be pressing Kimbelry – with an iron, correct? Kimberly – We’re just going to be using hands
Edyta – That’s correct, yes. And whenever we finish with the triangles then we’re going to proceed
into setting at the squares the same way. Edyta – You fold it in half you pull it back and you’re going to have a square here. Edyta – You will cover it over and again start
sewing from the tip, stop, backstitch, Edyta – flip this whole thing and finish it up
on this side. And I have one of those Edyta – finished for you right here. Notice it,
how I set in my squares and now Edyta – I’m sorry my reach – I’m gonna do little bit more housekeeping and clip some bunny ears Edyta – right there so that way when I sew block-to-block I have a really nice Edyta – transition right here between the blocks. And this is the first time that we are Edyta – now going to grab the iron and press it and we’re going to start pressing all the seams and what I like to do is spray
a little bit fabric finish or a little bit of a starch to give a little bit
more stiffness to your star – Always press it from the back. You do not
want to press your star from the front because you don’t want to shine any of
the edges. Edyta – There’s a lot of seams, a lot of edges. Edyta – We’re going to press it
beautifully and we are ready for our next star. Edyta – What is going to be one that
has a little more detail in the diamonds. Are you ready?
I’m ready. So make sure to watch our second video to show you how to take these steps into
an intermediate eight point star ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪