Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WIP Wed: Another Star and How to Sew a Partial Seam

I've been sewing along with Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts, Solstice Star Series.  Her star today is "Another Star".  Her instructions are great, but I thought I'd share an alternate way to sew up the middle square, using a partial seam.

I cut all 4 of the center strips the same size, then starting with the first strip, I lined up the "bottom" of the strip with the bottom of the square, leaving the "tail" hanging off at the top.  The most important step is that I start sewing in the MIDDLE of the square/strip seam, making a partial seam, sewing towards the "bottom", or where the edges line up.
 I then pressed this open, and simply lined up the next strip up with the square and strip and sewed.

Sewed the next strip.
Sewed on the entire last strip.
Now all you need to do is finish that first seam by folding the "partial seam", right sides together and finishing it up.
Press, and you're done.
The rest of the tutorial can be found here at Faith's tutorial site!

It's Wednesday, so I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced WIP Wed!  Come join us there!


Lisa said...

I found your blog while looking for information on McNary Dam. I see you are a quilter. I am not, but I have a quilt that my grandma made that is falling apart. Mostly my fault as I put it in the washing machine and dryer. I love cuddling in it on cold days here in Hermiston. I have a question about repairing the quilt. It may too far gone, but is there a way to repair it? I have another one that is nearly totally trashed. I am not a person who can sew, but I am willing to try if you could help me out.

Jade@How to Sew said...

The other advantages to sewing is that you can create styles in colors not available on the mass market, and make your look as individual as you like.

Cheryl (Grandma Coco) said...

Great idea to sew this one with a partial seam. I love your fabric choices. So fresh! All my stash fabric is old-school (as am I!). Guess I'll have to live long enough for it to come back into fashion. :)