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Peggy "Brandy" Stell is known for her wonderful rulers and plastic quilting templates. Her new Mity Ruler comes with complete directions for making all sorts of quilt blocks, squares, triangles, half square triangles and more!

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Easy Star Quilting

Peggy "Brandy" Stell

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Easy Star Quilting

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eggy "Brandy" Stell has a great way to make a LeMoyne Star quilt. The LeMoyne Star quilt block dates back to the 1800's, and usually has 8 points. Brandy's version has 6 points. [Figure 1] The LeMoyne star uses the Half Diamond. Brandy explained that the measurements on the ruler are the finished sizes. To begin the Lemoyne star, cut two strips of contrasting fabric. From each set of two strips, you will get one star. Cut strips 2-1/4" wide. Sew the strips into sets of two, using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Sewing Supplies

Sulky Totally Stable Rotary Cutter and mat Warm and Natural Brandy's Mity Ruler 30 wt. Sulky Cotton Thread 6mm Open Toe Foot #820215096 1/4" Foot #820211096

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Press the seam allowance to one side. Place the ruler on the right side of the strip, as shown, aligning the diagonal line with the seam as shown. [Figure 2] Cut along the two edges, using a rotary cutter, as shown. [Figure 3] Reverse the Mity-Ruler on the strip and align the center line with the seam, as shown. Line up the previously cut edges on the 3" marks. [Figure 4] Cut, using the rotary cutter. [Figure 5]

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Rotate the ruler, and continue to cut diamonds. 6 are needed for each star in your quilt. [Figure 6]

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Cut 15" squares of background fabric to put the stars on. The diamond shapes will be appliqued to the background fabric. You can put a star in each square, or you can alternate with plain blocks. Spray the diamonds lightly with KK2000 and place on the background block. [Figure 7] Thread with variegated 40 wt. embroidery thread on top and bobbin thread in the bobbin. Attach the Open Toe foot. Select the satin stitch. Practice on a scrap to adjust the stitch width and length to your liking. Place Sulky Tear Easy underneath the block. Appliqué the pieces together. [Figure 8] For variation, the diamonds cut from one fabric can also form a block. Using three, cut from a solid strip, instead of a pieced strip, place them as shown. [Figure 9] The four block sampler is easy to make, using the Mity Ruler. Make one LeMoyne star, as before. Make one Lemoyne star from solid strips instead of pieced strips. Make one 9 patch, with the finished squares 3". Follow the 3" mark on the Mity Ruler, and it will actually cut them 3-1/2" allowing for seam allowances. Make the remaining pinwheel block by cutting on the 3-1/2" mark. [Figure 10] Then cut them diagonally, as shown. [Figure

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Cut four triangles from two different fabrics. All the stars and blocks can be pieced, using a 1/4" seam allowance, or appliquéd on. The pieced stars and blocks are then appliquéd to the background squares. To assemble, bind and quilt your quilt, see pages 88­92.

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HP SEGMENT 308

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QUILTING & TECHNOLOGY WITH HP

Make Your Own Fabric S

ometimes, it's fun to make your own motif fabric! For a sewing project, use our file, of sewing paraphernalia. Just go to www.americaquiltscreatively.com. It's all ready for you to print. Or make your own! It's easy to do, with an HP All in One! Just place an overhead transparency sheet on the glass, to prevent scratching. Then place your items on the glass, right side down. You can use almost anything! Food, souvenirs, buttons, flowers, thread, Cheerios or fruit! Joe collected some of the fruit leftover from lunch, and made a beautiful fruit print with it! After you have your items in place, just place a piece of fabric over it. The different colors of fabric changed the final result dramatically, so it is best if you test your masterpiece on paper, before actually printing it on fabric. You might want to change the color, or rearrange your treasures. After you are happy with your paper print, just choose best quality, plain paper, and print on your fabric sheet. Everyone will want to know where you got such interesting fabric!

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What's New to Do!

Hand-Look Quilting

Nancy Bryant, Pfaff Certified Teacher, had some awesome tips for hand-look quilting!

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any quilters love the look of hand quilting, but don't have the time to actually hand quilt their quilts. The Pfaff 2144 and many other models have a hand look quilt stitch that looks great! Trace the design onto your fabric, using a water soluble fabric pen. The Appliqué Grip'n Press is great for this. Place the Grip'n Press on a table, and put your muslin or fabric on top of it. Place your quilt stencil on top of the fabric. The Grip'n Press prevents the fabric from shifting around. Layer your fabric with batting and backing. Spray lightly with Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to hold the layers together. Insert a size 80 Metallica needle. Engage your Pfaff built-in IDT or attach a walking foot. Thread with Sulky Invisible Polyester thread on top and 40 wt. Sulky Rayon Embroidery thread in the bobbin. Be sure the Invisible thread spool on top is vertical. Use your auxiliary vertical spool pin.

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Select the Hand Look Quilt stitch, #15 on the Pfaff creative 2144. The tension is automatically set to a higher than normal setting. Try a sample, set up the same way as your quilt. If you aren't pulling enough rayon bobbin thread to the top, you can increase the top tension to a higher number, to pull more up. Your stitch will be more consistent if you sew at a consistent speed.

Sewing Supplies

Muslin or other fabric Grip'n Press Water Soluble Fabric Marker Quilt Stencil Warm and Natural Cotton Batting Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Embroidery thread Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread

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