Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hexagon Stars - More Joys of Hex

(Fabric) Diamonds are this girl's best friend
What have I been up to lately? Well, snow is on the ground and the sun is shining. I rediscovered a box of precut diamonds and had an idea for some new blocks.

My friend Nancy Bills used her AccuCut and sliced up these diamonds for me last year. I played around with making some Baby Blocks, but I got discouraged with sewing y-seams.

Baby Block using three 60 degree diamonds
What does this Baby Block look like on the back? (Well, it's not the exact block, but you get my drift)
Wrong side of a Baby Block. Notice that y-seam
Two Baby Blocks. Now I'm sweating bullets!
Two Baby Blocks
This is where my insides started to turn to jello . . .
Diamonds with WAY too many y-seams
I started over using the diamonds and began cutting triangles for the outside diamonds. Two triangles equal one diamond. So what if I have a seam? It's all about saving my sanity!

Add a triangle to two sides of each diamond as seen above
Notice that I will have ONLY STRAIGHT SEAMS. What's an extra seam if it saves my sanity? Please tell me that it's OK to look out for my sanity.

12" Hexagon Star block
 And can we see the back side (not THAT back side)?
Yes, I press a lot of seams open. It's my block and I can do what I want. There are no quilt police!
And here is another block. I have enough to make a total of 6 blocks. Don't ask me what I intend on making with them. I haven't gotten that memo yet!
Another Hexagon Star block with different fabric for the setting triangles
So, I hope you like what I shared today. I have run out of fabric to make any more than these 6 blocks. I will have to use a similar one to set these together. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

15 comments:

  1. I think you have come up with a great alternate use for those pretty diamonds.

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  2. Diamonds always make something pretty....great choices Debbie

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  3. I would have done the same thing - I can do y-seams, but why drive yourself nuts

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  4. Diamonds are a girl's best friend...even in fabric. Your blocks are very pretty. Creative Stitching Bliss...

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  5. good variety here, are they paper pieced or done by machine?

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  6. Making triangles makes perfect sense to me! They look great and I'm looking forward to seeing what you end up doing with them!

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  7. Great idea! I have some diamonds already cut. Much easier than y seams

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  8. Hi Debby, I love that idea! But I am a newbie when it comes to diamonds, so are your triangles simply half of a diamond or is there some math involved in cutting them the right size? Thanks, love your blog!

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  9. What pretty stars. I love those fabrics!

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  10. I understand your feelings! I love to do EPP but struggle getting my points sharp and tight. Anything to save sanity!

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  11. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

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  12. It's okay to save your sanity! I don't think you should have to do anything you don't want to when making a quilt. It's supposed to be enjoyable!

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  13. Love the stars and it's way easier to do them this way. Thanks for sharing, Debbie and I invite you to link up to Hexie Weekend to share your diamond idea. Off to try it.

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