Seven Sisters Workshop

Seven Sisters, sewn in the traditional manner, is not for the timid. It's not for the one who likes quick and easy. That's because all 72 of those diamonds are sewn with a dreaded y-seam. But, NOT with my method.

Let me show you my first Seven Sisters quilt made with NO y-seams.

Seven Sisters Table Topper
This actually came to me when I was playing with some of those Accu-Cut diamonds a friend gave to me. Here are a few of my feeble attempts.

Beautifully cut diamonds from the Addison Collection from Windham Fabrics
Then I started playing, not really knowing what I was doing.

One Baby Block
And the y-seam on the back
And from the back
And the star block I tried to make!

One of the 7 Sisters (which I took apart!)
I quickly abandoned this and put on my designer hat and revisited some of the thousands of files of "how to's" from my quilt magazine days. I quickly realized I could eliminate many of those y-seams. This is what makes this class so awesome. ANYONE can do this.

Let's see the vintage patterns. These appeared in the Kansas City Star in the 1930s.

Seven Sisters pattern: February 19, 1931
And another one:
Seven Stars (Sisters) from March 11, 1931

I did make a Seven Sisters quilt using English Paper Piecing - with a LOT of y-seams. Can you see all those diamonds? But this was handwork and it was relaxing. What do you think?

English Paper Pieced Seven Sisters
Oh, you don't believe me that I used y-seams? Here are 3 of the blocks I made. Hey, this is amazing. I have 3 sisters!

Three sisters created with English paper piecing
Here are a few other quilts and parts that I share in my all day class. You didn't think I would ONLY focus on the Seven Sisters quilt, did you? I show my students how they can take the basic unit we make (over and over again) and create some beautiful variations.

This can be a table runner as is, but I'm making another 3 block row for a larger quilt. Students will learn how to add strips to the star points to create a whole new look. And, I'll teach them how to cut those 30 degree setting triangles.
Add borders to the star points!
 And introduce some larger triangles. I love this fabric line from years ago (Blank Quilting).

Don't you just love these purples and aqua?
And two last quilts using the same parts as the Seven Sisters.

Modern Seven Sisters, which I call Double Star
And one in classic blues and white:

Blue Double Star table topper
So, I bet you've never seen so many ideas based on the humble, vintage pattern called Seven Sisters!


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