Perfect Your Skills: Hand Piecing | Staff Blog

Perfect Your Skills: Hand Piecing

Each month, learn a fun trick or tip to make your quilting easier and more polished!


Hand piecing is a relaxing and sometimes more accurate way to piece blocks. See step-by-step photos for hand piecing below (we used a diamond star shape as an example!).


Lay out diamonds. Pick up diamond Nos. 1 and 2; layer them with right sides together.


Pin diamonds together with a pin exiting exactly at each pair of matching points. Sew from right-hand side to left-hand side (see picture above for starting and stopping points). Take tiny backstitch at the last stitch. Do not cut thread.


Open pieces and finger-press seam allowances to right.


Position diamond No. 3 on diamond No. 2 with right sides together and edges aligned. Pin at left-hand side.


Push thumbnail against seam allowance at the star center. Without catching the seam allowances in stitching, bring up needle at dot, right around thumbnail.


Take a tiny backstitch at starting point, then sew seam from the star center to the left-hand side, stopping at pin (see placement above).


Open pieces and finger-press seams away from center diamond, completing a half star.


In same manner, join diamond Nos. 4, 5, and 6 to make second star half. Pin star halves together with pins.


Sew from right-hand side toward star center. Pull seam allowances to the left. Stitch together and take a tiny backstitch. Do not clip thread.


Bring needle through to base of seam line. Push seam allowances to the right, take a tony backstitch, and continue stitching seam.


Stitch seam to outside to complete a six-pointed star. Finger-press seams.