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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.