When making bands of 45-degree diamonds, such as for a Lone Star design, these steps ensure less waste and more accuracy. Below you’ll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. PLUS—if you’ve found this lesson useful, you can download a copy of this AND many more Sew Easy lessons in our FREE eBooklet Sew Easy Lessons: The Essential Collection of Quilting Techniques. Click here to download your copy of this lesson plus many other tried-and-true patchwork tutorials!
Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions
- Sew band in desired order, off-setting by approximate finished width of strips.
- Trim off-set edge by aligning 45-degree mark on ruler with a seam (along blue and light pink).
- Trim band as shown.
- Re-position band, aligning cut edge with desired measurement on ruler.
- Cut band.
- Continue cutting until you have number of units indicated.
TIP: The 45-degree mark on your ruler can be used for more than diamond strip set, but the basic positioning and cutting are the same.
Products used: Products used: Havel’s Self-Healing Cutting Mat, Havel’s 45mm Rotary Cutter, and Havel’s 6″ x 24″ Fabric Ruler. Check out Havel’s Sewing for more information and a complete catalog.
Fabric from Garden Glory collection by Maja Ronnback and Abstract Collage collection by Ampersand for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.
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