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Diamonds of Yellowstone Fussy Cutting Quilt Techniques

today we're going to fussy cut some diamonds to make tumbling blocks [Music] let's take a look at the blocks we're going to use to make up our tumbling block I've called this yellow stone because these animals remind me of the types of animals you see at Yellowstone Park and also the scenery is very similar first of all we have to get our fussy cut fabric that's the important thing that means we're going to Center a design inside the diamond shape and if you'll notice here we have a large diamond with the animals in we have a medium size diamond and then we have a smaller diamond and that gives us some extra dimension then we have to choose our other fabrics for the border strips so this is my yellow stone fabric and on one of the blocks I'm going to use gray I picked out the gray fabric from here on the smaller diamond I'm going to use two border strips of the brown and the tan fabric both colors are in here and then my border strip is going to be black and there is a little bit of black in here but I just thought it needed that black just to form a nice frame for it okay how are we going to get started well let's take a look at the fabric and we're going to cut 8 inch diamonds so we can work with some fairly large pieces are fairly large designs in our fabric there we go we have to decide which one we want we've got elk and bear and buffalo now let's see what we're going to do how about if we take well let's take this buffalo up here he sort of looks like he wants to be there and the largest diamond the 8 inch one is at the top of our tumbling block so we need to position the fabric so that it's it will fit in the top for the top diamond so on here I have a tee line right at the top of the diamond with a dotted line if I line up my design with that tee line that means that will be the top diamon it will be centered exactly the way I want it to be in my quilt so that's what I'm going to use make sure you don't have other fabric underneath when you cut get it straight and there we go and we'll come around here and cut this side and this side and that gives us the 8 inch or the largest diamond that will go right here at the top of our tumbling block so we can either use mr.

bear here or we can use this buffalo shape for our design all right now we have to go to this piece which is a 6-inch diamond so and we have to find a piece that will fit in there some of these like the Buffalo might be a little bit large how about our elk and that's a left-side diamond so we have to be sure we can get our left side here right here I've got mr.

bear here right in the middle of my left I have the L lines lined up with the center of the design but we can't rotary cut inside a shape and that's exactly what we want is the inside so I'm going to take the next smaller diamond put it in here now we can rotary cut around the outside and have a perfect six-inch diamond with our design fussy cut in the middle okay and that will give us the diamond that we need for here now we need to go to a four inch so we need to find a smaller animal for our four inch let's see if that beaver will work there we take the 6 inch diamond and we line up the our line right here so the opening is where that will be right in the opening here so in order to get it a 4 inch diamond we'll put the 4 inch in remove this diamond and we're ready to cut a 4 inch and one more side and now we have our 4 inch and those are the pieces we need now we can take our fabric here and put it out of the way now let's take a look at first of all at the 6 inch diamond we're going to add gray strips and I have my strips cut one and a half inches wide and first of all we're going to do the top and the bottom of the block so let's go to the sewing machine and do that I'm going to start on a starter scrap just need one and so a little bit okay now the top and the bottom and you know it's a good idea to pin those because when you get to the machine because of the angles it's hard to remember which is the top and bottom so we only need to mark one side so let's say we'll mark the top of all of the diamonds we're going to make and we'll put this right here take our gray strip and let's take a look at the angle that we'll be cutting you can see here we'll be cutting the strip that angle so we need to make sure we have our strip long enough if the end of the strip is straight let's just take this that's the way yours would probably be before you cut if you started right here open that up you wouldn't have a point so you need to be up about this long about that far that with the strip above it and we're going to sew with the strip on top and the reason for that is because the strip is cut on the straight of green and it won't stretch whereas at least two sides of the diamond could possibly be or at least two would be off green maybe all four sides are off grains so we won't worry about it we'll just sew with the strip on top so I'm going to just sew right onto my strip make sure my diamonds lined up and the pin can come out as soon as you're sure you're sewing to the right side and you would just add another diamond and just chain stitch and keep going but we're only doing one right now lock my stitches and cut then come over and put this piece in so we're ready for the next seam all right let's go and press this and remember we have all of them I think there are six in here we have six sides done this way and what we wanted to is first set our seam by just putting the iron right down on the strip not moving it then when we press the seam allowance we go right across the strip and now it's time to cut this strip and we're going to go back to our shapes and it doesn't matter what size the medium or the large because all you're going to do is line up this outside edge of the diamond with the outside of the diamond shape and line up this edge with the bottom or the top of the strip and cut now if we had another diamond right here we'd be cutting right down beside them and that diamond would be would also have its border cut we have a piece here I'm just going to turn this over to make it easier line up the side and the strip and cut our piece and we have one strip added now let's go and add the strip to the bottom and I find I don't have to mark the bottom because once this is on the top you might be able to figure out the bottom is opposite it but we do have to watch out for that angle and I'm going to start with a straight strip again to just show you that we need to allow for that angle cut so we'll bring it right up here allow enough fabric stitch onto our strip first and then position the diamond I know a lot of times when I work with diamond designs like this adding strips to them I find when I teach a class my students like to start stitching right where the diamond and the strip are lined up and that's the part where the seam allowance is most often distorted so if you start stitching on the strip and then add the diamond to it you'll be much better off okay and we have our piece cut our starter scrap off and get ready for our next seam now we have a piece like this we need to press our seam allowances the same way we did before open that up the seam allowances always go away from the center or away from the fussy cut and again we cut our pieces and line them up as long as two sides of the shape line up with two sides of the piece you're working on always one with the new strip and with the side and this way your angles will always be accurate okay and next we would add a strip to two sides doing it exactly the same way sewing it pressing and then cutting at the angle until our piece looks like this and you can see how it needs to be cut with that right angle you know if we put it over here we'd have animals flying up in the air somewhere so it needs to be that left cut now on the right side we're going to start with our four inch piece we're going to add strips exactly the same way that are an inch and a half wide then we're going to go to a a tour strip this is an inch and 3/4 and I've already added it on three sides let's just add it on one more side and then we'll show you how to make sure these are all the same size okay we have our piece here remember this is a wider strip we also have to allow for that angle but this one's already been cut at an angle because of being put here so that can line up just like this so I'll put my my triangles together right here on the edge and stitch after you make one or two you'll know which way to turn that angle or to allow for that extra fabric rather hey let's just add one more so you can see the chain stitching I have my needle down in the fabric so I can lift my strip and I want to but these right up against each other because that'll save you a step if they're just touching but not overlapping we're just about done with our diamonds [Music] cut my threads and this is what it looks like now we've got sort of a chain with one right after the other so let's go and press this seam allowance and you can leave it attached or you can cut it I find it's better to leave it attached when I press it because you want to make sure you cut it the right way so we'll just press toward the seat toward the strip and press this one toward the strip see how this one lined right up when we lined up those triangles right at the end here if I get the starter scrap out of the way you can see better that's where we started and lined up the triangles look it lines up perfectly so that won't have to be trimmed finish pressing this and let's trim this piece again any one of the the medium or the large diamonds will do put it right here lining it up with the side and the bottom this is really the critical part because it's at an angle now see I have a short space in between here that means I'm going to have to cut twice I'm going to have to cut once for this diamond and come along and cut for this diamond whereas if they'd been touching that wouldn't happen and make it easier on myself but either way will work okay now we have our diamonds and let's take a look first at the grey diamond remember we cut this diamond the eight inch with the 8 inch shape and we need all of the diamonds to be the same size so what I'm going to do is to take my diamond shape and Center it and I've deliberately allowed extra fabric because some of you use different with seam allowances some use the scant quarter some of full quarter by leaving a little bit extra fabric in the strips we can trim it to the size we need regardless of the seam allowance you have used there's two sides let's turn it make it a little bit easier and that up again okay now we have a diamond shape that's exactly the same size as the eight-inch piece and it would go there now let's go back to the four inch the same things going to happen we need to trim it off and you can Center it sometimes depending on the fabric I find that it's easier to put two of the diamond shapes together to Center it because I get closer to this seam and I can eyeball it and make sure let's move it over just a little bit and make sure that it's centered if you can't eyeball it you can just line up like your points and your point here there we go that's a little better and we'll trim this and this way all of the diamonds going into our tumbling blocks are exactly the same size because it won't work if they're not get that back together line this up that's alright and this and now we're ready to do our tumbling blocks and that seems to be a part that really bothers a lot of people putting the tumbling blocks together so let's take a look at how we're going to do it first of all we need to sell our left and our right diamonds together and chances are if you've been quilting a long time you've run into directions that tell you to leave it open a quarter of an inch to do your your red Y seam as this is called the Y because we're sewing in a Y shape but we don't want to do that we want to sew all the way from one end to the next and it makes the actual Y's seem a little bit easier yeah I've got my starter scrap so right on to my diamonds make sure the edges are lined up [Music] and of course you can change from one to the other until you have them all sewn together and now we're ready to press now we're will press from the right side and press doesn't matter which side you're going to because this is just sort of an intermediate step you want to press to make sure you have no creases and then we're going to turn it over and open that seam up and it will press right down the middle it's just easier to I think to open the scene by first sewing the seams to one side and there we have a seal and now comes the part that a lot of you don't like to do and that's inserting this piece right here but remember I said we were going to close this all the way to the right what will become an inside point that's what's going to make it easier for us to sew now how do we know where to start sewing this to this well we need to have a guide on top that will tell you if I put it here and we start sewing I don't know where to stop so that gives you an indication that that's not the side we're going to sew on so if I put it here – so it will turn it over and sew on this side and now we have a seam right here the seam we pressed open that's where we'll stop sewing now you really don't need to pin this together except to check it and what I'm going to do is put a pin right in the middle of that seam and through to the fabric underneath to check to make sure that my underneath diamond is a quarter of an inch or the pin is a quarter of an inch from the edge of that underneath diamond and it is so I can either leave the pin in now or take it out let's and we'll start right from the end start on a scrap so my diamond together and there's nothing to match up except the very beginning and the inside of the scene between the first two diamonds no scenes in between I'm going to so till I'm about one stitch from the pin don't want to stitch over it remove the pin take another stitch so my needle is right down in the very center of that seam lift the presser foot the needles down in that's important and bring the bottom diamond around to meet the side this will fold and work with it a little bit till it feels completely flat line up this next edge and sew and you should have a perfect inside point on your tumbling block just about any kind of a seam that you where you want to inset something you can do it that way okay let's take a look at our finished tumbling block we'll press the seam allowances away from this big block to get it to lie flat and we have one of our tumbling blocks and there are five complete tumbling blocks and then there are some partial blocks in there so let's talk about that we have a on the sides we have a fussy cut triangle it's really a little bit more than a half a diamond and so what I do is take my fabric I can just show you right here what I've done I have a straight seam and then I take my largest diamond and on the edge of the fabric I place this long that's 1/4 inch over from the center and this line and then cut my triangle what I've done is add a seam allowance onto there so when I put these pieces in one on each side this side and the side then those pieces will fit in perfectly because I've allowed for a seam allowance and think about straight lines when you go to put this together you put your tumbling blocks together so that you always give yourself some straight seams and you'll just do one Y seam after another until your whole project is finished let me show you how to line it up so you get those straight seams here we have a complete tumbling block and another one if we just add this one large triangle you can see after it's sewn together we have like the top diamond we're over here when we sew these pieces together you can see it's a straight line it will go in there just like the Y seam that we already did and the whole quilt is put together with just the diamonds and the Y seams and so you know get out some fabric that you have whether it's animals or florals or whatever fussy cut it have fun with it and create a beautiful design and be sure and join me on my next show when I'll bring you some more quilting ideas [Music] for information on today's main demonstration call one eight hundred two four eight k that's one eight hundred two four eight five two nine three or write to us at Ches quilting friends post office box four five six West Branch Michigan four 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