The first step is to sew fabric strips and then to use the Perfect Seven ruler to cut the pie-shaped pieces for the circular star. Frankly, I found this to be the most challenging part. After I cut a piece correctly, I kept it nearby so that I could refer to it as I continued to cut the other pieces. I used a medium, a dark, and a background fabric, as shown.
I cut seven orange pieces and seven turquoise pieces. Notice that the different colored pie-shaped pieces are mirror images of each other. I used a wooden iron to finger press the seams. To reduce bulk, I finger pressed toward the dark on the turquoise pieces and away from the dark on the orange pieces. This helped reduce bulk when joining the pieces. I do not recommend using a regular, heated iron to press the pieces, however, because I think that it would stretch the bias edges and make it difficult to end up with a flat circle when the pieces are joined.
Once the pie-shaped pieces were cut and finger pressed, they were sewn together in pairs and then pairs were sewn together to complete the circle. It is important to match seams, but the seams should lock since they were finger pressed in opposite directions. Then, the pairs were sewn together to complete the circle. See the photos below.
Once the pieces sewn together, a circle of fabric was appliqued to the center of the top where the pieces meet. I used raw-edge applique, but other methods can used as well. I quilted the table topper by sewing in the ditch and then attached the binding. I used bias strips for the binding. That made it very easy to bend the binding around the circle. See photos below.
If you live in Northeastern Oklahoma, I hope that you will join me for this fun workshop on Saturday, March 31, 2018!
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I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.