Sew Alongs

Week 6 Diamond Dust – October 6, 2018

And here we are in the last week of the Diamond Dust sew along!  This week you will finally put the blocks together into rows and stitch the rows together.  Then add a border if you like.

The rows go together by alternating blocks of the HST Corner Beam units, with the plain Corner Beam units.  I was focused with the color placement of the plain Corner Beam units because those had the rainbow of colors and wanted that balanced in the quilt top.  I probably did 4 or 5 layouts taking pictures along the way until I finally decided on the layout below.

quilt-layout-e1538937911908.jpgEach row has two of each unit.  Stitch those together, and then stitch you rows together.  I paid attention to pinning in the places where I need to match seams and also careful to get my points. You really want to make sure the white seams match up because these are very noticeable intersections that your eye is drawn to in the pattern.  Now that the top is done, it’s time to think about borders.

Next you may want to choose to add a border to the quilt or depending on your fabric selections, you may choose to leave the borders off.  Below is how I was choosing borders to add to the quilt.  When I designed it I wanted to have double borders, but after I had the first border on I then decided that was all I wanted to showcase the quilt top center.  I like to say borders can make or break a quilt.  They are the frames to the quilt top and sometimes less is more.  In this case less was the better choice.

I hope you enjoyed experimenting with color placement, learning to use the Corner Beam tool and Corner Pop, and hope you were able to finish a quilt top!  Stay tuned for more posts of inspiration and future sew-a-longs.  Thank you for joining me!  Happy sewing.

Week 5 Diamond Dust – September 29, 2018

Welcome back to this weeks sew along!  This week we will putting the blocks together to make basic 4 patch blocks and preparing them for the final layout!  If you are stitching with us, it seems these weekly posts sneak up on me and remind me that time is just flying by.

So let’s get started.  First, you will stitch all the HST Corner Beam units into pairs, matching up the Corner Pop centers and side triangle seams.  Sew with 1/4″ seam allowances of course.    Then match up the pairs on the long sides, once again matching up the Corner Pop seams (small green triangles in my case) and the side triangle seams from the Corner Beam unit, and stitch together to make the block you see below.

Next we will make the 4-patch again with the solid Corner Beam units.  Now, if you have a “rainbow” type printed fabric then you will want to layout the blocks to get the variegation of colors in each block.  I laid all of the blocks out grouping the blues in one block, greens in another, oranges in another and so on.  Next, stitch two units together and then the those pairs to the together to make the 4-patch block remembering to match up the seam intersections of the Corner Pop triangle and the side triangles of the Corner Beam.  My layouts are in the picture below.  Now if you do not have to worry about color placement, then stitch the units together with out worry.
block two 4 patch

So that wraps another week!  This week was pretty quick and easy!  See you back next week for the final layout and quilt top assembly.  Happy Sewing.


Week 4 Diamond Dust – September 22, 2018

Here we are with just a couple of weeks to go and if you have been staying up to date with you weekly sewing steps, you are in the home stretch with completing this quilt top.

This week we will be taking all of the Corner Beam units and popping corners!  We will be using the Corner Pop™ tool by Studio 180 Design. All the blocks will have the inside corner popped and replaced with a green (22131-72) triangle.  From the green fabric cut 2 WOF strips at 2¼”.  Sub cut into 32 squares 2¼” x 2¼”.

We need to also pop the corners off the Corner Beam units that were pieced using the half square triangle.  We did those in week 2 of the sew along.  The outer corner will be popped off and replaced with the white fabric (22131-1).  You will need to cut 2 strips WOF at 3¾” and then sub-cut into 16, 3¾” x 3¾” squares. 

Next cut all the squares in half on the diagonal to make triangles.

Now to pop the corners.  Looking on your Corner Pop™ tool on the left edge and bottom edge is the “Cut Away Corner” sections.    The top right corner of the tool is the Corner Trim Down section.

First, we will pop off the corner of each Corner Beam’s center point.  You can reference the instructions that came with the tool for more details.  We are making a “published size” of 1½”.  Placing the tool so that the 90° corner of the unit is positioned in the corner of the tool with the 1” marks.  See photos below.  Next trim off the corner. 


Using the triangles that were made from the 2¼” x 2¼” squares, in my case the green triangles, with RST and matching the raw edges, stitch the oversize triangle onto the Corner Beam unit.  Press toward the triangle.

corner pop sew on replacement triangle

Now for the trim down.  Using the opposite corner of the Corner Beam™ tool labeled “Corner Trim Down”, you will line up the seam created from stitching on the oversized triangle with 1” line marked on the tool, and then trim up the side and across the top of the tool.



All the Corner Beam blocks will need to popped and a green triangle added.

Next, we will pop off the opposite corner of ONLY the Corner Beam units with the half square triangle centers (we made these in week one and two). Follow the same process and steps as above but this time for a published corner size of 3”.  Reference the size chart that came with your Corner Pop™ tool.  You will use the 2½” cut away section on your tool to cut the corner off, and the 2 ½” trim down line to trim after the side triangle is sewn on.

Your finished unit should look like this.corner white pop

See you again next week when we will start sewing the blocks together!  Happy sewing.


Week 3 Diamond Dust – September 15, 2018

**Please note this post has been updated as of 9/18/18…I was with out power for a couple of days and just now getting back in my sewing room catching up on projects, long arming  some customer quilts and getting this post finalized.

Hope everyone is well and if you are on the East Coast staying safe.  I wanted to get this you today so you could have the weekend to work on it, and it’s early on a Friday since I am in the path of Florence and anticipate loosing power at some point.

So this week we will making the other set of Corner Beam units using the solid background fabric, and in my case the white (22131-1), and the printed multi-colored fabric (DP22127-44).  And I just loved this fabric choice for this pattern design.  It really was the fabric that lead me to design the quilt using the Corner Beam units.  I am a Creators Club member for Northcott Fabrics, and this fabric collection just jumped out at me when I was looking for my selections and what to design for them.

We are making 5″ finished units again this week.  Using the white fabric ut 5 WOF strips at 6″ and then sub cut to make 32, 6″ x 6″ squares.  This week because the square is not pieced together, you can layer 3-6 squares right sides up when cutting the center shape of the Corner Beam unit.

Line up the Center Beam Trim Line #1 (it’s the dashed line) on the edge of your squares, and trim along the slanted edge of the tool.  Then rotate the tool slightly, to line up the dashed-dotted line labeled Center Beam Trim #2 on the edge you just trimmed. Now trim again along the slanted diagonal edge of the tool.  Do this for all 32 squares.  Scroll down to see the photos from week 2 of this step….I did not actually snap shots of this with the white background fabric.

So the next step is making the side triangles.  It is the same process as last week but with a little tweak due to the fabric I chose.  I wanted the side triangle to match in color placement, and if I had just folded my strip in half I would not have cut matching mirror image pairs.  I cut my first strip and second one, then I match up the placement of those two on the fabric repeat to get the same colors in the strip.  Then I unfolded them and matched up the colors. Place these RST.  If you are trying to match up fabric repeats like I did, then cut 6 strips, but other wise you will only need 4 WOF strips at 6″. The below on the left shows how I matched the repeat of the strips pretty closely.  The right is laying them RST to prepare for cutting side triangles.

Next, square up one end of the strips, and begin cutting the side triangles like we did in Week 2.  Using the Side Triangle Trim Line #1 first by placing in the edge of the strip on the solid, bold line.

Trimming side triangle

Next you will need to rotate the tool one quarter turn to the left or counterclockwise and line up the solid, diagonal line labeled “Side triangles trim #2″ with the diagonal cut on the strips, and the tiny short “Second Trim” line with the raw edge of the strips. Now cut along the straight edge of the tool forming the second set up side triangle units.  Then rotate the tool again to beginning position and continue rotating back and forth through this process until you have cut 32 sets of side triangles.

rotate trim again side tri



Now, scroll down to the part from Week 2 where you sew the side triangles to the center beam center and follow that same process for sewing on the print side triangles to the white center beam center or bowtie.  Remember to sew one side and then press to the side triangles and then sew on the other side triangle.  If you are trying to match up the print like I did, you will want to make sure you know which side triangle pairs go together.  You can mark them with a fabric pen and number them.  Or you can sew each side on and then move on to unit two.  The latter process will be quit time consuming, so coming up with a way to organize them where you chain piece the side triangles on will be helpful and speed things up.  After you stitch both side triangle, then you will do the trim down process just like we did last week for all 32 units.

Thanks for sewing along and see you Friday for the next post.

Week 2 Diamond Dust – September 8, 2018

Welcome back to the sew along for week two.  I hope week one went well for you, and you found using the Tucker Trimmer™ to make the HST units was not only fun, but eye opening as to how precise you were able to make them.  Once again, if you are left handed or need a bit more detail on the instructions, please use the instructions that came with your Corner Beam™ tool.

This week we will be using those HST units from week one to make our first set of units using the Corner Beam™ tool.  Let’s get started.

Using the HST with Right Side Up, line up the first trim line on the raw edge of the unit.  Trim, then rotate the unit placing the cut edge you just made on the next trim line labeled “Center Beam Trim #2”.  Trim again.


Next we will make the side triangles for the corner beam.  Place the green (22131-72) and turquoise (22131-62) 6″ (WOF) strips with Right Side Together (RST) and square up the one end of the strips.

Next, lay the Corner Beam tool matching the trimmed edge with the solid, bold line on the tool labeled “Side triangles trim #1”. The tip of the tool should lay on the top of the strip’s raw edge, and the opposite raw edge will be lined up the “6inch Strip” line on the tool.  Cut along the slanted edge of the tool to make the first set up mirrored image side triangles.

Next you will need to rotate the tool one quarter turn to the left or counterclockwise and line up the solid, diagonal line labeled “Side triangles trim #2” with the diagonal cut on the strips, and the tiny short “Second Trim” line with the raw edge of the strips. Now cut along the straight edge of the tool forming the second set up side triangle units.  Then rotate the tool again to beginning position and continue rotating back and forth through this process until you have cut 32 sets of side triangles.


Ready to sew?  So placement of the side triangles is key to ensuring there is enough for the trim down process.  I have to remember this every time I make the Corner Beam unit because inevitably I forget leaving me with units a tad to short to fully trim down…so out comes the seams ripper.  Never my favorite thing to do.

Lay out one of the units so you can see how it goes together.  The green side triangle will be on one side the and turquoise on the opposite.  The long diagonal edge matches up with the diagonal edge of the corner beam’s center unit.  Sew all the same color on first.  And after you sew the first side triangles press toward the triangle.  Then sew the next side on.   You want to make sure you move the side triangle down a tiny bit more towards the wide end of the center unit. This will help make sure there is enough to trim in the next steps.  I sewed the turquoise on first and then the green.


Now it’s time for the magic…the trim down.

With the unit right side up, place to tool on top of it, lining up the diagonal lines with the seams of the green and turquoise side triangle.  Now, I started with mine “upside down” from the directions, because I wanted to line up all the little arrow heads you see in the middle of the of tool with the seam of the blue/violet HST.  But you can also do it with the other way as the directions in the tool show and get the same end result.  So don’t let this confuse you.  Trim up the right edge and across the top.



Lift up the tool, and rotate the unit so the point is now in the upper right hand corner, and place the tool back down, lining the diagonals and the trimmed edges with the cut size of 5 1/2″ and now trim up the right side and across the top.


And that wraps up week two of the sew along.  Happy sewing and see you again next week.  FYI, I may try to post on Fridays starting next week and that gives you more weekend sewing time.  Thanks so much for joining me and hope to see you back next week.

Week 1 Diamond Dust – September 1, 2018

Are you ready to get started? I know I am!

This quilt goes together quickly and with the help of the Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools the piecing will be a breeze.
This week you will be using the blue (22131-44) and violet (22131-82) fabric to make 32 Half Square Triangle units using the Tucker Trimmer III. Please refer to the instructions that came with your tool for more details if needed, and left handed cutting instructions.

Cut 3 WOF (Width of Fabric) 7” strips from each of the colors and then sub cut to make (16) 7” x 7” squares of each color.

Place a violet and blue RST ( Right Sides Together) and using the Magic Wand or another 1/4” marking tool, make two lines down each side of the square’s diagonal that is 1/4” of the center diagonal line.



Stitch on both of the lines or even just a thread to the inside of the line.  This gives just a little bit extra for when go to the trim down process.  Since we need 32 of these units,  I like to chain piece these by sewing all my units down one side and then sewing down the next set of lines.  It saves some time.  Sometimes I find cutting the chain apart makes it easier to feed the second time through if I fed the units too closely together the first time around.

Now that they are sewn, you will cut them apart between the middle and press all towards the blue half.

wk 1 step 3Now here is where the magic happens!  It’s time to bring out the Tucker Trimmer III.  Place the half triangle square (HST) unit right side up and line up the seam line with the solid, bold, black line of the tool, otherwise known as the “common diagonal” on the tool.  You want to also make sure there is fabric showing on the outside the edges of the tool and beyond the 6 1/2″  dotted cut size lines on the tool.  We need 6″ finished units, so make sure to trim on  6 1/2″ lines which adds the seam allowances.  A good thing to remember when you use the Tucker Trimmer III to always add that 1/2″ from the desired finished size.  The photo on the left shows how little fabric is going beyond that dotted line, but you need it so there is something to trim away, ensuring you have a straight trimmed unit.  Trim across the top and up the side, then rotate the unit and trim again, but this time also lining up the recently trimmed edges to the dotted 6 1/2″ line and the diagonal.  Rinse and repeat.  Make 32 HST units.


That completes the Week 1 instructions!  See you again next week for the more sewing fun.  Thank you for joining in and if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment.

IMGP4493Diamond Dust Sew Along September 1 – October 13

Join me for my free sew along to create “Diamond Dust”.  The colors and shapes remind me of light refracting through a diamond.  This quilt uses the Studio 180 Design tools V Block, Tucker Trimmer I or III, and the Corner Pop.  The featured fabric is Northcott’s Stroke of Brilliance collection.  Feel free to use anything that strikes your fancy though.

Fabric Requirements

Visit the website below if you would like to find  a retailer for the featured fabrics.

Strokes of Brilliance Collection

If you need the tools from Studio 180 Design visit your local quilt shop or purchase directly from Studio 180 Design by clicking on the link below.

Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design

See you soon!


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