If you don’t quilt, you have no idea what kind of heart ache I went through to get this perfect Ohio Star Block done.
I had done over a dozen of them. And I was having trouble getting the points to match up. Many of them had different sized triangles, and points cut off, and just general wonkiness when I wasn’t trying to be wonky.
I tried the sandwiche method of making the hourglass units, I tried cutting triangles out, and I tried using a specialty ruler for cutting the quarter square triangles. All to no avail.
Finally I got this perfect one by doing the following things:
1) new blade on the rotary cutter. It is amazing how much the fabric can get skewed from a dull blade.
2) starch the heck out of the fabric. I used so much starch that the fabric was as stiff as an index card.
3) pin, pin, pin. I pinned every piece of fabric. I put a pin in near where the fabric entered the foot, one in the middle and one at the end. And I would pull the pin out just before the sewing machine needle got to it. And I put a few more pins in the middle if the piece was bigger than 2.5″.
4) press open the seams. I know, I know. Lots of quilting gurus recommend pressing the seams to the side. I had better luck matching up points when my seams were open.
Now, on to knitting.
I’m currently working on a little neck scarf with a yarn that is very very much like Noro. It is from Japan. It self stripes. It is only two loosely plied strands. But it isn’t NOro. It is Diakeito.