Recently I had a lovely comment asking how I prepare my diamond paper pieces for my Star quilt. It is difficult to explain so I have taken some photo's to help show how I do it. I'm sure there are other ways (prob better ones too), but this is just how I have done it for my diamonds with the very pointy ends!!!
Firstly I lay out all of my diamond papers onto the fabric I will be using (to make the papers I make one diamond template out of template plastic, then draw around the template onto a light cardstock). I leave about 1-2 inches between each diamond.
Then roughly cut between the diamonds.
Then comes the neatening....trim around each diamond (I usually trim leaving just over 1/4 inch of fabric around the diamond template).
Snip off the pointy ends, this will help to reduce the bulk when it comes to folding the fabric around the pointy tips of the diamond.
Ready to baste. Whenever I baste hexagon shapes, I baste around the shape stitching through the fabric only. However when I baste these diamonds, I do stitch through the fabric and the papers, to ensure I have absolutely no slipping around those pointy ends. I begin along an edge (not on a corner) and make sure the thread is pulled through towards me as I come to the pointy end.
Next I fold down the snipped off end and finger press it down.
Then fold down firstly the right side, then the left side. When both sides are folded down stitch through all layers to hold them firm.
I am always left with a little triangle flap, however this small flap is never a bother and can be easily held out of the way whenever you are stitching the diamond shape onto the quilt.
Continue around the diamond firmly folding at each corner as you go.
Repeat the same process with the other pointy end and continue along until you are almost back where you began. Take a couple of small stitches through the diamond to finish and to ensure the thread will not unravel and you are done! (You can click on the photo below to get a better view of the stitches).
Preparing the diamonds in this way does require work, but I find it makes the actual stitching up process easier if they are well prepared. This is what the back is looking like...
How do you prepare your pointy ended paper pieces?! xo