I’ve now added ten of the 10-point stars to my version of Can Can, now Dance of the Poinsettias. I’d finished the little pink units I showed in my post on Friday and had actually already added one before I remembered to take the progress picture.
The back after pressing. I’m grading the seams right away which helps when pressing.
The next round requires ten large 10-point stars. I need to make a total of 16 more large 10-point stars for the entire top and I may — I haven’t decided this yet — make all 16 before I start adding the next round. I’ll make that decision once I get the ten needed for the next round done.
There was a question about the sequence I’d sew the seams in the pink unit. I had sewn them all before I remembered to take these pictures, so am using green skinny diamonds in place of the pink.
First I lay the pieces out with the wrong side facing me.
Then I pick up the first pair of white diamonds and one of the top skinny green diamonds and put the pin in at the end of the first part of path 1 of continuous sewing.
With Mr. Q.O.’s help, arrows were added to this picture. Each colour shows the path I used for one of the three lines of continuous piecing. The numbers are at the end of each path.
Rather than starting and stopping to knot off my thread six times if I were to hand piece this unit, I only started with a new line of piecing three times. The whole unit gets put together much faster. Hybrid piecing makes piecing this quilt top a lot of fun.
“The Poinsettia Dancers”
Baxter was very intently watching Mr. Q.O. when I took this.