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While I was at Studio 180 Design Teacher Certification, as I was just trying to keep up two other students; Phyllis Fay and Sarah Furrer were busy creating. Below is what they whipped up.
Phyllis and Sarah
What I love about this top other than great technique, is all the different tools they used to create a quilt without using a pattern. When I am giving a presentation on all the Studio 180 Design tools I always show this picture. I am crazy about the outer border. I love the way they used the Split Rects tool. It looks just like they paper pieced it but it was accomplished with a ruler!

You start in the middle of the quilt with the Lemoyne Star and work your way out with each new border. I have also listed the pre-finished sizes or trimmed sizes.

• One 12 ½” Lemoyne Star
• Four 3 ½” shaded 4-patch
• Sixteen 3 ½” little houses
• Eight 3 ½” squares of background fabric
• Fifty-six 3 1/2” combo blocks (which means you have to make 28 Half Square Triangles (HST) blocks first; remembering that they yield a double number of blocks)
• Four 3 ½ “Square/Squared blocks
• Twenty 3 ½ ” X 6″ ½ ” Diamond Rects
• 2 ½ ” border of the background fabric
• Four 4 ½ ” V Blocks
• Four 4 ½ ” Corner Beams
• Eighty 2 ½ ” x 4 ½ ” Split Rects (which means you have to make 40 by using the rights sides together method)

Studio 180 Design Tools Required:
• Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star
• Tucker Trimmer I & III
• Diamond Rects
• V-Block
• Corner Beam
• Split Rects

Studio 180 Design Technique Sheets:
• Shaded 4-Patch
• Little Houses

Thanks Phyllis & Sarah for sharing.

Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star – Quick & Dirty

I am a self-proclaimed Deb Tucker Groupie! I love the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler – NO “Y” SEAMS. This post is not meant to replace Deb Tuckers instructions. It is meant to encourage you try her ruler. The instructions that come with the ruler are very detailed and easy to follow, and also include instructions for Left handed people. You can purchase Deb Tucker products from their web page at
http://www.studio180design.net

Each block requires two background strips and two star point strips. I cut two background strips the width of fabric and mark one “A” and One “B” at the top.
Lemoyne star Cuts

Cut two star point strips. Place a star strip on Strip “A” right sides together down the same distance as the background strip is wide. Do the same with Strip “B” as shown below. Sew both with 1/4″ seam allowance. Notice you are sewing strip “A” on the right side and strip “B” on the left side of the strip.
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Press star strip “A” toward the background strip. Press star strip “B” toward the star strip.
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Place strip “A” & “B” right sides together with strip “B” on the bottom, nesting the long seams.
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Line the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler edge along the stitching line and bumping another ruler against the angled edge. This will give you your 45 degree angle. Cut off the staggered end and discard.
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Continue making cuts the same width as your Star Point Strips. In this picture my star point strips are 3 1/4″ wide, so I continue to cut 3 1/4″ wide units.
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Continue to cut your units.
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Second cuts. Position the ruler edge at the tip of the star strip and trim straight up.
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This shows the parts placement to 1/4 quarter of your block. With right side together center the triangle you just cut off on the side of the unit and sew together.
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Place the two units in front of you with the star points facing toward you. “A” is on the right and “B” is on the left. Press “A” toward the star point and press “B” toward the background.
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Place the unit right side up pointing the diamond toward 2:00 (for ease in cutting both directions). As you can see in this picture I did not position it correctly. Align the desired block size lines with the sewn seam lines. Trim along both sides of the ruler.
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Place two units together nesting the seam and starting at the star point and sew together.
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Press seam open.
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Join the quarters together and sew, then sew the halfs together. Press seams open.
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Square up using the Tucker Trimmer III
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Another Great Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Class


Yesterday at Sew EZ in Portsmouth we had another great class on how to make a Lemoyne star – with out “Y” seams!!! I love this method. It was developed by Deb Tucker www.studio180design.net . It is so much fun. Thanks to Mary & Mary, Nancy & Sandy. It was a good class.

Lemoyne Star Class in Hampton

I just got home from teaching a Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star class in Hampton, VA. I have to say the students: Arlene, Susan, Suzanne, Leanne, Mavis, & Lisa – you guys are rock stars. We had a great class. They learned something new and had fun doing it. If you haven’t tried Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler, you don’t know what you are missing.

Going back tomorrow to teach the Oak Ridge Stars Pattern.