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Does working with diamonds in your piecing make you nervous and would you like someone to help you learn how to do a Y-seam? Sam Hunter is here to help you conquer your fears! Sam keeps no secrets in this 22 step-by-step video course. In this on-demand course, Sam shows you how to make her Big Star Braid Quilt from start to finish. Follow along at your own pace to learn how to make your own gorgeous quilt.

Play with fabric values to make the Big Star Braid Quilt spin and glow! This is a great project to experiment with color, and Sam makes it easy for you. Big Star Braid Quilt instructions are included for both y-seam and non-y-seam construction methods. You’ll learn about each method, and decide which works best for you and your chosen background fabric. No templates are needed to make this quilt because you do all your cutting of diamonds from strips. Don’t have a ruler that is wide enough for this project? Sam shows you her technique of ruler stacking to cut the required pieces. When finished, your quilt size will be approximately 54’’ x 74’’. This is a great lap or snuggle size.

Lessons for Big Star Braid include choosing your fabrics and considering color, cutting accurate pieces, sewing accurate quarter inch seams, sewing with diamonds and how to match their points, cutting large pieces of fabric on a smaller mat, organizing your patchwork on a design wall and choosing your layout as well as Y-seam construction and non Y-seam construction and why you’d want to choose one over the other. You’ll also learn about measuring, cutting and sewing your borders as well as applying the borders to the finished star. Big Star Braid Quilt is a great project to stretch and grow your skill set.

To sew along with Sam, you'll need the following:

Big Star Braid Pattern - Included in the class!

Fabric required per the pattern

Sewing machine

Rotary cutter and mat

Selection of rulers (need to be able to measure 10 1/2 inches


Tape that you can see (Washi or painters tape)

Starch or sizing