Dear Aunt Martha….

Oh, Aunt Martha! I always wanted one of these quilt kits you used to make. I finally found one on eBay and it quickly became mine.

But while you advertised accuracy in cutting, you were anything but accurate. I took apart the first diamond I tried to piece. It turned out terribly.

I bought a stamp set and hand pieced the next diamond. It took hours, somewhere north of two. It turned out better than the first, but I despaired of ever finishing.

But then……my friends at AccuQuilt came out with the Prairie Star die. I knew I had to have it. I placed my ill cut pieces on the die and ran it through.

I machine pieced with nary a pin, and…….ta daaaaa!

Martha, do you see these points! I didn’t even use pins!

And it didn’t take three hours! Sadly, the hand pieced point will need to be disassembled and the pieces recut with my handy dandy die.

But I will persevere, Aunt Martha. You could learn a thing or two from AccuQuilt .

Have a great day!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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5 Responses to Dear Aunt Martha….

  1. Jean says:

    This will be beautiful!

  2. Sue H says:

    Yay! Guess you showed Aunt Martha! Great job and your points are perfect!

  3. Vivian B. says:

    Yeah, those kits were made for the days of hand piecing which allows for more “fudging” while sewing. That explains why so many finished vintage tops from those days don’t lie flat, especially at the centers of the stars. Our fore-mother’s would have definitely would have liked to have our tools. Thanks to the die, this one is going to be a beaut!

  4. Becky Turner says:

    Great points and a great fix for the problem!
    Do you ever wonder what the heck they used back then to make the cuts that are so wonkey?
    All by hand or what?

  5. Kathy D. says:

    Early in my quilting journey, I tried one of these and despaired of ever matching the points. It has been my nemesis ever since. Will only ever try it again if I get an Accuquilt cutter, lol.

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