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Thread: help with ohio star

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    Junior Member KarenJ's Avatar
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    I am new to quilting and am starting on a quilt made up of all Ohio Star blocks with square in a square centers.
    I was having trouble getting the blocks straight so I tried paper piecing and that works much better.
    However, the spots where the points of the inner square meet the inner points of the star rays have So Much Bulk that they are difficult to sew over without veering off course and they don't really lie flat.
    Is there some trick to this?
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    Try pressing the seams open in those areas :D:D:D

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    the trick is to use your iron as much as your sewing machine. the directions do not usually mention that but ironing and starching go along way. .............also at each intersection put in a long pin to keep the seams together before sewing.

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    We steam the dickens out of them then pound flat with a wooden mallet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by applique
    We steam the dickens out of them then pound flat with a wooden mallet.
    Never tried that!

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    You never know what tools a quilter has in his/her arsenal.

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    Hmmm - I have a wooden mallet I was going to give away - might want to rethink that!

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    I would also press the seams open in those difficult areas.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try them all (well maybe not the wooden mallet thing). Thanks for the help.

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    they are now making hammers for people to purchase just for the whacking of seams. it's an old trick as i watched my mom way back when use a regualr board to whack her seams

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