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Thread: Lone Star Quilt Help!

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    Lone Star Quilt Help!

    I have an old lone star quilt kit my mother had. I have sewn it together & everything looked good--until the final points of the star was sewn together. The center puckers! Any ideas on how to get it to sew together smooth without the center puckers?
    SandyGail

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    sew it together in pairs, then the pairs together into 2 halves, pinning at each match point & nesting the seams- press well (perhaps with starch as you complete each section- then sew the 2 halves together- i've had a couple which i actually matched my centers- pinned all the way across then started sewing in the center- out to one side- then turned over went back to center & sewed out to the other side. as long as your seams are nested, it is pressed well and you do it in sections it should go together nice & flat.
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    Generally speaking, if the 8 sections don't match when sewn together - at least one of the sections is the wrong size. If I were you I would measure (down to the 1/16th inch) all four sides of each of the eight star arms and trim (if you can) the ones that are oversized. After that - put it back together as CKcowl suggests. Starch helps too - but remember now that they are pieced ALL the edges are bias edges so don't stretch it when you starch/iron it.
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    When I do a lone star, I put it together in quarters first (sew the points in pairs). Then I TRIM - make sure each quarter has a perfect 90 degree corner. Then you can sew pairs - and again, trim to make sure you have a perfect straight edge. And finally, sew the two halves together. If you have a 45 degree ruler, you can check the star before the first pairing. But if not, I find this works well.

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    Thanks all! I sewed it in pairs and then the pairs and then the halves. I will try from center out - and try not to stretch it! I guess I will reverse sew the main sections starting with the halves tonight.
    SandyGail

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