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    Super Member newbee3's Avatar
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    paper piecing

    I just did a 8 pointed star sewed it stopped leaving the 1/4" as shown now the middle has 16 pieces coming together in the middle how do you handle that?? I know you probably need to do something to make it look good I would post a picture but not seeing any way to do that here. Please help

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    Press so the sa go in a spiral around the center.

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    I press that final seam open, swirl the other seams and trim if necessary.
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    Watch how Eleanor Burns unstitches and swirls the centers of blocks. It will get them to lay the flattest. I don't have the video links but I'm sure you can find them on the internets somewhere.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Thank you all for the information I will try that and will check out Eleanor Burns if I can find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready View Post
    Watch how Eleanor Burns unstitches and swirls the centers of blocks. It will get them to lay the flattest. I don't have the video links but I'm sure you can find them on the internets somewhere.
    I watch all QIAD shows - I didn't realize she removed stitches - will have to rewatch her shows

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    i hate those centers so bulkey
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    I have the same dilemma and not sure how I am going to be able to solve it. I thought I had followed all the directions for the Maine Star (Carol Doak's) but now wish I had just ironed all the seams open. The stitches are so tiny, I doubt I will be able to see to remove a few to make the seams swirl. As a alternative I may try beat them into submission by gently whacking them with a rubber mallet to flatten. I have information stored in My Pages but not sure yet how to access them.

    Why didn't I think of this before I had constructed 28 out of thirty blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grocifer View Post
    As a alternative I may try beat them into submission by gently whacking them with a rubber mallet to flatten.
    LOL Grocifer! Now there is a technique I have not tried yet! So funny to picture doing that and having DH come in and ask why!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble View Post
    LOL Grocifer! Now there is a technique I have not tried yet! So funny to picture doing that and having DH come in and ask why!
    Hey, whatever works! Sometimes we just get desperate.

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