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Thread: 2014--50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars BOW

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    Carriem I sure have enjoyed "lurking" on this thread. The blocks and the quilts are AMAZING!! To add to my ever-growing list of 33. Can I ever live that long? Keep sharing those pictures and know that so many are enjoying them.

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    Good news from the eye Dr. today...I am back to square one, before the Optic Nerve swelled up, and see as good as ever. So no more excuses on the 50 stars, time to get busy to make up time lost....soon. Canning is the 'on' thing right now...it is peaches in the kitchen waiting for me to can them tomorrow morning. Celebrate the day! and do something you love to do.

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    Glad to hear the good news QuiltingNinaSue! You're doing good to can peaches. The most I ever made with them was ice cream and freezer peach jam. Glad you can sew again!

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    Oh I love all of your blocks. They are all so beautiful. They all look so different with the different colors in them. I can't wait to see them all completed. I tried to pick a favorite when I did mine. I have a few that aren't my favorite but my favorite keeps changing. I do like the Maine block a lot. But my favorite changes from day to day.
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    Great news, QuiltingNinaSue. I know you're relieved.
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    QuiltingNinaSue....I am so happy to hear your vision is back. You inspire me to celebrate each day! So many of us moan and groan over so much less of what we perceive to be pain and agony in our lives and you absolutely show us how to make lemonade out of lemons. Sometimes I really have to thank the big guy up there for putting certain people in my life, and you are one of them. I hope you have a great day today.
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    Thank you all for your kind words. As the specialist in DM said, "its not something I did necessarily, there is a higher power than mine. Sometimes the treatment works and sometimes it does not." Yes, I believe in Him above all of us; and every prayer is answered in His time, not ours. He told me "Everything is going to be alright!" when they tested me in Chariton and I could not doubt His word to me. It just about knocked me off the chair I was sitting in at the time. I do not sit in Church every Sunday...or have joined any church yet...but He spoke to me...one of a zillion on earth...that believes in Him. It still brings goose-bumps on my arms when I think about it.

    Hoping to make progress on "I SPY" and "Mama and her kittens" so I can quilt them on my new 550 Bernina and get back to the stars before you all finish. But I am lurking, and watching your wonderful progress with your stars....and all of them are beautiful stars indeed.

    Enjoy a day of rest and joy with your Sunday, and look forward to a good week...Yes, Barb, I was taught at an early age to enjoy every moment of the day and remember all the good things that happens and count my blessings for I was blessed this day...in many ways....including QB and friendships that it has brought into my life. Bless all of you.

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    I had a VERY productive weekend! Got 7 blocks complete and the 8th just needs the 8 sections sewn together. I took pictures but didn't label them so I need to figure out which ones I can post now and which I have to wait to post.

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    Here are my New Mexico and New York
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    I also have California, Colorado, Connecticut, and Delaware completed. I am up to 18 finished blocks...not quite half-way there yet.
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    Wow, Carrie--very pretty blocks. I especially like the lime green "leaves" in New Mexico block, plays off the purple so nicely. I'm in love with the purple background fabric you're using. You got so much done at your quilt retreat, hope it was lots of fun, too.
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    Thanks Jan I am thinking I need more black in my blocks for more contrast, so will keep that in mind the next time I am cutting fabrics. The last one especially really blends together more than I like....plus after taking the picture I noticed I mixed up two of the "diamonds" in one of the star points...oh well, it is staying that way.

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    Beautiful blocks Carriem, you are catching up, hope you are feeling better
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    Love your blocks Carriem! You really got a lot accomplished over the weekend. Wish I could have sewn along. I've decided to stick with king size. The blocks are sewn and I threw them over the bed. DH liked it so now I have a summer coverlet for our bed. But it may be a while before I find a light batik wide back. Here is my North Carolina for the week. Name:  33 - North Carolina.jpg
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    Toverly, love your colors in your NC star! It shines....lovely.

    Carrie, your retreat has great results to show....maybe if I got started up again, I might be able to do a couple...or so. Love the blues you are using...beautiful blocks.

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    Toverly, that's a lovely cheery block. King size? Are you doing QAYG?
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    Here are New York & North Carolina:
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    Love your New York and NC, JanRN. Those batiks are lovely colors.

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    Love the blocks y'all! JanRN, I decided not to do QAYG. Sounds strange doesn't it? I practiced on a smaller quilt to see if I could fit a king on my Juki 2010. Turns out I can roll 4 star blocks in (with the batting and back) as long as I am not too wild with curves. No way could I use a walking foot, I can't really "turn" the quilt, but I can do columns a block at a time. Since it worked out 7 squares by 7 squares, that will work. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Beautiful blocks Toverly and JanRN.

    Here is my North Carolina star for this week
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    I like your block, Mirab--lots of contrast. Red/black/white makes for such a dramatic quilt.
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    Hi everyone

    I'm a bit late this week I have been away from the computer, only 2 1/2 block now to sew and still hunting down my white back ground.
    Everyone's blocks are looking great it is going be great to see all the quilts at the end.
    Hopefully the way I want to have put them on the angle it will bring it back down to a double/queen, 72"x60" if my messurements are correct..
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    I love all the stars. The ones with dark backgrounds, the light backgrounds, the mixed ones. I am trying to plan for next year and thought seeing everyone's beautiful blocks would help me decide which way to go. But, although I OOH and AAH at each new block, I am more confused than ever!!! And, it's not like I don't have a stash. I have so much to pull from.

    Just wondering....how many different fabrics did you consider that you needed to make these masterpieces?

    And, has anyone figured out a setting to use all 50 blocks on the front of the quilt? I have the Carol Doak, Mariners Compass, Vol 1, so can add any size center to make everything go together, but can't seem to get a plan in my mind. Until I can understand where I am going, I can't even make a start. DUH!!! I guess this is why I buy patterns that a "designer" produces. So many questions that have to be answered before I even start this project.

    Also, I have EQ7, but don't know how to put together different size blocks to make a quilt. I guess it's time to pull my manual out and start reading the "Designing a Quilt" section.

    Thanks for all the "eye candy."

    And as I was writing this, a new idea popped into my mind. I am wondering if an embroidered center of the map of the USA would be something that would bring the whole project together. Now, I wonder where I would find that??? Too many questions for this early in the morning!

    I hope everyone has a great day, whether they get to do any quilting or not.

    Edited to add: Would you mind sharing what size blocks you are making? I have the Carol Doak 50 fab stars and can make them any size.
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    I planned a variety of red, white and blue for my quilt...twelve inches. Alaska and Hawaii are on the pillow covers, shams. I wanted the back ground to be white like someone made before me...but that makes a very large quilt. Sigh, I will see if and when I finish...good luck with yours, Barb.

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    Lyn, I love your blocks and can't wait to see your quilt finished. You've chosen such calming colors.

    Barb, I'm doing mine scrappy in batiks so I bought a lot (a LOT!! LOL) of FQs. I bought about 4 yds of off-white background fabric but I've also used some prints & dark fabrics for backgrounds. Not sure about sashing & corner stone colors yet. I made 12" blocks but wish I'd have done 8". My setting plan is to use a 24" compass block in the center and the star blocks in rows around it. Not sure how many star blocks I'll use, won't be all of them because I don't need a large quilt, maybe queen-size. The remaining blocks will become table or bed runners. It's good that you're planning ahead of time. I wish I had. I may have done my blocks in similar colors like some of the others. Lyn's quilt is very calming; mine is going to look like the dog threw up his lunch!! Good luck and be sure to let us see your progress when you get started.
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    Hi

    Thanks JanRN for you comments,
    Barb, I am doing 12" blocks and yes it make a very large quilt, I have played in excell spreadsheet with working this quilt out many of ways trying not to do extra block or put some on the back, and to make it work out smaller. If you can see my attchement this is how I have been able to achive doing that. In this there a few ths same they are the ones I still have to complete and put in, the quilt will finish at the brown border. I have now completed 48 blocks and the 2 last one's I am hunting dow the white back ground to complete them, 15"of fabric stopping me from finishing.


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