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Thread: 50 Fab Paper-Pieced Stars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanogay View Post
    Okay, looks like my jpeg was too big. Somewhere here someone talked about reducing size. What was that link?
    There is a program that comes with Microsoft Office. It is "Picture Manager." You have to go into the Programs from the Start menu. Scroll down to Microsoft Office and it should show a side bar with the list of all the programs in Office. Picture Manager should be in there. Click on that.

    You can get your picture shown on PM two different ways: 1. Go to your picture. Right click on picture. The menu will have "Open With." The next menu will show different programs you can open your picture in. Click on "Picture Manager." The picture will open in PM.

    2. In PM, on the right hand side there is a menu that say: "My Picture Shortcuts." By clicking on that, it will let you browse for where your picture is.

    Once your block picture is in PM, choose the "Edit Pictures" from the bar across the top. (Not the pull-down menus) On the left there will be a column called Edit Pictures. Choose "Compress Pictures" at the bottom. New column. There is a list of what size to change your document. Choose "Documents." The picture of the block you now see is the compressed (or smaller MB size). Use the "Save As" from File Menu and choose where you want to save this smaller sized picture.

    It is a good idea to keep your larger file in one place. In my Pictures, I have a file called "Carol Doak Stars". Inside that file I have another file named Small Pictures. I save my compressed document to that file and leave the larger picture in the Carol Doak file. If I have named my big picture as Alabama, I save the compressed file as "xAlabama".

    Very Important. When you exit PM, it will say that the file has not been saved. CLICK NO. Otherwise you will replace your larger picture with the compressed one!

    If you use PM all the time, you can pin it to your start menu to make it easier to get to.

    Also, once you choose to open your picture with PM, all your pictures in your computer will now open with PM ;from now on. Then all you have to do after the first one, is just double click on the picture you want to compress and it will open in PM.

    You can also crop, change brightness and contrast (to improve color), rotate pictures.

    Hope this is clear enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickylsf View Post
    Here is my Alabama Star. I found it was easier to do each set of identical sections at the same time, and then go on to the other set.
    Very nice job! That is what I did, kinda like chain piecing and went pretty fast.

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    [QUOTE=Quilting Nonnie;4834458]There is a program that comes with Microsoft Office. It is "Picture Manager." You have to go into the Programs from the Start menu. Scroll down to Microsoft Office and it should show a side bar with the list of all the programs in Office. Picture Manager should be in there. Click on that.QUOTE]

    I found mine in Microsoft Office Tools. But mine is an olde version, 2003.

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    True enough. I'm using a more current version of MS office. But if it doesn't work the way I explained, then it's a good thing to know that it is under MS Office Tools!

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    Fantastic! Great! It is like having a slide show. Thank you VERY much......................

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    Alabama

    I will try again to post my Alabama - particularly after seeing all the gorgeous one posted already. Was so frustrated this morning, I just shut everything down and went downstairs to sew. I'm back to see if I can post. Gadzooks, I hate this computer. Anyway, read everything Quilting Nonnie said and tried to access it. Thanks for taking the time to do that for me. My computer, when I right click the picture, gives me the options of Paint-Windows Live Movie maker-Windows Live Photo gallery-Windows Media Center and Windows Photo Viewer. I did find somewhere - and can't find it again a place where I reduced the size, so I'll try that one. I did make a separate file for Carol Doak start separate from other photos, so that may help. I've never had this problem before, but was always using the desk top computer, not the lap top. if this doesn't work, it back downstairs to take another picture (cause, of course, I cleared the chip in the camera after I downloaded the pictures). I'll off load this one onto the desktop and try from there...fingers crossed...here we go
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanogay View Post
    I will try again to post my Alabama - particularly after seeing all the gorgeous one posted already.
    You found the secret, girl. Another pretty to join the rest!!!

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    alabama block finished today

    so, i also am off to a good start finished my Alabama Block today- and i'm fairly happy with it-
    i decided to kind of do scrappy- but with mainly blues & purples throughout- with black backgrounds-
    so here is block #1 of 50===yea!
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    wow- i just looked through all of the finished blocks and oh my-some of them are so,,.,..spectacular! i love them all-each one has it's own personality- but a few of them really (grabbed me)= i might reconsider my initial decision and add more colors
    great job everyone!!!
    i'm going to (try) to do each new block on Monday---start my work week with a new star- seems like a nice way to start each week
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    so, i also am off to a good start finished my Alabama Block today- and i'm fairly happy with it-
    i decided to kind of do scrappy- but with mainly blues & purples throughout- with black backgrounds-
    so here is block #1 of 50===yea!
    I like your blues and purples; nice job!

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    I know this is Week One, but I thought of something and wanted to pass it along before I forgot when it was time for our trip to Hawaii. I had cut pieces for this block to make a wall hanging, and cut all the B-4 pieces the size called out. None of them fit, they didn't even cover the seam allowence.

    In section B location 4, the medium green is listed as cutting to 1-1/2" x 4". Way wrong. it should have been 1-3/4" like the other pieces like this, but I think 1-3/4" is too small. Like PokerDiva, I too cut all pieces 1/4" wider -- 2" makes a world of difference instead of 1-3/4".

    And I have to comment again on how beautiful these blocks are. Makes me think that picking one block and doing it scrappy with a common background could be interesting, too. OMG, I'll never live long enough to make all these things on my Quilt Bucket List.
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    OK, I was lost. I now have a subscription to this post. Have you guys started yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PokerDiva View Post
    The astrisks are usually in a corner section. They are really tiny even in the book.. Look for a dot next to the piece #. If you tell me which star you are looking at I will tell you which piece and you can see if you see it.

    Thanks PokerDiva, paintmejudy, The following blocks have the astericks: (7) Connecticut, (11) Hawaii, (23)Minnesota, (28)Nevada, (41) South Dakota, (43) Texas, (45) Vermont, and (48) West Virginia.

    nickylsf, I was going to wait also but, just thought that I would try to head off at the pass any problems I might have.

    WOW. What awesome, spectacular stars you ladies have done. Not sure that I can live up to what you all have made. But, one can only try. I think maybe I will have to purchase the book after all. Guess I'll have to go dig in my pile and see what I have. Look forward to seeing more of everyones work. Thanks again BrendaK
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog55 View Post
    OK, I was lost. I now have a subscription to this post. Have you guys started yet?
    Judy, I have the book, fabrics but because of other things I have to get finished first I haven't started yet and I think there are a few of us.

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    Morning, group! I'm off to quilt guild small group for the day. We call ourselves Queen Bees, lol. Only the six of us and we are pretty close. This group started ten years ago; I'm the newest one and lucky to find these girls. Four of us are in our 70s. See you later. I'm going to work on Alaska at group.

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    They are gorgeous!!! Got on a roll, huh?!!!
    Where will I find the list??? Have lotssss of scraps!
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    Wow, what an amazing bunch of stars. Nicky, I love your rose/gray color combo.

    Meanmom, My calculation for background came up with 6 yards. I too thought that was a lot but if Carol Doak says 7 yards then it's definitely in the ballpark. I hate buying that much at once. (sticker shock) I usually buy as I go but am afraid it will get sold out.

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    Is it to late to join. I just found this thread today..I have had this book forever and have a few blocks done..This may be what I need to finish this
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljptexas View Post
    They are gorgeous!!! Got on a roll, huh?!!!
    Where will I find the list??? Have lotssss of scraps!
    LJP, If I'm understanding your question right we're working our way through a book called "50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars" by Carol Doak. We're doing one a week and we've just started. Week one, Alabama. wvhillww, plenty of time as we've only just begun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepine View Post
    Wow, what an amazing bunch of stars. Nicky, I love your rose/gray color combo.

    Meanmom, My calculation for background came up with 6 yards. I too thought that was a lot but if Carol Doak says 7 yards then it's definitely in the ballpark. I hate buying that much at once. (sticker shock) I usually buy as I go but am afraid it will get sold out.
    Hi WhitePine, I saw that calculation as well and thought it was alot. I made my first background with a scrap of black tonal blender I had (black with faint dark grey design), knowing I would run out. Yesterday I bought 3 half yard pieces of 3 other black tonal blenders. So I will go along like that; theses will not clash with each other and I won't have to worry about either buying too much or not being able to find more of the exact fabric.

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    Never too late. There is not sign up and you can make as many or as few blocks as you would like. We just started this week so please join us.


    Quote Originally Posted by wvhill22 View Post
    Is it to late to join. I just found this thread today..I have had this book forever and have a few blocks done..This may be what I need to finish this

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    I am going to use Kona cotton for these blocks. The backgrounds will be alternating black or snow. I chose Konas because I can always add different colors, when I need more of one color, I can always purchase more of the same. I will also be paying for the quilt as I go, and not ever have to worry about running out.

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    I don't know if this has been mentioned but I thought I would share. I find that using phonebook pages make a great foundation backing, its incredibly cheap since you can get them for free and easy to piece on and tear off
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    Are the templates in the book true to size? Can I just make a copy?
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    Yes the templates in the book are the right size. I only bought 5 yards of background fabric but I guess I will have to get 2 more. It is a batik and will be really hard to buy elsewhere. I looked thru the book and at least half of the blocks take just 4 3/4 X 4 3/4 squares and 3 3/4 X 3 3/4 squares. It doesn't seem to add up to that much. I love my background fabric so I guess I will have to buy more. Carol Doak said it adds up to about 5 yards but buy 7 to be safe.

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