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    Quote Originally Posted by Mona Lisa 2011 View Post
    Here are some tips I have discovered. Maybe it will help others.
    1. When you flip and press your pieces be sure you iron up tight against the seam so they will match connecting seams.
    2. When connecting your A & B sections and squares use a scant 1/4 " seam. (ie. stitch a needle wide to the right hand side of the black line.)
    3. DO NOT trim the outside edges of the completed block edges until you are finished. Then when you square up your block it will measure 12 1/2" .
    Thanks MonaLisa, I'll try your suggestions. I'm hoping I have better luck with Alaska.
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    Alaska Star Block picture

    Here is my Alaska Star Block. This is the second time I have done this one. I love it. It was the March BOM for 2011 Star theme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog55 View Post
    I'm also using Kona solids and am alternating block background between black and snow. My block has been posted a couple days ago.
    I can only hope my block comes out as beautifully as yours!

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    Thanks, I've had lots of practice, even teaching PP.

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    Ok, only one more section to redo again. I thought I needed to redo 2 "B" sections. And nope I needed one of A and B. So back to the drawing table. I even know what I'm doing, but I'm dyslexic and that's my excuse! Honestly I am, and it did take me a while to get all this in my head. So if I can do it, anyone can.
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    Finished my Alaska block today and have fabrics ready to cut for the next one. Will post pic Sunday.

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    Here is my Alabama block. I have a huge lump in the middle where I forgot to open the seams and remove the paper before stitching so I'll be picking at that with my tweezers (joy!).

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    Such pretty Akabama's (and Alaska)!!!
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    All the blocks are beautiful! Seems like everybody EXCEPT us 'Bama girls have done the Alabama block! I'm also wondering if using "used" fabric softener sheets will work, instead of paper for the piecing. I'll give it a try and let you know. That way it won't have to be removed. I also press the used dryer sheets before using them for foundation work, and that stiffens them enough to be usable without stretching, and I try to keep them as square as possible while pressing.
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    just love looking at all the blocks..so beautiful..everyone is doing a great job
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    [QUOTE=Mad Mimm;4850183]Here is my Alabama block. I have a huge lump in the middle where I forgot to open the seams and remove the paper before stitching so I'll be picking at that with my tweezers (joy!).

    Very pretty!!! Like your color choices!

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    Like working by States

    I've had this book forever and never noticed the state names -- somehow that makes it more fun. I have so many projects going I may get behind, but I really want to try this.

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    I noticed that in printing out Arizona, that all sections say "A". For the newbies, just change half to B so you won't get confused. Or perhaps your version has been corrected.
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    Shiela N, I wanted to reach out through my computer screen and steal your block! So beautiful!
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    Oh my, we are such a talented group! Fantastis blocks, everyone, and can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.
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    hmmm ... interesting idea. But wouldn't be big enough for the star foundations. But will have to try it.

    There is a product called Stable Stuff (Ricky Tims website is cheapest) that is a papery backing that washes out and leaves a lightweight mesh behind. I keep saying I am going to try it, but can only find it online and the shipping is outrageous. Color me cheap.
    Quote Originally Posted by DebbieJJ View Post
    All the blocks are beautiful! Seems like everybody EXCEPT us 'Bama girls have done the Alabama block! I'm also wondering if using "used" fabric softener sheets will work, instead of paper for the piecing. I'll give it a try and let you know. That way it won't have to be removed. I also press the used dryer sheets before using them for foundation work, and that stiffens them enough to be usable without stretching, and I try to keep them as square as possible while pressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene View Post
    Ok, only one more section to redo again. I thought I needed to redo 2 "B" sections. And nope I needed one of A and B. So back to the drawing table. I even know what I'm doing, but I'm dyslexic and that's my excuse! Honestly I am, and it did take me a while to get all this in my head. So if I can do it, anyone can.
    I admire your perseverance!! This is hard enough with a regular brain I had to redo two sections because I didn't like the colors, and of course they were the furthest inside. I try to reuse some of the pieces but that is a challenge. I try to do the taking apart while watching TV so I don't have to think about it. Sometimes I think it would be easier to just toss it and start over but my frugal nature won't let me do that.

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    Mad Mimm, what a gorgeous Alabama!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepine View Post
    I admire your perseverance!! This is hard enough with a regular brain I had to redo two sections because I didn't like the colors, and of course they were the furthest inside. I try to reuse some of the pieces but that is a challenge. I try to do the taking apart while watching TV so I don't have to think about it. Sometimes I think it would be easier to just toss it and start over but my frugal nature won't let me do that.
    I just finished a Christmas Cactus, and didn't have a problem, but none of the sections were the same. So didn't have to worry which direction it went. But I save all those "Wrong" blocks" and someday when I have enough, I'm going to make a crazy quilt. That may be sooner than later if I keep screwing up. LOL
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    Great idea! Also could make a 51st star, made out of all different sections. I'm sure I'll have eight by the end of the year.

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    I'm off to the nearby LQS to try and find a certain green for Arizona. Also need some black batting. TTYL

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    I have used the Ricky Timms stable stuff and loved it. I used it in a quilt that was part pieced and part PP. Once it is washed you can't feel it. I love to PP but HATE HATE removing the paper. Probably because my first quilt was the Oregon star from this book. 64 of them. All that paper to remove. It took days. I am using the Ricky Timms paper for this project. I am worth cost. I will cut costs somewhere else. I Have the first 3 blocks finished. I am working ahead because I am waiting on some embroidery thread I need for another project. WHen it comes in I have to switch to that project for a while.

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    Ok, you convinced me - ordered a package of the sheets from a site that offered free shipping. (Cost was $2.00 more, but still ahead with the free shipping.) I really wanted to get a 3-yard roll, it would be more economical for cutting into sizes needed, but at least I can try it. (Ricky Tims wanted $9 for shipping!) Thanks for your testimony on the Stable Stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by meanmom View Post
    I have used the Ricky Timms stable stuff and loved it. I used it in a quilt that was part pieced and part PP. Once it is washed you can't feel it. I love to PP but HATE HATE removing the paper. Probably because my first quilt was the Oregon star from this book. 64 of them. All that paper to remove. It took days. I am using the Ricky Timms paper for this project. I am worth cost. I will cut costs somewhere else. I Have the first 3 blocks finished. I am working ahead because I am waiting on some embroidery thread I need for another project. WHen it comes in I have to switch to that project for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbieJJ View Post
    All the blocks are beautiful! Seems like everybody EXCEPT us 'Bama girls have done the Alabama block! I'm also wondering if using "used" fabric softener sheets will work, instead of paper for the piecing. I'll give it a try and let you know. That way it won't have to be removed. I also press the used dryer sheets before using them for foundation work, and that stiffens them enough to be usable without stretching, and I try to keep them as square as possible while pressing.
    Do you just trace the design on the dryer sheets?
    Patrice

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts View Post
    Shiela N, I wanted to reach out through my computer screen and steal your block! So beautiful!
    Thanks Ronda, you are sweet! That is just about my favorite color palette - blues purples and greens, yummy!
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