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    Quote Originally Posted by PokerDiva View Post
    Some people are using the measurements from the book. I measure all of them myself. Haven't heard anyone say they are doing it your way but I might have missed it.
    I started out eyeballing it and cutting each piece as I went (as I had been doing for all my paper piecing). Then I started using Carol's techniques and measurements and cutting all in advance, and I found that it was much easier and faster that way. Now, I will use Carol's method for all paper piecing projects!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sue z q View Post
    Is everyone cutting their pieces by the directions in the book? Is anyone besides me considering just taking a piece of fabric that will fit and sewing it on?
    That's the way I used to do it before doing these stars, and I find I get more accurate blocks following the book, but adding 1/4" to the size. It's so much neater, and so much less mess. I wish I knew how to do it this way in the beginning of December before I started a Christmas Cactus, that now I need to do a little fudging on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sue z q View Post
    Is everyone cutting their pieces by the directions in the book? Is anyone besides me considering just taking a piece of fabric that will fit and sewing it on?
    When we were doing the Buildings BOM, that is the way I did it too. Every piece was different and it seemed too wasteful to cut them first. However, with these stars, I am cutting them first because there are so many (at least 8) of each piece. When them precut you can chain piece and not get up to iron so often and it really goes fast.

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    Dawn, Hope your class was fun. Be sure and tell us about any wonderful tips you learned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janey39quilts View Post
    Thanks for the music, whitepine. It is so appropriate. What have you got for California? By the way, the block is stunning!
    I haven't looked for California yet. I posted something at the beginning of each week (if you missed them).
    Sweet Home Alabama, North to Alaska, Get Back (Arizona). I've only been at YouTube looking and that has been fun in itself. But please feel free to post any you can find that you like. Music is good. I was thinking that people from the State of the Week might know of more songs than I can find.

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    If I add words to a design I use embird...you can buy individual fonts and size them to what you want...this may be more expense than what you are looking for, but it's the easiest way I know..you can type out whole words instead of trying to space individual letters together and save the file and transfer over to your machine.


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    I am looking for and embroidery font for my machine, I thought maybe someone here could help. I would like to embroider the name of each state on the block. I want a small font, something simple. maybe almost a cursive alphabet with a single line of stitching. Anyone have a clue where to get one? I thought about trying to do it free motion, it didn't work very well. I'm not good enough at free motion. Thanks.
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    I cut my pieces by the book.... I only had a problem with them not fitting because I put them on the wrong way. DUH.. Once I flipped it around it worked like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepine View Post
    When we were doing the Buildings BOM, that is the way I did it too. Every piece was different and it seemed too wasteful to cut them first. However, with these stars, I am cutting them first because there are so many (at least 8) of each piece. When them precut you can chain piece and not get up to iron so often and it really goes fast.
    Whitepine, what do you mean by chain piecing? Are you sewing all eight sections at the same time? I had not thought of that. I have been completing them one section at a time. I feel a little silly now. Any other tips?

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    Jan.... I do an assembly line... stitch #1 & 2 on... all 8 at once... (I usually ck the 1st one to make sure every thing covers) Pull the 1st one through & start doing them in a row. Take them to the table & clip threads on one side... flip over... do other side & pull pins out. Press all the pieces... back to the table... then trim up & place the next piece on each one than back to the sewing machine. Shoot... I just made myself dizzy.

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    I, too, do all 8 pieces at a time but don't chain stitch. Just as easy to clip that little thread as I go along, and don't have that long stretch of chains running down the back of the machine. But I do agree with Janet My, it goes much faster when you do all 8 at a time.
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    I appreciate all the answers to my question. I think I'll cut by the book, but maybe round up to the nearest inch. On my first attempt (Alabama) I thought mine were a little scant. Where are my blocks you ask....oh, I'm behind. None completed so far.

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    I do the first section alone so I can see if I like how the colors line up then I do the remaining ones as an assembly line. Sometimes I chain, sometimes I clip in between, all depends on my mood at the time.

    My iron is across the room as my one attempt at "exercise"...at least I have to rotate out of my chair, get up, walk 6 steps and then come back. It also helps me from getting stiff from sitting too long in one place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepine View Post
    Dawn, Hope your class was fun. Be sure and tell us about any wonderful tips you learned.
    Indeed, I did enjoy my class! Still feeling a bit anxious, but am looking forward to jumping in. Went home last night and pulled out my stash of fabric. That was one reason for the class - I was hoping to use up some of the fabric I already have. I think I have a pretty good selection, I shouldn't have to purchase much new (darn it all! - but - gotta keep thinking of my new sewing machine ).

    I am going by an office supply store today to get them to "de-bind" my book and 3 hole punch it. Then I will make copies of my first star (using vellum - but only because I can see through it. Several of the ladies in this club indicated vellum wasn't their favorite - and gave their preferences. But they said it does have the advantage of being see through. I'll start there.). Delaware is the first star we are doing.

    I do have a question though. I was a bit confused about the 1/4" seam. I know I have to add 1/4" to my paper pattern. But on page 16 of the book, Step 12, it says "trim the foundation 1/4" from the outside as follows:" It looks like she is saying to cut off the 1/4" that I added to my paper pattern??? And yet on page 17, when it shows completing the block - it looks the the 1/4" line is still there. Can someone shed some light on this for me? I will be doing 12" blocks.

    I plan on starting my first block tonight!!

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    Here's my Arkansas block. Wasn't sure about it after I got started, but now that its done I like it.Name:  p113005.JPG
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    Dawn: go to message # 112 in this thread and you'll see an example of adding the 1/4" to the pattern.

    I think the wording is funky about the 1/4" (don't have my book with me right now) but you have to have the 1/4" on them for them to work out to be 12". I think she is making sure it's 1/4" from the outside line that she has drawn in the book...not to cut off the 1/4" inch.

    Good luck and I'm sure someone else can help you too.

    Love the red on the star...it really pops out.
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    OMG Sandy I! That is beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029 View Post
    Dawn: go to message # 112 in this thread and you'll see an example of adding the 1/4" to the pattern.
    Found it! Thanks for the reference. As I was looking at the illustration, I thought - DUH!!! Easier to draw the 1/4" once around the patterns before copying them (as opposed to multiple times).

    I was thinking the same - that surely it wasn't meant that I cut off that 1/4", because it was stressed in class that the 1/4" was needed for the blocks to come out to size.

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    Hi ladies. I have been following this thread with interest and love all the blocks so far. I don't have the book but I did get the download from Quilt-Pro (thanks for the link to that - sorry I don't remember who gave it). So if you don't mind another late starter I will jump in and try to catch up.

    Here is my Alabama - I have done this as a 6" finished which was pretty fiddly but I shall see how I go at this size.Name:  Alabama.JPG
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    welcome, and your star is beautiful.
    Quote Originally Posted by Deecee View Post
    Hi ladies. I have been following this thread with interest and love all the blocks so far. I don't have the book but I did get the download from Quilt-Pro (thanks for the link to that - sorry I don't remember who gave it). So if you don't mind another late starter I will jump in and try to catch up.

    Here is my Alabama - I have done this as a 6" finished which was pretty fiddly but I shall see how I go at this size.Name:  Alabama.JPG
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    More beautiful stars. Great job ladies. Never too late Deecee.

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    Striking! Sandy. Love the red and black.

    Deecee, Glad you jumped in. When we did the 2011 stars there were three from this book and that's what made me want to do more. It's addicting. I'm interested to see how your 6" blocks go. Maybe you can give the blocks other names if you don't want a USA quilt. Could just as easily be countries of the world. Hmmmm....then the stars could be the colors of that countries flag. Sorry, just rambling. :P

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    Steady on Whitepine........ I'm just trying to catch up - not even thinking about block names. I didn't do the Star BOM last year and I love pp'íng, especially Carol Doak patterns, so I figured this was meant to be.

    I'm not sure about the 6" size but wanted to give it a go at a smaller size. I don't have a problem mixing my block sizes if I get tired of itty bitty pieces and want to go to the larger size.

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    DEECEE... wow, 6" you are very talented. I have trouble with the bigger pieces so I can't imagine using smaller ones. Way to go girlfriend.
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    OMG, I have enough trouble doing the 12" blocks. You are very brave. Loved the blocks posted today. Great job.
    I'm almost done with California, but running out of steam tonight. Have 3 more seams to go. Maybe tonight... maybe not.

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