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    Here's to Arkansas!
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    I created an album on here so I could post all the pictures together.

    You can click on the link at the bottom of this message to see all of my blocks so far if you'd like to.
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    Wow Newbee, you got caught up fast. Great Work. here are my 4 blocks.

    I have light backgrounds and dark backgrounds. My plan is to make 2 lap quilts... one with light and the other dark. But... I won't know for sure till they are all done.
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    I see we've decided to post all 4 blocks at the end of the months, but...I've been working on Alaska for 2 days. (Not slow really, just busy with a bazillion things) And I'm so happy with Alaska for a couple of reasons. So I can't stand to wait until I finish the next two states. I promise I will catch up though. I just did a lot of fussy positioning, although I know it's not perfect, it is 100% better then my Alabama. And I've discovered how to make paper piecing work for me. I sew it backwards? With the paper UP. I position the material with a light, then place it under the foot paper side up because I can see the line through the paper and it's perfect! I'll get caught up now that I have the hang of it and post pics properly next time.

    My next reason I am excited about my Alaska, I saw some of you talking about marking blocks somehow. Well, while I was visiting DD in Florida we found the most fun "state" fabric. I grabbed some intending to use it to back my stars. Then I thought what if I fussy cut each state off the print and fussied it again in a corner of my block. I actually love it and I think it will be so fun on each block. However...if y'all hate it, I can redo that part. So I posted a close up for you to see.

    My last pic is my scrap pile from trimming after each seam. I know there has been talk about piece size and waste, so I thought I'd show you my trims. I cut according to her sizes, plus I add 1/4 inch. I did that because Alabama came up a tad small and I don't want that to happen again. The extra 1/4" was just enough.

    I just love all y'alls stars. Such talent. This is so fun. Thanks Diva for starting this group.
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    Excellent SheriR! You may as well tell us where you found that fabric. Puleeeease?!?
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    California Music

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    Thanks for the music, whitepine. It is so appropriate. What have you got for California? By the way, the block is stunning!
    How about this one for California - especially in January...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0UcQDUR-fU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet My View Post
    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.
    I am a newbie to quilting and paper piecing. When I first paper pieced, I tried to cut the pieces as small as possible to fit the area rather than following the instructions in the pattern. I thought this was a way to be frugal and save fabric, but quickly learned that I would often have to recut because of sizing issues and restitch for the same reasons. Clearly, my efforts at frugality were costing more in errors and effort than I was saving. (I do still save my scraps for crazy little stitchings...) I also follow the Doak method of assembly line and chain piecing as I have found it is quicker than completing each section individually. Not as much quick gratification seeing a section completed quickly, but much faster as a whole, IMHO. I do round up my cuts to the nearest larger inch, 1/2" or 3/4" now - none of that silly 3/8" or 5/8" business for me - who can even see those little lines? I have found that having a bit extra for the background portions of the blocks gives me a bit of 'fudge' room when triming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LDB View Post
    I do round up my cuts to the nearest larger inch, 1/2" or 3/4" now - none of that silly 3/8" or 5/8" business for me - who can even see those little lines? I have found that having a bit extra for the background portions of the blocks gives me a bit of 'fudge' room when triming.
    A girl after my own heart, lol. I also round up from those 8ths. Really like the idea of posting our months blocks as a group. My pieces are all ready to start sewing for this week's block. Have sock knitting class today, so may not get to sew very much. Have a happy day, all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDB View Post
    How about this one for California - especially in January...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0UcQDUR-fU
    Absolutely perfect! Thanks!!

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    Sherri, we are still posting pics of blocks every week. Just posting an extra pic the last week of the month to show all the blocks for that month together. Heavens, we can't wait all month to see your pretty block.

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    Moonwork, love your fussy cut flowers in Arkansas and also like your album idea. Didn't even know we had that option.

    SheriR, can't wait to see more from your "state" fabric. Great idea.

    LDB, music is perfect for January!! Loved those Mamas and Papas.

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    I have worked ahead a little and have Delaware completed. I knew I would have to put it aside for a couple of weeks to finish my homework for my Hoopsisters Goosetracks class. I am working on the border and them will put the blocks together. While my machine is doing the embroidery ( I only have one machine ) I have been cutting out more blocks. I cut out Indiana last night. I sure hope it looks better pieced in other colors than are in the book. I don't like the one in the book at all. I just love everyones blocks.

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    [QUOTE=SheriR;4911525] And I've discovered how to make paper piecing work for me. I sew it backwards? With the paper UP. I position the material with a light, then place it under the foot paper side up because I can see the line through the paper and it's perfect! I'll get caught up now that I have the hang of it and post pics properly next time.

    Love your block. I sew with the paper side up. I didnt know you could sew it with paper side down. That would totally confuse me. And as long as YOU like the fussy cut piece in your blocks keep doing it. They are your blocks. Made your way. Have fun and keep on with the good work.

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    meanmom, I am sure your block will be beautiful.

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    Sherri...love the fussy cut centers also.

    So sorry you didn't know to sew from the paper side...that's part of the beauty of paper piecing...having a line to follow.
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    OMGosh now I felt dumb. No I didn't watch the video. How did I ever do Alabama? No wonder it was wonky. Oh boy. LOLOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheriR View Post
    OMGosh now I felt dumb. No I didn't watch the video. How did I ever do Alabama? No wonder it was wonky. Oh boy. LOLOL
    You are dang talented then girlfriend!

    (PSSSSSSSSSTTT watch the video...it will amaze you at some of the tips ...even if the ladies are a little ??)
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029 View Post
    You are dang talented then girlfriend!
    My thoughts exactly!
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    I watched part of the video and then followed the directions to learn her method of paper piecing, which I really like. I hope to get my block for this week done today and post a pic of all my Jan blocks.

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    Ok, Im late getting started, here is my first block. I hope to do more this weekend and get caught up
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    I didnt square up the block yet, will do them all at once

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    Love your block. Are you going to do all your blocks with black and white?



    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo View Post
    Ok, Im late getting started, here is my first block. I hope to do more this weekend and get caught up

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    Finished my first block! This is my first time paper-piecing. I enrolled in a Paper-Piecing Club at a LQS. We meet once a month. The first star we are doing is Delaware. Eventually I will somewhat keep pace with this group and will complete some of the stars in the right week as you guys. So far I am really liking this technique! Not bothered that it is slower paced, LOVE the way the block comes together.

    Thank for the tip on using liquid stitch for missing points. On 3 blocks I had missing points on my #3 piece of fabric. I did figure out where I was going astray. A couple of them were probably just outside of 1/4 ", so I used the liquid stitch to put on a smidge of fabric. I think my picture might come out small; if so, will have to figure out how to get it bigger next time.

    Love seeing all of the beautiful stars/variety of colors from everyone!!


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    Yes, all black and white with the yellow. Hope to catch up soon
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    Love your block. Are you going to do all your blocks with black and white?

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    SheriR, Too funny about your unique sewing method, but I'm so glad it got straightened out before you thought the rest of us were totally bananas for enjoying paper piecing.

    Whinnytoo, Love your B&W&Y. It's going to be stricking.

    DawnFurlong, Looks great! Can't wait till we get to Delaware. It's a pretty star.

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    Great blocks, girls! You are doing just fine. Now to get to sewing;after I finish my Bible reading for today.

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