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Thread: 50 Fab Paper-Pieced Stars

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    Pennsylvania

    my block for the week: Pennsylvania
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    wow- I love your Pennsylvania block- I am on Oregon today- need to get off the computer, make breakfast then get into the sewing room & get it going- seening (next week's) block makes me want to do that one too---but i never seem to get ahead-
    oh well, at least i'm keeping up for the most part
    i sure like your's though MonaLisa
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    Colleen, I can't wait to see what you can do with that block. How big a quilt do you have to make. Queen? Kids...they always seem to want to put you to the test. LOL.

    Mona Lisa, great block.

    I am not sure about my block. Not my favorite. My home state #37 Oregon:
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    Good Morning Ladies, here is my #37 Oregon.
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    Nicky, you have another winner!!!!!

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    Lovely blocks posted this morning!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    awwww- don't stress over it all- still plenty of time to decide on sashing fabric--and as you lay out your blocks they will all go together beautifully! if you had one that (screamed) at you- you would have known from the beginning- i new as soon as i finished the blocks---but at the time just put them with the others anyway thinking---i will remake that one before i'm done. (i kind of hoped the Hawaii would grow on me-but it didn't-and hubby didn't like that one either) so---
    anyway-if you don't have any yet that you just don't like don't worry about it- they must all be just fine
    i've been (tossing around) the idea of embroidering the state name & year it joined the union on each one---jury's still out- & put them in alphabetical order? or in the order of statehood? put them on point? or straight set? so many decisions...every now & then i wish i hadn't decided to use black for all of my backgrounds---but then at the same time am glad i did---some blocks were difficult to figure out (like my horrible failure of Iowa!) it's been quite a journey
    i have mine pinned together in rows of 7 with the top block tacked to my sewing room wall - up near the ceiling- side by side- so i am just working on row 6. it's nice to walk by & glance in & see them (hanging around)
    some of them seem to 'glow'
    anyhow---don't stress over it- it will be fine!
    Colleen, I think your quilt be stunning with all black backgrounds. That was my first idea, until I decided to go completely scrappy. With the black backgrounds you won't need sashing, which is good news in itself. They will all "float" as you can see on your design wall.

    My "wall" is a flannel sheet attached to coat hangers with clips, hanging on some screws my husband put into the top of our bookcases, which are about 8 feet wide. They are in my sewing room which is a plus. I am thinking of taking the stars down for a while to put up another project I just picked up again (one block wonder). I am building a virtual quilt of the stars in Quilt Pro for Mac, so I can see what it looks like as I go.

    I guess I could put another sheet up over the first one for the one block wonder.

    As far as embroidery, statehood dates, etc., is concerned, I personally would not bother. I had thought of trying to use fabrics that "represented" each state, and turned out to be impossible. Carol Doak named the blocks after the states because there are 50 and because it would make it easier and more fun to differentiate them than calling them #1 to #50. But the patterns themselves have nothing to do with the States, or with the official State colors. Anyone who looks at these quilts will not say, "oh look, it's the 50 states of the Union".... They will just notice a beautiful collection of stars.

    So I hope that helps you. To me, the most important thing will be to put them in an order that is pleasing to the eye. I will need to use sashing for mine, since every one is so different. For that reason, I am going to use only 36 stars in the quilt, and the rest in pillow shams or table toppers. The 50 blocks with sashing would make a bigger quilt that I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PokerDiva View Post
    Colleen, I can't wait to see what you can do with that block. How big a quilt do you have to make. Queen? Kids...they always seem to want to put you to the test. LOL.

    Mona Lisa, great block.

    I am not sure about my block. Not my favorite. My home state #37 Oregon:
    Florence, I love your Oregon block. Perfect placement for your focus fabric!!

    I want to show you my blocks for the OBW I just picked up again. It has been in UFO status, blocks cut, but just sitting in a bag. I picked it up last night as I promised myself, and got 8 hexagon halves sewn. It is much easier than I had thought it would be. I also just finished some couch and chair covers. I will try to post the links to those two projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mona Lisa 2011 View Post
    my block for the week: Pennsylvania
    Mona Lisa, you are way ahead of us! Your block is striking. I love the birds in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintmejudy View Post
    Lovely blocks posted this morning!
    Judy, I saw the photo of your stars quilt over in Pictures! It is gorgeous. You must post it here too!!!

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    Here is the link to the OBW I am doing

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t92198-57.html

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    Taa Dah

    thank you, Nicki, here is is. This morning Florence also suggested I post it on this thread. When I started the stars I had planned that it was going to be lap quilt and not another big quilt. I keep looking at the second in from the left bottom row, and think I am going to change it before quilting it. It blends into the background too much, compared with the rest of the blocks. I'm pleased with the overall look using the same background but still not fond of the color I chose.

    Nicki, thanks for sharing the OBW site, your fabric is absolutely fabulous!!! I did one and love it, using an Asian influence pattern but the scale was too small and the blocks aren't too dramatic. I was going to make one for my bed - it's a king - but I would have needed 18 repeats of the pattern! I'd get so bored doing that many of those blocks so that is off my bucket list. Here is my OBW if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintmejudy View Post
    thank you, Nicki, here is is. This morning Florence also suggested I post it on this thread. When I started the stars I had planned that it was going to be lap quilt and not another big quilt. I keep looking at the second in from the left bottom row, and think I am going to change it before quilting it. It blends into the background too much, compared with the rest of the blocks. I'm pleased with the overall look using the same background but still not fond of the color I chose.
    Judy, it is gorgeous. I would not change a thing.

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    WOW, those OBWs are something. No patience for that I'm afraid. Everyone is chattie this morning. How nice. And again Judy beautiful quilt.

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    here is my Oregon block- thanks for the (info) nickylsf---i kept thinking about all that embroidery & how i would make it fit---now i won't bother worrying about it
    i do plan to use a 7 across-8 down layout (the 50 + 6 alternative blocks) so i will be making a pretty large quilt- definitly no need for sashings.
    and about that (daughter request for my -discarded- Iowa block...she wants a queen size quilt made out of it-she's so funny)
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    Oregon done- now on to work on a couple other projects i really need to be working on- suddenly the (season) is hitting! hubby watching football- that means me quilting
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    i must say the Oregon blocks are sure turning out pretty! better than the one in the book sure a bunch of (artistic) quilters on this board!
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    Thank you, Florence.

    If you hadn't started this thread I would NEVER EVER in a million years done this project. So thanks again for getting up started and keeping us going.
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    You're welcome Judy. And Colleen your Oregon star would make my home state happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    here is my Oregon block- thanks for the (info) nickylsf---i kept thinking about all that embroidery & how i would make it fit---now i won't bother worrying about it
    i do plan to use a 7 across-8 down layout (the 50 + 6 alternative blocks) so i will be making a pretty large quilt- definitly no need for sashings.
    and about that (daughter request for my -discarded- Iowa block...she wants a queen size quilt made out of it-she's so funny)
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    Oregon done- now on to work on a couple other projects i really need to be working on- suddenly the (season) is hitting! hubby watching football- that means me quilting
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    Colleen. Your Oregon is beautiful. Have a wonderful quilting day! I plan to do the same, working on my OBW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintmejudy View Post
    Thank you, Florence.

    If you hadn't started this thread I would NEVER EVER in a million years done this project. So thanks again for getting up started and keeping us going.
    I totally agree! Florence, thank you so much. This says a lot for the power of the group.

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    CK, the thing I like most about this project is that each star is different. I don't think I could make a quilt of all the same so my hats off to you in doing one for your daughter. And I too thank PokerDiva for keeping us going. It will have definitely marked off a year when we're done. The year of the stars.

    Nicky & Judy, really nice OBWs. It's amazing how those turn out but I'm not ready to start one yet. Don't they waste a lot of fabric?

    Judy, Your stars look fantastic. I'm kind of envious that you're done.

    Great Oregon blocks!!

    PokerDiva, this is the best I can come up with for Oregon. Maybe you have a better idea. It has nothing to do with Oregon, but was recorded in Portland, and that counts. Hard to believe now what a controversy this caused in 1963.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cec1JInytH0

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    Oregon. I thought I was getting better at selecting colors, but the wrong one stands out. Name:  Oregon reduced.jpg
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    I think you did great with the colors whitepine. I always did like blue and green together. I like the song Louie Louie. I had no idea it was recorded in Portland.

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    whitepine- i love your Oregon Block!
    and btw---there is NO WAY i am making my daughter a quilt with all the same block---
    (CK, the thing I like most about this project is that each star is different. I don't think I could make a quilt of all the same so my hats off to you in doing one for your daughter. )
    she just really likes the Iowa block i made & discarded and wants me to design her a queen sized quilt around that block- she knows me well enough to know- I discarded it in the first place- i won't be making more of it! to me it is a HORRENDOUS block (the new Iowa is so much better)
    we shall see what i wind up doing with it as a center feature---only time will tell & i have alot of other things in the works before i'm even willing to set that horrible block up & start considering...my daughter is a (purple girl) & i've never been all that into purple- so everything for her is a challenge- having to start with that block just puts the challenge up to a new level
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    OK Colleen, that block is not HORRENDOUS. And I love purple.

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