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Thread: January 1, 2013 - Whirling Star 2 direction's & discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akaiser2 View Post
    I love this block !! However do you think it would look good made out of scraps?
    yes. this block would look great in scraps.
    just make sure you pick scraps from four color families.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    Whew, good thing I redid 4 of the spokes by picking them out then! I am much happier with it now, thanks so posted a new picture! And..... I promise not to be such a "pain" every month....
    I made 2 blocks/ 1 using traditional piecing & 1 pp. Quilters cache instructs to make 8 trap segments that are the same. Well I did & it about drove me crazy trying to figure out how to get my trap segments positioned correctly!
    Went back to computer & looked at pix in grayscale then I saw the problem/ 4 needed to be reversed. That block will stay as a simple star & pp block will be correct
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    There is a really good little maybe 3 minute tutorial on the jinny beyer site on Y seams. she shows how to do them by machine and how to do them by hand. I think it makes perfect sense when you watch it live if you can get away from checking out all her gorgeous fabric. If I won the lotto it would ALL be mine! I had never seen her stuff before but wow. still havent sat down to do this yet. lucky for me the month is still young.
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    It wasn't the Y seams that drove me crazy, that's not a problem but the finished segments were all the same & actually you needed 4 segments and another 4 that were their mirror image.
    The block is still interesting and has a star, just not a whirling star.
    Thanks to Patrice showing the different ways to position them to get different blocks, I didn't feel bad leaving it the way it came out
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    I really like this block. I have been very intimidated by paper piecing but of course I want to try it. Can I use regular printer paper or do I need special paper? And here I was think I was going to play with my "Rose" tomorrow out in the studio..
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    regular printer paper will work, but it will be a bit more difficult to remove.
    i go to the dollar store and get the kiddy tablets.
    they use newsprint paper, which is thinner, and are inexpensive.
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    Make sure you decrease your stitch length too to make it easier to remove the paper. I also like to use paper from an inexpensive drawing pad for kids that I got at the dollar store, its just thin newsprint
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    regular printer paper will work, but it will be a bit more difficult to remove.
    i go to the dollar store and get the kiddy tablets.
    they use newsprint paper, which is thinner, and are inexpensive.
    Next time I am in the dollar store I am going to have to look, Thanks for the tip =)
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    This may be a silly question, but here goes. Do I need both sets of templates? When I look at the pattern it seems like I just need the set that has ABC. Thanks for your help.
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    whether you are going to attempt either the paper piecing or the traditional version, select either from the printouts from QuiltersCache or from those i attached. do not try to mix & match. it won't work.
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    PP tip -- if using regular printer paper, spritz a little water and it will remove very easily. Use this method all the time.
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    Tweezers also help a lot.
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    I am attempting this. So far I have had to unsew a lot. I went back over the comments and will try again. If I have problems, I know I can ask. Wish me luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sustraley View Post
    I am attempting this. So far I have had to unsew a lot. I went back over the comments and will try again. If I have problems, I know I can ask. Wish me luck.
    Sus, if you're PP there shouldn't be a problem. If you're doing the traditional just remember to make 4 segments like instructed & then 4 segments reversed (if you're using a specific fab for your star points)
    you can do it!
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    I am just joining in, thanks for such an interesting block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patticake59 View Post
    I am just joining in, thanks for such an interesting block.
    Welcome Patticake59, we are so glad you have decided to join us in all of the fun for 2013. Please be sure to post your pictures when you are finished with each of your blocks. We just "LOVE" Show & Tell!!
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    here's the link to see the blocks done so far.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks-...s-t209786.html
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    Does anyone have an idea of how much fabric to buy? I plan to make 12 blocks with four or five colors and I bought two yards of each. I'll buy more for sashing and backing later. Do you think that's enough?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR View Post
    Does anyone have an idea of how much fabric to buy? I plan to make 12 blocks with four or five colors and I bought two yards of each. I'll buy more for sashing and backing later. Do you think that's enough?
    CAS........That's a real good question & I don't have an answer for you. I too bought two yards each of the pink & purple, that I featured in my block & plan to use all floral stash for the other piece's yet to come. I know that I can always buy the pink & purple, so I feel okay with that. I hope someone else can answer your question for you, but I would suerly think you have enough fabric with a lot of leftovers. Good Luck!!
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    yes. that will definitely be enough for 12 blocks.
    in fact, you will have enough left over to make at least 12 more.

    i recommend you press the seams open.

    then - unless you have a pressing need for a top - wait to see the March block.

    just a hint. ;-)
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    Thanks Sula and Patrice. Patrice now you have me real excited and anxiously awaiting March! I was thinking if I really like it I may do two of some blocks so good to know I have enough fabric. Then again, my method of learning is to do it wrong then take it apart and do it the right way, and the fabric can only take so much torture.

    Patrice, if I cut the corners as shown in your templates will I reduce bulk and will the fabric still fill in the corners well? I was scared to try it. Thanks.
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    yes. if you trim the pieces as shown in the templates it will all work out nicely.
    the "trimmed" bits actually make it easier to line up the pieces accurately.
    the seams at the Y-intersections do not run all the way to the end of any of the pieces, so there won't be gaps where the seams come together.

    if you're making one block, it's worth taking the time to mark where seams should start and stop.
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    if you are making more than one block, you will very quickly get sick of all that tedious marking.
    so, just mark the first of each piece that will intersect at a "Y".
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    as you sew, pay close attention and make sure to stop on the mark or just before the mark.
    then put down a piece of tape or a sticky note. use that as your reference to the stopping point for all repetitions of that pair of pieces.
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    you will notice that i didn't worry about starting the seams on this pair set at the 1/4" mark.
    that's because that is not where a Y-intersection will occur.
    but i did make sure to end the seam at the mark; do either a lock stitch or a bit of back-stitching; raise the needle; move the next pair up to the needle; lower needle & foot; resume sewing.
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    you don't have to chain-piece.
    you can certainly do one pair at a time if that works better for you.
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    Thank you Patrice for explaining and the nice clear pictures. I have to admit I did not attempt the set in Y seams as I don't fully understand, I just paper pieced the block. I did not cut out the fabric to match the templates. I know the theme this year is to learn something, so maybe I will try it.

    Is it inset kind of like the window box method?
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    i don't know what the "window box method" is.

    there are a few ways to do Y-seams.
    one is to do a continuous seam. that involves stopping at the intersection with needle down; fiddling with the pieces to rearrange them; continuing to the end of the other "leg". i have trained myself to do it just so i can pat myself on the back for it. frankly, though, you can't tell the difference between that way and the other. in most cases i find it to be much too annoying and "fiddly" to be worth the ego boost. LOL

    the other way is to do each "leg" of the inset as a separate seam. start at the outside and sew toward the intersection. make sure to NOT sew into the intersecting seam allowance. (see this old tute for close-up photos: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ons-t3419.html)
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    I just found this BOM for January of 2013... YES WE CAN hahaha I love it

    I printed out the .pdf templates Patrice so graciously made, i have some problems with .gif templates sometimes, not being the size I wanted.... PDF always works so nicely.

    I think i should try this.. maybe tonight... we will see how soon i get tired of the other handpiecing i am doing this afternoon.... Thats a gorgeous block.

    And I saw the *you need FOUR colors* picture, got that to print too. Now I have to think about colors.....

    Sheeps

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