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

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    I am making these BOMs along with the BOM Quilt Along, and Craftsy.com free BOM... from a bundle of great
    prints plus white. I learned last year that I do not have the patience to take a year to make a piece. So here are my 7 blocks from January. Yes, I chickened out on the hard ones!!
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    Dot, I think you have more energy than I could ever hope to have!

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    Well I ventured out and decided to try this block. I can't seem to grash PP, almost quit, but decided to use the templates and make it the regular way. Not sure about the center, it's off just a hair and that bugs me, may try to redo it, later..but here it is anyway..Thanks Patrice for 'helping me' step outa the norm. ;o)

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    Cool New Member

    I am new to this group. I live in Kansas ans have been quilting for years even own a long arm quilting machine. I bought myself a Bernina 830 with the embroidery unit so have gotten somewhat away from quilting while playing with my new toy. I just started trying to design a wall hanging for my daughter showing photos of her 4 children as well as her 4 grandchildren. It will be for her February birthday, am at a loss as to what to do other than patchwork around the photos. Suggestions would be welcomed. I plan to do the BOM but will be months behind I am sure. I also just started making the Latte Quilt which involves a lot of machine embroidery.
    I do have a problem with the accuracy of my computer. The test square on the paper piecing of the BOM only measures 7/8 inch. I increased the picture 120% to achieve the 1 inch measure but it does not print the increase. I guess that means I have to use my brain and cut the blocks following the measurements given, sounds like fun.

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    is there a specific # of fabric colors needed throughout the year? I'm doing this scrappy but will keep the background constant. I'm asking since I saw our first block uses 4 different colors.
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    Hi All! Wow, I am so impressed with how many different looks you can get with this wonderful block. I am late but would like to join. I am finally over my bronchitis (3 weeks) and ready to sew again. I will be using hot pink since it is my favorite color and (I have lots of it) and most likely pulling from my black and white stash. That combination always looks so sharp to me. But, then I was thinking of making a second block using my lime greens too. My choice is paper piecing! It seems easier to me for this block. We will see if I am right, for me.

    Thank you Sulabug for picking this block and PatriceJ for your excellent computer skills. I am in awe!
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    I think I meant "attic windows" as shown here:
    http://quilteddelights.blogspot.com/...-tutorial.html

    Thank you for the link to the tute about sewing toward the intersection. I think I'll open it on the sewing room PC and follow each step closely when I try it. That is one perfect looking hexagon flower!!

    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    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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    Vicky, the number of fabrics throughout the year will definitely vary. I am doing a true sampler quillt-- every block so far has a different color scheme. That's the thing about quilting, though, right? It will all look good when it's put together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    Here's the link to the thread SulaBug started for our photos. Her block is sooooo pretty!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks-...s-t209786.html

    I made some .pdf files for templates. They would come in handy for cutting out the pieces needed to put the block together with Y-seams. To ensure they print in the correct size, remember to set printer scaling to None in Adobe Reader.

    I also made a file for paper piecing foundations. As with the templates, make sure to set printer scaling to None.

    Both templates and foundation patterns are available at the Quilter's Cache site.
    I just couldn't get my own printer to cooperate so I made my own.
    Very happy to share.

    I did mine using Y-seams.
    they look scary but are easier than you'd think if you do one side of the Y at a time.

    One very important thing to remember is to NOT sew all the way to the end of the pieces where they Y joins.
    You need to leave the 1/4" seam allowance.
    Otherwise getting the block to lay flat is somewhere between difficult and impossible.

    Since there are 4 Ys, I marked the top piece for the first one.
    Attachment 385168

    Then I laid down a sticky note to mark the stopping place.
    By using that as a reference, I didn't need to mark the remaining 3 pieces.

    Attachment 385169

    It's important, also, to remember to either do a lock-stitch or a few back stitches where you stop the seam.

    I will be very happy to answer questions and provide tips.
    What is diffrence between the two PDF 's
    i mean which one for paper foundation and if i copy the second one it shows the right size and can the photo copier will copy this size wich shows?
    Sorry for my questions
    thank u i will try befor end of the month

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    referring specifically to the files i shared ...
    you can recognize the one to use for paper piecing because it divides the blocks into sections.
    foundation patters are provided for every section.
    you will have everything you need to make one complete block.
    no need to worry about reproducing accurately, mirroring for opposing sections, etc.
    just remember to set page scaling to none before you print the file using adobe reader.

    if you use the templates in the other file to cut your pieces, just use those pieces as often as necessary to make the block(s).
    again ... set page scaling to none in adobe reader to get it all printed at the correct size.

    i wouldn't recommend using a copier to reproduce the printouts.
    copiers nearly always goof up the size compared to the original.
    just print the number of copies you need to make the number of blocks you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchfryqueen View Post
    Vicky, the number of fabrics throughout the year will definitely vary. I am doing a true sampler quillt-- every block so far has a different color scheme. That's the thing about quilting, though, right? It will all look good when it's put together.
    thanks for the info. I'll just worry about fabrics as needed. I usually pull fabrics to set aside for a project but have a large enough stash to not worry about it at this point LOL
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    I decided that I REALLY need to learn something new. And that is foundation piecing. Other than doing strip quilt blocks on paper foundations, I am a NEWBIE.

    Questions for Patrice:
    1. Can I assume that the paper piecing templates are cut apart?
    2. It appears that the A pieces finish at 2". Can I cut 2 1/2 strips for them?
    3. Can I cut 2 1/2" strips for the B pieces?
    4. Same for the C pieces.
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    I learned pp'ing from watching a carol Doak video...really excellent
    I am sure yahoo has some good videos also, it is not hard to do but there is a right way to do it...I was doing it the hard way before I watched the video... Have fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S

    Questions for Patrice:
    i can't provide any advice about piece sizes.
    i just used EQ to produce the foundation patterns.
    i didn't use paper piecing to make the block.

    each page of the file provides the foundations necessary for one quadrant of the block.
    four quadrants, hence four pages.
    cut them out along the solid outer lines.
    after you have pp'd them, sew them together as they are laid out in the file.
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    Thanks Patrice and Difergie. I WILL master the paper piecing technique. I did spend a lot of time on the Internet last night researching the paper piecing technique and did find that Carol Doak's video the most helpful. Today I am going to practice, practice, practice until I get it fused and quilted into my brain.
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    Watch out Caroline..it can be addicting!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Thanks Patrice and Difergie. I WILL master the paper piecing technique. I did spend a lot of time on the Internet last night researching the paper piecing technique and did find that Carol Doak's video the most helpful. Today I am going to practice, practice, practice until I get it fused and quilted into my brain.
    Just want to tell you that Carol Doak's method is probably the best but that's how I learned. It took a little getting used to it but once you get it, you got it. I enjoy pp-ing but not something I do constantly. But, when I do it, I haven't forgotten how.

    I have the "Add-a-Quarter" ruler which really helps with trimming and aligning your next piece. And a tip -- I happen to have a very thin ruler but a thin, stiff card or template plastic would be perfect for helping to crease your line. If I can find a tutorial, I'll post it.
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    ok, found a basic Carol Doak tutorial. this is how I learned and it works for me. You will see where the paper is folded back to make room to trim the excess.

    http://www.caroldoak.com/weblog/?p=928
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    I need to improve on Y seams. I always hand sew them. I printed the templates but they printed without the seam allowance. What am I doing wrong. I printed the templates from this board not QCache.

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    check your print settings in adobe acrobat reader.
    depending upon your printer make, model and age, it's possible that clicking the "advanced" button and selecting "print as image" will solve your problem.
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    Mine didn't print the seam allowance either. That didn't bother me so much. But without the 1" test square, I'm not sure they are printed to the correct size. Haven't tried making it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimiknoxtaylor View Post
    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!
    I would like clarification on the info about 4 segments and 4 reversed. I am using one material for the star points and when I look at the picture I don't see that any are reversed. Is it when you sew them together?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkling Lake View Post
    I would like clarification on the info about 4 segments and 4 reversed. I am using one material for the star points and when I look at the picture I don't see that any are reversed. Is it when you sew them together?
    Yes, when I did one trad.way when sewing I realized that since they were all constructed the same my blue (which was to be all the star points ) would wind up with 4 more to outside edge. The inst state to "make 4 more segments in the same way". But take it from one who messed up-- reverse 4.
    When doing the PP its not a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimiknoxtaylor View Post
    Yes, when I did one trad.way when sewing I realized that since they were all constructed the same my blue (which was to be all the star points ) would wind up with 4 more to outside edge. The inst state to "make 4 more segments in the same way". But take it from one who messed up-- reverse 4.
    When doing the PP its not a problem.
    Thanks Joyce. I will keep trying. I haven't tried PP yet but that is on my list. I only started quilting a few months ago. I have made 15 or so sample blocks but this one is definitely a new challenge! I have another problem that I need help on. When I try to sew the 1/4 area. where the three come together, I get a tuck in the one that I sew the other side of the triangle to. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong?
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    Patrice: This looks exciting!Printed off the PP templates from your post, thanks for doing that by the way! Question: Pg. 3 has 1/4 inch added to the templates, do I need to add the 1/4 inch to pages 1-2-4 to end up with the correct size block? Thanks for your help!
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