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Thread: MARCH 15 2011 STARS BOM - DIRECTIONS AND DISCUSSION

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    Seymoore has picked our March star, and itís a beauty. Canít wait to see what everyone does with this. The star is the Alaska Star from the Heavens to Betsy quilt published by Quilterís Newsletter in June 2005. In the link to the pattern, there are three stars. The Alaska Star, our March BOM Star, is the first pattern. Hope everyone enjoys making this one. It is gorgeous. Seymoore tells me that although the star looks hard to make, it really isnít.

    The download is here:

    http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/we...feature152.pdf

    Seymoore has started the thread for pictures and has posted her star so you can see it. It's beautiful.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-107747-1.htm

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    Good morning, first thing I did today was to look for our new BOM. Looks like fun, as I'm starting to really like PP. I've printed off the block and have a dumb question. Do you cut the paper apart on the heavy dark line and piece the 2 sections and then join them when your done? Thats what common sence is telling me to do. If that is correct then you'd end up with a 10 inch block. Okay, help please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redvette54
    Good morning, first thing I did today was to look for our new BOM. Looks like fun, as I'm starting to really like PP. I've printed off the block and have a dumb question. Do you cut the paper apart on the heavy dark line and piece the 2 sections and then join them when your done? Thats what common sence is telling me to do. If that is correct then you'd end up with a 10 inch block. Okay, help please.
    Make sure you cut on the outside line of the pattern so you have a 1/4" seam allowance. Then stitch the blocks together using the inside line. I haven't printed this pattern yet, so am not sure what size it is. Although, after looking at Seymoore's star, I see she has a border around it, so it is probably a 10" block when finished. If you want to enlarage it to a 12" block, if your printer will do scalling, you can print it at 120% and it should be a 12" block when finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redvette54
    Good morning, first thing I did today was to look for our new BOM. Looks like fun, as I'm starting to really like PP. I've printed off the block and have a dumb question. Do you cut the paper apart on the heavy dark line and piece the 2 sections and then join them when your done? Thats what common sence is telling me to do. If that is correct then you'd end up with a 10 inch block. Okay, help please.
    I just printed out 1 copy of the pattern. Looking at it, I think we need 4 copies cut on the dark line. Do we make 8 triangles sections and then piece 2 together to make each of the four sides???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura F

    I just printed out 1 copy of the pattern. Looking at it, I think we need 4 copies cut on the dark line. Do we make 8 triangles sections and then piece 2 together to make each of the four sides???
    Good question, I'll be waiting for someone to help us out.

    Also, my pattern printed 6 1/2 inches, is this right too?

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    I bet Seymoore will be along to give us all some instructions since she has made the star.

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    Just printed mine and it is 6 1/2 as well, so I think we make 4 and sew them together with the thick line "X" running threw the middle
    David

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    The block is in 4 sections, and then sewn together. I work during the day, so will be back this evening to answer questions and try to be more thorough. Have fun!!

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    Mine printed out at 6-1/2" also.

    What I see when I look at this block is that you need to cut it apart on the diagonal line and work with it in two sections and make four of each section. I'm not sure why they didn't make this pattern in two sections that way. You need to make sure that you add a 1/4" seam allowance to the diagonal line. I cut mine apart and glued it to another piece of paper. I added the 1/4" seam allowance to the diagonal and will scan it and print four copies. I have marked one as Section A and one as Section B so I'll be able to sew them together correctly. I think that should do it. I have to add the seam allowance to the pattern or I'll forget to make that side a little bigger to allow for the seam and I'll have a messed up piece. I'll try to get mine done today to make sure my thoughts are correct.

    One other thing I would suggest is to mark the colors you are using on the pattern. I was just working away and mixed up what I refer to as my background color (the white in the picture) with my star color and had to start over. I have now marked each section with what it is (Dk Background - the dark blue; Star - the lighter blue; background - white). Hopefully that will stop that mistake from happening again.

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    This star is from Carol Doak's 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars. If you have that book the pattern is easier to copy.

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    Something tells me it's not a good idea to post copies of Carol's book here, even if it is in another magazine. The magazine copy is different. Maybe it's just me.

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    We didn't post a copy of Carol's book. The link is to a design that is online at Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    We didn't post a copy of Carol's book. The link is to a design that is online at Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.
    Another member did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    Mine printed out at 6-1/2" also.

    What I see when I look at this block is that you need to cut it apart on the diagonal line and work with it in two sections and make four of each section. I'm not sure why they didn't make this pattern in two sections that way. You need to make sure that you add a 1/4" seam allowance to the diagonal line. I cut mine apart and glued it to another piece of paper. I added the 1/4" seam allowance to the diagonal and will scan it and print four copies. I have marked one as Section A and one as Section B so I'll be able to sew them together correctly. I think that should do it. I have to add the seam allowance to the pattern or I'll forget to make that side a little bigger to allow for the seam and I'll have a messed up piece. I'll try to get mine done today to make sure my thoughts are correct.

    One other thing I would suggest is to mark the colors you are using on the pattern. I was just working away and mixed up what I refer to as my background color (the white in the picture) with my star color and had to start over. I have now marked each section with what it is (Dk Background - the dark blue; Star - the lighter blue; background - white). Hopefully that will stop that mistake from happening again.
    Hi Judy!!
    Judy, take a close look at sermors block, I could be wrong but to me it looks like the block are made just the way it is printed then sewn together, see how it looks like only four points in the center?
    Like I said I could be wrong but I think I am gonna just pp the way it printed no cutting it apart
    David

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    LOL Nevermind, now I took an even CLOSER look and there are 8 seams, I think you're right Judy!
    David
    ps.to my wifee...see I ca admit when Im wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    LOL Nevermind, now I took an even CLOSER look and there are 8 seams, I think you're right Judy!
    David
    ps.to my wifee...see I ca admit when Im wrong!
    Your wife will be happy you can admit you're wrong. Let me tell you, its very, very seldom I can get my hubby to admit he's wrong.

    Anyway, thank you David. I did put together one block splitting the pattern in half on the diagonal and adding a 1/4" seam to that cut line on both halves, and I ended up with a perfect 6-1/2" block. Now I need three more, but they will have to wait. DGS has a birthday in three weeks and I have to get his quilt finished.

    One suggestion: if you are concerned about your block not being quite large enough, just extend the dark blue pieces on the outer edges a bit which will give you a little leeway for sizing up your block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrie1940
    Don't let looking at the whole block of this beautiful block scare you away! Just look at one triangle. If you can sew a stright line you've got it.

    Here are the 12inch temples AND the list of the fabric pieces I used to make mine. (See BOM pictures)

    P-l-e-a-s-e don't give up without trying it first!

    I hope this has helped someone.....................
    Jerri, where did you get your print out from? mine is just the template and they are not separated like yours there in the post.??

    ****Not to worry, I copied and pasted the cutting instructions out :) Thanks Jerrie This helps a lot..

    Sharon

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    Hmmm mine only printed out a tad over 6".

    I am thinking if I cut the pattern on the line and add the 1/4" to seam allowance, will bring it up to 6 1/2" completed....

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    Wow, PP haven for both BOMs :mrgreen:
    I just finished my February star, I am going to do the barn first and then tackle this one....looks pretty.

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    Wow this is exciting..cant wait to get started on this star. Its awesome thanks for picking it for us :thumbup:

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    Thank you Judy for your import and suggestions. Looking forward to this challenge. My mantra: Stay calm, stay calm, stay calm.

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    I love this block -have not seen it before -can not wait to try it!!!

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    Hope I get the right size on this block. Pretty interesting block as was last months block but that was a fun block so will see what this months brings.

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    Now that I am putting my completed sections wondered if people are pressing all seams open? There is quite a bulky area where points meet but I'm pounding them down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheasantduster
    Now that I am putting my completed sections wondered if people are pressing all seams open? There is quite a bulky area where points meet but I'm pounding them down!
    Mine was really bulky too, I didn't know how to correct it. I kind of snipped the seams so they could fray a bit and then ironed it flat. It still sticks up though. LOL :-)

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