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Thread: Blazing Star Assemby Help Needed!

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    Question Blazing Star Assemby Help Needed!

    I am trying the http://www.mccallsquilting.com/patte....html?idx=7917 for the blazing star. I have no idea how to piece the diamonds. I can't find any tutorial either and the instructions are so vague. I've already cut the pieces as per the instructions (individual diamonds). Help, please! So frustrated!!

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    Sorry to hear you've already cut the diamonds! Ouch! Much easier to strip piece and then cut a 60 deg. angle. That said...when matching your diamonds, you will need to line up your edges but have 'ears' on both ends. Each ear should be 1/4" past the other diamond.

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    Should I just scrap the material I already have? It was for one 12" block only so not a huge waste of fabric. It's SO frustrating!

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    The McCall's instructions said to cut individually and are not at all descriptive in what I'm supposed to do. Do I trim the corners to match up before I assemble to the next piece?

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    I have not done this pattern but I have a friend who showed me how to connect these type of blocks. You need to turn the diamonds over (back side) and make a mark 1/4" from the outside edge - all the way around the diamonds. Then you join the diamonds and do not stitch beyond the 1/4" line and I believe you need to stop sewing 1/4" before any intersections - but that should be part of your marking. I hope this is correct - perhaps someone else can check these directions.

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    No need to scrap the fabric unless you're just totally frustrated by now. Starch your fabs HEAVILY before you start playing if you have not already done so. As Otis suggests, you can mark your 1/4" sewing lines on the reverse - it might help as well. And yes, do not stitch beyond the 1/4" mark. When you have your pieces right sides together, they are going to look like they don't line up in any way, shape or form. They will look like they are at almost a 45 deg angle while laying on top of one another. One trick you can also try (which I do for paper piecing)...put your pieces together the way you think they should line up. Place a pin ON THE SEWING LINE and flip it over to see if things are lined/matched up correctly.

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    I may try it out again today thanks to everyone's great advice. I just wish there was a video tutorial I could watch to ensure it's correct.

    I took the night to think about it and take a break and now am ready to try it once again.

    This is the best sounding board (especially when thoroughly frustrated)!

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    One trick you can also try (which I do for paper piecing)...put your pieces together the way you think they should line up. Place a pin ON THE SEWING LINE and flip it over to see if things are lined/matched up correctly.[/QUOTE]

    NJ Quilter:Thank you for this tip. I love the finished look of pp. But get frustrated with my self when I flip it and it is no where near where I thought it would be. elizabeth_agd, good luck. I bet with these quilters tips it will go right together and be beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elizabeth_agd View Post
    Should I just scrap the material I already have? It was for one 12" block only so not a huge waste of fabric. It's SO frustrating!
    I wouldn't scrap it - I'd lay out the pieces to form the shape you want, then piece a pair at a time, placing it back on the board in the correct location....but the next time I'd use the strip set method...a lot easier.
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    You need to befriend the set-in seam or Y-seam. Depending on the size of the pieces, I sew mine by hand.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU434QxfSqw
    http://www.quiltuniversity.com/y_seams.htm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLkHfcuNzCA
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    Could you explain this method? I haven't started mine and would like to avoid the
    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    Sorry to hear you've already cut the diamonds! Ouch! Much easier to strip piece and then cut a 60 deg. angle. That said...when matching your diamonds, you will need to line up your edges but have 'ears' on both ends. Each ear should be 1/4" past the other diamond.
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    If fabric was cut for one block, then toss it into the scrap bin and start over using an easier method.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratz29 View Post
    Could you explain this method? I haven't started mine and would like to avoid the

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    Even with the strip sets you still end up having a Y seam to deal with. Best trick that I know for those is to stop sewing 1/4" from inside edge on both sides of the Y. There is also a method where you end up with a seam on the diagonal of what would be the large inset corner. Can't recall instructions for that but can look for it if you're interested. I personally don't like the look of the seam there but it does work.

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    It has been a while sense this was posted but maybe someone will get a use out of this video with Eleanor Burns doing the Blazing Star.

    http://vimeo.com/6400035

    I don't have the site but Kayewood and Missouri Star Quilt did tutorials on the Blazing star as well.
    Good Luck and have fun
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    I found it a lot easier to do strip piecing and then cutting on an angle. Good luck. I know it will be pretty when it is done.

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    The little dots they have you mark...those are seam allowance dots...On the back of one of the diamonds, use a ruler to mark a 1/4" pencil line along the long sides of the diamond...go all the way to the edge...mark lightly so you don't stretch the fabric. The lines will cross at the sides and tips...The exact spot where they cross...that's where the diamond 1/4" seams should line up.
    I find this marking of the stitching lines to give a better result than just marking that dot.
    I mark all the diamonds on the back with the stitching line.
    Remember, when you line up the dot/crosspoint (depending on how you do them)...the tips of the diamonds don't line up exactly...they should overlap 1/4". You start stitching in the "v" of where the tips stick out...and that should put your needle right on the lines you drew, stich an inch or so, stop and check the line on the underside piece...adjust if not being stitched on.
    Yes, it takes a lot more time..but results in a perfect result every time. I now sometimes will do the center part (which is a lemoine star, by the way) without lines drawn...I can now eye what the 1/4" overlap should be. But if I do that throughout...I end up a bit wonky.
    Look up how to do a Lemoine Star...that will help with all the diamond construction in this pattern.

    Quote Originally Posted by elizabeth_agd View Post
    I am trying the http://www.mccallsquilting.com/patte....html?idx=7917 for the blazing star. I have no idea how to piece the diamonds. I can't find any tutorial either and the instructions are so vague. I've already cut the pieces as per the instructions (individual diamonds). Help, please! So frustrated!!
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    Great sites to watch from Martina. Good review and new techniques to try!

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