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Thread: Carpenter Star block

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    This is my first try at a carpenters star block. I'm also inexperienced with piecing. I have two questions. There's some puckering going on in the half square triangles. Is there a way to avoid this? Also, how do you cut down on bulk on the back where the seams all meet? There are like big nubs back there. I'm going to try to post a picture but it's my first time trying that too so I hope it comes out. Thanks so much!
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    :)

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    Looks good to me..very pretty.

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    Pretty

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    You are doing a great job. If I get too many seams coming together, I press them open to eliminate some of the bulk. Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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    Your block is great .... you didn't "lose the points" ... and pressing seams
    open really helps.

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    Half square triangles have a bias edge, which tends to stretch - that's probably where your puckering is coming from. Starch helps, so does pressing not ironing. But, I think it looks really good - lots of points that are still pointy! :) mine more often then not get squared off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    You are doing a great job. If I get too many seams coming together, I press them open to eliminate some of the bulk. Looks great. Thanks for sharing.
    ditto

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    it is very pretty love the blues

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    That's really pretty....Awesome job with the construction....!

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    It's very pretty.

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    I've heard that you need to whack the big bulky nub with a clean hammer to help flatten all the layers of fabric at the points. I've never done it, but it sounds like a good frustration blaster. "Sorry, honey, I don't want to talk about that right now. I'm going to my sewing room to whack a few nubs."

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    Looks good . Great advice above!!! Keep up the good work

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    Looks good. As Shnn said -- starch. It is hard for boards to stretch :). Your points look great. I would try blocking the block to get rid of any puckering now (before you put it in the quilt or finish it another way).

    Sometimes a good tap with a hammer will help with the bulk at the joinings now.

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    That is beautiful, I press as I go with starch.

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    You can also clip a couple threads on the back to help reduce the nubs. Once you clip a thread or two you should be able to press the seam almost in a clock wise direction and get a little pinwheel on the back. It's hard to explain but once you do it a time or two it becomes very easy.

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    Very pretty. I think I pressed my seams open where there was a lot of bulk.

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    pretty colors,great piecing

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    taking a hammer to the seams will work also. I have not tried it but have heard from some who have.

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    Beautiful block.

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    Very pretty!

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    I thought you guys were kidding about the hammer. I think I'll give it a try.

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    Really great block. Love your use of your fabrics

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    Beautiful....and whacking it with a clean hammer really does help....

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    A great job...makes me want to make one myself! :)

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