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Old 09-30-2010, 10:45 AM
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I am trying to work through this block:

http://www.thequiltedsnail.com/patterns/doubleStar.pdf

Before I started this I went through this beginner tutorial with success:

http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-39183-1.htm

I thought I'd be able to handle the above Double Star, but I've tried it 5 times and made mistakes. I need more tutorials. Maybe other star tutorials. Where would be a good place to get more than one step-by-step tutorial?

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Old 09-30-2010, 10:50 AM
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What part are you having trouble with?
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:53 AM
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are you making it pp or cutting fabric to size then sewing? I have not pp. how are you doing it? I would make the side pieces with the triangles first and then sew them to the squares. like the center square gets two triangle-rectangle side pieces attached then the other two side triangle-rectangle side pieces get the corner squares put on it and then you sew the side pieces to the center piece making sure you are lining up the side pieces to the center square. does that make since? you just have to sit and think it out sometimes. one day I re-sewed the same block 5 times before I got it right. hope this makes since.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by MommaDorian
I am trying to work through this block:

http://www.thequiltedsnail.com/patterns/doubleStar.pdf

Before I started this I went through this beginner tutorial with success:

http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-39183-1.htm

I thought I'd be able to handle the above Double Star, but I've tried it 5 times and made mistakes. I need more tutorials. Maybe other star tutorials. Where would be a good place to get more than one step-by-step tutorial?

TIA
you could try About.com and go into there quilting section they have pretty good instructions..
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by amma
What part are you having trouble with?
You know, I'm not sure if I can explain it. The tutorial I tried was so simple. I loved it. I think the trouble is why the triangles don't line up right. I get the first one on ok, trim to 1/4", and press. When I try to get the 2nd triangle on, it's not lined up right or it's overlapping triangle #1 incorrectly. ::sigh:: I don't know.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:57 AM
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The triangles have to be sewed on with a specific side next to the square. maybe you are using the wrong side of it? I have done this before and it doesn't work :oops: the same thing happened as what you are describing.
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Maybe put a little L or R in the seam line of those triangles, so that it is easier to remember which one goes next to the square (left side of the square or right side.) I have done this before, to make assembling them easier :wink:

Do the same with the next set of triangles also, as it would also be easy to get them turned too :D:D:D
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:32 AM
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I think I'm just going to put it away. Maybe PP isn't for me after all. I really wanted to do that cross quilt, but I just don't think it's going to work. ::pouting:: I think I'll just keep on with my scrap quilt.

Thanks for everyone suggestions.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:37 AM
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Place square 1 onto the wrong side of the pattern, leaving a 1/4" overhang between 1 & 2. When you are placing the fabric for triangles 2 & 3 (these are the 5" squares that are cut twice on the diagonal), lay it face up on the back of the pattern where it should go. Make sure the straight of grain will be on the outside of the block. Now flip it over onto square 1.
When you are placing the triangles 4 & 5, do the same thing as before, making sure the 2 straight of grain edges are the outside of the block. Flip over onto square 1/triangle 2.
This should help.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
Place square 1 onto the wrong side of the pattern, leaving a 1/4" overhang between 1 & 2. When you are placing the fabric for triangles 2 & 3 (these are the 5" squares that are cut twice on the diagonal), lay it face up on the back of the pattern where it should go. Make sure the straight of grain will be on the outside of the block. Now flip it over onto square 1.
When you are placing the triangles 4 & 5, do the same thing as before, making sure the 2 straight of grain edges are the outside of the block. Flip over onto square 1/triangle 2.
This should help.
I trade you fabric if you'll put that in tutorial form, using the pattern that I'm working with. ;)
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