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Thread: How do I do this - create the missing parts of these pieces

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    Senior Member heyjami's Avatar
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    I got these amazing 4 pc stars in a scrap bundle. I wanted to make them into this pattern but I'm not sure how to determine what size to make the mid-pieces (in my sad example below the made up pieces are off-white)

    I tried to guess and hand sewed them together and it's kind of wonky.

    Any advice?

    This is the pattern I'm trying to duplicate
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    Here was my sad attempt
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    I would measure the cut edges and subtract for seam allowance. Then i would draft it on graph paper to size. You can either make templates to cut out or fiddle with cutting shapes with your rotary cutter.

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    No it's not so sad. It just looks like it needs to be pressed. Each one you do will get better!
    Keep showing us your progress!

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    Place the block on your printer and make a copy. Then cut out each piece and add a seam allowance! I did this once and it worked great!!

    Good Luck!!

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    How about making a template from mylar using your sample. You can see through the mylar to trace each piece. When you trace the templates on your fabric, you will need to add 1/4" seam allowances all around. Put dots 1/4" from points so that you know when to stop sewing when sewing the pieces together.

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    Check out, (I think this is Rhonda's) http://www.bitsnpiecesworkshop.com/p...ointBlocks.php

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    I find a little starch on the fabric helps to stabilize those bias cuts, even with hand piecing :wink: :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84
    Place the block on your printer and make a copy. Then cut out each piece and add a seam allowance! I did this once and it worked great!!

    Good Luck!!
    Smart!!! A- for you today only because you didn't say scan it. Not all printers are capable of scanning.

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    Thanks everyone - great ideas! I do not have the one I'm trying to duplicate - but I'll remember those tips for the next time I do this.

    Ok, I'll keep trying... and posting updates. I think I have 600 of these little stars anyway. And plenty of little junky ones too.

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    One thing that l believe you did in your sample, it looks like you sewed into your seam allowance. This block appears to have set in seams. You have to stop 1/4" from each corner so you can set in the abutting seam. It looks like you may have sewn all the way to the edge of your fabric. Each unit, where it meets has a set in seam by the looks of things.

    Try to find instructions on doing a traditional Tumbling blocks with a set in seam as the pattern appears to have a similar construction. The book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! has good pictures and diagrams to show how you do it. Good luck!

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    Update: last night I printed a picture of the other block after enlarging it to match the in-hand 4 pc stars... and I drew on seam allowances and cut them out. I'll try a new set sometime today after work.

    You quilters are fabulous resources! I'll be mindful of the shape and set seams this time around. :-)

    Always a learning experience...

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    Maybe this drawing will help with proportions?

    The basic unit is drawn on a 4 x 4 grid.

    The "star" is drawn on an 8 x 8 grid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Maybe this drawing will help with proportions?
    OH YES! Thank you!
    I tried to draw the units but lacked the skill to do it correctly.

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    This looks like it would be a great pattern to sew by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjami
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Maybe this drawing will help with proportions?
    OH YES! Thank you!
    I tried to draw the units but lacked the skill to do it correctly.
    You are very welcome! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjami
    I got these amazing 4 pc stars in a scrap bundle. I wanted to make them into this pattern but I'm not sure how to determine what size to make the mid-pieces (in my sad example below the made up pieces are off-white)

    I tried to guess and hand sewed them together and it's kind of wonky.

    Any advice?


    For me, it would be simple. Carefully rip the block apart---------after making sure to have a good photo------which you do have.

    Carefully iron each piece, and copy the main pieces to waxed paper or something similar. use the waxed paper piece to make a plastic tempelete.------you can buy that almost anywhere fabric is sold.

    You'll have just a few main pieces. Identify each one by color or number or even by the position it falls in.

    ONE MORE THING----note the seam allowance used by the original maker

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    Here is a very similar 12" paper pieced version of your block: http://www.quilterscache.com/G/Golde...RingBlock.html

    Amethyst is even more similar but I can't find a free pattern for it. It is one of my favorites so I recognized it right away.

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    I only have a picture of the desired block.

    But I'm getting closer! I used some of the techniques described here and am hand sewing another block sample. It looks better!

    I'm just struggling with my needle (actually threading) tonight. I'll put this away and try more tomorrow.


    For me, it would be simple. Carefully rip the block apart---------after making sure to have a good photo------which you do have.

    Carefully iron each piece, and copy the main pieces to waxed paper or something similar. use the waxed paper piece to make a plastic tempelete.------you can buy that almost anywhere fabric is sold.

    You'll have just a few main pieces. Identify each one by color or number or even by the position it falls in.

    ONE MORE THING----note the seam allowance used by the original maker[/quote]

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    An update, progress! But had trouble with needle threading last night.. .

    But making progress! The little connector blocks were a little too big but I trimmed and will try again.

    2nd try of the blocks
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    jeaninmaine, thank you! that's just what I need now... the technique to make the blocks without them being so wonky. haha

    I'll give this a shot. Slow and sure with this set... but there's plenty of time to master it.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeaninmaine

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    I thought of you the second I saw it and thought it might do the job. Happy to help. I've gotten a lot of help and ideas from the people on this forum.

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    disregard.

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