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Thread: Lone Star Quilt gone wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
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    I did a quick scale in EQ to give you a visual. It's going to be work but less than ripping out all those squares. The pink strips are the adjustment.
    This is what I was thinking. Anything can be saved with a sashing strip
    :).

    So sorry this happened to you. I was teaching my bff to piece the other night and she thought I was being anal about the lines being drawn accurately. I told her there is nothing worse than spending three hours on one block only to not have it come out right.

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    sorry this happened..they are gorgeous fabrics. Not much help as I have never done one but hope you can manage to fix it somehow.

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    I have not attempted this pattern yet but the colors and fabric you chose are absolutely beautiful. I hope this works out for you. I've had frustrations with quilt patterns as well, I feel for ya.

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    Ugh! I feel your pain. I used to make these blocks for a living and there is a learning curve to them. Most especially if you have pieced each tiny diamond individually.

    What is the size of each of the eight pieced diamonds supposed to be?

    Do the group of four that are the same size match up? What about the group of three that are the same size...do they match up?

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    I had a similar problem with the Bethlehem Star. Those diamonds are so tricky because of the diagonals. They tend to stretch when you sew them. I am not sure what I will do with my Bethlehem Star. It will be my last UFO to try to conquer.

    I do have a couple of thoughts for you though. First, make a full size template of one of the large diamonds, maybe use freezer paper and see if you can use steam and get them all back in place where they belong, then starch them real good before piecing. Those bias edges may be willing to go back in place.

    If not, how about making it look like a broken star by putting some strips of the background in between them. Maybe even do something off the wall with them. Lay each one of them out on a big background square and applique bias tape around them. Your diamonds are pretty. I would definitely try to use them somehow.

    Because of my experience with diamonds, I will never do it again. Just make this one a converstion piece and enjoy it.

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    Say, can you place all eight diamonds so that the "arms" at
    the side-center < > all match up and take another picture?

    What I'm thinking is that if you can make the seams match from the side center most points of the diamonds, all the way down except for the final points in the center of the block, you might be able to make a circle or one piece star of the dark pink fabric to cover the uneven center points. Then the outer arms of each large diamond would still be a little bit off but since they are spaced so far apart it probably wouldn't be noticed by anyone but you. What 'cha think?

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    My first quilt was a Lone Star which is really not a beginner quilt, but I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment...LOL

    First I tried the strip method and mine didn't work either, so I feel your pain. I think they may have been better if I had starched heavily before cutting, but I didn't know to do that. Anyway, I ended up cutting individual diamonds to make my star and used the diagonal strips in the border.

    I know this isn't much help, but I do understand your frustration. Maybe these great quilters here can help. Your fabric choices are wonderful.

    Good luck!!
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    I would try the added "sashing idea,,,in fact it really adds to the design.I would add a small strip all the way around each one then cut them all to one size.

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    How about trimming them all to the same size? It will be a little smaller and the diamonds might not line up, but hey, with the pretty fabric you have, probably no one will notice. AND IF THEY DO hand them a seam ripper and showthem where the sewing machine is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    Sigh...
    Despite what I had believed to be accurate measuring, sewing and cutting, I clearly did something wrong because my lone-star diamonds are not "right". Now I have eight worthless 6x6 diamonds and I don't know what to do with them. I am horrified that I've done all this work and that I didn't catch the problem right away. I mean the diamonds are catty-wampus. Any suggestions for what to do with these, other than cremate them?
    It looks to me that the pink print diamonds between the dark pink and light pink aren't true diamonds. Maybe that is where your problem starts. Measure them and see. I have never done one of these, because I know I would make a mess of it. But I say starch and lots of it.

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    I agree, but measure some of the others as well. I see some light pink and some white that aren't true diamonds. I'm wondering if you measured incorrectly when cutting some pieces.

    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    Sigh...
    Despite what I had believed to be accurate measuring, sewing and cutting, I clearly did something wrong because my lone-star diamonds are not "right". Now I have eight worthless 6x6 diamonds and I don't know what to do with them. I am horrified that I've done all this work and that I didn't catch the problem right away. I mean the diamonds are catty-wampus. Any suggestions for what to do with these, other than cremate them?
    It looks to me that the pink print diamonds between the dark pink and light pink aren't true diamonds. Maybe that is where your problem starts. Measure them and see. I have never done one of these, because I know I would make a mess of it. But I say starch and lots of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostfree
    This has scared me from trying a Lone Star! My daughter wants one, but I don't think I'm ready for it just yet.
    Almost Free, ironically this is my second lone star. While my first was not perfect, it was no where near as out of whack as this one. What you're learning here, of course, is how important the measuring, cutting and sewing (esp those seam allowances) are for the success of this quilt.

    -- Jillaine

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    How about picking out the four that are the closest and making a half star? Sort of like a rising sun? Would be a great wall hanging above a doorway. Add fabric and make place mats out of the rest. The fabric is way too pretty to abandon. Please let us know what you decide! I think we are all as invested as you are in this project.

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    My morning walking friend raised an issue I hadn't thought about last night. If I *do* try to resize with starch (and she had an extra can she gave me), what happens when the quilt is washed? This is meant to be a bedspread (ultimately). Am I doomed to a wall hanging?

    By the way, this pattern is from Jan Krentz's Lone Star Quilts & Beyond. It's a variation of the quilt on the cover, as well as those on pp 44-45. Although why I chose to do 6x6 instead of 4x4 is beyond me. Probably because of the fabrics I had on hand. I make quilts "backwards" -- I go to the store, fall in love with the fabric, buy enough (hopefully), then pick a pattern.

    (Almost Free: start with a 4x4, not a 6x6!)

    To the person who suggested I align the "arms", I tried that; look at the original photo I posted and note the arrows I added. They point to the fact that the "arms" do not align at all.

    Can anyone point me to a youtube or other video that describes the basics of starching quilt pieces? I.e., that includes things like what needs to be underneath the fabric; what is used to pin the fabric TO, etc. I've never learned those kinds of basics. (Clearly!!!) ;-)

    Thanks again; you're a wonderful group of people.

    -- Jillaine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    My fear about re-sewing is that the bias-- which is probably already stretched from my poor attempts to "make it fit gosh darn it!" -- is too far gone.

    This started out stripped, and it's quite possible that my 1/4" weren't 1/4" from the beginning which means undoing everything down to the individual diamond, correct?

    I'm not sure I have the heart for that (6x6x8=288). So I'm now wondering if anyone has suggestions for something to do with these catty-wampus parallelograms other than a lone star.

    I'm so heart-broken. Do you really think it's worth it to take it down to 288 pieces and start over?

    jss
    I would pull them out from the center so they are where they belong and stitch from there into the center. Then I would applique a shape, round, diamond whatever over the uneven center.

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    Paper Princess,

    Your profile quilt is lovely; can you please post a larger version of it (or point me to where I might see a larger version of it)? Thanks!

    -- Jillaine

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    Another fabulous way to do a Lone Star (although limited to a 4x4 tp 6x6 grid) is using the Quiltsmart interfacing. It's quite ingenious, NO diamonds. Nada, not a one. And as long as you read the directions BEFORE you use it, you don't have to worry about any bias.

    I've used it quite a few times, and it is most certainly worth the price in time and aggravation.

    They also have mini size. Plus, if you get adventurous and really understand the concept, you could combine some of the foundations for larger stars.

    I see that now they're selling it by the panel.

    NAYY.

    http://www.quiltsmart.com/khxc/index...ring=lone+star

    I just wanted to add that even if you do it the Quiltsmart way, Jan Krentz's Lone Star book is worth every penny. Her directions and hints for settings are really helpful and spot on.

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    Good morning Jillaine, I'm sure you had a restless night over this one.

    This board is an excellent example of good minds coming together.

    MTS has the right idea, Because there is such a large discrepency in the sizes, go the muslin template way.

    Size up each triangle, add a strip to the sides that is needed to bring it to the correct size, and MTS is also correct in making the strips a little longer to be trimmed later.

    Starch the heck out of it, let it dry and then do the next one.

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    Your colors are sooooo beautiful it would be a shame to not use it. If you don't want to take it apart I would also try adding the strips as suggested by gal288. Good luck and please let us see how it turns out.

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    Love your colors! It will be beautiful when you get it fixed.

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    As long as the star is closely quilted, washing won't be a problem even if you have used starch to re-block everything. Quilting will hold the alignments in place.

    Other Sharon Schamber videos show how to make a firm pressing surface. She draws the correct shape on a piece of muslin, pins the muslin to the ironing surface, then blocks the piece to the marks on the muslin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine
    My fear about re-sewing is that the bias-- which is probably already stretched from my poor attempts to "make it fit gosh darn it!" -- is too far gone.
    jss
    If you draw off your diamonds the right size, you can pin your fabric to the grid and then steam press it.

    Bias will reform itself if you pin it to the size it should be and then steam press it.

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    Another related question: in one of her videos, Sharon spray-starches BEFORE pinning/stretching/reshaping; in another she does it AFTER pinning. As someone who has never used spray start in my quilting/sewing, and in this case, which should I do? Thanks.

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    The water in spray starch relaxes the fibers so they can stretch.

    I would say spray starch first if this is a piece where you will need to stretch it to meet the template marks. It will be easier to stretch the fabric if it is already wet.

    Spray starch after if this is a piece that is too large for the template. Pin the dry piece to the template, spray to relax the fibers, then steam with the iron to get the fibers to shrink. (Drying wet fabric will tempt it to shrink.)

    I don't think it makes a huge difference either way, just maybe a little easier.

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    They call it the 'lone star' because most of the time once you make one, you will never make another.

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