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Thread: Need help with instructions

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    I am getting ready to take a class using the lucky stars pattern. The pattern calls for yardage for the background, binding and backing. Clearly from the picture, there are several fabrics for the background. I have no idea how much and how many colors to buy. I do have a nice bolt of white muslin to use as backgrounds for the stars. What do you do? I want to shop JoAnn's sale this weekend. Here is a link to the pattern.

    http://www.virginiaquilter.com/cgi-l...html?E+scstore

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    The pic looks like the actual background for all the blocks is white/off-white, like muslin...the different colors look to be the rectangles around each block...I don't know that it would be considered sashing, but more like each star is a different color, then you have the muslin, and then each of those blocks you put different colors around the edges of each block...I love muslin, and think it will look great! Are you going to use batiks? Can you tell from the picture how many different colors there are? I imagine you can use whatever you like...personalize it to your tastes and such...maybe each center square of the star can be a different color, and then you use those same colors to edge around the muslin, in a design you choose..??..good luck, and hope you post a pic of what you decide..

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    I can't help with your question but that's going to be one beautiful quilt. Enjoy your class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiffie2413
    The pic looks like the actual background for all the blocks is white/off-white, like muslin...the different colors look to be the rectangles around each block...I don't know that it would be considered sashing, but more like each star is a different color, then you have the muslin, and then each of those blocks you put different colors around the edges of each block...I love muslin, and think it will look great!
    Thank you. Maybe I should contact the instructor as to sashing and star material requirements. The pattern directions didn't specify. We are having an info meeting Thursday, but want to shop the sale! This will be my first beginning to end quilt, other than the rag quilts I make. I want to make a queen or twin. Will that be to much? I am planning to quilt it using the stipple stitch pattern on my Bernina.

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    I have the pattern.

    kids 12 blocks - 1.25 yds background fabric
    lap 20 blocks - 2 yds
    twin 30 blocks - 3 yds
    queen 42 blocks - 4.25 yds
    king 64 blocks - 6.25 yds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaleehunter
    Quote Originally Posted by kiffie2413
    The pic looks like the actual background for all the blocks is white/off-white, like muslin...the different colors look to be the rectangles around each block...I don't know that it would be considered sashing, but more like each star is a different color, then you have the muslin, and then each of those blocks you put different colors around the edges of each block...I love muslin, and think it will look great!
    Thank you. Maybe I should contact the instructor as to sashing and star material requirements. The pattern directions didn't specify. We are having an info meeting Thursday, but want to shop the sale! This will be my first beginning to end quilt, other than the rag quilts I make. I want to make a queen or twin. Will that be to much? I am planning to quilt it using the stipple stitch pattern on my Bernina.
    Isn't the stipple stitch pattern that's included on the Bernina really small, too small for quilting?

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    One fat quarter for each block needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaleehunter
    Quote Originally Posted by kiffie2413
    The pic looks like the actual background for all the blocks is white/off-white, like muslin...the different colors look to be the rectangles around each block...I don't know that it would be considered sashing, but more like each star is a different color, then you have the muslin, and then each of those blocks you put different colors around the edges of each block...I love muslin, and think it will look great!
    Thank you. Maybe I should contact the instructor as to sashing and star material requirements. The pattern directions didn't specify. We are having an info meeting Thursday, but want to shop the sale! This will be my first beginning to end quilt, other than the rag quilts I make. I want to make a queen or twin. Will that be to much? I am planning to quilt it using the stipple stitch pattern on my Bernina.
    Isn't the stipple stitch pattern that's included on the Bernina really small, too small for quilting?
    I really don't know. Advice please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsparks
    One fat quarter for each block needed.
    Ok. Fat quarters in addition! Thanks! How many lights vs darks would you purchase? It is for a boy.

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    That's hard to say. I see the pattern being more mediums than lights. Probably about half and half. On projects like this, I like to go to my LQS and buy from a line of fabric. For the queen size I would get a bundle of fat quarters. There is generally a good mix of lights to darks.

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    You might want to purchase 1/4 yards of fabric. Some of JoAnn's FQs aren't the best quality and would harder to sew with. You can find good fabric at JoAnn's but you have to consider each bolt individually unless it's from one of the better lines like Legacy. I found Alexander Henry there recently.

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    Good luck!!

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    I've made several of the Lucky Stars Quilts. You need one FQ plus background fabric for each block. After you cut, you rearrange so that you have one color for the center, another for the star points. After the center is constructed and cut down to size, then you add 6 different color blocks to surround the star. You can use any colors you want, but I would avoid FQ colors that closely match the background because they will get lost when those are used for the star points. I've had a couple that I've swapped out at the last minute because there wasn't enough contrast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I've made several of the Lucky Stars Quilts. You need one FQ plus background fabric for each block. After you cut, you rearrange so that you have one color for the center, another for the star points. After the center is constructed and cut down to size, then you add 6 different color blocks to surround the star. You can use any colors you want, but I would avoid FQ colors that closely match the background because they will get lost when those are used for the star points. I've had a couple that I've swapped out at the last minute because there wasn't enough contrast.
    and may i say, yours is beautiful,on your avitar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I've made several of the Lucky Stars Quilts. You need one FQ plus background fabric for each block. After you cut, you rearrange so that you have one color for the center, another for the star points. After the center is constructed and cut down to size, then you add 6 different color blocks to surround the star. You can use any colors you want, but I would avoid FQ colors that closely match the background because they will get lost when those are used for the star points. I've had a couple that I've swapped out at the last minute because there wasn't enough contrast.
    and may i say, yours is beautiful,on your avitar!
    Thanks! Here are the others I've made. Enjoy!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-54842-1.htm

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    It looks like the background is white or light fabric and then you buy the coloured material or jelly roll for the sashings.

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    I have that pattern and I believe that it's usable using fat quarters.

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    This is a beautiful quilt!!!!

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    I don't know, but I'm bout to go to this site and shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    You might want to purchase 1/4 yards of fabric. Some of JoAnn's FQs aren't the best quality and would harder to sew with. You can find good fabric at JoAnn's but you have to consider each bolt individually unless it's from one of the better lines like Legacy. I found Alexander Henry there recently.

    Ditto. There are all grades of fabric there, but the FQs all seem to be really skimpy. I found a Michael Miller Christmas fabric there a couple of weeks ago.

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    oops,

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    Use the white Muslin. I have made this pattern ALOT and the white muslin will work fine. Please post pics! And the pattern is VERY FQ friendly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I've made several of the Lucky Stars Quilts. You need one FQ plus background fabric for each block. After you cut, you rearrange so that you have one color for the center, another for the star points. After the center is constructed and cut down to size, then you add 6 different color blocks to surround the star. You can use any colors you want, but I would avoid FQ colors that closely match the background because they will get lost when those are used for the star points. I've had a couple that I've swapped out at the last minute because there wasn't enough contrast.
    and may i say, yours is beautiful,on your avitar!
    Thank you. Your advice helps!

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    I have lots of Christmas fabric. (Used to make ornaments!) I am counting yardage now. Maybe I will just bust into that! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I've made several of the Lucky Stars Quilts. You need one FQ plus background fabric for each block. After you cut, you rearrange so that you have one color for the center, another for the star points. After the center is constructed and cut down to size, then you add 6 different color blocks to surround the star. You can use any colors you want, but I would avoid FQ colors that closely match the background because they will get lost when those are used for the star points. I've had a couple that I've swapped out at the last minute because there wasn't enough contrast.

    Love your star quilts! Your colors work well!
    and may i say, yours is beautiful,on your avitar!
    Thanks! Here are the others I've made. Enjoy!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-54842-1.htm

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