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Plz!!!What did I do wrong with this quilt?

Old 12-26-2013, 04:46 PM
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Exclamation Plz!!!What did I do wrong with this quilt?

This is my first and last pieced diamond star pattern.. what have I done wrong?this is the most awful quilting have ever made. I'm embarrassed to post a pic but that's the only way y'all can tell me where I went wrong.
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:53 PM
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mainly it looks like your side triangles and corners are too small. if you made them larger and even had to trim, you'd have better chance of getting those star points to remain safe from being trimmed off!
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:58 PM
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Perhaps your seams need to be narrower so there would be 1/4" below the points. Not unusual to have to trim setting triangles once the seams are right.
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I agree with nativetexan. Cutting oversize and trimming always helps. Do you have more background fabric to re-do those pieces? When I did my lonestar, I did it via strip piecing and it was quite easy. Sorry you've had such a difficult time with this.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:01 PM
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Also it looks like the center star is a bit wonky......
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
Also it looks like the center star is a bit wonky......
Yes Geri ....They are very very wonky!!!
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:50 PM
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Did the center star line up properly before you set in the side triangles and corners? I would begin there. If not, you probably didn't have consistent 1/4" seams. If so, then the rest of the star will line up and you will have to redo the side triangles and corners. The previous posters are correct - it is easier to make them bigger and trim. It will take some re-working but the colors are beautiful and it will be stunning even if it's not perfect. I'll take it if you really don't want it. lol
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:02 PM
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Looks like the center is off. I hate to say this but I would unsew the diamond sections. Pin each section together at all seams. If it looks off before you sew, spray with starch and gently hold the iron over the piece to get it back to the shape you need. Working with all those bias edges can be a pain but it is going to look so good when you get it done.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:03 PM
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I wouldn't stress over it. I learned to do the easy way when doing a star quilt like that. I fuse the star to a big over size square background and machine or hand applique it down. No lost points when trimming the background and everything is nice and square.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:20 PM
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The Lone Star pattern can be difficult to get perfect. You can either cut bigger background pieces or redesign it. How about taking the background off, separate the star into two halves and appliqué the two halves on either side of a whole piece of fabric. The center of the star would be on the straight edge of the whole cloth with the arms across from each other for a new design. The fabrics are very pretty together in the star. Someone posted a picture of their star quilt with the star set on one side of a whole background and it was beautiful.
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