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Thread: Stack and slash - 5 pointed star - 11 colors - help please

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    Well, gee whiz! I don't know where I got the idea that you were a "he" ... but, I apologize!
    What a clever idea! And, just think! You can do lots of shapes different ... and, I learned a whole lot ...
    I took the quilt to Workday at the Post today, and my ninety year old friend, took one look at it and said, and LOOK! Not any of the blocks are alike!
    I am trying to figure out how to get color placements, contrasts with sixteen or twenty different fabrics ... I want a bigger quilt ... nothing greedy about me, eh?
    I never looked at the quilt as in fall theme, but if that is the case, and I think you are pretty accurate about that ... then I can figure out all sorts of borders to do to make it into a lap robe ... Thank you!

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    My mind is still spinning over how you made the star blocks with so few cuts...it looks great, bright and beautiful :D :D :D
    So next week I will have to give it a try following your pictures...sometimes that is the only way I can get it LOL just to jump in and do it!!!

    omak, I love your quilt center!!! It will look awesome as a fall lap quilt 8) 8) 8)

    Thank you both for sharing this pattern and it's variations with us!!!

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    It HAS been fun, hasn't it?

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    I'm pretty sure my head is going to explode trying to follow this link!!!!

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    yeah, right ... only because you are trying to figure out when you get to try it for yourself! Knowing you as I do, you will be showing us something that will absolutely give a whole new meaning to the word "try" ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Esqmommy
    I'm pretty sure my head is going to explode trying to follow this link!!!!

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    Just had a thought ...
    if we use the technique that Sno used, we can cut smaller blocks! It is one thing to cut a 1.5 triangle and shuffle the stack and then sew it back together, but!
    If you start with a seven inch piece of fabric, follow her example, we could make teeny tiny little stars! Maybe I will try that! Just to see how little the stars could be! cool!

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    I think I made a mistake when I interpreted what Sno did.
    I said - - third cut, move three of the smaller pieces to the bottom ...
    Went back and read Sno's comments, and think that what was actually said was:
    stack twelve fabrics
    make first cut ... take smaller top piece, move to back of pile, sew together
    make second cut ... take smaller top piece (ONE PIECE) and move to bottom ...
    one piece moved to the bottom of the stack, always the smaller of the two (so that you aren't switching back and forth between bigger and smaller) ... after each cut.
    sorry for any confusion ... has everyone got their itching about to explode heads back to normal yet?
    shucky darn! Y'all don't know what "normal" is, right??? LOL

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    okay ... so, this is truly a story on what colors NOT to use, and these are squared to 9.5" ... I tried just shuffling the top ONE after each cut ... but, that didn't work ... and, twice, you will see that I didn't catch on to the fact that in two blocks I had duplicate fabrics ... I am going to make the teeny tiny little stars next, JUST to see if it can be done!
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    and the rest:
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    the last, I promise!
    One of the things I noticed right away about this process is: Less cutting, fewer scraps, more square left ... out of all the trimming on these blocks (however many there are) ... I had eight pieces of strips, none more than six inches long that measured at least an inch .... not nearly as much waste with Sno's technique as the one I was trying to promote.
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    any pointers on color selection would be appreciated.

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    wow, beautiful Omak!

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    im already confused, think ill stick to cut and sew,lol,

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    Does anyone know how to calculate: if I want a 12 1/2" unfinished block, what size pieces do I start with? Like, 14" (that's just a wild guess). If I want a 9 1/2" unfinished block, what size pieces do I start with? I think you get what I mean. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    I have been looking for a pattern similar to this. the star is the same but rather then having all different colors I am looking for a positive negative effect. For instance I would have two quilts, one with all dark background and lite stars and one with dark stars and lite background. I am not sure this can be done with the shuffling method. The shuffling method, assigning each piece a number and placing them under the pile according to number, i.e. one goes under pile, for number two you would place two pieces under the pile, three three pieces etc should work.
    I hope I haven't confused you.
    Good luck

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    Wow. cool. I really like it.

    I looked at the link on p1, and only read p1 of the thread.

    Has anyone suggested using 7 fabrics instead of 11?

    so, all the background would be 1 fabric?

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    You need a math person for this. I would just start with a sample square, muslin or paper and see what size {after sewing} a finished square would be or if you are worried about sashing and borders wait until the blocks are done and size them to the size block you have.

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    I like your blocks. A doll quilt with small stars would be awesome. The seam allowances might have to be smaller then a quarter inch. Thanks for sharing your idea and good luck.

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    I love your string quilt. I have a lot of strips sewn together but haven't had the nerve to cut into squares yet. Thanks for the motivation. I have seen the star quilt made in red white and blue fabrics but it was a long time ago so don't remember how they were arranged.

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    I like it. With sashing between the blocks it will pull it together and look great!

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