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Thread: turn one block into the top for an entire quilt?

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    turn one block into the top for an entire quilt?

    Anyone know of a tutorial or does anyone have any personal experience on what might be the best way to take one small blocks design and turn it into an entire quilt top? I just want a huge star quilt top, not lots of little stars. Here is the star I'm drooling over:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftzilla/6785842274/

    I thought I could possibly just blow up the paper piecing pattern on a copy machine, but after researching lots of people said that won't work as the copy machines apparently sometimes get it off, and the whole pattern won't work.
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    Since this looks like 1 piece repeated 8 times, you should be OK with blowing this up on a copy machine. Just make sure you don't enlarge the seam allowances too. But if this is paper pieced, each piece should work fine, then cut them with 1/4" seam allowance before assembling all 8 pieces.

    It's a lovely star, and I think will look great as a top.

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    The problem with using a copy machine would be if you want your quilt to be larger than the paper that the copy machine will hold. Printing it in multiple sheets, taping them together, then using it to paper piece would not work well, IMHO. Instead, you could draw the 1/8 wedge out on paper and use that for paper piecing. Each angle in the center is 45 degrees (found on most rulers) and the inner pieces are all diamonds. You could make it without paper piecing by just cutting your center diamonds, framing with white, and them framing again with other colors. It would be a very pretty pattern for a whole quilt top.

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    I agree with Dunster... that would work. See how large a 45 degree diamond you can get on freezer paper... then measure point to point, that would be the size diamond you are starting with. Then the two more narrow white logs, then the two *brightly-colored* wider logs... see how many inches longer that makes the point of the *diamond*...
    If its a queen sized mattress, thats 60 inches wide.. so you only need to work towards a diamond that is 25 or so inches point to point, including the logs.... and some background at the points, if you need it... seems like you could get up near that size with freezer paper that is 18 inches wide for the initial diamond...

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    I drew a 45 degree diamond in a drawing program, and more or less, if you used a strip of fabric 11 inches wide, and cut a diamond of that shape from it, it would be about 28.5 inches from tip to tip... amazing... that would fit the top of a queen size mattress just barely. The diamond in the picture below is that 11 inch strip... and I drew a wide darker color pair of strips inside the tip, then a slightly more narrow pair of strips for the white. Viola! The inside lines were drawn *freehand* so dont use this for a template LOL you need to make your own and get a handle on the pieces and sizing... Good luck.
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    She gives you a link to her printable paper piecing pattern in her blog....

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    I don't know if you have EQ, but this would be easily accomplished in EQ. Does this block have a name by any chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhapsdy View Post
    Anyone know of a tutorial or does anyone have any personal experience on what might be the best way to take one small blocks design and turn it into an entire quilt top? I just want a huge star quilt top, not lots of little stars. Here is the star I'm drooling over:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftzilla/6785842274/

    I thought I could possibly just blow up the paper piecing pattern on a copy machine, but after researching lots of people said that won't work as the copy machines apparently sometimes get it off, and the whole pattern won't work.

    Simple. The easiest & fastest would be to enlarge just a quarter section. You don't have to be very precise about the single block size as you can finish out the quilt with assorted borders. In this case, I think I'd do a wide outside border of some print, a medium inside border of another co-ordinating print, a thin white border and on the inside a thin print border. (mimicing the star & shadow)
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    That is such a happy, cheerful star, I can see why you want to make it into a quilt using just the pattern for the center. And thanks for the link to the pattern.
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    Here's a block I drew in EQ. If you tell me what size you want the center to be I can PM you with rotary cutting info. It's not exactly the same; I didn't include any border around the star as I thought you'd want to do your own.
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    Carpenters Star is a great pattern to make a large quilt.

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    Google Giant Vintage Star quilt and youmwill find a giant star tut that uses fat quarters. One of my quilters made it in 45 minutes and took two hours to quilt it! It come out about 72" square but you can easily add borders to enlarge it

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    The star you want to enlarge is gorgeous. I am no help on enlarging. I agree borders would get it to the size you want. Good luck, lots of help here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristakz View Post
    Since this looks like 1 piece repeated 8 times, you should be OK with blowing this up on a copy machine. Just make sure you don't enlarge the seam allowances too. But if this is paper pieced, each piece should work fine, then cut them with 1/4" seam allowance before assembling all 8 pieces.

    It's a lovely star, and I think will look great as a top.
    If you used a fat eighth for each of the center diamonds you could end up with a 50" or so square star block. That would give you a 9" wide diamond. Then a 2" strip (1-1/2" finished) and a 4" (3-1/2" finished) strip then the white background squares.

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    There is a book that might help you with this. It is called Fractured Stars. A lap size quilt is shown with four large stars but the book might help you enlarge your pattern. Here it is on Amazon. Just noticed there is one 48x48 size that is one big star.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Star...s+quilt+design
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    You can also just take an accurate drawing in "normal" size to Kinko's or Staples and they can enlarge it to whatever size you want. Draw a 1" square in one corner so you can verify their accuracy before you pay for it (it should blow up accurately).
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    You could take the block to a blueprint shop and have them enlarge it. They have the capability of printing larger sizes.
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    I've donethis many many times for a lap/couch quilt -- here's an example tho it wasn't done yet... you just need to increase the size of the "units" - here each square finished at 5.5 inches - so with borders added it was a 58 x 70Name:  Emilys quilt.jpg
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    Really like this scrappy star block. I think you should be able to take the template to a printer and they would blow it up to the size you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chislett View Post
    Carpenters Star is a great pattern to make a large quilt.
    That it is, but this pattern is just fabulous. And it's not going to be too hard to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PenniF View Post
    I've donethis many many times for a lap/couch quilt -- here's an example tho it wasn't done yet... you just need to increase the size of the "units" - here each square finished at 5.5 inches - so with borders added it was a 58 x 70Name:  Emilys quilt.jpg
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    Your quilt is beauitful. Great example.

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    OOPS !!!! should read 68 x 70 ... sorry.
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    That will make a really nice quilt! I love the way the white appears to be folded on the diamond point. Please share what you come up with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    You can also just take an accurate drawing in "normal" size to Kinko's or Staples and they can enlarge it to whatever size you want. Draw a 1" square in one corner so you can verify their accuracy before you pay for it (it should blow up accurately).
    And as I mentioned earlier, you'd only have to copy a quarter of the block, because all four quarters are identical.
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