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    Sew, I finally managed an eight-point star. Though far from perfect I think it encouraged me enough to keep trying. I donít know what possessed me to make the star black and the background yellow rather than reversed, but I like it. My machine still has a hard time going through so much fabric all at once and Iím eyeing a used Pfaff for just that reason. The little Janome is great but that much fabric is just too much for the little thing to handle I fear.
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    Nice one Steve :thumbup: That's as good as I ever get them :D I find an older machine goes thru many layers better than the computerised ones, the computerised ones can get a bit tetchy about that :lol: . Have got a 30 year old Bernina that'll chug thru anything.

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    steve, i love the color choice. you did good.

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    You did a great great job!!! If you outquilt the rest of us in less than a year....... :shock: :shock: ......well, well, well, I just don't know what we'll do, wiggle the star at you or something!! :mrgreen:

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    looking good!

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    Why not black as the star, not the background? It looks good! The only way I was ever to get the points to match was to hand sew it!

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    Steve,

    It looks great, and very close to perfect. And don't worry about upsetting God. His perfection is on such a higher level, we'll never get close in this life. But as a Creator, He loves our creativity. So, go for it! :D

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    After I took the picture I ended up cutting down the seams where they intersect and look wonky and they actually shored up a bit better. I'll do another in more apparant colors next time so you can actually see the work.

    I wonder what quilting through the diamonds would look like?


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    Wow, that's really good Steve!! Took me forever to get intersections that good. I like the black on a light background. Nothing wrong with that.

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    That looks great Steve!! Are you using it in a quilt that you're working on?

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    Hadn't planned on it. I know it is silly, but since I'm new to it all I often just find myself working on such things as a way of practice. Each time I try something I learn. My question on this one is why I get the little comma form in the intersections? I'm sure the answer sits somewhere between the loft, stitching and pressing. There must be an answer just waiting to be found. :D

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    You really did a good job Steve. If you cut all your pieces perfect, sew all your seams perfect, etc...then we'd probably all hate you. LOL just kidding! Practice is probably the best teacher.

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    Wonderful Job! I like the bold dark star, it shows up more dramatically! You did a great job on the points, and you should be very proud of this block! :D :D :D

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    I really like the star black and the background yellow!! It looks very manly!

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    Nice job Steve! :thumbup: All these, um, practice pieces will make a cool sampler quilt..... let me know when you're ready to ship it down to SoCal & I'll PM my address :mrgreen:

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    Steve, I find your remark inappropriate and offensive, as if God is worried about you or anybody being perfect. As far as the star, it's pretty good.

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    I agree with Kathy. I have been trying to figure out a way to say it for the past couple of days, without adding further insult to injury; Kathy summed it up perfectly!! Please keep comments like that to yourself, or at least off of this message board.

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    My husband really likes this one Steve, so much that he asked me the other day when am I gonna teach him how to do this one? I told him as soon as I learn :wink: . Its so much fun to having a shared interest!!!

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    I agree with your hubby, stars are cool. There is a neat book out called "Stars by Magic" by Nancy Johynson-Srebro that I got half priced over at Joanne's. It shows how to make a lot of nice stars from only squares and rectangles. I want to go through and do several to get the swing of things. She even gives instructions for a small lone star done in this manner.

    I had a lady at work tell me her father quilted, and made excellent stars and compasses. She said he'd get about a half-inch to the center and then crank it by hand till he was about a half inch to the other side before continuing on letting the machine take its course. I'm planning on doing that next, after I get at least one of the projects done (sigh).

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    Thanks for the tip on the book. I'll have to see if I can find a copy. Unfortunately, we no longer have a Joanne's close by.
    He's even been looking through my stash, for just the right color of golden yellow!! I'm really thrilled to death with his interest, I told him we should get his and her matching sewing machines!! :D

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    His and her machines for Christmas?????? Hint Hint Hint :lol:

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    Thanks! Here is the latest, and though once again not perfection (the Texas Star), I did learn in the doing.
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    I'm thinking about using tape for the cross angles because I've tried many types of marking tools and am still left unsatisfied. My eyes are weak and even in a sunlit room I'm having difficulties seeing my markings and thus, I believe the uneven sewing. It could also be that sewing is new to me and I've yet to develop all the skills necessary. Still it's fun and I love doing them (the stars).

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    I think you did a awesome job on this star! Good Job and pat your self on the back!!!!! :D 8) :D 8)

    When you said you are thinking about using tape, do you mean tape the pieces before sewing them together?

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    No, what I mean is use the tape as the sewing line, minus the two or three threads it takes accounting for loft in the turn/press. I just can't see the line to sew aside it. As I said, I've poor vision and though I've tried a few things, from chalk, pencils, and soap stone I still cannot see accurately enough to do what needs doing.

    I've considered lasik in the past and now quilting is egging me on; having been in glasses since three though, and I know it sounds silly, that seems akin to renouncing a good friend (my specks).

    Ah well I'm learning, so that's that. Thanks amma for the inspiration and encouragement (and understanding), as always, it is appreciated. I plan to try the Texas Star with the strip-pieced and traditional methods eventually.

    Hum, now I'm wondering is there a paper pieced version as well?


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