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Thread: Fixing a Lone Star Gone Wrong

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    This is an update to a call for help I made a week or more ago. I've been working on a lonestar quilt for a couple of years-- I put it away a couple of years ago because I ran into a problem. I didn't realize it at the time, but have subsequently learned that I did not cut my diagonal strips wide enough. As a result the "side arms" of my pieced diamond shapes did not line up. I tried a variety of fixes, including blocking and starching, but the difference between desired shape and reality was too much-- I've learned that if your block is over 1/2 or 3/4" off, it's pretty impossible to block to the right size.

    But Peg proposed a solution that did work; it offers a different look, but is at least better than throwing the whole thing in the fire, which was darn tempting!

    I post here the before and after photos. There's one more mistake (two actually) that I have to fix; can you identify it? (Sigh...)

    I still have more to do to finish the top, but wanted to show you what I've done so far.

    Thanks again, Peg.

    Status of the quilt 2 years ago when I first realized it had gone wrong
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    After taking the pieced stars apart, I created this image to show where the problems were
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    This is the proposed solution by Peg
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    And this is the execution of Peg's advice
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    That looks pretty darn flat to me.

    Don't you feel good that you stuck it out and fixed it? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    Good fix. Very ingenious. I hope the next boo boo is the two squares are backwards which is easy to fix.

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    Good solution!

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    Looks like a great fix to me! Pretty colors too~

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    Before you sew the diamonds together it is best to square up them. My girlfriend made me a template for this.
    then you can sew them together.
    I have made several of these. Squaring up keeps the bump in the middle away.

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    Beautiful between 2 of you a new pattern was born

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    You go girl. It's going to be beautiful.

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    Great fix, you did a wonderful job.

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    Peg must be a genius!! Looks beautiful!

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    Wonderful recovery. Isn't it fantastic to have all the knowledge and help from the talented quilters on this board! This could not be prettier.

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    This turned out very nice. Thank you for sharing.

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    I like the drama added by the recovery strips. It will be gorgeous when it's finished.

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    Amazing. That worked so well. It's a beautiful quilt.

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    Like the new design that the strips made.

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    Wow! It looks great!

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    It is beautiful.... what is the pattern on the corners?

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    Love the way you fixed it and love your colors. It is pretty enough to be in the new Quilt in a Day Radiant Star book by Eleanor Burns.

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    That looks so pretty!

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    Wow, I'm so glad you saved that beauty from destruction! It's gorgeous!

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    Great job!

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    Jilliane, looking good, it does change the look, but I like it, you did a great job, be proud of your salvage. No one need ever know, it's your secret & you created a nnew quilt layout.

    2 blocks pointing in, by the way!

    I'' m currently piecing a lone star myself, only as far as piecing star ppoints, next is setting. Keep your fingers crossed for me, ok!
    I' ll post my version when done, errors too.


    It was a pleasure helping you, & thanks again for the very nice PM.

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    Great fix. After all the work re-doing the star, turning those 2 blocks will be a cinch. I know, because I keep sewing blocks the wrong way round myself ;-) so I've had practice.

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    WOW! That's what I love about this Board .... no "problem" is beyond repair with all the experts to help us out ..... "Problems" are merely "challenges" to them....

    Kudos to you both!

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    PERFECT :thumbup:

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