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Thread: I Am Driving Kathy Crazy on This Trip Around Tim's Compass Star

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    Loretta asked what i was working on. this oversized twin has made me question my intelligence and fear for my sanity.

    you name it ... if something can go wrong while putting together a quilt ... it has gone wrong during this little adventure!!! had to start over twice. once because ruthy wanted different fabrics. (she said light pink, but meant bright pink!) the second time because i accidentally headed straight for an oversized queen and poor ruthy has a twin bed. (what can i say? i automatically thing big. :lol: ) i have run out of fabric twice. i lost count of the number of blocks i had to take apart and how many times i had to put them back together because i managed to get them facing the wrong direction. (that basket weave in the solid blocks was supposed to make it easier. HAH!!! HAH!!! and DOUBLE-HAH!!! and that joke was on me. :roll: )

    tim gave me permission to adapt his compass star for the center and corners. both he and poor kathy have listened to me moan and groan every step of the way.

    it'll get a narrow gray border. but not tonight. :lol:


    it's a circle. i promise. if i have to hammer, glue and staple it ... by gum ... it's GONNA come out a circle!
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    That is pretty gorgeous Patrice! You've been holding out! What a work of art It's really breathtaking. Look at those points! Will I ever be that good?!! I'm super impressed. Teach us!

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    WOW... well you have impressed me!!!! I am sure I will NEVER try that star. promise

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    Aaah...the quilts that question your intelligance and fear for your sanity and drive you absolutely crazy...glad you kept at it because it turned out beautiful! :mrgreen:

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    Gorgeous!! Yummy!!! Fabulousoooooo!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for sharing Patrice! You done GOOD!!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    :D :D :D

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    That is gorgous... I know I would never be able to do that one...

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    Looking good!

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    Holy cow!! You don't have to twist my arm to get me to NOT try that baby. :shock: I'm glad there are brave talented quilters in the world we can pat on the back for doing THOSE!! :D

    pat, pat "great job!!" pat pat

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    It's a beauty!! Great work. Sorry it took so much time. Kyia

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    How the heck did you get Tim's star to be a circle in the middle? Is the circle a block? Or does the raised circle border give the illusion of a circle block. Inquiring minds need to know! :?: :?: :?: Gorgeous quilt & great job on the paperpiecing. Colors too! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    It's beautiful! You are an inspiration, now adding persaverance to your resume.

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    boy does that POP :!: :shock: :!: :!:
    just beautiful. you did a great job. sorry it was such a pain, but your effort has paid off in spades. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Wow! All the grumbling and moaning is worth it! It's beautiful! :) Nice job! :) :)

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    Beautiful! What are your plans to quilt it?

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    thanks, all, for the compliments. they will keep me going 'til it's done and delivered. this project has also been a good lesson in humility. i designed this layout in the firm belief it would be a piece of cake and go together in just a few days. i've discovered, however, that i have a really hard time keeping track of the colors; which goes where, etc - even when i have color printouts of each block to guide me. :roll:

    ok ... to the questions:

    "How the heck did you get Tim's star to be a circle in the middle? Is the circle a block?" i'm very fortunate in having the Electric Quilt software. I had already drawn Tim's design for the star into a square block for our 15 July block-of-the-month. i just changed it for this to set it into a circle instead. i did the corner quarters using templates and the center using a combination of templates and paper piecing.

    "Holy cow!! You don't have to twist my arm to get me to NOT try that baby." please don't say that. if i can do it, anybody can do it. my design made this particular quilt more difficult than it would be normally because the blocks had to face specific directions. if i do it again - and i will someday - i'll have my lessons learned from this one to make it easier. anybody who pays better attention than i did while putting it together would also have more success with much less stress. :lol:

    "That is gorgous... I know I would never be able to do that one..." again - you absolutely, positively, could do this quilt.

    "I am sure I will NEVER try that star. promise " Believe it or not, the star was the easiest part. don't ever let fear stand between you and a quilt block.

    "Look at those points! Will I ever be that good?!! I'm super impressed. Teach us! " as you can see from the super closeups, not all the points are perfect. (luckily, the mistakes don't jump out and slap ya in the kisser. :lol: ) i'm not yet qualified to teach these. but thanks for thinking so. :P

    i am disgustingly proud of this quilt so far, and i'm all smiles from your praise and encouragement. but i also know that i am not a better quilter than anybody here. you all have the skills for something like this. (several among us are waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better at this than i am. :lol: ) Being "good enough" is mostly a matter of deciding you CAN do it. after that, it's just a matter of perserverance and practice.

    i haven't made up my mind yet about the quilting. i want to keep it simple, though. i don't want the quilting to distract attention from the patterns created by the piecing. just enough to hold it all together, i think.




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    beautiful quilt. I love the colors and the star.

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    beautiful quilt. I love the colors and the star.

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    Looking good, you have really kept at it, by now it would be a ufo if I was doing it. A very good job :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    WONDERFUL!!! It's an art piece, truly to be very proud of. Thanks for sharing :D

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    beautiful thanks for sharing

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    WOW what a pretty quilt. You did a great job and you should be very proud of it. If your friend doesn't like it I'd be happy to take it off of your hands. You are very talented and this quilt proves it. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

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    It is a beautiful quilt (after doing most of it 4 times it should be perfect!)
    I not only learn new ways to do things from Patrice, but I also learn some new words :shock:

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    Wooooooooooooow !!! Very pleased you showed us... what else have you got up your sleeve?

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    Patrice, what a fantastic quilt. I can hardly wait to see the finished product. When I was 10 trs. old my favorite dress was pink and gray. Thanks for the good memory too. :D Pam

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    It is a beautiful quilt (after doing most of it 4 times it should be perfect!)
    I not only learn new ways to do things from Patrice, but I also learn some new words :shock:
    shhhhh!!! you weren't supposed to tell! :lol:

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