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Thread: One feathered star

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    Who knew that one star could take so much time? This is my first feathered star and it hasn't been too bad but you know what was the hardest part? The stupid Snowball in the middle!! I am not exaggerating when I say that I did each of those corners at least twice! After re-doing one of them 4 times I resorted to taking off the corner pieces, leaving them how they were ironed with the 1/4 seam, and laying them on top to MARK where the dang seam should be!! It still didn't come out perfect but I was so fed up that I said, "forget it!"

    I know it is easier to use a square for the corner than a triangle and let me tell you, the next 3 stars are going to be done that way. I have the Marti Michell templates that make the star and it has those double-cut corners where you line the flattened points up. I didn't just do a square in the first place because of those corners.

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    OK Pam...just breath...you'll need to for me because this one block took my breath away! It is beautiful! I sure wouldn't worry about that tiny non-match...you can't even see it when you look at the entire block!

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    I think it's beautiful! You have more guts than I do. I wouldn't attempt it!!

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    Ok... I'm breathing. It just frustrates me that I line those cut off corners up perfectly and then when I flip over the triangle it's hanging out over the edge of the square so I knew it wasn't going to line up when I put the side pieces on.

    I'll check the other squares that are cut out for the 3 other middles. They are 8 9/16 square. I might have to use the builder's square because the 12 1/2" quilter's square doesn't have 1/16th measurements, just 1/8th, so I eyed it. I'll check the cut triangles too.

    Yes, I'm making a quilt for my daughter with 4 of these stars in the middle though I haven't decided on what the rest of it will be yet.

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    WOW looking good I can't wait to see the rest of it. I'm waiting. :lol:

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    Very nice.

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    Pam, your FS is just beautiful. I love the fabrics! Do you plan a full sized quilt or what? (Sorry, you answered the question of size)

    I made a quilt that has 16 (I believe that is the right count) in it. The FIRST one is the hardest one to make. The second one & the ones afterward seem to just come together. I must have taken that first one apart 10 times.

    I seem to have not taken a px of the finished project, though all the stars are there. It is in the 4th album in the link that follows my signature. I received a LOT of FQ for a special birthday from friends & I had hoped to showcase them in a special way, so I chose a Feathered Star blocks. (I take lousy px)

    Once again, yours is lovely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    Ok... I'm breathing. It just frustrates me that I line those cut off corners up perfectly and then when I flip over the triangle it's hanging out over the edge of the square so I knew it wasn't going to line up when I put the side pieces on.

    I'll check the other squares that are cut out for the 3 other middles. They are 8 9/16 square. I might have to use the builder's square because the 12 1/2" quilter's square doesn't have 1/16th measurements, just 1/8th, so I eyed it. I'll check the cut triangles too.

    Yes, I'm making a quilt for my daughter with 4 of these stars in the middle though I haven't decided on what the rest of it will be yet.
    Well there is your problem....I always think that I can "eye" something and it will work....it NEVER does! There are so many angles in what you are doing that you will have to be exactly perfect on each one for them to match up correctly.....can you say I have patience...patience...patience... :wink:

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    That is so pretty and all your efforts will eventually pay off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley
    I made a quilt that has 16 (I believe that is the right count) in it.
    Your FS are wonderful!! I'd go crazy if I had to make 16 of them. All of your work there is fabulous and I know that it represents countless hours, months, years.

    Do you ladies find that as we get older we get more exact? I know when I first started that things being off were no big deal to me... at least I did it! Now, the challenge is making it the best I can.

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    ooooooooo pretty. Now if you hadn't mentioned it, I wouldn't have noticed... Your doing an awesome job kiddo. Deep breath..

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    That is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! I also love the fabrics you chose!

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    Looks great to me. No one is going to notice that imperfection, after all, no one is perfect.

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    Beautiful block Pam. The pattern you posted earlier didn't do justice to this block. Love it.

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    What a gorgeous block! I'm sorry it gave you so much trouble! And how many of these do you have to make????

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    Thanks everyone for the encouragement. My daughter picked out the fabric, she wanted something with green in it and she likes purple too. I decided on the feathered stars (silly me :roll: ) and still working on the rest of the design. There will be 4 of the stars.

    No, I'm not perfect and I do my best. If I was thinking of entering a show I would be taking it apart again. This is one that I will take the time to hand quilt though.

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    When I opened this thread I said, "OH WOW!" Very nice work pam.

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    I love it!!! I have a feathered star pattern and just trying to work up the courage to do it!!!! :D

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    Beautiful work; Pam, as ALWAYS!!!!

    K x

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    I think it looks beautiful! LOVE it...

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    Your block is beautiful. I love your colors.

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    Great job!!! All those HST's!!

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    Yes, they are tiny HSTs... 48 pairs per star. :shock:

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    One down, 3 to go. It sure is big at 27"! makes me think that maybe just one in the center is enough and do something else around it. I still need to do some good ironing and steaming in a few places.

    I have the other pieces cut except for two colors of feathers. I basically cut a full star out of each of the 4 colors and then putting them together mixing them up. The next one is a blue center with brown points and green feathers, I think.

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    Pam it's beautiful! I think it would work well ad a centre piece with some different borders - have you got any more fabric uncut? Maybe you could make 4 quilts! LOL

    K x

    PS How's the dahlia doing, I see it under there!

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