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    I made this 6 sided star, I really like it. It is the first one I have ever made.
    The problem I have is the center points are not there or is it suppose to be this way.
    I do not have a pattern to follow I just sat down and decided to give it a try.
    Please tell me how to fix this so that next time I make one it will be right.

    SORRY I SHOWED THE WRONG PICTURE. NOW I CAN'T FIND IT. I WILL POST IT AS SOON AS I FIND IT.

    Some days the lights are on but no one is home!!!! I got it loaded now.
    I very precisly cut the diamonds and used 1/4in seam but I still managed to mess it up.

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    I think I am confused. Is this the layout before sewing? Order of assembly is important, I know. Accurate cutting is also critical, but more than that I don't know. I haven't had the courage to try one.

    Just saw your additional comment. Looking forward to seeing the photo.

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    well... we've had the disappearing four patch, the disappearing nine patch, the disappearing pinwheel four patch, and now... the disappearing six-sided star. lol... couldn't resist. Thanks for the giggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewTinker
    well... we've had the disappearing four patch, the disappearing nine patch, the disappearing pinwheel four patch, and now... the disappearing six-sided star. lol... couldn't resist. Thanks for the giggle.
    LMBO!!!

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    Well, without being able to see it in person......from the 1st photo it *looks* like they are cut correctly. But in the second photo, with as much of the center point missing as there is, I suspect that your seam is more than a 1/4 inch (and/or that you got a pleat when you pressed?). When I first started quilting, I *assumed* that my presser foot was a 1/4 inch. Guess what??? - it wasn't! Have you tested your 1/4 inch seams? I have a tute on my website that shows you how:
    http://www.andicraftsquilting.com/learn.htm

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    I think you forgot to add 1/4 inch seam allows

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndiR
    Well, without being able to see it in person......from the 1st photo it *looks* like they are cut correctly. But in the second photo, with as much of the center point missing as there is, I suspect that your seam is more than a 1/4 inch (and/or that you got a pleat when you pressed?). When I first started quilting, I *assumed* that my presser foot was a 1/4 inch. Guess what??? - it wasn't! Have you tested your 1/4 inch seams? I have a tute on my website that shows you how:
    http://www.andicraftsquilting.com/learn.htm
    I have my machine marked with masking tape at the 1/4 mark so all I have to do is butt the fabric against the tape and it stays even.

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    Hmmm, is it possible your needle position got moved accidentally? If I could see it in person I could probably help figure it out. But KY is kinda far from SD....oh, but is it warmed than 6 below zero there??? Maybe I could make a quick trip and stay until the spring thaw!!! LOL

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    Wouldn't these require y-seams to fit correctly?

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    yep you didn't add the 1/4 seam allowance- the middle shouldn't be meeting until it has been sewen- it looks like you cut the templetes on the sewing line instead of the cutting line- try it again only smaller- so you can control it better

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndiR
    Hmmm, is it possible your needle position got moved accidentally? If I could see it in person I could probably help figure it out. But KY is kinda far from SD....oh, but is it warmed than 6 below zero there??? Maybe I could make a quick trip and stay until the spring thaw!!! LOL
    LOL!! It is warmer then 6 below but we are still under the freezing mark.

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    Thank you everyone. The first try is always the tester or experiment for me.

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    hmmm, it just looks like you took too large of a seam allowance when stitching the two sections together. rip, rip,rip and do 1/4 seam. good luck, it looks great otherwise.

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    Did your first 2 seams cross each other 1/4 inch in from the edge? That is the only thing I can think of that would do this. You are not expecting this block to turn out a certain size so the extra for the seam allowance shouldn't matter at this point.

    Other than the first 2 seams not in the right spot it looks like a large 1/4 inch seam on the final seam....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I have my machine marked with masking tape at the 1/4 mark so all I have to do is butt the fabric against the tape and it stays even.
    The masking tape is only good if you keep using the same fabric and
    the same thread. Change one of these and it's a new game.
    You might want to check your 1/4" seam allowance again.
    AndiR did a very good tute on how do check that 1/4".
    I do this every time I start a new project. Trust me, it's worth it.

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    I don't have a clue. and you may quote me on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    Why do you need to make this with a Y seam?? sew piece into 2 pieces press seam open, then add on piece to each double section, then press open once again now you have two 3 piece sections now put them 2 section face to face matching the seam lines on both pieces. Now start you stitching from the middle and sew out and repeat to get the side done. I sure hope this will help you.
    that's the way I would have done it - did you make 2 (3 piece) sections then sew together as one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    Why do you need to make this with a Y seam?? sew piece into 2 pieces press seam open, then add on piece to each double section, then press open once again now you have two 3 piece sections now put them 2 section face to face matching the seam lines on both pieces. Now start you stitching from the middle and sew out and repeat to get the side done. I sure hope this will help you.
    that's the way I would have done it - did you make 2 (3 piece) sections then sew together as one?
    Yes that's what I did. I don't do y seams. I'm gonna rip it apart and try it again.

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    When you sew your sets of three together the point made by the center one should be pretty close to 1/4 from the edge of the fabric of the two outside ones. The cut point on the center diamond will be a lot longer. Then when you sew them together it should come out all right. Take it apart and try again. With diamonds if you sewed the 1/4 from the point and not the side it will come out wonky. I found, when doing these for the first time, that it helped if I used a ruler and a washout marker and marked my 1/4" with a V or X at each point.

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    If I had to venture a guess, I'd say you cut on the sew line. Having never made one, I wouldn't know for sure...Maybe try again to make your diamonds, but add a 1/4". I'm thinking that your outside pieces on each half should meet at 1/4" from the end, and actually cross each other beyond that so that the points all meet together in the middle seam. I wonder if there is a block pattern online somewhere for this...now I have to look! lol

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    On your white diamonds it looks like you cut them in half to avoid doing a Y seam. When you did that you lost 1/2". So you either need to learn how to do a set in seam or you need to create half diamond templates which include your 1/4" seam allowance on all sides for your outside white diamonds.

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    Could you sew 3 sections together and then the other 3 sections together and then mate and sew one seam across to join? That should mate up the points.

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    This is a good video on how to do an eight point star - should be same concept as six point:

    http://www.articlesbase.com/videos/5min/109408356

    I looked and could not find a video for 6 point star.

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    I think you need to do y seams on the star, there is a good tute on youtube .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    This is a good video on how to do an eight point star - should be same concept as six point:

    http://www.articlesbase.com/videos/5min/109408356

    I looked and could not find a video for 6 point star.
    I tried the link but it said page not found.

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