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Thread: Barbara Brackman's "Stars in Her Crown"

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    After I searched around the internet for pressing tips, I am definitely going to dive into my cupboards to find my "clapper" that I had used a lot during my garment and costume making days - I worked for many years as a costume designer in the costume/wardrobe department for a few semi-professional theatre companies and for two different university theatre departments. LOL Yes you are right that's how I got my log-in name! It was lots of fun and I loved it!

    I know there is a thread here on QB discussing using a clapper and I found this video. I think I found a solution to those bulky seams and will pull out my clapper to flatten those seams!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vKVAoUeK6U

    Please do share your Paper Piecing tips or Pressing tips to help the rest of us achieve better results!
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    Here is my Block #8 - Leopold

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    Overall this was an easy block but I had first used a different medium valued fabric for the centre pinwheel and didn't like it so ripped it out and tried this other fabric - I think it plays better with the other colours. I also had to join in a small sliver of fabric along the edge of the bottom right quadrant so that it will fit better when I join the blocks together - the sliver will be hidden in the seam when it is joined to an adjacent block.

    How is your progress with your blocks? Anyone else working on these?
    All comments or piecing tips most welcome
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    Do you have a link for block 8? I can't get the one on the blogspot to work. I can get to all the rest (including 9) but not that one.

    Thanks
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Macybaby - here is the link for Block #8 Leopold - for some reason the link in the margin on BB's blog is showing an "error" - here is the link I got after a search

    http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/...d-duke-of.html
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    Here is BB,s link for Block#9 Beatrice

    https://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com...-princess.html

    This is the last block and on Saturday, March 9, BB will give the border.

    **Note - when I printed out my template for Block 9 I noticed that the point for Piece B wasn't very sharp so I drew a line on both sides of Piece B to remind me to sew it as a point.

    Here is my Block #9 Beatrice

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    When I did Block #9 I changed up the order for the pieces in the quarter sections because I was debating between two different fabrics for Pieces B and A.

    I began by sewing together the quarter section for Pieces E, C and D and sewed them together in that order starting at the bottom of the quarter section template.
    I finally settled on my fabric choice for the matching quarter section and I started at the top of the section sewing Pieces D, C, B, and then A in that order.

    I am mentioning this because I found that when I sewed together these two quarter sections they matched up so easily with the seams of the pieces for the section nesting beside each other.

    It was so much easier than when I had sewn each of the other quarter sections for the other blocks in the same order and had to fiddle with laying the seams on top of each other trying to make sure that everything was perfectly aligned and matched up.

    I was surprised that by reversing the order it was easier to match up. Previously when paper piecing I have always done each section in the same order. It reminded me that when sewing regular blocks together we nest up the seams to make it easier. I don't know if this will always work in paper piecing because it depends on the design but I'm certainly going to keep this in mind when I do a second set of these blocks.
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    Costumegirl, you did a great job w/ your blocks. I haven't paper pieced in a while, been doing other stuff. I do want to try the freezer paper method though, folding the paper back instead of sewing through it, I need to watch a video or two to refresh my mind on how to do it. It is late now since you have finished all the blocks but wonder if that would help your bulky seam problem.
    "Never cruel, nor cowardly, never give up, never give in."

    Let's take care of the Earth, it is the only planet that for sure has Chocolate.

    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    I am babysitting my Grandson this week at my daughter's - I've had soooooo much fun playing with my entertaining 3 year old!! He has so much energy and is always telling me about something he has seen or wants to do - I am loving every minute!! Tomorrow we are going to make puppets out of paper bags and decorate them with all kinds of scraps, yarn, buttons, trim, googley eyes, and pipe cleaners that I had in my sewing room - LOL should keep him busy for at least an hour or so (at least I hope it will!)

    I will try to post a pic in the next few days of all of the 9 blocks that I made placed together. I want to make this a bigger quilt so I won't be sewing them together until I have made another set of blocks.

    It has been fun trying these blocks and reading about the interesting lives of each of Queen Victoria's children.
    I'm looking forward to BB's final instructions for the border next week.

    If you are making these blocks or are planning to do so please share your thoughts and fabric choices. It would be great to see or hear about what others are creating.
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    Kassaudra - I agree - I had seen a few videos using that method and think that I might try it for some of the blocks when I do the next set. I like paper piecing but find that sometimes there is lots of waste when doing the traditional method. The freezer paper method is supposed to reduce that and possibly reduce the bulky seams.

    I did find my clapper and used it on the last block and I think that it made a huge difference in making things flatter along with the nesting of the seams.
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    As I was looking at the blocks I wondered if making templates (freezer paper) wouldn't work even better, that way you could orient those seams to nest or open to reduce bulk. I do alot of freezer paper template work since I am addicted to fussy cutting.
    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl View Post
    Kassaudra - I agree - I had seen a few videos using that method and think that I might try it for some of the blocks when I do the next set. I like paper piecing but find that sometimes there is lots of waste when doing the traditional method. The freezer paper method is supposed to reduce that and possibly reduce the bulky seams.

    I did find my clapper and used it on the last block and I think that it made a huge difference in making things flatter along with the nesting of the seams.
    "Never cruel, nor cowardly, never give up, never give in."

    Let's take care of the Earth, it is the only planet that for sure has Chocolate.

    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    I've done quite a bit of paper piecing, but don't think any of these blocks really need to be done that way. I would probably use use templates and go that route, but I'd over size and trim down as I sewed.

    When I do paper piece, I always trim and fully remove the paper before joining any sections.

    I've printed a few of these out, but can not get them to print the correct size no matter what I try. I figure the only way I'll get them all to end up the same size is if I draft them myself. But at least they are very simple blocks so that would not be hard.
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    Macybaby- I had a great deal of difficulty with sizing. See post # 36, #46 and #49. I found problems with the original pattern on the blog and then even purchased it from her etsy store but there were still problems with the print out- some blocks were out by 1/32" to 1/4". I was very disappointed that it wasn't user friendly to print to the correct size from the blog and then also especially after purchasing it. BB had stated that this pattern could be either made using templates or paper piecing. I will pm you.
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    I haven't tried printing them but already knew if I was going to do this I would draft them myself. I also completely agree w/ you about going the template route. I'm not afraid of FPP, I have done several very complicated ones, but like you say these are simple enough to use templates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    I've done quite a bit of paper piecing, but don't think any of these blocks really need to be done that way. I would probably use use templates and go that route, but I'd over size and trim down as I sewed.

    When I do paper piece, I always trim and fully remove the paper before joining any sections.

    I've printed a few of these out, but can not get them to print the correct size no matter what I try. I figure the only way I'll get them all to end up the same size is if I draft them myself. But at least they are very simple blocks so that would not be hard.
    "Never cruel, nor cowardly, never give up, never give in."

    Let's take care of the Earth, it is the only planet that for sure has Chocolate.

    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    This one is my favorite, I might just draft it out as a small block for the fun of it.
    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl View Post
    Here is my Block 4 Affie - sorry taken at an angle

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    "Never cruel, nor cowardly, never give up, never give in."

    Let's take care of the Earth, it is the only planet that for sure has Chocolate.

    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    I like most of the blocks - Block 4 & 7 are my favorites.

    Kassaundra -I know that you are always so creative with your designs and have such interesting results! I would love to see what you do with these blocks - When you are ready to do them please post pics of your fabrics, process and blocks

    I agree with all the comments and if starting again I would probably do some differently to make it easier. I just jumped right in when I first started without thinking it through first & I know I will be fiddling around and re-pressing the ones that are made to get the seams flatter and less bulky.

    When I placed the 9 blocks together DH made the comment that they were nice but the finished piece will not be big enough for our bed - LOL he thinks all quilts should be bigger ones to put on his 6'4" frame!
    For my second set I will move around the fabrics and change their placement for variety and may add/change up a few blocks from other sources that will work in ok with the others.
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    Good Morning! BB has posted the border info on her blog I think that is is going to be the perfect frame for this! Be sure to check it out!

    http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/...10-border.html
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    Here are all of my 9 blocks just placed together - they may not be put in this arrangement in the final piece.

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    I won't be joining them together until I make 9 more to have a larger quilt - more blocks coming near the end of next week

    Please comment on this design or show pics of your fabrics and progress on any of the blocks - would love to see them!
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    I love your colors - that is going to be very pretty. I love the secondary blue stars.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Thanks Macybaby At times it was a struggle but I'm happy with the results so far. LOL I think my daughter is going to claim this one. I was going to add a small diamond in the middle of the blue stars but I think I might leave them as is.

    The border that BB gave yesterday continues the secondary star motif into the edge.
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    I did draw up templates, but couldn't get as accurate as I would have liked, mostly b/c of how small I went. I believe if I had done the full sized block the templates would have worked better. However not all is lost I am using those templates to cut my shapes and using the freezer paper method to piece them. This is my first time w/ freezer paper fpp and I do like it a lot. Here are my fabrics.

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    Here is 1/16th of my finished block, it is 3.5 x 3.5

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    "Never cruel, nor cowardly, never give up, never give in."

    Let's take care of the Earth, it is the only planet that for sure has Chocolate.

    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    Kassaundra!! I really like your fabrics!! Your block is great! - so much fun!! I like your placement of your fussy cut green & white - it will look good in the secondary star. The teal makes it so dimensional - again your placement and fussy cut is so fun and creative!! The contrast to the gray and white works well.

    Do show the whole block and other blocks that you make. This will be an interesting and happy piece!!
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    Nice I am making similar blocks right now
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    Tress - I saw the Ice Crystals project a few weeks ago - they are very similar and very nice I am going to be making another set of blocks to make this project bigger and was thinking of perhaps making some of those blocks to add to what I have.
    Would love to see your blocks - Please show us pics
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    Here is 1/4 block, this is 6.5 inches. The fussy matching isn't as perfect as I am used to but I am not overly upset by it since this is fpp and fussy placed. I've looked at it in the mirrors and am very pleased w/ where it is going.

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    "Never cruel, nor cowardly, never give up, never give in."

    Let's take care of the Earth, it is the only planet that for sure has Chocolate.

    Sonic screwdrivers, fez, bow ties, and Stetsons are cool.

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    Kassaundra - So so cute and creative!!! Great job!!! Please post your progress on the other blocks
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