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

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    On BB's blog yesterday, she posted a nice label that can be downloaded and used for Stars in her Crown and a few examples of finished quilts. The one by Denniele Bohannon has been juried into the Chicago show - Quilt Festival Chicago, March 28-30, 2019.

    http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/...-finishes.html


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    Did you know that March is National Crafting Month, and Saturday, March 16 is National Quilting Day?

    Yeah!!! I am going to tell my family that the 16th is going to be a "me" day!!
    I plan on lining up my fabrics and hopefully can sew a block or two for my "Stars in Her Crown" project, maybe begin or prep for a new project and surf the internet to find a good fabric sale!! Whew!! That's a lot for one day - should keep me busy!!

    How will you be celebrating? Do share your thoughts and any pics of your Stars in Her Crown or Ice Crystals project!!
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    Hi guys, I will have a problem in a few weeks. I've been using up my stash, sewing as fast as I can, with no chance of using all my fabric, but I will run out of batting. I use poly, thin to medium stuff. The last time I needed to buy any, I bought a whole big bolt of it. Now it's gone and the LQS got it from is gone also. Where is the best, least expensive place to get it?
    Any suggestions?

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    Wal Mart has several different batting types, not sure about poly I don't ever get it. I see lots of posts about people using 60 and 70% off coupons for batting at Joannes.
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    Hi guys, I will have a problem in a few weeks. I've been using up my stash, sewing as fast as I can, with no chance of using all my fabric, but I will run out of batting. I use poly, thin to medium stuff. The last time I needed to buy any, I bought a whole big bolt of it. Now it's gone and the LQS got it from is gone also. Where is the best, least expensive place to get it?
    Any suggestions?
    "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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    SillySusan - As Kassundra mentioned Joanns and Hobby Lobby have a variety of types of batting and the cost is good with the coupons.

    Best laid plans sometimes don't pan out - my weekend was a busy one taking care of one of our senior relatives who wasn't feeling well - my Aunt is 98 and is fiercely independent and never tells us when she isn't well and never asks for help but after a few incidents on Friday she needed care. There definitely was no sewing action taking place this past weekend. She is feeling better so maybe I can get my machine out tomorrow.

    Hope you got a chance to sew on National Quilting Day
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    CostumeG, hope your aunt gets to feeling better.

    I did finish my one star block, this is finished 12 inches, so each star is 6 inches. I did to freezer paper foundation piecing it was awesome, I will switch to fp for all my fpp projects in the future. I drew out 2 small triangles, one for each of the two mirror images, and was able to reuse them for the whole block, so each one got reused 16 times.

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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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    Oh Kassaundra!! That is a great block!! I didn't realize that you had reduced it to 6" - I really like it!! It is so dimensional!! and I love how the green makes a star in the middle! It reminds me of a Kaleidoscope! So pretty!! I can hardly wait to see your other blocks!

    I guess I should pull out the freezer paper and try it

    My Aunt is feeling better - she has a Dr appt Friday - I've been at the retirement home everyday - going back today.
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    I hope everyone is having fun with their projects and having good results

    My DH and I have been very busy taking care of our four senior relatives these past few weeks. They range in age from 89 -98 and each one has had issues and incidents happen that we had to deal with. We are the only ones that live in the area now as all siblings have moved to Toronto with jobs so the care and stress falls on us. We do appreciate that we still have them with us and try to make sure that they are healthy, comfortable and happy. Situations are getting better and things are getting smoother.

    I think the super full moon from a few weeks ago had an effect on each of them - let's just say that everyday has been an adventure.

    I finally got time to play at my sewing machine today. I want a second set of blocks to make a larger "Stars in Her Crown" to possibly bed size using the same fabrics. I will be switching them around for each block. Hopefully I will be able to retreat more often in the coming days to sit at my machine and get lost in sewing these second blocks
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    Here is Block 1 for the second set. I had a bit of wonkiness going on with the bottom right side - the block measures 12.5" all around except it is out by 1/8" on that bottom quarter - maybe after I remove the paper on the back it will straighten out and be the right size.

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    So I have a question for all of you that have worked with paper piecing.

    Do you remove your paper backings before or after you have joined all of your blocks together?

    I have watched a few online videos and have read different instructions given by different designer/teachers and some said to remove the paper before joining blocks together and some say wait till blocks are joined.

    I'm thinking that when the paper is removed some of the bulk causing any wonkiness and the cause for making a few edges slightly undersized by a 1/16" or 1/8" might be able to be pressed out to achieve the final 12.5" block size. My blocks are turning out to be either correct size or have a quarter that is slightly under.

    I also know that I have to be careful when pressing so that any bias edges don't get stretched out of shape. Perhaps when the blocks are squared up it will work out.

    **Please share your thoughts and your experience with this

    Oh - on a side note - I found my wooden Tailor's Sleeve Board and have been using that like a Tailor's Clapper and putting it on top of a warm pressed seam to set seams and flatten out the seam layers. I would place it on the seam right after pressing and then I put my 2 heavy pressing hams on top for weight till it cools ( only a few seconds). It has been working really well and I have noticed a big difference.
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    Barbara Brackman did a review post yesterday "Stars in Her Crown Pattern Posts and Links".

    She re-posted the links for the block patterns, requirements and info and showed examples of different blocks and finished projects.

    There is quite a variety and styles from traditional fabrics to modern - really worth checking out. There have been participants from around the world that have taken up the project.

    http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/...sts-links.html

    Also her group FB page and Instagram for "Stars in Her Crown" has many examples
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1999776300321330/

    https://www.instagram.com/explore/ta...wnquilt/?hl=en

    It's not too late to sew up a few of these blocks or put the project on your "to do" list. The results are nice whether your style is traditional or modern.

    I have enjoyed doing this project even though there were a few "blips" getting the pattern printed and am happy at how the blocks are turning out. I do hope to continue with another set of blocks.

    I haven't been able to do any sewing
    My FIL has been in the hospital with pneumonia this week. He wasn't doing well last weekend and all the family came. Fortunately this past Monday he showed improvement by the hour and was really doing well - we all thought that he would be going back to the retirement home today however yesterday there was a set back. The family is again arriving from out of town so we will have a house full. Please keep him and us in your prayers.
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    I want to thank everyone for your very kind messages and words of encouragement these past few months - it has been a very difficult time for the whole family. We had many long days and nights at the hospital and although my FIL was steadily improving and truly rallying and getting better he unexpectantly passed away two weeks ago. We know that he lived a long, joyful life but losing him has still been very difficult for all of us - He was the glue that held the family together and the person that was respected, looked up to and made us smile.

    Momentoes have been distributed, family members have left and returned to their lives, the apartment has been emptied, paperwork and legalities are being completed - a stillness has descended and memories will be cherished. Our remaining three seniors will be loved and hugged everyday.

    Sewing and my projects will be my therapy as soon as I can get organized.
    Again thank you - I truly appreciated your many kind thoughts and messages.
    Deb

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    Hope you all are enjoying your July!
    Getting my sewing stuff all organized and ready to churn out more of these blocks. I have a small window of time to work on this project and I would really like to get as much done as possible - my sewing area is my dining room so hopefully there will be few visitors in the coming weeks.

    Has anyone made any more blocks? Please post your pics to help me get the creativity cranked up again!

    Would love to see the fabrics that you are working with and what you've done
    Deb

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