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Introducing the 2013 TQS Block of the Month designed by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly! It's called "TWO OF US" and was created by the two of them. The quilt measures 79" x 79" and was completed just in time for Houston.

TOPIC: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks

Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 26 Sep 2013 15:00 #110546

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I've just remembered that Alex also demonstrates this technique in Episode #309!


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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 25 Sep 2013 10:16 #110509

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Good luck Susan! Let us know if you are successful!!


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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 25 Sep 2013 09:37 #110507

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I watched Margo's video again and think I figured out what I did wrong. If we sew the background circle to the star, the little tabs must be against the bed of the machine. I'm going to try this again because the technique looks really fine.
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 25 Sep 2013 08:18 #110503

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racheljp wrote:
I can't find Margo's video for month five. Isn't it also paper pieced?

I'm paper-piecing the stars, and using part of Margo's lesson. I couldn't get the sewing the circle in...what a mess!. I was obviously doing something wrong :roll: so I just machine blanket-stitched it in after I glued it. I also just raw-edged appliqued the center circles, cut out with my Accuquilt Go die.
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 25 Sep 2013 07:56 #110501

If you look in the heading CLASSROOMS and find Margo you will find the video for month
5.
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 25 Sep 2013 07:02 #110497

I can't find Margo's video for month five. Isn't it also paper pieced?
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 17 May 2013 03:43 #103719

Well done B/Liz, they look pretty perky to me too! :D
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 16 May 2013 20:17 #103709

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Beautiful star blocks, Barb! Your points look pretty pointy to me!!! :D


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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 16 May 2013 19:38 #103706

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Month 5 done, yay!

I am happy to report that I experienced zero fear or anxiety with the circles this month. :D I am so grateful to Margo for every tidbit of information, but especially for The Circle Conqueror.

This month I used my Cameo cutter to make a cardstock template 6" square with the large circle perfectly centered and then cut out. I used the template to place the circle on the green fabric and then trace it. I cut out within 1/2" of the green circle, starched the edge of the cutout, and used the template to iron the edges. It worked like a charm, although I wished I had remembered to make the circle slightly larger than the pattern so that the points had more room.

My points land right on the circle, and I am not unhappy with the result but next time I will remember. Live and learn!

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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 14 May 2013 09:21 #103519

Margo wrote:
2bnoel wrote:
Hello everyone!! Belinda here, starting on month 5. I'm going to paper piece the star blocks just like I have on the previous months. Templates made and I have calculated I need to cut my strips 2"........???? I haven't seen any comments this month referring to this so I thought I would introduce myself and ask! With minimal fabric I would like to r-e-a-l-l-y be sure before I cut!!

My plans for the appliqué part is to do *hand appliqué*, soooooo, I may get a little behind on that part, but so far I have been able to stay up pretty current!

I have REALLY enjoyed reading everyone's info and comments! Especially for this WONDERFUL person who goes by the name of MARGO!! What a gal...!!! I could not have made it this far or probable gotten half of it right if not for MARGO and everybody on the forum who are so generous with their helpful tips and the encouragement I have seen given to others!!

Thanks so much everybody!!!! Ok, so do I cute my strips 2" or not????

--Belinda

p.s. Perhaps Margo mentioned the strip width in her video and I just didn't catch it....maybe I should go watch it again!

Hi Belinda! Thanks for the kudos, and welcome to the forum! :D
You are right, it is not mentioned in the video for month 5, but 2" strips will work just fine.
And please remember that what I show is not the only way to do these units!! Find what works for you!
And, for what it's worth, hand applique is my favorite technique, but because I'm making two versions of this project, I'm doing the applique by machine this time around! :wink:

Thanks Margo!! I was tempted to try the striplet piecing this month, thought about it, naaaaaaaa! Paper piecing is just too darn easy!
I was also soooo glad I read and re-read the instructions, it was about the 3rd read it soaked in to cut out the borders before I cut out the paper piece strips! YIKES....I nearly messed up!! ha!

-BELINDA
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 14 May 2013 09:09 #103518

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Hi Belinda and welcome to the forum. I cut my strips at 2" and that worked out perfectly. I hope that helps. And, don't forget to post your photos in the BOM show and tell. If you don't know where it is just go to BOM on the bar at the top of the page. Scroll down and you will find 'Show and Tell'. :D

Thanks so much Rita!!! I'll work on this today!! :D :D

-BELINDA
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 14 May 2013 07:22 #103503

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2bnoel wrote:
Hello everyone!! Belinda here, starting on month 5. I'm going to paper piece the star blocks just like I have on the previous months. Templates made and I have calculated I need to cut my strips 2"........???? I haven't seen any comments this month referring to this so I thought I would introduce myself and ask! With minimal fabric I would like to r-e-a-l-l-y be sure before I cut!!

My plans for the appliqué part is to do *hand appliqué*, soooooo, I may get a little behind on that part, but so far I have been able to stay up pretty current!

I have REALLY enjoyed reading everyone's info and comments! Especially for this WONDERFUL person who goes by the name of MARGO!! What a gal...!!! I could not have made it this far or probable gotten half of it right if not for MARGO and everybody on the forum who are so generous with their helpful tips and the encouragement I have seen given to others!!

Thanks so much everybody!!!! Ok, so do I cute my strips 2" or not????

--Belinda

p.s. Perhaps Margo mentioned the strip width in her video and I just didn't catch it....maybe I should go watch it again!

Hi Belinda! Thanks for the kudos, and welcome to the forum! :D
You are right, it is not mentioned in the video for month 5, but 2" strips will work just fine.
And please remember that what I show is not the only way to do these units!! Find what works for you!
And, for what it's worth, hand applique is my favorite technique, but because I'm making two versions of this project, I'm doing the applique by machine this time around! :wink:


It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter
That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived !
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 14 May 2013 02:29 #103498

Hi Belinda and welcome to the forum. I cut my strips at 2" and that worked out perfectly. I hope that helps. And, don't forget to post your photos in the BOM show and tell. If you don't know where it is just go to BOM on the bar at the top of the page. Scroll down and you will find 'Show and Tell'. :D
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Re: Month 5: Piecing the Star Blocks 13 May 2013 16:56 #103493

Hello everyone!! Belinda here, starting on month 5. I'm going to paper piece the star blocks just like I have on the previous months. Templates made and I have calculated I need to cut my strips 2"........???? I haven't seen any comments this month referring to this so I thought I would introduce myself and ask! With minimal fabric I would like to r-e-a-l-l-y be sure before I cut!!

My plans for the appliqué part is to do *hand appliqué*, soooooo, I may get a little behind on that part, but so far I have been able to stay up pretty current!

I have REALLY enjoyed reading everyone's info and comments! Especially for this WONDERFUL person who goes by the name of MARGO!! What a gal...!!! I could not have made it this far or probable gotten half of it right if not for MARGO and everybody on the forum who are so generous with their helpful tips and the encouragement I have seen given to others!!

Thanks so much everybody!!!! Ok, so do I cute my strips 2" or not????

--Belinda

p.s. Perhaps Margo mentioned the strip width in her video and I just didn't catch it....maybe I should go watch it again!
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