OK, Switching To Squares Now

Thought you might be tired of me showing you my round Quilted Stars. πŸ˜€

How about a SQUARE one?

Not sure it is “full” enough. I may add more triangles. But this is how it looks so far. The only difference in making a square star is the way the four corner squares are folded.

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Fabric colors are burgundy, wine gingham, beige/wine floral and dark green.

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I may swap out the green with wine and have green for the last round. (I know, here we go again. LOL!!)

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This is the only thing I could find that measured 8″ by 8″. A ceramic tile.

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A ceramic tile that came unglued in a really cute wooden trivet. I am too lazy to glue it back. Works great here, eh, for me to trace around it with my marking pencil? I told hubby I hope I don’t break it while it doubles as a measuring tool.

Lookie!! 2 More Quilted Stars.

I feel a serious addiction coming on. A lot of people told me if I ever tried quilting I would love it.

Well, they were right!! I do love it. In fact, I am dreaming about color combos and jumping up to search through my fabric stash.

Navy, Rust and Taupe

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I did end up taking apart the rust one I showed you in my last post. I switched around the dark navy and rust making navy the last round.

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I like it better this way. No picture to show you of the back. I used the navy.

Brick Red, Royal Blue and Cream

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This one came out great, I think. Though the fabric feels thin. It isn’t as thick as the others I made. But I still like it.

Well, back to cutting…. πŸ˜€

Quilting Star Tips

Stop laughing!!

Yep, I have been quilting for all of four days. And I already have a few tips. πŸ˜€

I was writing them down in my crafting journal. But then I thought why not share them with you. After all, there could be potential quilters out there. Following along. Reading, watching, thinking about hopping on my fabric wagon.

This is what I have learned so far.

1. Be precise on cutting. If the pattern calls for a 5 inch square, cut a 5″ square. Not a hair more. Not a hair less. When folding the points on the star, the tips will be nice and pointed IF you cut a perfect square.

2. Before ironing, glance at the fabric. Does it have directionality? If yes, make sure all squares are folded in the same direction. Unless of course, you want a random look.

3. After ironing but before folding, check fabric for any marks or imperfections you don’t want seen on the finished piece. Make that side the INSIDE.

4. To begin folding, bring both the left and the right sides (at the same time) together. Place the ends at the center bottom of the strip. Hold them down with your left finger. Take your right finger and push up on the fold to form the tip. If there is a “gap” and the sides don’t meet, your square is not a perfect square. Recut, reiron, refold. Try again. Until the point is crisp and pointed.

5. Before stitching down the triangles, look at them through your camera lens, layer by layer. You will be able to correct any width or length miscalculations before sewing. Make adjustments, pin in place.

OK… these are my observations and tips in my whole four days of quilting. I’ll add to this list as I go.

#2 Ready To Sew And Fussy Cutting

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First, I want to thank each of you for leaving comments here regarding my first quilted star. I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement. And also, the same “thank you” goes out to those who commented via e-mail. Thank you!! Thank you!!

OK… what am I doing now, you ask.

Here’s Number 2.

It is ready for me to sew. Squares cut, folded and ironed. You can’t tell it but I had to piece together two of the black squares. Was using scrap fabric. Seams will be well hidden by the top layer.

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I will probably use the black and white print for the edging. It is calling out to me.

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Here’s the beginning of #3.

I couldn’t find a yard of the exact leopard print I wanted, so I am doing a bit of surgery on this piece. One of my quilting friends said this is called Fussy Cutting. Boy, I am learning so much!! πŸ˜€

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This one may end up weird looking. I have a design in my head but don’t really know if it will work until I put all the pieces together.

So… if you are looking for me…. I’ll be fussy cutting and sewing.

AND macraming. I promised one of YOU that I would do a tutorial on closing up a macrame purse. I am going to do a really quick Lil Miss Purse. A little girl’s purse. In brown and cream. Should be able to make it and have the tutorial posted by tomorrow.

That’s my plan.

My First Quilted Item Is Finished

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What a relief!! My test star is done.

I can actually say I have quilted something. I have wanted to learn quilting for years but kept putting it off for fear of the rotary cutter and not wanting to go through life with one or two less fingers. But it wasn’t so bad. Toward the end, I was cutting without my Klutz glove.

This is how my star looked when I showed it to you two days ago, on Tuesday. Pinned to my macrame board.

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The center fabric didn’t stand out enough. It blended with the second fabric and was hard to see. So I recut those squares using the purple dotted fabric. Same as the last round.

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Now I am glad I goofed in cutting the solid purple fabric. I like this arrangement much better.

Here’s everything all sewn together. I used the sewing machine to tack the tips. I sewed between the two folds. And then I sewed along the bottom straight edges.

I used one of my metal rings as a guide to mark where to sew the circle.

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Then I added the back.

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Next, I chose the floral fabric for the edging and cut a bias strip about 30″ long, 2 1/2″ wide. I folded the strip in half long ways. Then folded both sides down toward the center, ironed it flat and made it into a circle.

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This is how the back looked before I hand stitched the edging.

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And finished!! Yay!!

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I am REALLY happy with this. Now I will make another one using the valentine and animal print fabrics.


Here is the link to the star in case you wish to make your own.

http://bronzewombat.blogspot.com/2008/12/folded-star-or-somerset-patchwork.html

Testing… Testing… Here’s My Test Quilted Star

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I am so glad I decided to make a test star first. I knew I would probably make lots of mistakes. And boy, did I.

Well, let me tell you all about it.

Here are the test fabrics. I only had a wee bit of the first two. So I needed to be extra careful cutting them.

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Cutting first fabric. Going good. Rotary Cutter cooperating. Except I am not pressing down hard enough for a clean cut. Having to reswipe several times.

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FIRST MISTAKE. Making Little Party Hats. I could have sworn the instructions said to fold the squares this way. I couldn’t figure out why they didn’t turn out like the pattern photos. Duh!!

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Ok. Back on track. Reironed. Folded correctly.

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Assembling Round 1 fabrics. I am using my macrame board (ceiling tile) to mount the pieces so I can get an idea on what I am supposed to do.

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Here’s my cotton fabric with placement lines.

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I decided to add a small piece of the first fabric in the middle so no white could peek through.

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And Round 1 is finished. Going great so far.

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On to Round 2. A pretty purple and fuchsia floral. No problems.

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Round 3 and another CRS Senior moment. Wouldn’t you know it. I cut the solid purple fabric wrong. The fabric I only had a teensy bit of. I cut 7″ by 6″ instead of 7″ square. Not enough left to cut eight 7″ squares. 😦

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Had to go find something else. Decided on this cream color. The floral pattern has some cream in it.

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This is NOT the look I had in mind. But I keep going anyway. After all, this IS just my Test Star. No biggie.

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Last Round. Round 4. A dotted fabric.

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I’ll be back tomorrow to show you the finished star. It still needs to be sewn together and a binding added. It is just pinned to my macrame board. And I think I am going to swap the darker purple print in the center with something brighter.

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