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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Traditional
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What was your source for this quilting project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Sunny Stargazer/Stargazer tutorial

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What materials did you use? 100% quilt cotton from stash, Coats quilting and piecing thread

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What are you most proud of? Being a new quilter, I tend to have piecing issues, and I was a little worried because each of the 12in blocks has 17 pieces. Holy cow-seams galore! Once I made 1 complete block V-E-R-Y carefully, I figured out an assembly line system that worked for me. I completed the top in one day. Yesterday I decided to learn free motion quilting, so I went to Leah Day's site (freemotionproject.blogspot.com) and watched her video tutorials. She's awesome, and I was able to make a decent attempt at stippling on my 1st try.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Use a 1/4 in. Foot if you have one, or find the equivalent mark on your machine. I was very careful because there are so many seams that have to match up just right. Also, being a newbie, my blocks tend to be slightly smaller than they should. My two solutions for this, other than the 1/4 in foot, was to cut my fabric pieces slightly larger (about 1/8in.), and sew a scant 1/4 seam while piecing. These two things allowed me a little extra wiggle room to trim. My finished blocks ended up perfectly matched when I sewed them together.

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