I have received several comments about blocks that are not coming out true to size. Sometimes it's in the 1/4" seam allowance. That I can't fix! One comment came in that I can address and it has to do with making sure your printed pattern is coming out TRUE TO SIZE.
I design and sew for publication and have for 23 years. I use Adobe Illustrator and not Electric Quilt or other non-vector based applications. While I readily admit having made errors in the past, my editors have caught most of them before publication. These Galaxy of Stars patterns have been published before and I want to assure my visitors that they can get perfect results by following just a few suggestions.
One is your printer. When you go to print my pdf files, you should get a printer window like this:
If you don't, then look for "printer preferences" somewhere on your computer. Many printers "naturally" or by default shrink the end result by as much as 3-5%. That is a NO NO for quilters!! Right? Adjust your printer settings.
OK. So how do you test my files? Here is a test file to print to check your printer settings today. I will try and rewrite my future BOM stars and include a 1" test square. But for now, here is a TEST PAGE so you can print and check your settings.
Galaxy of Stars test page.pdf
The file you will download includes the paper piecing units for the April and May blocks. It has a 1" square on the page that you can measure when printed. I have printed this and it is accurate using my printer.
I hope this helps. I thank those who have written to me about this. Unfortunately, several are "no-reply comment" bloggers and I have no way to personally contact them. Thanks for your patience and happy sewing!