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« on: February 02, 2005 06:39:22 AM »

I am in Jeruselum and need to find a pattern for a six pointed star. I am thinking of using applique to get around the problem,  but haven't done much of this before.  I usually strip quilt, but have not been able to figure out a clever way around all the odd angles.  I could use a pattern or the name of a shop in Jerusalem where I could buy a book with a pattern in it.  In fact, for future use, it would probably be good to get a book with Jewish patterns. My daughter would love it for her baby. Don't have much time before the baby is born and I go back home. ANy help will be appreciated. Thanks. 

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« Last Edit: February 02, 2005 11:16:43 PM by elisha » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2005 04:00:45 AM »

If you want to just do a 6 pointed star, the way to go about it is by using 60 degree diamonds and triangles for the setting. Most quilting rulers (the clear ones) have a 60 degree angle line on them, or you can even use a drafting 30-60-90 triangle.
Okay I tried to explain this with words alone, but I am way too visually oriented. So I drew a diagram  Smiley. Also included a pic of a block from a quilt I just finished.
Here it is:

You can make templates of the diamonds and the triangles if you like, but this is the way I did it:
First cut your fabrics into strips (I cut mine 3"wide by width of fabric I believe). Then using the 60 degree line, make cuts every three inches (or the same measurement as the strip) along the fabric. you will have diamond shaped pieces. For the background cut those in half and you will have  smaller triangles.
You need 6 diamonds and 12 triangles for a block.
To make a unit, sew two triangles to the diamond, one on either side (see pic). Then make two halves by sewing three units together (again see pic). Finally sew the two halves together, and you have a complete block.

ETA: I totally forgot this, but when I constructed my quilt, I did not finish each block individually. I left them as half blocks and then sewed these together in rows.The rows were then sewn together, completeing the blocks. of course I have to do another picture to clarify (I don't draw well with a mouse  Wink ):

I do hope that was not hopelessly confusing. It really is quite easy once you get used to the 60 degree angles.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2005 11:11:26 PM »

thanks for your thorough and prompt reply...i emailed it to my friend, and here is her response:

Thank you so much. I think I get it. I am going to cut out a template on paper first so I can handle the pieces. I have wonderful hand dyed vibrant primary colors for the star and a washed deep blue backing. The front is a great vibrant print with lots of animals hanging out in the jungle. I just finished making sure the dyes are set and can now get going. Thanks again.

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2005 01:03:38 AM »

I hope it works for her! The colours sound great  Smiley
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