Archive for August, 2013

Unusual 6 pointed star setting

August 23, 2013

I saw this blog article¬†about a 6 pointed star quilt with an unusual setting. I found it as intriguing as the writer. The author and commenters were wondering how to make the quilt. Here’s my drawing of a portion of the quilt on isometric graph paper.

six pointed star layout


I hope you can see the grid lines on the graph paper. There are 3 different shapes in the quilt. One for the stars and two for the background.

Each star is made up of six 60 degree diamonds. Each diamond is 2 units per side.

The background triangles are 3 units on each side.

The background parallelogram is 2 units by 1 unit.

The three shapes are drawn separately on the right side of the graph paper.

Now that you know how the pieces fit together, you can choose any size you want for the unit. For example, you might decide that you want 1 unit = 1 inch. In that case, the diamonds would be 2″ on each side, the triangles would be 3″ on each side and the parallelogram would be 2″ by 1″. These are the finished sizes of the pieces. They don’t include the seam allowance.

Once you’ve chosen your unit size, you can draw your templates on graph paper. Don’t forget to add the 1/4″ for the seam allowance to each side of the template.

I printed my graph paper from Impetech. I set “line weight” to .05 and “triangle side length” to .25. For drawing the templates, I would set the triangle side length to the size of my unit to make it simple. Using the example above, that would be 1″. I would draw the finished piece first then draw the seam allowance around the template.

I hope that all makes sense.

Stitching History: sewing the stripes

August 4, 2013

Stitching History is a project to reproduce the Star Spangled Banner flag that was made 200 years ago during this same summer time period. Today I spent the afternoon at the Maryland Historical Society stitching ten (10) feet of the long stripes. Before you’re allowed to sew more than a single stitch on the flag, you have to take a lesson on how to make the stitches. The fabric edges are all enclosed so each seam gets sewn 3 times. Today, we were sewing the last step so we opted to skip the lesson on the first 2 steps so we could get started sewing. We’d been there about 40 minutes before anyone started showing us how to do the stitching.

Visitors to the Historical Society who wander into the work room are allowed to take one stitch in the quilt.

You can see more about the project progress with pictures at Dawn’s blog.

The flag will fly over Ft. McHenry on Defender’s Day in September.