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# Thread: My Carpenter's Star Pattern

1. Originally Posted by momymom
Your HQT should start 1/2 in biggger, 3/4 to be on the safe side. Make the HST as usual, Then square them up to match the 61/2 in squares. So, for the HQT start with a 7in square.
Thats what I was afraid of. I have all the squares cut and some of the triangles done. Can I just cut down the squares that don't get made into triangles? I started with all 6 in unfininshed squares.

This math stuff is still so beyond me! Maybe my best option would be to square up my trianges, then make my squares of the background fabric 1/2 in smaller?

Or did I read that completly wrong. Should the background squares and all the HST be the same size?

2. Originally Posted by cminor
I am all over this!!! I have my squares cut out - but being a bit daring - I am starting with 6 in squares, sewing down the middle, cutting in half and hoping for the best. . .now that I think about it - will my full squares be too big? Should those get cut down a little? I usually try to stick with nice round numbers since I still have a hard time measuring correctly. :)
At least by cutting the six inch squares for the HST, you are safe with the size of your full squares.
The formula for HST is: 7/8" to an inch larger than the size of the block you are trying to create.
You will have to trim, but at least you will have something you can trim ...
Had you wanted to have 6 inch HST - - you would have cut squares that were 7 inches or 6 7/8", draw diagonal, sew on each side, cut on drawn line ...
Very clever of you, and you will find that you will learn a lot with your experimental mentality don't forget to share your results!
;)

3. Very pretty!

4. Ok I think I get it now. I do think I will want to square my HST to something nice and round. I think I am at about 5 3/4 now but I don't remember for sure. (That is what happens when your on the computer at work - and the pcs are at home!) Then I can cut my squares to match and be all set!

5. Originally Posted by cminor
Originally Posted by momymom
Your HQT should start 1/2 in biggger, 3/4 to be on the safe side. Make the HST as usual, Then square them up to match the 61/2 in squares. So, for the HQT start with a 7in square.
Thats what I was afraid of. I have all the squares cut and some of the triangles done. Can I just cut down the squares that don't get made into triangles? I started with all 6 in unfininshed squares.

This math stuff is still so beyond me! Maybe my best option would be to square up my trianges, then make my squares of the background fabric 1/2 in smaller?

Or did I read that completly wrong. Should the background squares and all the HST be the same size?
cminor is right. I don't do the math any more. I guess it's a case of I've been doing it so long, I just jump right in and do it with out thinking. Guess I type the same way. My pattern was in a magizine, I didn't have to do the math, some one did it for me. Never was good at it anyway!!

6. itty bitty squares? I'll pass til i gain experience. But seriously you're sweet to post this for us. I'm going to bookmark this though for later. This is such a real purty pattern.

7. With the grid provided, you can start with any size square you want.

8. Originally Posted by cminor
Ok I think I get it now. I do think I will want to square my HST to something nice and round. I think I am at about 5 3/4 now but I don't remember for sure. (That is what happens when your on the computer at work - and the pcs are at home!) Then I can cut my squares to match and be all set!
Sounds like you have it down.

9. Sorry if I got ypu confused. I don't always think things through. I guess you could say I'm a bit inpulsive. I did look up my pattern, and it did say 7 in squares for the HQT. The standard formula says to add 7/8 in. I guess I need to do a little review.

10. Originally Posted by momymom
Sorry if I got ypu confused. I don't always think things through. I guess you could say I'm a bit inpulsive. I did look up my pattern, and it did say 7 in squares for the HQT. The standard formula says to add 7/8 in. I guess I need to do a little review.
Hi momymom! I love your avatar. Is it from your garden? Beauuuu tii fullll

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