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Thread: hexagons, octagons and pentagons needed

  1. #1

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    Apr 2009
    hello all,
    i am learning about paper piecing and was wondering if anyone knew where i could buy hexagon, octagon, and pentagon shapes for tracing? in vairous sizes? or a place that would have a stencil of those shapes in diffrent sizes? or even a website that i could print them from?

    i have tried alot of online quilt shops, found a few pre cut paper shapes but only one size, and I want to save money if i can, those pre cut paper shapes are pricey. i have looked at some stencil shops as well, but no luck lots of squares, ovals and circles but nothing else really.

    any help would be appreciated thank you

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    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
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    diamonds, hexagons and trapezoids can be drawn using combinations of same-size 60-degree triangles. if you have a ruler with a 60 degree line on it, you can make your own very easily. use graph paper if you have it to help keep the lines straight.

    you can draw octagons using a combination of squares and 45-degree triangles.

    i tried doing the math for a pentagon, but my brain fell out onto the floor, so you're own your own for that one. :lol:
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    PrettyKitty's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
    Dudley, UK
    Go to Google Images, search for the shape you are looking for. Right click on a suitable image, and select 'Copy'.

    Open a blank Word document and paste the image into it. Now you can 'stretch' the image to make the shape as big as you need it. Then once you have the right size, copy it again within Word and paste it over and over to your hearts content. Print once and then photocopy it if you want a lot....photocopying is cheaper than using up your home ink cartridge (unless you print it at work!!! :wink: )

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    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    All three shapes can easily be drawn inside a circle, the size of your choice, using only a compass and a straightedge.
    hexagon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexagon
    pentagon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon
    octagon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octagon

  5. #5

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    Apr 2009
    Thank you very much, I never thought of drawing them myself, guess the obvious eludes me at times. :D

    thank you again

  6. #6

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    Apr 2009
    Thank you all for your help, I never thought of the word program either. thats awesome too.

    god bless and happy quilting!!!!

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    Mollysmum's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
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    Thankyou......I'm "up & running".

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