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    Unhappy So this is where I've reached ---please advise

    My first attempt to make a Star pattern . have made 4 so far ..now i do not want to go with the block lay-out shown in my pattern . What I would like to do is to add 4 Triangles to this star block such that it becomes a bigger square block.
    Thought & calculated & recalculated ..then realised I was not as smart as i have believed so far !!!! and am sending out this "help" message . Rt now this block is at 8" finished / 8 1/2 unfinished ..And thank you in advance for any advice given.
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    What do you need help with? Adding the triangles? First, I'd square up the block, being careful to leave 1/4" between the points of the star and the edge of the fabric. If you cut a 6" square in half diagonally, the long sides will be 8.5". You can then sew the long edge onto the block. I'd starch the square before cutting diagonally, since you will be working with bias.

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    Google it but im doing the same block size now and i cut mine 6 7/8 squares then cut on the diagnal and it matched up. Think thats what your asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    What do you need help with? Adding the triangles? First, I'd square up the block, being careful to leave 1/4" between the points of the star and the edge of the fabric. If you cut a 6" square in half diagonally, the long sides will be 8.5". You can then sew the long edge onto the block. I'd starch the square before cutting diagonally, since you will be working with bias.
    While technically correct (a 6" square's diagonal is about 8.5"), you need a larger square because of the shapes and seam allowances. Make your square at least 6 5/8" before slicing it. If you want to make it a little larger (6 7/8"-7") you can cut it down after you stitch it. Starch is a great idea, and don't be surprised that adding triangles to a block - and winding up with a square block - is harder than it looks.

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    I agree with Dunster - I did it in my head, didn't test it with paper or muslin first, so it's entirely possible she's right. I don't think my calculations included seam allowances. You'll want to square up afterwards, also, so you'd be better off cutting a larger piece.

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    All of the above, including cutting the square larger than necessary. It doesn't hurt if the triangle is too big. Just sew it on, press the seam, then trim to correct size.

    I would definitely recommend heavily starching the fabric before cutting the triangles, to keep the pieces stable while you handle the bias edges. Spray starching and blocking the block to size first is good too.

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    What good advice and I love the pointsetta fabric!

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    found this
    http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...triangles.html
    and this
    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltse...ngtriangls.htm
    i have a large ruler that has all the triangle cut info on it.

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    Thank you for all the prompt help

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    1. Cut 2 squares at 9.5" square.
    2. Cut each of these on ONE diagonal, corner to corner, to create 4 triangles.
    3. Fold each triangle in half along the long side of the triangle, pinch the fold on that long side to mark the middle.
    4. Apply triangles to opposite sides of the block; trim off the overhanging points even with the block edges. (Note that the triangle will be "too big"....you want that!)
    5. Apply the remaining triangles to the other two sides of the block. Trim.
    6. Now you will notice that your block can be placed into a quilt without losing the points of the block because you used triangles that were larger than absolutely necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    1. Cut 2 squares at 9.5" square.
    2. Cut each of these on ONE diagonal, corner to corner, to create 4 triangles.
    3. Fold each triangle in half along the long side of the triangle, pinch the fold on that long side to mark the middle.
    4. Apply triangles to opposite sides of the block; trim off the overhanging points even with the block edges. (Note that the triangle will be "too big"....you want that!)
    5. Apply the remaining triangles to the other two sides of the block. Trim.
    6. Now you will notice that your block can be placed into a quilt without losing the points of the block because you used triangles that were larger than absolutely necessary.

    Jan in VA
    Thank you for these details ..the visual element is most appreciated ..will work on it.

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    Nice response Jan. Great directions!!

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    Thank you, Jan, for sharing.

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    Jan in VA, that's great. now I have other options depending on what size fabric I have ( I love working with scraps)
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    and all the others who answered this post, you not only help the person asking the question, you help others who are afraid to ask, or who are not at the point of asking yet. I'm keeping this for future reference I just hope I can find it when the time comes. This site is ​awsome!

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    Thanks, Jan! That is a great technique!

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    Thanks Jan, I usually follow directions in a pattern, don't think allow for that much extra. I sometimes need all the extra I can get.
    Always so many sharing what they know.
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    You could also (if the triangles are to be the same colour), put down a square of the same size of the block on the star, right sides facing. Then stitch a quarter inch seam all around the block. Draw light pencil lines on the diagonal, corner to corner, cut open along the lines with scissors, iron and Bob's your uncle. Four triangles attached, no maths.

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