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Thread: Thangles Orion Star

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    Has anyone made the Orion Star quilt with Thangles? I've never used Thangles, but the quilt looks beautiful.

    Also, if you recommend the quilt, where is the best place on the web to purchase the Thangles pattern?

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    I haven't made it but have always wanted to. Will be watching this topic for answers.

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    I used thangles when I started out quilting because of issues with cutting, Ive not done the star but there is a company called spinning stars that makes one that does 4 triangles at once by following two lines around. here is a link for this product, I bought mine from a quilt shop in ca, years ago there prices have not gone up. http://www.brewersewing.com/bqss_con...gn&STRING=xxxx

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    Thanks! I had not heard of this one.

    Quote Originally Posted by MissSandra
    I used thangles when I started out quilting because of issues with cutting, Ive not done the star but there is a company called spinning stars that makes one that does 4 triangles at once by following two lines around. here is a link for this product, I bought mine from a quilt shop in ca, years ago there prices have not gone up. http://www.brewersewing.com/bqss_con...gn&STRING=xxxx

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    What are 'Thangles' - I opened the link, but couldn't figure out how "Thangles" related to anything on it. Think it's my "ole" timers?????

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    they are paper templates you cut your fab to the width lay two fabrics together and then a thangle ontop and stitch the lines. then cut to make hst

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    Quote Originally Posted by Great-great granny
    What are 'Thangles' - I opened the link, but couldn't figure out how "Thangles" related to anything on it. Think it's my "ole" timers?????
    http://thangles.com/howtheywork.html

    Hope this helps. Have heard of them but never really understood. Now I do. I will have to try them soon.

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    Thanks for posting the link. My Mother-in-Law uses them all the time. I think they are supposed to help with half square triangle accuracy. I've been wanting to make a Hunter's Star quilt, but am afraid of Y-seams. This looked like it may be a good alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Great-great granny
    What are 'Thangles' - I opened the link, but couldn't figure out how "Thangles" related to anything on it. Think it's my "ole" timers?????
    http://thangles.com/howtheywork.html

    Hope this helps. Have heard of them but never really understood. Now I do. I will have to try them soon.

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    I just started using Thangles. I'm doing the Buck a Block at my LQS. It is so much easier making the HST with Thangles. They pretty much come out perfectly every time.

    I love the project packs. It makes everything seem so easy.

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    Thanks for the link - I'm assuming you have to buy those "disposable" paper templates to do this???

    There are also several tuts for 1/2 sq. triangles on here that don't involve having to buy paper templates & having to remove after sewing (sounds too much like using the ripper to me) - for me they save a few $$$ & lots of time.

    Just a suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dee
    Has anyone made the Orion Star quilt with Thangles? I've never used Thangles, but the quilt looks beautiful.

    Also, if you recommend the quilt, where is the best place on the web to purchase the Thangles pattern?
    I'm in the process of making that quilt. I cut all of my fabrics first and then started using the Thangles. I hated them. But once you've cut your fabric you pretty much have to use them or another method to make HST from rectangles instead of squares. I think overall it takes slightly less fabric to use the Thangles method since you can use fat quarters to make the quilt.

    I had taken a class from Sally Schneider and she introduced us to her "Gizmo." It's a little angle tool that lets you make 2 inch HST from 2.5 inch X 3.5 inch rectangles instead of 2 7/8ths inch squares.

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    If you're into using Thangles you should really consider purchasing the Triangulations CD. 25$ or so for an endless amount of papers for ANY size you want forever and ever;> No rulers, no fuss, no thinking. Just the way I like it.

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    Isnt Orions Star an Eleanor Burns pattern?
    Her method is much better than Thangles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Isnt Orions Star an Eleanor Burns pattern?
    Her method is much better than Thangles.
    I could not keep the paper on my material straight enough to keep my stitching straight with Thangles and get the HST right.

    I agree that even though you have to trim down, that El's method is much easier and wastes less fabric.

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    You can use a smaller square than her ruler suggests.
    I use a 6 in square for 8- 2 1/2 in HST.
    Also instead of drawing one line to sew down each side, Ive found the 1/2 in rulers that mark the stitching lines themselves helps me. My sewing has never been straight so this helps me alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Isnt Orions Star an Eleanor Burns pattern?
    Her method is much better than Thangles.
    I could not keep the paper on my material straight enough to keep my stitching straight with Thangles and get the HST right.

    I agree that even though you have to trim down, that El's method is much easier and wastes less fabric.
    I've looked at Eleanor Burn's Orion star quilt. It has a much different look from the Thangles one. I think the Thangles one is more dramatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Isnt Orions Star an Eleanor Burns pattern?
    Her method is much better than Thangles.
    Two different patterns, same name. The Thangles Orion star is very similar to a Hunter's Star.

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    They may be different quilts. The Thangles Orion Star looks like the Hunter's Star quilt. I went to Eleanor Burns site at her Orion Star looks very different. It is also very pretty. I like Eleanor Burns methods in most quilts. Thanks for the info.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Isnt Orions Star an Eleanor Burns pattern?
    Her method is much better than Thangles.

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    Thank you. You said it much better than I did. :lol:
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Isnt Orions Star an Eleanor Burns pattern?
    Her method is much better than Thangles.
    Two different patterns, same name. The Thangles Orion star is very similar to a Hunter's Star.

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    I may be onto something here. I did a search for Hunter's Star on the board and came up with a posting saying the book Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy has an easy method for making the quilt without paperpiecing. I've seen that book a million times at Joann Fabrics, but never picked it up. Any of you tried the Hunter's Star pattern from that book?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dee
    Thanks for posting the link. My Mother-in-Law uses them all the time. I think they are supposed to help with half square triangle accuracy. I've been wanting to make a Hunter's Star quilt, but am afraid of Y-seams. This looked like it may be a good alternative.

    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers
    Quote Originally Posted by Great-great granny
    What are 'Thangles' - I opened the link, but couldn't figure out how "Thangles" related to anything on it. Think it's my "ole" timers?????
    http://thangles.com/howtheywork.html

    Hope this helps. Have heard of them but never really understood. Now I do. I will have to try them soon.
    I have made a Hunter's Star quilt: used the method in the book "Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy" by Jo Parrott. Her method used HST and didn't involve Y seams.

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    What did you think of the pattern in the book? Was it easy to follow, and did the quilt turn out well?

    Quote Originally Posted by vagabondmom
    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dee
    Thanks for posting the link. My Mother-in-Law uses them all the time. I think they are supposed to help with half square triangle accuracy. I've been wanting to make a Hunter's Star quilt, but am afraid of Y-seams. This looked like it may be a good alternative.

    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers
    Quote Originally Posted by Great-great granny
    What are 'Thangles' - I opened the link, but couldn't figure out how "Thangles" related to anything on it. Think it's my "ole" timers?????
    http://thangles.com/howtheywork.html

    Hope this helps. Have heard of them but never really understood. Now I do. I will have to try them soon.
    I have made a Hunter's Star quilt: used the method in the book "Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy" by Jo Parrott. Her method used HST and didn't involve Y seams.

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    Dee Dee,
    I made the Orion Star from a thangles kit last year. Thangles are OK. My printer also is a scanner and copy machine, so I cn just copy a couple strips of thangles on an 8 1/2" sheet. So they are really cheap.
    My problem is that I don't really like dominance of pink and red in the kit. Learned to not buy a kit unless I love the fabric and can't get it otherwise.

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    Bought the book with the Orio 's Star pattern; haven't made
    it and don't know that I will.
    I have used Thangles. Made a bear's paw and it had
    blocks framed with 1" half Triangle squares. I used the
    Thangles for these, because those little tiny pieces were
    easier for me to handle that way. They can be a little
    expensive if you plan to use a lot..but in that instance it
    was worth it, as I had hundreds and hundreds of them..king
    sized quilt!

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    I think Eleanor Burns has that pattern. her son is named Orion. go to Quilt In a Day (her site).

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