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Thread: Will This Tool Make This Hexagon Quilt Pattern?

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    Will This Tool Make This Hexagon Quilt Pattern?

    I saw this quilt back in July in a JoAnn's add and really fell in love with it:

    http://www.google.com/imgres?q=jo+an...72&tx=96&ty=89

    I bought this tool
    http://www.quilterswarehouse.com/p-1...-quilting.aspx

    the other day and wonder if this is the correct ruler to make a hexagon like the Jo Ann's quilt. If so, what size do you think the hexagons are? Thanks.

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    well if you do your fabric in strips sewn together and then cut the triangles, i guess it would work. not sure of size though. you must practice on some scraps. I bought a large thin plastic template from nancysnotions.com for hexagons and tumbler. it was a set. i can do very large ones with those. good luck.

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    nativetexan, yes, I was planning on making strip sets. I would think you would need a strip about 2 1/2 inches wide for the center hexagon and then a 4 inch or so wide strip for the outer part. I guess it will be through experimentation because I can't find any patterns or directions for this ruler (other than the one that makes a block that is used in the Storm at Sea quilt).

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    Is the Tri-Rec a 60 degree triangle. If so it will work.

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    That quilt looks like the one that my guild is having a class on, but they are using the Marti Michell hexagon ruler. I know that doesn't help you with the rulers you have, though.

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    How do I figure out what degree my template is?

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    That is a beautiful quilt, just watched this video on that tool http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CT7g1NXrL4
    To find your angle on the template, do you have a protractor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    How do I figure out what degree my template is?
    Locate a protractor, or check your rulers. Half of my rulers have 45 and 60 lines printed on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    nativetexan, yes, I was planning on making strip sets. I would think you would need a strip about 2 1/2 inches wide for the center hexagon and then a 4 inch or so wide strip for the outer part. I guess it will be through experimentation because I can't find any patterns or directions for this ruler (other than the one that makes a block that is used in the Storm at Sea quilt).
    I think if you look more carefully at the photo - you will see that the inner strip and outer strip are actually the same width...it only looks smaller on the inner one because of the angle. The equal width allows you to make reversed (but equal) hexes by flipping your ruler upside-down and right-side-up using your 60 degree ruler. Make sense??

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    it looks like both strips should be the same size 2 1/2 well give you a 8 in. block 3[" will give you a 10" block 3/12 will give you 12" block .................................................Q UOTE=AngelinaMaria;5513752]nativetexan, yes, I was planning on making strip sets. I would think you would need a strip about 2 1/2 inches wide for the center hexagon and then a 4 inch or so wide strip for the outer part. I guess it will be through experimentation because I can't find any patterns or directions for this ruler (other than the one that makes a block that is used in the Storm at Sea quilt).[/QUOTE]
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    found this pattern on the Jo-Ann site
    http://www.joann.com/static/project/...atik_quilt.pdf

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    I am in the middle of, but not finished "Feedsacks flowers" from Fons and Porter. I used a hexagon template to make the original center then added two strips, kinda like a log cabin....their pattern adds a triangle to one side, then you join together on the diagonal rows. It makes a lovely quilt, just a little different, and I did do it all in scrapes with just the centers the same and the joining triangles....Pattern is available in Fons and Porter, Easy quilts, Scrap, Fall 2011. There is also a video on their Love of Quilting website, not the shopping site. I happen to use their hexagon template, but any will work. My centers were 3-1/2"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    Is the Tri-Rec a 60 degree triangle. If so it will work.

    Yes, has to be. It is an equilateral triangle (meaning all angles are equal). The angles of a triangle must add up to 180 degrees - 3 equal angles are 60 degrees each.

    Its companion shown in the link is a right triangle. One 90 degree angle and two 45 degree angles.

    I actually am math challenged but had to bone up on triangles for quilting and for teaching GED Math!

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    sewmary, I just checked this triangle to my daughter's protractor and it was a bit off from 60 degrees. Plus, when I measured each side, they were not equal. If using the 4 inch line on the bottom side of the triangle, the sides are 4.5 inches. So, this will not work. Bummer.

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    doesn't missouri quilt have a half hex template......and a tute on how to use it.... if you make hexes you will have to y-seam them together?

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    Even using the 60 degree ruler vs half hex - there is no need for Y seams - you can make the quilt in rows - i'll take the drafting / planning time need to get my rows right ANY day over the number of Y seams you'd need on a quilt like this !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    sewmary, I just checked this triangle to my daughter's protractor and it was a bit off from 60 degrees. Plus, when I measured each side, they were not equal. If using the 4 inch line on the bottom side of the triangle, the sides are 4.5 inches. So, this will not work. Bummer.
    Don't forget - seam allowances are on the ruler.

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    The Tri Tool does not have a 60 degree angle, so it will not work for this pattern. Here's a description of how that tool is supposed to be used - http://softexpressions.com/software/...zQuilt.php#tri

    Basically, the Tri Tool has the same length HEIGHT and BASE. The 3 sides are not the same (so not equilateral) and so the angles are not 60 degrees.

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    Here's a link to a pattern and instructions for a quilt like your picture. http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/2010/03...-supplies.html She explains about which ruler you need as well as directions to use a straight regular quilt ruler.

    Colleen

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    The Tri- Rec Ruler Set is made for the triangle in a square unit (Doreen Speckmann called the unit Peaky and Spike)
    The skinny triangle has angles of (approximately) 26.56, 90.00 and 63.44 degrees. The isosceles triangle has angles of approximately 63.44, 53.12, and 63.44 degrees.

    IT WILL NOT WORK FOR MAKING EQUILATERAL TRIANGLES (or anything hexagon that uses the same size triangles)

    Nor will a 60 degree angle ruler/cut work for the Peaky and Spike (triangle in a square) unit.

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    I am making the hexagon quilt right now using Fons and Porter pyramid ruler. Coming out great. i am using this book.

    http://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/...-sixties-book/

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