Star 60 Designing
Design Your Own Star 60 Block
There are two basic shapes, that you can work with (1) an equilateral triangle and (2) a diamond. There are a ton of size options, but you essentially can create larger over-sized units by combining the diamond with two equilateral triangles. The pieced units are then trimmed down to the precise size needed.
You can combine these units with larger equilateral triangles and diamonds to create even larger equilateral triangles. Here is one design I came up with.
To play even more I combined six equilateral triangle units to create a hexagon block.
It did take a bit of effort to draft the hexagon block -- which was created as an applique motif block in Electric Quilt 8. I began to wonder about how I could more easily audition my designs to see if I liked them before drafting the actual block.
So I came up with a much easier solution using Electric Quilt 8 software. For this solution, I am not worried about "piecing" the block -- only about coloring to see if I could come up with a design that would be Star 60 friendly with fabrics I would like to work with.
In my Electric Quilt tutorial, I will share with you how simple it is to create graph paper with guidelines to create your own equilateral triangle and hexagon block designs. I will also share some fast coloring techniques as well.
Here is the link to the equilateral triangle calculator referenced in the video.
Here is the one patch quilt from the video.
My challenge to you. Create your own equilateral triangle unit/hexagon block in a favorite fabric collection. I would love to see what you come up with.
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Kessel Point - Just finished the Design to Production and it has been my favorite! Very organized and methodical approach which speaks to my soul,
I’ve had this Dream Big panel for awhile and decided it will become a anniversary gift for my in-laws in September. Utilizing Kari’s cheat sheets, I was able to dissect block by block and lay out my plan of attack. Even better – I too have a new Cricut Maker and have attempted the EQ8 >Inkscape>Cricut path. Your tutorial to do so enabled me in easily creating the appliques for my Camping quilt
Thanks for your efforts Kari – Your lessons are invaluable!
Kristy Goodin Soard I took the Masters Advanced PolyDraw class this month. I was reminded to use multiple rings and spokes settings in a single block. I found the block in my book by Edyta Sitar, but she created it with templates and I wanted to be able to execute with foundation piecing. I used a layout from the library to create one quilt, and designed the second on my own.
Here are some additional projects created by Tech Know Quilter members -- they are a very talented group who are doing amazing things with Electric Quilt 8.
TKQ Masters Projects
5/23/2020 11:44:04 am
you could print your own graph paper at
5/23/2020 05:59:11 pm
Thanks for sharing the link. This will be useful those those that don't have EQ.
5/24/2020 01:51:22 pm
I set my unit width at 1.155, and when I went to the next step, EQ8 changed the value to 1.250. How do I get it to accept my value as entered?
5/24/2020 02:46:13 pm
Select Worktable settings (the gear on the left toolbar). Under snap settings, change the nudge settings to 1/8 inch.
6/3/2020 07:19:07 pm
My nudge setting are already at 1/8 inch and I am still having the problem of the width going back to the 1.125 after I set it to 1.155.
6/4/2020 12:11:08 am
Change the nudge settings to 1/32 of the inch to get greater precision. However -- note that since this is being done for design purposes only, the difference is small enough that it will not be noticable.
6/4/2020 08:25:54 am
I just had to know what I was doing wrong :). I tried changing it to 1/16 and that didn't work. I should have gone on to the 1/32 but I did not. Going to the 1/32 worked great. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Have a great designing day.
5/28/2020 09:47:55 am
if we loose this email with the video about Deb Tucker's Star 60 tool, is there some where we can find this tutorial again? I thought I saved it on my computer and now I can't find it...I'm only a LITTLE computer savy.
5/28/2020 10:02:19 am
Hi Dee. You can always bookmark the tutorial. Or bookmark my site. If you scroll down on the right there is a search feature for the site. You have not downloaded previous videos, because the videos are protected and cannot be downloaded.
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