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Star 60 Exploration

Have you seen the Star 60 tool from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design line-up of tools? Have you ever wondered what this tool can do?

The Star 60 Tool will help you make hexagon quilt blocks in a wide variety of designs. The staff at Studio 180 Design have taken the basics of this tool and created ways to make a wide variety of different block units!

Each tool comes with it's own clear set of instructions that will take you step by step through the basic unit shape in 17 different sizes. The instructions for each of the different units that can be made are on separate technique sheets again in 17 different sizes!

I'm planning a monthly get together with quilters who want to learn to use the basic tool and explore the many ways the tool can be used. We'll start with the basic Star 60 unit that has 6 diamonds surrounded by triangles ... The best thing about the Studio 180 Design tools is that you cut oversize, sew a bit, press then trim to precision. NO MORE cutting off tips and trying to fight with units that just don't fit!

Each month following, we'll look at a different technique of using the basic tool to create some fantastic blocks. Throughout this post I've shown you some samples and they are only a few of the different techniques we can do!

There are a total of 9 Technique Sheets that give instructions for variations of the Star 60 Units. There are so many unit and quilt possibilities that I could probably spend the rest of my life just working with just the Star 60 tool!

So, here is my plan.

  • Meet with a group of like minded quilters on a monthly basis to learn the techniques and sew units or complete blocks and projects

  • I would provide instruction each month as you sew

  • Cost of $15 per month (technique sheet purchase would be required)

  • Location: my studio in Harvest Hills Calgary. I have sufficient number of sewing machines available to use if you don't want to bring yours.

    • Alternate Location: you can host a get together if you have the space for up to 6 people to sew.

If you are interested in joining me, drop me a line with your contact information and whether you'd prefer a daytime get together or an evening.

At the moment I am thinking of the 1st or 3rd Tuesday day/evenings of the month.

I'm working my way through the rest of the Technique Sheets and will probably share another blog post when these are done. I'm working with a collection of batiks with a consistent background fabric. These will eventually work together into a completed quilt.

I'm going to head back to my fabrics to make some more blocks! Hope you join me.


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