Playing with the Star 60 Tool
This week I finally got to play with the Star 60 tool. This newest tool from Studio 180 Design has been out for about a year, and three new technique sheets with additional designs for the tool were just released. Here we go!
The Star 60 tool creates wedges at a 60 degree angle. Just as with the other Studio 180 Design tools, the units are made oversized and trimmed down to the correct size. With this tool, you can make 17 different sizes of the wedge unit. With these wedges, you can make triangles, half-hexies, and hexies.
I’m starting with the basic hexie block with a six-pointed star. I’ll make 3-inch finished units to create a 6-inch finished block. Using the Star 60 tool, I cut triangles and diamonds from 3 fabrics.
First I add the right triangle to the diamond, press, and then add the left triangle and press.
I trim these triangles to the correct size and shape, using the guidelines for the 3-inch size on the tool.
I sew the six triangles together to create the hexie. Since each triangle (wedge) are the same size and shape, they fit together perfectly.
Look at all those nice sharp points in the center!
Once you have a handle on making the basic wedge, all kinds of other designs are possible using the additional technique sheets. Here’s the Capped 60 Star:
The Striped 60 Star:
and the Checkerboard 60 Star:
Making a hexie block is *so* much easier with the right tool!
Two more designs for the Star 60 will be released soon, and I’ll post about them here. Till then, keep on sewing!