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Ten Wonderful Years

HC | Posted in Talk With Us on


Periodically since July 1994, I have been picking up and putting down Issue Number 53, trying to figure out how the stars on the cover’s quilt were pieced. (There’s no info in the accompanying article.)

I just realized that a decade has passed, and am hoping you might be able to put me in touch with the author of the article, “Quilting with Novelty Prints”, Shannon Bettig, or otherwise help me to figure out this puzzle.




  1. rjf | | #1

    I got out that issue and assume it's the quilt on the cover.  I think that maybe she starte with a hexagon (not necessarily a perfect hexagon) and then cut some triangles and some strips.  If you look at the second block down on the left and the striped triangle bottom left pointing down to the left, I think what she might have done was attach a strip of blue to one side of the triangle and then sewn that pieced piece to the hexagon with left edge of the triangle and the left edge of the hexagon matching.  Now go countclockwise to the next triangle.  It has a strip of red print attached.  Sew it to the edge of the hexagon, matching the left edges of both pieces.  Proceed around the hexagon counterclockwise.  The last one will take a little fiddling.  Sew it to the hexagon as before until you meet the first triangle.  Now fold the whole piece, right sides together, so you can sew the seam going from the hexagon along the first blue strip.  The triangle I'm talking about now is the blue-lavendar plaid one.  Fortunately, the stars aren't symmetric so you don't have to worry about perfectly matched pieces.  How she attached them to the white background, I haven't the faintest idea.        rjf

    1. HC | | #2

      Thanks, rjf, for your careful explanation. I am going to give it a try following your suggestions and see what I come up with! HC

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