Finished size Small bell – approx. 2½in x 2½in Large bell – approx. 4½in x 4½in Q Q Notes Three folded shapes are needed for each bell, using two fabrics. *A 60-degree triangle is used for the design, provided as Template A for the small bell and Template B for the larger bell. Alternatively, you can use a 60-degree ruler. Q Q Constructing the origami shapes 5 Place a stitched triangle on the table. The fabric chosen for the folded corners on the final origami shape should be underneath, against the surface of the table. Find the mid- point of the triangle by first folding it in half one way and fingerpressing to mark the mid-way crease ( Then, open the triangle out and fold it in half another way. Crease as before ( The centre of the triangle is at the intersection of the two crease lines ( Mark this centre point with a dot or a pin. 3 Take each pair of triangles and stitch them together with a ¼in seam, leaving a gap of about 2in in the seam opposite the cropped corner for the small bell or a longer gap of about 3½in for the larger bell ( This side of the triangle is cut on the straight grain of the fabric and will not stretch as much when the triangles are turned to the right side through the gap in the stitching. Fig 3). Fig 5). Fig 8 Fig 6). 7 Do not secure the thread and cut it off at this stage. Instead, leave the needle and thread on the back of the work and turn the hexagon over. Three (3) of the hexagon’s sides have a thick fold on the edge. The other three (3) sides are the seamed edges of the original stitched triangle (shown in as the sides marked with a star). Find the mid- point of each of these starred sides by folding it in half and creasing it ( Fig 7). Fig 9 Fig 3 Fig 5 Fig 6 4 Fig 10). Trim the triangle corners to about ⅛in from the stitching to reduce the bulk of the fabrics at the corners and then turn the shape through to the right side. Pull out the corners to make them as sharp as possible ( Tuck the seam allowances at the gap under so that the edges are in line with the outer edge of the stitched triangle. Stitch the gap closed. Lynne used ladder stitch to make the hand- stitched section as inconspicuous as possible. Press the finished triangle. Fig 4). Fig 7 Fig 9 6 Bring each corner in turn to the marked centre and sew it into position with two (2) or three (3) stitches from the corner of the triangle into the centre, stitching through all the layers at the centre each time ( Pull the thread tightly as you stitch to anchor the corners firmly to the centre of the block. You will find that the original triangle has now become a hexagon. Fig 8). Fig 4 Fig 10 41 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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