Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Odd Pattern: Pasadena Pie n Burger

Silk quilt now on exhibit in the show Community Stitches: Quilt Designs & Stories at the Pasadena Museum of History, co-curated by Leah Zieber and Arlene Stevens. 

It's an unusual pattern....Not in my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

Which makes me want to figure out the pattern.
Not an easy thing to do.

After a few weeks I decided it was two hexagons.

Perfect for a pattern from Pasadena, California, home of
Pie 'N Burger.

The whole time you were stitching it you could wish
you weren't 2,000 miles away from their cheeseburgers.

But then I realized this repeat was probably WRONG.
(Just like ordering a double cheeseburger would probably be a bad idea.)
The pattern repeat is more logically a diamond-shaped block---a parallelogram

The shape with 45 degree angles like an 8-pointed star.
They will tesselate.

UPDATE: Well, my mathematical friend Louise tells me I am all wrong here. It's NOT 45 degrees. It's 60 degrees.

More like this!

Still not in my Encyclopedia.

I guess we could call it Colorado Boulevard.
A parallelogram about 6" long.
So this is the wrong shape.
But draw it for a 60 degree diamond and it should work.

Join the curators for a gallery walk July 20, 2023 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tickets $15. The show is up through September 10th.


  1. A very interesting pattern! I think I'd start stashing striped fabrics instead of using string piecing though. But then it wouldn't be the same pattern, would it?

  2. Wait...45 degrees????? Wouldn't this be based on 60 degrees?

    1. Yes, Gail, you are right. I am so bad with arithmetic and numbers!!! I mentioned the error in red in the post.