How to Cut Triangles using a Specialty 60 degree ruler!
This is a Creative Grids 60 degree ruler. It is a specialty ruler and is great for cutting equiltateral triangles. Specialty rulers are rulers designed with a specific type of project or shape in mind. Cutting triangles is easy breezy using a specialty ruler!
We will be cutting our triangles from 6″ x WOF strips for the Triangle Quilt Along.
Leaving the strip folded, Line up the 6″ line on your ruler with the bottom of your fabric strip.
The top of your ruler has a blunted tip. This will be useful for lining up your triangles when piecing them together. Make sure it is also lined up with the edge of the fabric.
Also, make sure you are not too close to the fabric selvage…don’t need that in there:)
Trim along both sides of your ruler. Be careful not to shift the ruler as you cut.
Rotate your ruler upside down for the next and line up again.
Trim along the next edge.
Keep working your way down the strip of fabric.
For the Triangle Quilt Along you will need 8 triangles from each of the two strips for a total of 16 triangles from each of the 13 different fabrics.
If you happened to buy the Marti Michell 60 degree ruler, (it was the one on sale at Joann’s), I have discovered that this ruler uses the length of the sides to determine the finished size of the triangle….this is different from all others I have used! Ususally it is by the height of the triangle. No worries, it is actually suppose to be more precise and is still a good ruler.
For the purposes of the Triangle Quilt Along you will follow the same cutting instructions and line up the 6″ line with the bottom of your strip. The one difference will be the tip will not be flush with the edge. You will just need to cut the sides of your triangles and then trim the tip flush with your ruler. These triangles will be slightly smaller…..BUT the best thing about a triangle quilt is that as long as your triangles are all cut the same…they work perfectly!
Sorry about this little bump in the road! Please let me know if you need any further help or the instructions are not clear to you:)
Now…get to cutting!
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