Cutting Your Triangles
Can I just say…Wow! I am overwhelmed at all the wonderful fabric selections you guys have picked out for the Triangle Quilt Along!!! Over 100 beautiful quilts in the making, I ♥ it! All of you beginners at linking up did a great job of linking up their fabrics. If you had any trouble at all please feel free to contact me and we will get you in for this week.
Congratulations to Paul Burgea and his green fabrics! He is the winner of the $25 gift certificate at Cotton Bliss from last week link up.
So are you ready to get to cutting triangles?
First things first…make sure you have heavily starched your fabrics. I did two rounds with Best Press on all my fabrics before I started cutting. Not everyone loves to starch, but you may want to give it a try for this one. This makes them nice and stiff and keeps them from getting stretchy on you. Because triangles have a lot of bias it is also a good idea to lightly handle these and store them nice and flat! You will not regret it.
This weeks assignment is to get all of your triangles cut out. We are going to focus on two ways to get these equilateral triangles cut.
•using the 60 degree lines on your ruler
•using a specialty 60 degree ruler- ex. Creative Grids Equilateral Triangle Ruler
What you need to cut:
If you are making your triangle quilt like mine you will need a total of 204 triangles…I know that sounds like a lot, but it will go quick I promise. That means 16 triangles from each of the 13 different prints you selected. You will have a few extra triangles.
If you are using different amounts of fabrics or fat quarters, just make sure you end up with 204 and you will be fine.
How to cut:
From each of your 13 fabrics, cut two 6″ x WOF strips.
Subcut each of the two individual strips into 8 triangles, for a total of 16.
Using Fat Quarters??? You will need at least eight from each of your 26 FQ’s. If your FQ’s are the proper 18″ wide you can get 12 from each and you will only need 17 FQ’s, but as we know sometimes after we squared up the edges it may be a bit too small. You will definitely be able to get the 8 from each one. Remember, as long as you have the 204 total you are good.
In order for this post not to be incredibly long I have made some separate links for each method of cutting! Just click on which one you will be using to see step by step pics or feel free to check out both:)
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. You will follow the instructions for the Specialty 60 degree ruler HERE and I will go over using this ruler.
I will posting next Friday to show you how to pieces these triangles together…so you are gonna have to wait for those tips and tricks!
So get to cutting! and come back to link up you pics before Thursday April 3rd at midnight, EST.
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