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Cutting Equilateral Triangles ~ A Tutorial

Cutting 60 Degree Triangles ~ Tutorial by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next month, Kati of From the Blue Chair and I are going to be teaching a class at the Sewing Summit called “Shapes and Angles”. Kati is going to show everyone how to sew Y-Seams using Hexagons and Diamonds. I’m going to focus on Partial Seams and Equilateral Triangles. Because our class time is limited to 1 hour 15 minutes, we are asking everyone to cut their fabric at home ahead of time and bring the pieces to class.

Kati has posted cutting directions on her blog (here and here). Additional class details can be found in the Sewing Summit Google Group thread titled Shapes and Angles Class.

Let’s dig deep and try to remember Trigonometry class. I know, it’s painful. You probably remember that an equilateral triangle has three 60° angles. In order to cut your fabric for these triangles, you will need a ruler with 60° angle markings – there are two lines that represent 60°. The ruler does not have to be a special ruler for cutting triangles. Just needs the angle markings.

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Let’s get started!


Cutting Equilateral Triangles

Step 1: Cut a 4″ tall strip of fabric.

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Step 2: Using your quilting ruler, line up the 60° line marking along the bottom of your fabric strip.

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Step 3: Using your rotary cutter, cut your fabric on the ruler angle.

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Step 4: Next we are going to cut the third side of the triangle. Remember how your ruler has a 60° marking line going to 2 directions? This time, use other 60° line marking that you did not use the first time. (You will alternate marking lines, every other time you cut.) Make sure the ruler is lined up properly to create the top point of the triangle. Cut your fabric along the ruler edge to create your first equilateral triangle.

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Step 5: Continue down the strip of fabric, lining up the 60° line marking and cutting additional triangles.

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Enjoy all your pretty triangles!

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A Special Note for Those in my Sewing Summit Class:
Bring at least 20 of these triangles to the Sewing Summit class. Although you are welcome to just bring triangles cut from one 42″ strip of fabric, you may want to bring a variety of prints/colors for fun.

Please bring the below additional cut fabric pieces for the Partial Seams portion of the class.
(32) 1.75″ x 5.25″ rectangles in various colors/prints
(8) 4″ x 4″ squares in neutral color/print

We will be beginning work on these sample blocks in class:

September 21, 2012   14 Comments

Quilt Camp!

Who wants to go to camp? Quilt Camp! Quilt Camp is a holiday sewing retreat where you can get together with friends, relax, finish those last holiday gifts, and take classes from some of us Midwest bloggers! The retreat is scheduled December 7-9 (the 6th is an optional day).

Quilt Camp will take place at the Hankerd Inn in Pleasant Lake, Michigan. We are going to have a blast! Isn’t it cute?

I will be teaching Foundation Piecing and we will make an 18″ pillow/mini quilt (your choice!) which matches the Quilt Camp logo.

Poinsetta Pillow - Quilt Camp!

Jeni Baker of In Color Order will be teaching her awesome Drawstring Bag pattern in a variety of sizes (perfect for wrapping gifts!).

Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie will be teaching Improvisational Piecing.

Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics and Just a Bit Frayed will be teaching English Paper Piecing, specifically how to make hexies and then applique them onto a surface such as a purse or tea towel.

Pricing includes shared lodging (see the Information Page for details on rooms), brunch and dinner each day and ALL classes. They only thing you need to bring is your fabric, sewing machine and notions. We will provide you with project supply lists before December.

Click Here for Quilt Camp Details and Schedule
Click Here to Purchase your Quilt Camp Ticket (December 7th – 9th, 2012)
Click Here to Purchase an Additional Night for Quilt Camp (December 6th)

There are only 32 spots so I encourage you to sign up quickly if you want to come. I hope to see you there!

August 29, 2012   31 Comments

Weekend Fun with the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild

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I’m back from another weekend away, this time sewing Improv with the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild.

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I had such fun on Saturday! I spent about 5 hours with a wonderful group of ladies, demoing and talking about piecing improvisational log cabins and watching everyone’s different blocks come together.

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Huge thanks to the super sweet and funny Andie (above) for coordinating this workshop and inviting me to come teach. And also a big thank you to the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild for hosting me (and showing up!) and those that traveled several hours to attend.

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Me, explaining block layout options

My mom and sister even came to join in the fun.

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Lots of happy in-action photos…everyone made such amazing blocks!


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And my sister will tell you – quilting is not for the faint of heart. It was 85 degrees in the room! We are all super tough troopers though and quilted through the heat.

Crafty Chloe by Heather Ross at Hancocks - my dd is going to go nuts! Thanks for the tip @jenib320 !

Finally – completely unrelated but while I was in Cincinnati I found out from Jeni that Heather Ross has some fabric at Hancocks! I rushed to the store by my parents house and picked up some prints. These are from the children’s book she illustrated, Crafty Chloe. (Which my daughter happens to love!) I was so excited to see them, I am a huge sucker for any of her artwork. If you want some for yourself, be sure to check out your local Hancocks store in the Girl’s Novelty section.

July 16, 2012   17 Comments

Improv Piecing at the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild ~ This Saturday

The Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild has announced the location and time for my Improv Piecing Workshop this Saturday, July 14th. You do not need to be a member of the CMQG to attend, just head over to their blog for details. There is a limit of 30 people, so be sure to sign up if you want to attend.

For more details on our project, check out my post on the Off Centered Improv Quilt. It’s going to be a lot of fun, I hope to see you there!

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July 9, 2012   8 Comments