Hi Nurture Circle! I’m getting this post out early as my surgery is scheduled for Friday and I’m not sure how much typing I’m going to be able to do for a while. Hopefully my recovery will be faster than I think it will be.
For June I’m asking for four 60 degree triangle blocks measuring 8.5″ tall if you have a flat-topped triangle ruler, or 8.75″ otherwise. These are measured from the base of the triangle to the tip of the triangle.
Please send 2 pieced triangles in monochromatic jewel tones and 2 triangles cut from low volume fabrics. I’d prefer black and gray on white or cream for the low volumes but colors that coordinate with your blocks would be OK too.
First, let me show you how to trim using a triangle ruler. You’ll need a piece at least 8.5″ tall by approximately 10″ wide. My piece was closer to 9″ x 10″ so I had some space at the top of the ruler. If you cut at exactly 8.5″ the squared off tip will line up with the top of the strip.
Line the ruler up with the bottom left corner and along the bottom. Trim off the sides and the tip (if applicable) and you’re done.
Next let me show you how to trim if you have a 6.5″ x 24″ rule with 60 degree lines on it. This time since there won’t be a blunt tip you’ll need a piece 8.75″ tall by approximately 10″ wide.
Line up the 60 degree line along the bottom of the piece, intersecting the bottom left corner. Cut off the left side of the fabric.
Flip the ruler around and line up the other 60 degree line along the bottom, intersecting the point you created in step one at the top of the piece. Trim off the right side.
For the purple piece I just pieced two strips together and then trimmed it to 8.75″ tall by 10″ wide. For the piece below I made a triangle log cabin.
First, start with a small 60 degree triangle, either cut using a triangle ruler (like I did) or the 60 degree lines on your ruler. Sew that to a larger strip that is wider than you think you need. We will be extending the 60 degree lines out to make a wider base for the small triangle.
Using the 60 degree line along the bottom of your strip and matching the edges of the small triangle trim both sides to create a larger pyramid.
Sew the pyramid to another strip, again larger than you think you need.
Trim again, but don’t worry about how big the piece is. Just focus on the correct angles for now.
If you don’t have a triangle ruler: Turn the piece and use the last seam that was sewn as a guide for the zero mark on your ruler. Line the point up with 8.75 and trim the excess off.
If you have a triangle ruler: simply line up the angles, trim the excess, and trim the point off.
You can also use this tutorial to create a more complex block. You should be able to “square” it up using the techniques above although it might be a bit easier if you have a triangle ruler to get the correct final size.
Here’s a quick sketch to give you an idea of what I’m going for:
Thanks so much! I can’t wait to see everyone’s contributions!