Monday, 5 May 2014

how to use your cutting mat to cut equilateral triangles

 I mentioned in my goals post that I would keep plodding on with Sophie's quilt, but I'm already at the sewing stage! Much quicker than I planned to be, so I'm on the hunt for a new craft group project this week.

I cut my first pile of strips of fabric, and was chatting to the girls about the tutorial I was going to follow to cut my triangles, when I happened to glance down at my cutting board and notice the triangle marked on it (in the dashed lines)

It took a few more minutes of talking to wrap my brain around how to actually get the right measurements for the triangles. Measuring from the tip of the triangle was the answer! I had already cut my strips to the right size, so I just lined one edge up with the tip of the lines.

 I lined my quilting ruler up with the dashed lines on the mat, and cut away.

When it came time to move the fabric, I just lined the bottom tip with the cutting line, and made the next cut. So I was making two cuts on the fabric, before moving it along for the next pile of triangles.

A sharp rotary cutter (borrowed from one of the ladies) made light work of all the triangle cutting, and I managed to cut 90 triangles in two hours (Sophie and Riley were bother pottering around playing), and I managed to get the rest of the triangles cut at home over the weekend - now on to the sewing.

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6 comments:

  1. I never thought to do this with my cutting mat! Awesome how to!

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  2. That is a lot of triangles to cut! Thank you for the tip - wish I was as neat a cutter with the rotary wheel as you are - my lines never seem to go straight!

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  3. That's so cool!! Thanks for the tip!! :)

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  4. Great post! Fab way to use your mat!x

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  5. That is a lot of triangles! Good luck with the sewing!

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  6. Can't wait to see the finished product. Now I have to ask....what does it mean when you say that you are a momma to 5+2 ? Curious

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