Do you know that the regular, long rectangular ruler that all quilters own is not that regular?? It can do more than cutting strips!
Those 30, 45, and 60 degree lines help you cut triangles.
How about these triangles of this block?
The big angle of this triangle measures 120 degrees and the other two angles measure 30 degrees.
You can cut them from strips in any width and here is how:
Place the ruler with the 30 degree line aligned with the bottom edge of the strip. Cut along the left edge of the ruler.
Flip the ruler (turn it on the other side) or use the other 30 degree marking line; align the 30 degree line with the bottom edge. Position the ruler so that its right edge is touching the top angle created previously (see the yellow arrow). Cut along the edge of the ruler.
You can make many designs with these triangles, here is one of them:
Also, the fabrics you choose play an important role and can change dramatically the look of a design.
How about this striped fabric?
I chose to make diamonds with these triangles and then turned them into rectangles – just to make piecing these blocks together quick and easy!
It seems these diamonds are painted!
I free motion quilted the whole quilt, including the straight lines around the diamonds (no ruler work).
This was an incredible experience! I already knew all the secrets of Y seams (from the previous projects) so sewing the blocks and piecing the top was fun, quick and easy. So fun that I am sewing another version right now!
Stay tuned! I hope tomorrow I will show you the new version!