Supernova–Step 2 Cutting the Triangles.

Hello There!

I hope you are having a great weekend! I’m not sure why they go so fast, but they do and before I know it I will be fighting traffic again.  Are you ready to cut out the triangles? Well, without further ado let’s go!

One item I will mention before we get started is that you will see a different ‘white on white’ fabric used for the tutorial than the final product.  I will explain this later.  It is a lesson in adapting and not getting locked in to one idea.

From this point forward I will be referring to items as Piece A and Piece B and Piece C and Piece D.  Piece C & D are the triangles which I did not list here because it is pretty clear which ones are the triangles and which are not.

IMG_1268

Here is what you will have in the end:

  • Piece A – (6) 5-3/8” Squares (cut in half diagonally for 12 small triangle pieces)
  • Piece B – (12)  11-1/2” x 2-1/2” Strips
  • Piece C – (12) 15-3/8” x 2-1/2” Strips
  • Piece D – (2) 7-7/8” Squares (cut in half diagonally for 4 Corner Triangles)

Step 1 – Cutting out Piece B:

Do you remember when I said I pulled all the light-colored pieces from the Bali Pop?  These pieces are now the middle of our border triangle and will create a white frame.   The first thing you will want to do is to make sure these jelly rolls are true; meaning the ends are square.

IMG_1260

Next, cut each of them to 11-1/2” lengthwise (not sure how else you would Smile).  I did the first one solo and then started doubling up fabric as I went which sped up the process immensely.

image

Step 2 – Cutting out Piece C:

My white on white was cut off of the bolt per the 1 yard requirement in the pattern.  You will want to press the fabric and cut it true before you begin.  Don’t worry we won’t use the full yard. In, fact We might get away with 1/2-3/4 of a yard.  Once true, cut the fabric in 2-1/2” strips. The fabric is 45” wide so 45/11.5 = 3.91… meaning that we can get almost 4 strips out of this one cut. That means we only have to cut 4 rows. Why not just 3 since 4*3= 12 and that’s what we need.  Well as I mentioned we get almost 4 out of the strip so the final piece will be just shy of 11.5” and in quilting it must be exact.

image

Once you have cut your 4 rows of strips you can cut them into 15-3/8” pieces. I doubled mine up per below.  My general rule is no more than 4-6 per cut when layering and you MUST have a sharp blade.

image

Step 3 – Cutting out Piece A & Piece D (Triangles):

Repeat the same method used for the 15-3/8” strips, but this time cut them into 5-3/8” squares. Make sure your end are true. You need 6 squares total.

IMG_1275image
(There is an angle on this shot that will cause it to not look true.  Perhaps I need a helmet camera)
IMG_1277

Now, cut out Piece D which are squares that are 7-7/8” x 7-7/8” using the same method as above. You only need 2 of these squares and since your fabric is folded over you only need to cut one time.
image
Step 4 – Creating the Triangles:
In order to get the triangles we need they have to be cut in half along the diagonal.
 IMG_1264IMG_1278

Step 5 – Cut Piece B & Piece C in to Trapezoids:

You may or may not have wondered while we are doing this how we are going to make strips into a triangle, well it is time to solve the mystery.  It is really much more simple than you might be thinking. We are just going to take a 45o angle from each side. Easy, right? Here.we.go…Oh yeah, if you don’t remember a trapezoid is a shape with 4 sides where at least two of the sides run parallel. 

IMG_1269IMG_1270IMG_1271

Here they are all laid out on my work surface wall.

IMG_1279

When I did this, I took a step back and thought “oh man, I do not like that.” So, instead of pushing on with the fabric I chose I went to plan B.  I decided to use some of the backing fabric for the ‘white on white’.  There is no rule that it actually has to be white.  Here it is with the new triangles.

IMG_1282

See what a difference that makes? I don’t know about you, but now I am in love with this quilt. Sometimes you have to make changes mid-stream and that is okay.  Needless to say I will be making another trip to Holly’s Quilt Cabin for my binding, but at least I am working on something I am proud of now.

Remember that these projects should be fun and stress free! Have a great day!

Until we meet again,

Crystal

Oh and since my batting wall has been up Baxter hasn’t been meddling as much. So here is just a shot of him lounging to remind you of what he looks like. (don’t worry he is still attacking thread as I throw it in the garbage.)

IMG_1230

Advertisements

One thought on “Supernova–Step 2 Cutting the Triangles.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s