Monday, April 12, 2021

Triangle Cutting from Strips with Crafters Edge

Woohoo! I've gotten a start on my table runner project from the Stunning 3D Quilts Simplified book (affiliate link). Just look at all those triangles!

aqua blue and dark blue die cut triangles

Two hundred and twenty-four to be exact! Here's that number again, 224, for more impact. And all cut with my new Crafters Edge Crossover II machine and the 3.5" equilateral triangle die, making them all the same perfect size.

How easy was it? Super easy! I cut my strips to 3.5", stacking them together for 6 layers of fabric for cutting through the die machine. After carefully setting them on the triangle die, and lining up the parallel cut edges with the die's cutting edges, 

aqua fabric strip lined up on a triangle die

it was just a matter of laying the metal and clear plastic plates on top to run the bundle through the machine. And ta-da! A perfect triangle!

aqua triangle cut with a metal die

Keeping the layered fabric together, I then flipped them over so the previous cut matched the triangle edge. Again, carefully lining up the parallel edges and now the angled cut by both sight and feel, 

aqua fabric strips on a triangle die

I cut another set of 6 triangles. And continued until I had the number of triangles needed for that fabric. Turns out, lining up the cut edges with the die became easier, because after 2-3 runs through a #5 cutting pressure, the remaining part of the strips tend to get pressed together. That means the strips stay together and don't shift making for easy placement on the die.

aqua triangles cut with die cutting machine

After that pretty aqua batik, it was on to the second fabric, and then the third, making around 46 cuts through the Crossover II for 224 triangles. And those triangles are perfect! No variation in width occurred as could have happened with template cutting. I don't know about you, but for me, slippage always seems to occur with templates.

Now that I have all of my triangles cut, I'm set to start sewing my own 3D table runner quilt design.

3D quilt book and 3d hexagon table runner pattern

Notice in the picture above, the pink 3D layout. Yes, I could have gone with the Knots table runner pattern in the book, which is pretty simple,

blue 3D knots table runner

but, me being me, I had to design my own. So, instead of four squares of the Knots table runner, I eliminated one square and stretched the remaining three into hexagons. Now all I need to do is get sewing! See you soon!

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  1. Very cool! I love how you were able to "save" fabric and not have a lot of waste! I look forward to seeing your table runner!

  2. Cool! Looking good Susan. My goodies were supposed to arrive Saturday, but that didn't happen, hopefully today!

  3. I love triangles, but that's a lot of triangles. Have fun.

  4. Looks fun and challenging! I like your version!

  5. That's a beautiful design. Someday I won't be able to resist buying one of those cutters, but I don't have one yet.

  6. That's a lot of triangles! Great tool, easy, and beautiful fabrics too. Love your new 3D pattern ;)
    Thank you for linking up today!

  7. Looks like you have the perfect tool for your project! Thanks for linking up today.

  8. YOU make it look easy :-) I am sure it will be lovely.

  9. So many beautiful and perfect triangles. Thanks for the great tip for lining up the die to cut the next set. I just got my machine and am still figuring it out.


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