I found this nifty little ruler at the Quilt Cottage this summer. My first thought was, “no, I don’t need another ruler.” But I bought it on impulse anyway. After all, 60 degree triangles make hexagons. . . .and you know how I feel about hexagons.
After that purchase, I found Fons & Porter’s spring Scrap Quilts magazine, and wouldn’t you know, it had a triangle quilt on the cover! So I bought the magazine, not paying attention to the fact that their triangles were a different size than my schnazzy new ruler. But the magazine was inspiring, and I sort of made up the sizing as I went along.
I cut a bunch of fabric into long strips of varying widths, then sewed them together. Then I plopped that awesome ruler onto the strip sets, and had five triangles ready in no time. Usually rotary cutting is my least favorite part of quilting. Not anymore. I think I cut up enough fabric for three quilts before finally forcing myself to stop and start piecing. Soon after, I had a sweet baby quilt top finished.
I love the animal prints fussy cut into the triangles. (And I’m still learning how to match up the points, so don’t look too closely at the close-up!!)
I’m already working on a second one with the yellow triangles in place of the white. This ruler is fantastic. Cutting striped fabric into triangles worked very well too, if you’d prefer not to piece strips before cutting triangles. The bottom of the ruler is half as wide as the finished triangle so you can make strips of two colors for spiderweb blocks. I’m having a ball using up scraps and snippets of fabric for these baby quilts.