I have lots of scraps.
I went through my scraps in the past few months and cut the little pieces into useful pieces. Along the way I decided to cut 60 Degree Diamonds from my scraps in order to have a hand-piecing project. I plan to use the English Paper Piecing Method to make stars from these Diamonds.
Well - I also cut out a full quilt's worth of diamonds for one friend and a table runner's worth of diamonds for a couple other friends.
So, I have recently cut HUNDREDS of diamonds.
And I want to share the method I used to cut 60 degree diamonds.
The measurements are for paper diamonds that are 2" on each side,
thus the fabric has to be a bit bigger than that.
Cut two strips of your chosen fabric, 2 3/8 " by 10".
It is pretty important that the left edge be squared off. . .
Stack the two strips on top of each other. You will cut two diamonds at a time.
STEP 2. Find a ruler in your collection that looks like one of these below.
|You can use a Hexagon Ruler|
|You can use a square Ruler that |
has these markings on it
|You can use a larger ruler that has diagonal lines like this ruler.|
|.... Even though the diagonal lines on the large ruler do not go all the way to the corner.|
|Use a Hexagon Ruler|
|Or one of the other rulers that have a 60 degree diagonal line printed on it|
STEP 5. Now you are going to cut parallel lines with a ruler
where you can see how to cut 2 3/8".
|The ruler is positioned on the left edge at 2 3/8 ". |
Cut on the right edge for your first pair of diamonds.
|Cut once, twice, three times, each time 2 3/8" from the left edge of the last cut.|
To actually construct the quilt, you will also need 2 inch paper (60 degree) diamonds.
You can buy them already cut. (I see a future tutorial!)
You can make your own.
STEP 1. Cut 2 strips of fabric, 2 3/8" by 10 ". Stack them on top of each other
STEP 2. Get your ruler ready
STEP 3. Line up your ruler
STEP 4. Cut off that first little triangle
STEP 5. Make 3 cuts parallel to that first cut.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend.