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Join Deb as we continue with our special guest Tiffany Hayes as they demo Tiffany's tool "The 60 Degree Triangle Tool". The 60-degree triangle tool is a great tool to use with 2 1/2 inch strips.

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60 Degree Triangle Tool

The 60 Degree Triangle Tool from Needle in a Hayes Stack is usually used with an ombre fabric to get all the colors of the ombre into a 60 degree triangle. There are other uses for the 60 degree Triangle Tool. Patterns are suggested for use with the tool.

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The pattern and instruction guide is a free download provided by Stitchin' Heaven and Needle in a Hayes Stack. With 4 different projects your sure to keep yourself busy. 

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Video Transcript

- Hey everyone, it's Deb Luttrell with Stitchin' Heaven, and my good friend Tiffany Hayes is with me today to show you a really cool product, a really cool tool.

- Cool tool.

- To use with ombre strips. Oh my gosh! We buy these beautiful ombre strips and then we get them home and we don't know what to do with them. First of all, Tiffy.

- Yes'm?

- Tell us what an ombre is.

- An ombre is a fabric that gradients from-- I don't think that's right, gradients. Gradiates, from dark to light or light to dark. So this one is dark at the selvedge and light at the fold, and goes back to dark at the selvedge again. But they're printed different ways. You can find them when they're dark at once selvedge all the way to light at the other. I've even seen them where they change every eight inches.

- Right, I've seen those too.

- Yeah, and that's just too much for me. I need this slow, easy gradiation--

- So you prefer to use the one that starts dark at the selvedge, light to the middle, and then dark at the selvedge.

- I do.

- Okay. Well, you know, there's a lot of, the designers are using the... gelato fabrics. Oh, not gelato fabrics. The ombre fabrics, for all different kinds of things, and I just thought it would be fun to have Tiffany here to show us some ideas on some things that she has come up with with her 90 degree tool.

- Great. It's got a very fancy name.

- It does. It's called a 90 degree tool. Okay! Why don't you talk to us about this quilt behind us first, and tell us a little bit about how you came up with this.

- Alright, so this quilt uses that 90 degree triangle tool to get three portions of the gradient color. So we have the dark, the medium, and light, that we are managing to get. And we actually get two of these triangles out of one strip. But I'll show that in a second. So this quilt I called Hermosa. I happen to be staying, or visiting Hermosa Beach, and we were staying there, and I looked out the window, my husband and I, we looked out the window, and there was a railing across the way on the balcony, and it had this design in it.

- Oh neat!

- You know, with the square with a little line through it? And after we saw that, then you see it everywhere. Once you notice a design like that,

- Yeah, that's true.

- it just keeps popping up. So this is Hermosa, because when I started to piece it, I'm like, "Hey, it's just like that balcony!" So...

- What you remember. I do, I did remember. Makes me feel good about... I love going to the beach.

- Oh yeah, me too.

- And good members. Cruises.

- Tiffany cruises with us a lot.

- I do, it's wonderful. Alright, so we'll see how it works?

- Yeah, show us how it works.

- Kind of got stuck on the seashells. "She sells seashells?"

- Mmhmm.

- Yeah, it just didn't come out quite clear. So this is the 90 degree triangle tool. And so when we assemble the pieces that we're gonna cut we will end up with a 90 degree angle, hence the 90 degree tool. So, I'm going to show you how this one works on a piece of fabric that I've already cut, but we're just gonna demo it real quick. So you set the tool on this strip, which is a two and a quarter inch strip.

- [Deb] Oh, okay. So you take your strip roll, and you cut off the little jagged edges.

- I do.

- Oh wow, that's a great idea.

- So we have these nice straight lines to work with.

- [Deb] Yeah, I hate those little zigzaggy edges. And all strip sets are not created equal. So if you cut it down to two and a quarter, you know that you've got two and a quarter. Why don't you show them this little trick?

- Okay so this little trick when you have those strips, and you set one of these tools on there, this one that says Stitchin' Heaven, this is two and a half inches wide. It's only six and a half long, but for this purpose it works just great. When you open up your strip set from wherever, whatever company it came from, if you set this tool on it, this ruler on it, you can tell where your two and a half inch exactly is on that strip of fabric. Whether it's on the outside of your pinking edges or the inside, you know the mountains and the valleys? So you just want to know where your two and a half inch is. If you're just sewing an easy pattern where you're just sewing all those strips together, you're fine. But if you're sewing a much more intricate pattern, you need to know that your two and a half inch is accurate before you start. So, quick tip.

- Good tip, good tip.

- Okay, back to this one. 90 degree triangle tool. So this is precut, so I'm just gonna pretend I'm cutting it now with my finger. So we set the tool on here and slice on either side of this tool. This piece then becomes waste, so I'm just gonna slide it over there. And this would be the first cut the same size as the tool. Then I rotate the tool around, I don't flip it over, I just rotate it, and there's a line number two, and I set that where I just cut, and I'll cut the other side. So that is the second cut. Then we do one more rotation around, and we set line three on a spot where we just cut. We slice the other side and remove this one as waste.

- [Deb] Gotcha.

- [Tiffany] Okay, so we have our three pieces here that we need to assemble into the triangle, but before we do that, I've removed one corner of the tool, so that you can set it-- Let's move this to the center here. So we can set it on the piece, slice there and remove the dogear now. And then we can just flip the piece over and slice off the other dogear. And this is why we want those dogears gone. We want to then assemble our pieces.

- [Deb] Yes.

- [Tiffany] And because the dogears are gone, we don't have to center anything.

- [Deb] Right. It's exact.

- [Tiffany] First off we don't have to center. We can just set it on there, and sew our quarter inch from point to point, and then we don't have dogears to remove after it's pieced together. So this is pretty easy. Two seams in there with no dogears to get rid of, and that makes this shape.

- [Deb] Okay.

- [Tiffany] And here--

- [Deb] Which is this!

- Exactly! And this is the 90 degree. So, you know, on a square, it's a square corner, a 90 degree. So there's a free download pattern book. It's really just how to assemble a triangle for the 90 degree. Inside on the front cover there's some instruction on how to do the cutting again, in case you've forgotten. And it says to remember to trim those points away, and assemble that triangle. And then it has some other things in here on what you can make with those triangles. So let me show you those first, and then we'll go back through the book. So if you put two triangles together you're going to make a square. And if you do pay attention to the darker edges, you can really get the visual that we're looking for, using an ombre. So here's a square and if we assemble four pieces together, four triangles, we get a larger square.

- [Deb] Ohhh nice.

- [Tiffany] And look, this is really, basically what's behind us. I've just added some sections within the block, and then between the blocks.

- Yeah. Yeah.

- So four squares will give you a larger-- Four triangles will give you that larger square. You can then combine them with background fabric and make an hourglass.

- [Deb] Nice.

- [Tiffany] Okay. You could add a background triangle and make a half-square triangle.

- [Deb] Right.

- [Tiffany] You also could put on some backgrounds and make a flying geese unit.

- [Deb] Oh, that's nice.

- [Tiffany] Or put two together and make a larger flying geese unit.

- [Deb] Yeah, how big is this square?

- [Tiffany] Hmm... I believe it finishes seven and a half by fifteen.

- [Deb] Let's see here...

- I believe it does say...

- Seven and a half... Yeah. Seven and a half.

- There we go.

- There you go.

- Seven and a half. Finish seven and a half by fifteen. Okay let's put it in the book. So in the book, after we make the triangles, we do have instructions, this one's pretty easy, we just put the triangles together to make squares. But I do give you the instructions, the sizes that you need.

- [Deb] Okay.

- To make this half-square triangle, the hourglass, the small flying geese, the larger flying geese, and even to make a small quilt called the dreamcatcher, uses the hourglasses, and the large square, and some blank squares, And that gives you the one that's on the cover.

- [Deb] Oh, okay. Nice little table topper.

- [Tiffany] Yes.

- [Deb] We'll have this link on our website, below the video for you to be able to download this, free. You'll have to print it, of course. You know, and then on the back, Tiffany has got options for some patterns that she has, which we'll also have those available for you, which to me is so important when you're working with these ombre strips, because I love the strips, but I need to know. What pattern can I make?

- [Tiffany] Absolutely.

- [Deb] And you know I love this one. This is... What is that called?

- [Tiffany] Transfixed.

- [Deb] Transfixed. It's just kind of three dimensional, it's really cool looking. And I love this gray one here, too. Kind of modern gray. So...

- [Tiffany] And I'm not done. I have more coming. The pattern's good but they're always swimming.

- Oh yeah, running around in your head.

- Always.

- Well, okay. Listen you guys. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel. We have lots of videos like this coming. And we've got all kinds of things on our site already. And we hope you enjoy this lesson as much as we've enjoyed bringing it to you. So I'm Deb Luttrell, and this is my friend, Tiffany Hayes, and we'll see you next time. Bye-bye.