Tutorial Description

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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90 Degree Triangle Tool

The 90 Degree Triangle Tool from Needle in a Hayes Stack is designed to work with Ombre fabrics. The tool aids in cutting the ombre into gradient pieces to assemble 90 triangles.



How to use the 90 Degree Triangle Tool

Free Pattern & Instruction Guide

Download the free pattern and instruction guide from Tiffany Hayes and Needle in a Hayes Stack, "How to use the 90 Degree Triangle". 



Video Transcript

- Hey everybody, I'm Deb Luttrell with Stitchin' Heaven and I am here with my good friend, Tiffany Hayes, or Tiffy as I have come to start calling her. Tiffany owns a design company, Needle In A Hayes Stack, and her website's needleinahayesstack, two s's, .biz.

- Yup!

- Okay. She's here today to talk to us about a new tool she has developed, pretty specific for ombre strips.

- Yes.

- And it's just very ingenious, we made this quilt behind us with ombre strips. Why don't you talk about this a little bit?

- Okay, so these are triangles, 60 degree triangles. And we did use the tool to get the color of the ombre to gradiate from the dark at the bottom to the light at the top within each triangle. And then they're just rotated and placed however was very pleasing.

- Right, the name of this project is Delta.

- Delta.

- Right?

- Absolutely.

- Okay. Beautiful, and this tool has a very scientific name. It's the 60 degree triangle tool.

- Absolutely.

- Yeah, very--

- To the point.

- You don't even have to think about a fancy name. A 60 degree triangle tool. So, why don't you talk us through how to use this?

- I will. So this strip is two and quarter inches.

- Two and a quarter?

- Two and a quarter. And if you're using a roll, a strip roll of fabric, like the Delta quilt, then you need to open that up. And the great thing about a roll is all the variety and color.

- Right, right.

- But you do have to trim it to two and quarter. And that gets rid of all that dog eared stuff.

- Which is oh, which is great.

- Right, so we have nice straight lines to work with.

- Okay, so the first thing we do is trim to--

- [Both] Two and a quarter.

- Why did you need to do that? Why didn't you use a two and a half inch?

- Well, I tried to use a two and a half inch and that made the tool a half inch taller but also made it longer in width.

- Okay.

- And so when I tried to use this tool how you see it works and get all the pieces, I could not get the pieces I needed out of the width of fabric.

- Oh, okay.

- So, it was a--

- It just threw it off a little bit.

- It threw it off just enough.

- Okay.

- But after I had worked with the two and a quarter, I'm really happy that I don't have all those pinking edges.

- Yeah, don't you hate those little dog eared pieces on your precuts?

- I have a little tip and you might know this, but, this little ruler that you have, your Stitchin' Heaven ruler, is two and a half inches wide. And I think you probably know this but every strip set seems to come a little bit different. And you never know whether your two and a half is two and a half inches on the inside of the pinking or the outside of the pinking. So if you open your new strip and you set a tool like this. A ruler like this on it. You can see exactly on that one.

- Good tip.

- Where your two and a half edge.

- We really really should do that because all strip sets are not created equal, haven't we learned that?

- We have learned that.

- Yeah.

- Yes, we have.

- Okay.

- So, I'm starting with ombre and the ombres I love are dark at the selvage and light at the fold.

- [Deb] Okay.

- And that's pretty much what you need to make this quilt behind us. There are different ombres and things can be adapted if the ombre is dark at one selvage to light at the other selvage. It can be used, but there's a few extra steps in there. So this way just makes it simple and easy.

- Okay, so you kinda have to pay attention to that.

- You do. So my suggestion is make sure that your ombre is that dark at the selvage and light at the fold. And there's a few of them out there, probably more to come. Ombres seem to be the thing, I'll be honest.

- [Deb] Yeah, ombres are really hot right now.

- [Tiffany] Very hot. Okay, if you can see, this is the tool and I have some graphics on here to remind you how to use it. And I also have a free download pamphlet that you can get on my website as well. And maybe on your website?

- [Deb] Um hm.

- [Tiffany] Okay, so this is how it works. Let's move this strip away and I have precut this just for ease but this is what happens. We put the tool on here and we use our rotary cutter and we slice on either side. So this little piece over here is gonna be waste.

- [Deb] Okay.

- [Tiffany] We'll move it out of the way. And this was the first piece that we cut, okay?

- [Deb] All right.

- [Tiffany] So the next thing we wanna do is rotate the tool. We don't wanna flip it. We just want to rotate it around. And there is a line too. We put that where we just cut.

- [Deb] Oh, okay.

- [Tiffany] And then we cut on the opposite end,

- [Deb] Right.

- [Tiffany] Where we still have some yardage, right? Move that one over. We rotate again, land it on number three--

- [Deb] Gotcha.

- [Tiffany] Do our cut, one more time to rotate, land on number four and move that away. So here's another little piece of waste. So we'll move that away and that leaves us four pieces that have that gradient color throughout them. So the other thing I did was remove-- can you see this? That one corner that's removed?

- [Deb] Okay.

- And I did that so that you could come back and get rid of your dog ears at this point. You just set it on the tool, you set the tool on the fabric. You remove the dog ear. If you have to flip fabric to get the other dog ear off. You just get them off. You wanna get those off. And you wanna so that when you assemble your pieces, that are not playing nice. See, these all have those dog ears removed now.

- [Deb] Oh, how easy is that?

- [Tiffany] Right, we don't have to center anything--

- [Deb] Right and you don't have to fussy cut anything.

- [Tiffany] And you don't have to take dog ears later.

- [Deb] Right.

- [Tiffany] So it's all ready to go. You just do your stitch here and you continue down to make a pyramid. So if you do it this way, you have a pyramid. But because it's a 60 degree triangle, you could also assemble it where you have your pieces this way. I call this one a teepee.

- [Deb] Yeah.

- [Tiffany] A pyramid and a teepee.

- [Deb] Oh, that'd be cute for a little boys' room. That would be darling.

- [Tiffany] Wouldn't it?

- [Deb] Uh huh.

- Yep, because you know they have blues and taupes and browns--

- Yes.

- In the ombres, not just the beautiful bright colors. But they do have colors that would lend to a cute little boy room. So, this is the handout. Let's do that. This is the handout. And in the handout, you can print your own, there is instructions on how to use the tool.

- [Deb] Okay.

- [Tiffany] Just a memory. Remember to trim your dog ears.

- [Deb] Okay.

- [Tiffany] You can make yourself a pyramid or a teepee.

- [Deb] Okay.

- [Tiffany] Okay. Then we've gone on and I've actually shown those numbers in color on an ombre graphic.

- [Deb] Strip, right.

- [Tiffany] And then, if you assemble your pyramid like this, you will get two pyramids out of one strip of fabric.

- [Deb] Okay.

- [Tiffany] So, three strips of fabric will yield a hexagon. And so here's a little hexagon.

- Oh, it could be a little placemat, couldn't it?

- [Tiffany] Sure could, you could put a little vase or a little candle.

- [Deb] Or something just to sit a--

- [Tiffany] Hot plate on.

- [Deb] Hot plate on.

- [Tiffany] Absolutely. So, then I went a little further and if you add some actual 60 degree triangles made with a 60 degree triangle that's already on the market, I didn't need to recreate that--

- [Deb] Right.

- [Tiffany] Those exist. And add some more of the triangles, the pyramids, you can get this little star shape.

- Let's just hold this up. How cute is that.

- It's a little tabletopper.

- Yeah, yeah. And these are free downloads, right?

- Yep.

- And we'll have that free download link below this video at the end of the video. Well, that is very cool. Ombres are a little challenging. We love the ombre, we love the way they look but when it comes to actually using them in a project, we're like, oh my gosh, how do I do this? So this is a great great idea. So, thank you very much. We would invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel because we're gonna be doing lots more videos like this, if you enjoyed this. We hope you enjoyed this lesson as much as we've enjoyed bringing it to you. I'm Deb Luttrell with Stitchin' Heaven and my friend, Tiffany Hayes. See you next time, bye, bye.