Tiffany Hayes joins Deb Luttrell of Stitchin' Heaven to demo her Goddess Tool. With the Goddess Tool you can create corner cutaways, half square triangles, tall triangles and half tall triangles. This tool is a must have for quilters.
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Hey you guys, it’s Deb Luttrell with Stitchin’ Heaven in Texas. We’re in Mineola right now but we’re soon gonna be in Quitman, Texas, so watch for our new building going up! I’m here today with my friend, Tiffany Hayes. Tiffany has a company called Needle in a Hayes Stack. Her website is needleinahayesstack.biz, if you wanna go online and see more about her, but today she’s here to tell us about a tool that she designed that is just really, really cool! And I wanted her walkthrough some of the steps in using it to show you what you can do with it to help you in your quilting journey. Now, what I wanna do is to show you the quilt behind us. Tell us about this quilt, Tiffany.
Well, this quilt does use The Goddess Tool and many portions of it. The Goddess Tool really has three parts and so, we have half square triangles and tall triangles. Smaller half square triangles, and so I’m gonna demo that.
Okay, it’s got just a lot of different things you can do. So we’re gonna get into it and get going with this because I know you’re gonna wanna see what this tool does, it’s just amazing. So why don’t you take over and show us, Tiffany?
All right, so this is The Goddess Tool and it does have those three parts. This end is half square triangles, this end is tall triangles and then I have this thing in the middle called corner cutaways and I’m gonna show you how all of that works. So, let’s start with half square triangles. I am going to start with a strip that is 4 1/2 inches by the width of fabric and the first thing I want to do is remove the salvage. So, this is what I do, I’m right-handed, so I place it so the fold is to my right and I use a different ruler, this is a nice 24 1/2 inch ruler, and then I use a small tool. Put it here and I do my …
[Deb] Oh, cool!
[Tiffany] … first slice, and I’m able to remove that and then I’m ready to start cutting down the strip but I don’t have to pick up my fabric.
Oh, that’s really nice.
Or walk around my table. I have a table at home where I’m capable of walking around it but if I’m not, then this is my process. Now, with the half square triangle end of the tool, when I place it on this 4 1/2 inch strip, I have the blunt edge of the triangle that is already removed according to the tool, and I lay the tool next to the cut edge I just did. Automatically, there’s a dotted line that lines up along the bottom of a 4 1/2 inch strip. And I, look at that. We do the first cut, gently move it over, I rotate the tool around, and I can make another cut and I can continue down the strip that way.
[Deb] No waste.
[Tiffany] No waste. Here’s our waste, watch this. Because I’m right-handed, I like to pick my piece of up gently and flip it so that dog ear that’s already been removed in this process is at my bottom right and I can put this tool back on my triangle and I can get rid of the other dog ear.
[Deb] So that’s our waste .
[Tiffany] There’s our waste.
[Tiffany] Right there.
Okay and let me remind people, especially some of you who are beginners. Typically, to make a 4 inch finished half square triangle, you would have to start with a 4 7/8 inch square, which is really a little bit tedious to get to, so this eliminates that, is that not right?
Absolutely, or you could start with a 5 inch or bigger, but then you’re gonna have to trim every single one of them down.
So this way, the pieces are all ready. I’ve already done a half square triangle on this 4 1/2 inch size, with a different piece of fabric just so I could show you what they look like.
[Deb] Oh, neat.
[Tiffany] So now when we put them right sides together, we take them to the machine and we sew them and if you check with a different ruler and you lay it down on the 1/4 inch, you can see that your 1/4 inch seam allowance should go right from this point …
[Deb] Oh, cool.
[Tiffany] … to this point.
[Deb] Very cool.
[Tiffany] And when you press it, you don’t have those dog ears to trim later. You know how we trim dog ears when our fabric is white?
‘Cause they show up when we get them quilted, so.
And sewing them is difficult too because, I don’t know about you, but with me, when I go to that little tip, it’s always where my seam wants to kind of go
off to the side a little bit. So that will eliminate that totally.
That’s really cool.
All right, are we ready to move on to the other side?
Moving on! So, next we have tall triangles. So I’m just gonna keep on this strip but I’m gonna show you how to cut a tall triangle. It is the other end of
The Goddess Tool and I really think this is the easiest shape to cut, but look at this, again I’ve taken a second tool so I can do my first cut. And then I line this up back where it was. This is a piece of waste at the beginning of the strip but we have no way to eliminate that.
[Tiffany] That’s just gotta happen. So there’s our first cut, now we rotate the tool around, and again, we make another cut and we continue for whichever quilt or whatever pattern, how many of those you need.
[Tiffany] We just continue down the strip ’til we have enough.
[Tiffany] Okay? So, what do we need to do with this though? We can’t use it, well we can, and some patterns use it this way but we need to square it off. We need to make it a square.
Okay, show us what a tall triangle is. Do you have …
A completed one?
Like on here.
Yeah, it would be this unit right here.
So this is what I call a tall triangle and these are what I’m going to call half tall triangles.
So we need to make some half tall triangles but I wanted to demo them for you today out of a printed fabric because we’re gonna need a mirror image of half tall triangles on this one. So, let’s see. I have cut from a 4 1/2 inch strip.
I’ve cut it down to just over three inches. Really a 3 1/16 and usually when I teach this, I joke with my students that I don’t want ’em to have anything heavy or sharp ’cause I don’t want ’em throwing things at me. But really, a 3 1/16 is not hard at all. We have on most of our rulers full lines, correct?
[Tiffany] On our one inch ones and then we have these hash marks all along and after a full line, we have an 1/8 inch and a 1/4 inch but if you look at it from the other direction, these hash marks? The smallest one, the tip of that is a 1/16.
[Deb] Oh, okay!
[Tiffany] Yeah, often times people don’t realize that, so when I set it down, I find that solid three line and I bump it just to the tip of those smallest hash marks.
[Deb] Oh, okay.
[Tiffany] And the only …
[Deb] Good to know.
[Tiffany] … reason I do that is because on this tool, I have to cut these half tall triangles out of this end, and if you’ve used any other tools where you make these tall triangles and half tall triangles, there are usually two tools.
Like the Tri-Recs tools and all those things.
Yeah, I was thinking the Tri-Recs.
They always have two tools but I don’t have two pieces here, so I found a way to do it out of one tool. So, I did that, I cut it down to 4 1/2 by 3 1/16. I’ve gotta get a little serious here. Now, when I put this tool on here, there is a dotted line just left of center, 1/4 inch left of center on the tall triangle that I was using before. And I’m going to cut there and then see this little itty bitty triangle at the top? That’s important, we wanna get that one done too.
[Tiffany] Now, I had two of these, can you see that I had two rectangles?
[Tiffany] I had them right sides together.
If you stack ’em on top of each other and you cut like this, you’re gonna get all rights or all lefts.
So you have to have ’em opposite sides together, but when I rotate this tool around now, the only cut I need to do is on that little bitty triangle.
[Deb] Okay, oh!
[Tiffany] Okay, so let’s move one of these sets away and look at this waste.
[Deb] Ugh! Shame on you!
[Tiffany] I know, but you wanna know a great tip for that?
[Tiffany] After you’ve cut a whole bunch of those, you have these little itty bitty pieces all over? A lint roller.
Just sucks ’em right up.
And then, yeah!
And you’re good to go! And your waste is on your lint roller.
Or you can throw ’em out in the backyard and make a bird’s nest pretty.
Absolutely! So here are the pieces that we need to assemble a tall triangle unit. We have the tall triangle piece and the two half tall triangles.
[Tiffany] And remember that little itty bitty piece I cut off?
[Tiffany] That’s so that when I rotate this over, it lines up on the bottom of this triangle.
[Tiffany] And that means …
[Deb] That is cool!
[Tiffany] … when I lay this on here, when I start …
[Tiffany] … at my 1/4 inch, it’ll come right out there.
[Tiffany] And I did one of those so you could see what happens. We do have this little piece that we have to trim away later and this little piece that’s gonna get caught in our seam allowance, it’s not gonna matter at all. But when we go to place the second one on here, if we line it up at the bottom again, look at how that comes out to that triangle right here at the top.
[Tiffany] So when we start sewing it’s at this in–
[Deb] 1/4 inch.
[Tiffany] This indent right here, right off the point here, and we end up with a completed tall triangle unit.
Neat, very cool!
That’s the tough part of the tool.
Oh, okay, well that was easy.
Right, so these units are used in 54-40 or fight.
Storm at sea.
One of my favorite units, and you know, you mentioned the Tri-Recs which is a beautiful, beautiful tool. My problem with the Tri-Recs is the fact that it’s two pieces and I always lose one of the pieces. I always do, I can’t find my …
It just doesn’t work!
… second piece!
I’ll be able to find that one but I won’t find this one, or I’ll find that, you know. So yeah, having it all in one is great.
So shall we get to the corner cutaways?
Yes, let’s do.
Okay. So, I’m just gonna start with a 4 1/2 inch square on this piece right here, and I’m going to use the small corner cutaway. There are three sizes of corner cutaways on my tool.
[Tiffany] And the smallest one I will set right here on a corner. This is basically a snowball block.
[Deb] Okay, and what size is it? What size is this, do you know?
[Tiffany] Well, it pairs up with a 2 1/2 inch …
[Deb] 2 1/2.
… half square triangle that I’m gonna show you in a minute.
Okay, but, snowball blocks, let’s talk about those for a minute ’cause sometimes people don’t understand what a snowball is. I don’t think there’s one in this quilt but a snowball block is when you have a square and then every corner has that triangle on it. And they’re used a lot as filler blocks in many quilt patterns. And often times what we do is we take the big square and put a small square in the corner, draw a line diagonally on that small one, stitch right on it, and then cut away …
Cut away, right.
… two triangles, right?
So this time, I’m gonna cut away one triangle, we’re using the small corner cutaway. So there it is.
[Tiffany] That’s waste.
[Tiffany] One piece instead of two. And in the beginning when I did half square triangles, I’m going to have done another half square triangle but this time it will have been from a 2 1/2 inch strip.
2 1/2 inch strip, right.
Do you see where that’s gonna go?
I do! Right there.
[Deb] Right there, it fits perfectly.
[Tiffany] So, when you sew that 1/4 inch and flip it open …
[Deb] No dog ears!
[Tiffany] No dog ears, half the waste, okay? So, I have on my website 12 free patterns, block patterns, using The Goddess Tool. When I designed The Goddess Tool, I didn’t want anybody to think it was a one and done tool, and I don’t think it is, half square triangles–
Well, how did you come up with this? This is just ingenious.
Okay, so I had this epiphany in the middle of the night one night because I had designed a large blue quilt with lots of stars and using all of these types of shapes. And I wanted to teach that class but because it was large, there was a large investment in fabric and then there was the class fee, and then there was at least four tools that my students needed to purchase.
And you know, that’s kinda over the top.
Yeah, that’s kind of expensive.
That’s a lot! So none of these shapes and none of these methods are exclusive to me, I just managed to take everything I needed and shove it into one tool so then I could tell my students, “You only need one tool!” and their standard ruler.
To do all this. Okay!
So that’s how they came about but because now we have this tool and a lot of people don’t realize everything it does, when I do teach, I did not want them to think that they were buying a one and done tool. I wanted them to know that these were cut general shapes that we use in quilting and that they could use it over and over again. So, I thought I’d put 12 free blocks on my website.
Okay, so let’s look at those blocks. This is the first one and these are done in solid, so you might have a little bit of trouble seeing where the dividers are but they’re basically nine blocks.
[Deb] Nine patches.
[Tiffany] Nine patches. So the center patch, on my website on the free pattern, it actually, instead of starting with the square and doing the corner cutaways for this particular unit, I can tell you what size to cut this square and those four half square triangles just fit on it, and there is no waste.
[Deb] Okay, so …
[Tiffany] Except our dog ears.
[Deb] … there’s our square in a square.
[Tiffany] Right. So, this unit right here, I started out with a large corner cutaway and added a piece to it and came back and did a small corner cutaway.
[Tiffany] So, as long as I’m here with that, let’s talk about that for just a second. I don’t know if you can see on here where I have small, medium and large corner cutaways. They line up with the three lines I had chosen on the half square triangle side. So, the small corner cutaway uses the smallest half square triangle.
[Deb] Oh, okay.
[Tiffany] The middle one uses the middle line.
[Deb] Oh, okay.
[Tiffany] And the large one uses the largest. I didn’t even know that when I designed the tool.
Ah, and you have it right on here what size strip they are too that you have to have.
Yep, so I call that my happy accident.
Hmm, happy accidents.
A happy accident. So, that’s how this one goes together. Now, let’s look at this one. This block is all tall triangles slightly different in color. Light, medium, dark.
[Tiffany] If you want to, but there’s slightly a change. But they’re just tall triangles in a solid block.
[Tiffany] The next one has a half square triangle and a tall triangle.
[Tiffany] Okay? This one …
[Deb] Oh, that’s nice.
[Tiffany] … is all corner cutaways and half square triangles.
[Tiffany] So the smalls, the mediums and the larges.
[Tiffany] And I also have blogged about each one of these blocks and there is a picture on the blog showing 16 of these blocks together and they have a visual impact as if you are coming and going. There’s an optical illusion if you do 16 of these.
[Deb] Oh, neat!
[Tiffany] Okay, so this one, we all know the churn dash, right?
[Deb] Churn dash, I love churn dash, right.
[Tiffany] So, this is easy. We have a square and a couple rectangles. Out here, we just have a couple rectangles. Over here, we did a half square triangle and came back with a corner cutaway parallel to the seam of the half square triangle.
[Deb] Oh, okay, nice.
[Tiffany] And then we end up with a churn dash within our churn dash.
[Deb] Ooh, that’s really cool.
[Tiffany] Okay, this one, let’s do it this way. This one is just a fun little heart but these are 2 1/2 inch half square triangles.
[Tiffany] And this one started with squares, which I assembled four of them together and then cut the tall triangle out of it.
[Deb] Oh, that’s neat. Yeah, very cool.
[Tiffany] Okay? Again, we have a tall triangle unit, and here, we have half square triangles, but if you have your favorite method of making flying geese, this will work.
[Deb] Oh, yeah! I see that.
[Tiffany] But if you don’t for some reason, two half square triangles always make a flying geese unit. And since I didn’t need flying geese when I made my first original quilt, I didn’t have any reason to put flying geese on that tool.
[Deb] Or it might’ve been on there!
[Tiffany] Or it could’ve been.
[Tiffany] This one, like the first block, is just that unit in the middle with those half square triangles added, but over here, I started with the background and added a small corner cutaway, and here, I started with the gray and added the background.
[Deb] Another small?
[Tiffany] And believe it or not, if you put these all together, they make a white spinning spinney shape and gray spinney shape all within each other.
So, you have to go check those out.
All right, this one’s kinda fun too, but we’re back to the same unit. It’s just a matter of color placement and then corner cutaways here.
[Tiffany] Okay, because I was doing these at the beginning of the year, I came across St. Patty’s Day. And this is the only block that I have that is not based on the four inch finished unit.
[Tiffany] So those others are all four inch finished units and they were nine blocks. This one is a six inch …
[Deb] Six inch, yeah.
[Tiffany] … finished, so you start with a 6 1/2 inch square and you just put three corner cutaways on this one. But this unit right here, I started with a 6 1/2 inch background, sliced down the middle and used a one inch strip.
[Tiffany] And any time you do that, you never change the size of your block, because your seam allowance is absorbed perfectly.
[Deb] Ah, I understand.
[Tiffany] And so, you can cut any block you want in any direction, add a one inch strip, and you don’t change the size of the block, isn’t that cool?
[Deb] Yeah, that is cool!
[Tiffany] Sometimes people know that but they haven’t really heard it so it’s not at the forefront of what they–
[Deb] I hadn’t really thought about it.
[Tiffany] Right, they hadn’t really thought about it.
[Deb] Oh, that’s pretty. Wouldn’t that make a pretty quilt?
[Tiffany] Absolutely! So, we have that same unit in the middle. This time though, I did that tall triangle, but I came back with the small corner cutaway on both of these corners. So, in a quilter’s mind, I think when you look at this, you’re gonna say, “I need templates.”
[Deb] Yeah, definitely.
To make that.
To make this.
But we don’t.
But you really don’t, I can see that, yeah.
And one more. This one is that same unit from the beginning block and two rectangles like our churn dash block. This one, we had half square triangles, but this time I did the corner cutaway perpendicular to that seam line, so it looks like we have a circle even though we don’t.
[Deb] Oh, very interesting! Really interesting blocks.
There we go!
Well, okay, you guys, you need to pick up one of these rulers. We’re gonna have a link on our website below if you would like to have one and start playing around with it. Plus, we have a lot of patterns.
That you can choose from from Tiffany, using The Goddess Tool. So, I hope you have subscribed to our YouTube channel, ’cause we’re gonna have …
… more of these.
As a matter of fact, we’re gonna have another project later that you can use either The Goddess Tool or another tool that Tiffany’s gonna show us. So, we hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing it to you, and this is Tiffany and Deb from Stitchin’ Heaven. We’ll see you later, bye.