Hi friends – I hope you’ve had a nice weekend! We had fun celebrating Father’s Day with Joe, and being a family – the best!
I’ve slowly collected dies for my cutter, and recently purchased the 2″ finished half square triangles. This die cuts 12 triangles per layer of fabric, and I am able to fold five layers per width of fabric. That’s 60 triangles in one pass of the cutter! Getting ready to cut a ton of triangles, I measure the area of the die and cut a cardboard template about 1/2″ to 3/4″ larger than the die area.
This one measures 7 1/2″ x 8″, and my fabric strips were cut at 7″ wide.
I fold my fabric around the cardboard loosely. Remove the cardboard, and quickly press a crease in the folds to reduce movement, and place it on the die.
After a quick run, I have 60 triangles, and minimal waste. Later I won’t have to trim the half square triangle units either!
If I’m cutting more than one set, I’ll prep everything first then quickly cut all the pieces in a few minutes.
I hope this is helpful for some of you! I keep my cardboard with my die for future use, so I don’t have to think about it again. In fact, thinking about it now, I should write the details on my cardboard for cut width and number of triangles.
Happy Quilting –
Fabrics shown: Happy Drawing for Cloud9 Fabrics, Kingdom for Windham Fabrics, and Tuxedo for Riley Blake.