Frequently Asked Questions
- Use quality quilting fabric - cheaper fabrics have a looser weave and may stretch and distort, making it difficult to match lines at the seams.
- Check and verify the 1/4" inch seam allowance.
- PRESS the fabric, do not scoot the iron across the fabric. Use Best Press starch alternative to press the fabric prior to cutting. It is very useful to stiffen the fabric and reduce stretching.
- For the Triangle Frenzy Swirl pattern, use a Creative Grids 60 degree ruler, or the template in the pattern to mark a pointed-tip ruler to cut triangles without the point on the top for the proper seam allowance. Follow the directions in the pattern for ruler placement to cut the diamond. The seams will nest and the triangles at the ends will match. If it doesn't make sense on the first read-through, just go ahead and start at the beginning, follow the directions and look at the photographs when reaching that point in the pattern. The flash of understanding will only be topped by the thrill of completion!
Ruler - We use the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler, available at your Local Quilt Shop. We do not sell them online here. They are susceptible to breakage if not adequately packed, boxed, and insured.
Want to use a 30° ruler instead of a 60° ruler? It won't work without a bit of geometry and math.
CAUTION: High School Geometry lesson.
It takes six 60° triangles to make a whole six-sided hexagon. Six times 60° equals 360° circle. That is the basis of the Triangle Frenzy patterns.
If a 30° triangle ruler is used, it will take twelve pieces to make a 12 sided polygon or dodecagon. Twelve times 30° equals 360° circle.
So there are twice as many pieces and the outside edges won't fit together without some extra pieces to fill the gaps at the edges.
OR, one edge of the 30° ruler will have to be aligned along a line perpendicular to the stripe of the fabric. Then cut two symmetrical pieces or one piece with two placements of the ruler. End of lesson.