You wouldn’t ordinarily think of associating Triangle in a Square with Thousand Pyramids, but you know I’m always looking to get more mileage out of my dies.
Dies that can do double- or triple-duty are always good buys in my book, and the TIAS dies are no exception.
I’m using the Sizzix TIAS die #677622 for the video demonstration here, but there are TIAS dies available for every cutter (well, the 5 I talk about the most anyway) so you’ll have an option no matter which machine you own. The dies for the GO and Studio machines produce the same size triangles (3″ finished), but the one for Sizzix is slightly bigger (4″ finished).
Another difference is that the Studio TIAS die comes in a two-die set, so the isosceles triangle is on a separate die than the half-rectangle triangle. The Sizzix and GO dies have both shapes on one die.
Using the Triangle in a Square for Thousand Pyramids
No matter which die you own, you only need the isosceles triangle to cut for thousand pyramids. You’ll want to mark your dies ahead of time so you know the size of fabric fits the die (the Sizzix die uses a 5″ square) so you can plan your cuts more efficiently.
The Sizzix TIAS die will work in the Sizzix Big Shot, Big Shot Pro, and the AccuQuilt Studio. The GO version will work in all AccuQuilt machines as well as the Sizzix Big Shot Pro, and the Studio version will work in the Sizzix Big Shot Pro and the AccuQuilt Studio.
I sort of picture this die as being most efficient with a charm square, but you could certainly use it with strips if you wanted. The thing I’m learning most about these dies as I use them is that when a die has different shapes on it, I almost prefer to pre-cut squares so that I don’t have to deal with strange cuts into my scraps, but I’m sure others will have a different opinion.
I do have a general tip for you related to the Sizzix dies. I like to keep the packaging, but it’s really annoying to put dies in and take them out of the plastic boxes. So I cut off the top and side flaps; now the die slides in and out easily and I can protect my dies.
Video Tips for Using 657622
After I drew the registration lines on this die and measured the shape, I realized that this die is the perfect size for charm packs. I do realize that it’s not the most efficient use of a charm pack, but then again neither is letting said charm pack sit idle on a shelf for months and years for no good reason.
Besides, I discovered that one of my charm packs was very poorly cut (it was cut by a store, not by the manufacturer, and if they die cut it they are doing it wrong) so it was a great reason to cut up the charm pack into more useful shapes. Check out the video to see some ideas on handling the “waste” that comes from a charm pack.
Making a Project
I honestly have no idea yet what do do with the triangles I cut from this charm pack, but since the colors are “me” maybe I will make some pillow covers out of these triangles.
There were duplicate fabrics across the charm pack, so a matching set isn’t a far stretch! But all that is LATER.
Ok, that’s a little bit of a white lie. I am using this die to make a new laptop bag, which you’ll see somewhere down the road. I challenged myself to do something improvisational that is also die cut.
I have no idea where this is going or whether or not it will work out, but I’m having fun experimenting and problem solving. And yes… I do know that I cut the side strips incorrectly. That’s what I get for chain piecing using a long strip and not leaving enough space in between the triangles to square them up!
Who’s using a triangle in a square die? Do you know what you’re making yet? Don’t forget to visit our Pinterest board and join the Facebook group!
It’s Friday, so it’s time for another giveaway! How about a copy of my sketchbook, Notes and Doodles? Enter a comment below and you could win a copy! Remember, you must meet the eligibility rules to win, and you have until 11:59pm on Thursday May 2, 2013 to enter.
The winner of the triangles from last week is Linda H. from Granbury Texas. Congratulations Linda!
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Carousel Quilt AlongBelow are links to all the posts for the Carousel UFO Quilt Along - so you can catch up on anything you've missed!
|Post Date||Post Name||Post Contents|
|April 22nd, 2015||Let’s Quilt Wednesday: Selecting Five UFOs and Deciding Their Fate||Announcing the Carousel Quilt Along|
|April 26th, 2015||Summary Sunday: Carousel Quilt Along and UFO Progress||Fabric requirements for the quilt, in five sizes|
|May 10th, 2015||Summary Sunday: A Bustle in the Studio, the Carousel Quilt Along||Cutting instructions, tutorials for strip piecing and making HSTs|
|May 24th, 2015||Summary Sunday: Working on Quilts, Carousel Continues||Making the two patch units|
|June 7th, 2015||Carousel Quilt Along – I Am Stuck, But You Should Keep Going!||Work on your HSTs|
|June 21st, 2015||Summary Sunday: Handi Quilter Retreat and Carousel Quilt Along||Making the pinwheel block|