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Rob’s 60 Degree Ruler Quilt

Rob’s 60 Degree Ruler Quilt

Folks are always asking me, Hey Rob, where
do you get your inspiration for the quilts you design. And of course it comes from all
over the place. A lot of times I’m just out hunting for fabric. There is nothing more
satisfying than finding one single piece of fabric that says, Hey baby, I’m all that
you need. And this is it! That’s right, Robert Kaufman’s
Elemental Batik was all I needed for this fantastic, really crisp and clean stripe but
it’s on a batik. It comes in, I think, six or eight different fantastic color families.
And it creates this incredible quilt simply using 2 ½ yards of the batik fabric. And
then I’m also using today the creative grids 8 ½ inch tall but it’s a 60 degree triangle.
So you’re going to need this and some fabric. If you need your fabric and your supplies,
they are always available in the description below over at MSQC. Let me show you how we
are going to build this quilt. We’re going to have two different series of cuts so let’s
get started. Also in the description below today’s video
we have a fun free printable as we often do. This is going to show you how I want you to
cut your fabric so you get triangles with your stripes facing both parallel and perpendicular
to your ruler. Don’t worry those are big words, watch this. Ok, the first thing is
is we’re going to take our batik, the 2 ½ yards and we’re going to start by cutting
it standard. Here’s my fold down here and my two selvedges right over here, right? And
you’re going to make 8 ½ inch strips so they fit that triangle ruler nicely. And you’re
going to need five of them. So we have five that are running parallel to the stripe. I’ve
prepared those already. But the next step gets just a little bit more tricky. So what
I want to do is I’m going to take this and I’m going to open it up and I’m going
to prepare to refold it in this direction. And to keep everything nice and crisp. I’m
going to take a moment and just look at my selvedges here to make sure they’re lining
up nice. And a lot of times when I’m cutting we’re at that challenge between too much
fabric, too short a board. Right now I’m just about perfect. Because what I want to
do is not cut too many folds if at all possible. So right now as I’m looking at this I’m
going to set up using the numbers on my mat today. And I’m going to now lay my ruler
so I’m coming right down here. And I want these to be really nice clean cuts. I’m
just going to slow down for a second. Don’t worry I’ve had plenty of coffee today. I’m
just making sure I get the cut right. And it looks nice and clean. I’m looking at
this edge down here. 8 ½ inches right there and now you’re going to notice that the
stripes are running perpendicular to the ruler. So you’re going to need also five of these
strips. So here’s one. Let me just slide that out of the way. So here I’m cutting
that second strip and remember you’re going to want five of each direction of the strips
but I just need a few of them to show you what we’re going to do next. So I can start
teaching you how to do those triangles, right? Now when you’re looking at the batiks, one
of the ways we get these fantastic print or these nice tight lines in batiks is we do
lots of dyeing throughout different processes. So sometimes what that will do is it means
one side is not as intense as the other. And for this particular Elementals run that I’ve
been working with, I noticed that. So what I want to say is first thing you want to do
is take all of your strips you’re creating and make sure that you have your most intense
colors facing up because we’re going to make a stack of triangles. And making that
stack of triangles you want to be able to just keep them all in sewing order. Or that
way you know exactly where the right sides are. I’m being very cautious as I work through
making sure that my lines are nice and clean here. Nice and straight and tidy. Because
I’m cutting multiple layers and these are going to be our sewing lines so we want to
make sure it makes good sense. Now one of the first things you’re going
to do and you’re going to need these little half wedges as well as you’re going to need
the full triangles. Is you take your ruler, and I like to go ahead and line it up on this
straight line here which includes that seam allowance for us, ok? And then I’m going
to go ahead and just take a cut and a slice. Make sure I get through all of those layers.
Slide this over. A little nibble there. Line myself back up. And then from this point I
can just spin my ruler basically 180 degrees. Now on the tip there is a blunt tip that helps
allow for the seam allowance. So make sure as you’re spinning your ruler that that
blunt tip is always going over to one of the edges as you’re working. And you can see
I’m stacking my triangles up and that’s why I wanted to keep those fabrics so that
all of the pretty side was in the right direction. And I’ll just quickly go through here and
get a bunch. Once we have all of your triangles made, it really becomes a fun layout process
so our next step, if you want to start ironing out or smoothing out your design wall, is
going to be all play, all fun. And then one of the things I’ve done as I was mapping
this out, I know this seems kind of crazy here, let me see if I can figure out how I,
remember how I did this. I found my angle I want my straight line so I actually used
the seam allowance markings here to get my other half triangle. And it actually works
pretty good. So I just rotated that using that dotted line at the center that you see
right there, ok? So now we have all of our triangles made.
And I’m just going to say these have the stripes going up and down. The other ones
are going to have the stripes going side to side. Here they come. So notice the difference.
In my triangles just like that. Now we’re going to build the quilt in technically rows.
Follow me to the quilt real quick. I want to show you what you’re looking for. So
as I find my seam allowance these are the rows here that come across the quilt, right?
So as I’m working through this process I’m building these big clusters of rows. But what
I’m really looking for is the way that these come together and form these really cool rectangular
boxes. So every other triangle is going to touch. So I’ve got one where the triangles
go side to side. And then the next one is going to go up and down. Side to side, right?
Up and down as we go. I laid out the entire quilt on my design wall first because I also
wanted to make sure that I had heavier clusters and maybe even like lighter clusters down
in here. So as I was playing with my layout I took the time to shift some of the triangles
around. And I also of course will need to use a triangle to fit in over at the end here.
So this one is up and down. This is up and down so I would want a triangle from the other
fashion which would be the side to side. So I’m continuing that rectangular box all
the way through, right? Now joining these things is a snap. We’re
simply going to go ahead and go tip to tip. We go over to the sewing machine with a quarter
inch seam allowance . Now these are technically cut on the bias. Try not to tug or pull on
your sewing as you’re going because you don’t want to distort the patchwork. So
we’ll come through here and then I’m going to come back in and I’m going to press it
open. Oops, caught that little thread right there as I’m goofing off. There we are,
ok? So I’ve just got my iron and I’m going to come in to set the seam. Then I press it
open. Then I came back over to my design area to make sure. So here’s my check. Now my
stripes are going up and down together so that would be incorrect. So I just want to
double check my allowance here. And then I’ll just piece on another piece, just like this,
ok? And that is all you need to do to build your rows out. Make sure you fill in the end
of the rows, as I said, with those half triangles at the end. When I was completely finished
with the project I believe I had six total triangles left over. And with those six total
triangles left over I have started building something that will probably become some sort
of a pillow top or something like that. A nice little accent piece. Maybe this could
go on the back as your ginormous label. I’m not sure. But let’s talk for a moment about
how I quilted this. I wanted to make a couple of little mini rows
real quick so you can see how these rows are going to join. Now in the quilt behind me,
I have eight of these full size triangles and then I have two half triangles on either
end. What you’re going to be looking for, first of all, as you’re building your rows
on your design wall, before any construction starts is the triangles themselves are going
to be the same stripe direction as they touch. So these two are up and down. These two are
side to side. These two are up and down. Once you have all of your rows joined together.
Then we’re going to go ahead and just mount these right sides together like this. And
with a quarter inch seam allowance come across and stitch to join all of the rows to build
the entire quilt top. Now let me talk to you briefly about quilting. And I wanted to quilt this in a very, very
simple process as well. So when we’re quilting we always start our stitching from the middle
of our quilt and work our way out. And of course I had this all basted and, and set
up nicely. But what I did is I ran a row of stitching, and this was not free motion. What
this was was my feed dogs were up. And I actually started up here and I went from the top all
the way down to the bottom looking right at the union between those rectangles. From the
bottom I came over to the other rectangle and I came all the way back up. And then I
came down and I came back up on the other side. So I’m going opposite sewing. There
we go opposite sewing directions. And of course I’m going to do the same across here. But
I started in the middle, came across. Came up a rectangle section. I went across this
way and then across this way. So after I finished all that row by row style stitching, what
that did is two things. It finished the basting of the quilt, allowed me to get the safety
pins out. But it also segmented the quilt up into these rectangles. So looking right
here you can see this is kind of the rectangle I was focused on when I was setting those
first series of stitches. Then I went into free motion mode. And you can see like in
this square right here what I went ahead and did is I literally started on the outside
and worked my way to the interior forming kind of a maze of just straight lines that
spiraled in to form a rectangle. Then on these blocks on the other sides of the rectangular,
then I was working on doing just some fun swirls and some other of my free motion machine
quilting practice, different motifs. And I’m actually going to flip the quilt over to the
back so you can see it. Check this out. So here you can see it from the back. This
will make much more sense because the beautiful batik on the front and the variegated thread
I was using made it a little harder to see the stitching. So here are the rectangular
pieces that kind of spiral into the center. And then on the opposite sides you see these
really fun swirl practices and clamshell practices. And all kinds of different fun motifs for
the free motion machine quilting . Now I told you there is nothing more entertaining
for me than finding that perfect piece of fabric that really speaks to me and says,
Hey Rob, this is a simple quilt in a snap, let’s get started, right? I really enjoyed
playing with that 60 degree triangle today. I hope you got the tip out of that as well.
And remember this Elementals batik comes in like six or eight different fantastic flavors.
So I want to see which one you’re going to use next. And I’m going back to the drawing
board to start drafting fantastic other projects here at Man Sewing.

56 comments found

  1. Another winner Rob… LOVE the FMQ tips..:)
    Had a "lightbulb moment"!!
    I imagine you have the extention table that comes with your machine. I finally got one.. As a "non pinner" I wanted to share how much easier it is to do piecing of the bias and chain piecing. Oh, forgot to tell you i'm a "speed sewer as well",, call me Jenny":)) I think you could do a wonderful video to share this with others… Thanks for listening.. GrammaBabs Love YOU!

  2. This is one of those quilts that would lend itself to joining the triangles together in lots of different ways to get different effects from the stripes.

  3. Question 1. Did you cut off the selvage? I did not see you.
    Question 2.. I cut 8 1/2" strips, but my ruler is 8" so is the one you have in the description. What am I missing?

  4. Wow! I absolutely adore this quilt! It's amazing!! My creative wheels are turning and I can't wait to dive into it. Best tutorial yet. 👍🏼

  5. Love my triangle, could not live without it, would trade it for my drop dead gorgeous husband if I had to choose, hahahaha, kidding!!!

  6. I love your videos….so awesome to c a man quilt….makes me remember to loosen up & that i don't have to be so serious…lol. I have so much fun sewing. Not a lot of men doing this type thing….so it is refreshing.


  8. Rob I love this tutorial, such a great flow in the pattern…I love your energy in your tutorials too..Thank you

  9. I absolutely love this quilt! Ican't wait to buy some fabric and make this cool and easy quilt! Thank you Rob!!

  10. Great way to make an easy quilt. Takes some of the mystery out of getting those triangle intersections crisp and clean

  11. I am so glad to see this tutorial. I have many of the colors of the elemental line. I think that way, instead of using one fabric. So, I can use all 21 using this design. I purchase fabric and then wait for the inspiration that will allow me to use it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. This was so helpful! Thanks Rob! I'm going to do a "triforce" quilt from The Legend of Zelda for my little brother. He loves that game. These triangles would be absolutely perfect!

  13. Rob, is the triangle template in the trirec template set a 60° triangle. The package doesn't say what the degree is on the triangle tool

  14. You always seem to make a project fun. Love watching and learning from your tutorials. BTW I like the back as much as the front. Great freehand quilting and it makes the quilt reversible! Keep your videos coming, please.

  15. SO excited!!! Had kept an eye out for a similar fabric & after all this time I found the exact fabric!!! My 12 yr old gain asked for a fun blue quilt & now I can make it for him!!! Woohoo!!!!

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