You saw the Mariner’s Compass and the diamond sashing that I made with the Triangle in a Square (TIS) die. This die is included in the Qube Companion sets so I have every size of that die. Recently I needed the smaller size and ordered the individual 2″ finished Triangle in a Square die. This is what the die looks like. On the larger Qubes, the triangle and side triangles are separate dies.
The way I have always made the diamonds is to complete the two TIS’s with seams pressed open and then pinning together matching the seams very carefully. Yesterday, just for the fun of it, I decided to sew the center triangles together first and then add the side triangles. WOW! that is so much easier. There is no pinning and the diamonds are just perfect. You can be sure there will be lots of diamond sashing in my future.
Perhaps the rest of the world already does it this way, and I’m the last person to the dance. No matter, it is truly an AHA moment for me.
This is the traditional way where two of these units are joined to make a diamond. The seams on the outer edges are pinned to match the points exactly.
This is the way it is done when the two center triangles are joined first. The fabric is dark, but you can see the seam is pressed open.
And then side triangles are added on opposite corners. The order doesn’t matter, but this worked best for chain stitching and pressing.
And then the last two side triangles are added to complete the diamond. And you can see the seams pressed open again.
And best of all – NO PINS!