■ Speciality rulers can make cutting the shapes of this quilt so much easier. Mariana used the Hex N More ruler and the Super Sidekick ruler by Julie Herman. You can use other rulers that help with these shapes but keep in mind that you should use the same ruler brand to cut all your shapes for accuracy.
■ It’s helpful to cut the points off your diamonds, this way when you are going to sew them to a hexagon or to a triangle, they line up perfectly, right on top of each other and you don’t have to guess the ¼in mark. Use the triangle template or the ruler used to cut your triangles to cut off your diamond points.