This system is constantly evolving to be of more use to consumers, pattern designers, and publishers. In the last few years, I’ve been tweaking a few things to make the chart more consistent and complete. Read on for the details about these changes, plus some planned changes in the works!
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New Shape Abbreviations
New this year are a few abbreviations for geometric shapes for which there is some commonality across systems. I try to keep the abbreviations to two- or three-letter characters.
- HHX = Half Hexagon: these are measured the same as HEX, using the length of one edge.
- KIT = Kite: The kite uses both a kite and a half-rectangle to make a finished square. They are measured based on the size of the finished square, not the size of the kite.
- HRC = Half Rectangle: These have traditionally only been notated as (L) and (R) within another shape, like triangle in a square. However, more and more dies contain these shapes, and some patterns only use the half rectangle, so it makes sense to separate them.
- TIS = Triangle in a Square: These have actually been on the chart for years, but the website never mentioned them.
Retired Shape Abbreviations
I’m retiring two abbreviations:
- DP: While the finished size of the drunkard’s path can be standardized across systems, there are differences in the distance between where the arch meets the quarter circle, which can impact the look of a quilt. I hesitate to consider these dies “equivalent” when there’s another variable involved.
- SB: I was using this to stand for Sunburst, but people are more familiar with this shape by calling it a kite. So KIT replaces SB and SB will be retired. I’m going to leave SB as a cross-reference for the foreseeable future though, because there are patterns and tutorials that still refer to this shape.
Changes to Notations
The EDeN Instructions never explicitly stated how hexagons, half-hexagons, and circles were notated on the chart. After a few years of confusing myself where circles were concerned, and also having to leave out so many circles because of the odd sizes, I’ve decided to change the notations here.
- Circles are going to be notated now using the length of the cut diameter, rather than as the size of the circle if you were to sew it using a 1/4″ seam allowance. It’s still a finished size, just think of it as finished size for raw-edge applique instead of needle-turn. If you have labeled any of your circle dies, you will need to change the EDeN Number on them. A conversion chart is provided here. When in doubt, measure your circle at the widest point; whatever that number is should match the EDeN size.
- This isn’t a change, but wasn’t explained before. Hexagons and Half Hexagons are notated based on the length of the cut edge. This syncs up with how hexagons are measured for English Paper Piecing, and enables us to include even those insanely tiny 1/4″ hexies!
Studio Column Changes
In the past, when a Studio die was not available, the Studio column on the chart would read “NONE”. This text has been replaced with “use Sizzix or GO! Die with appropriate adapter” when possible to emphasize die compatibility.
I still have a few things I am working through, but thought I’d give a preview of what’s in the works!
New BOB Chart
People have been asking for a couple of years for me to add the shapes on Block on Board (BOB) dies to the chart. I’ve had a couple of issues with this; mainly that the BOB dies clutter the main chart and make it harder to read.
I also am not a huge fan of BOBs. They don’t always have the best layouts and it can be challenging to isolate specific shapes to cut what you want. Regardless, I can understand that people are curious about whether they have duplicate shapes in their die collection, and may want to cut something specific without buying yet another die.
So I decided the happy medium is to give the BOB dies their own chart on the EDeN Chart page. If you want to know how the BOB dies map to EDeN, you’ll find them there once I post it. I also included a Qube cross-reference too.
A couple of notes about what is and is not included in each chart:
- BOB Dies refer to what AccuQuilt classifies as a BOB die on their website. It doesn’t include things like applique dies that have multiple shapes on them. The main EDeN Chart will continue to list these dies.
- Among the BOB dies are what I would consider to be “units” rather than blocks (like the kite dies). In those cases, the BOB die will appear on both charts.
- Sometimes, a BOB die will have a shape that does not exist as a stand alone die. In those cases, that shape will not appear on the main EDeN Chart.
- The individual shapes on BOB dies are only included if it is a reasonable geometric shape found in a quilt pattern.
- For example, there is a 1-9/16″ square on the GO! Train Die; this square is not listed in the BOB chart because a 1-1/16″ finished square isn’t likely to be found in a standard quilt pattern.
I am going back through and reviewing all the geometric shapes across Sizzix and AccuQuilt to determine what’s still in the catalog, what’s been added and what’s been discontinued.
If there’s a die you own but you can’t find it in the catalog, feel free to reach out. It may be on my list to review, or might have been purposely excluded.