Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Think about your rulers

    I just finished a presentation on my guild on being Ruler Smart. I still have to put all the stuff away, yikes. The idea is- be smart about what rulers you buy, why you buy them, and how could they be used in a way to be quicker and more accurate. I have made my share of mistakes, and I have also bettered my craft.
    One example that I just discovered is how to improve the normal technique for cutting Double Pinwheels. A while back, I found this excellent tutorial using strips. I made a sample and stuck it aside. When working on the presentation, it dawned on me that I could use the Easy Angle Ruler to do a quicker, more accurate job.
    I started the same way, seaming two strips and pressing to the dark.

Strips nested on top, opposite values.
     But then, instead of cutting into squares, and drawing a line diagonally, sewing 1/4" away both sides of the line which I find hard to mark, sew without a guide, and not have those seams rocking on me, I took the ruler and cut the two together, flipping the ruler down the strip. One edge is blunted, making it easier to sew, handle, and keep a consistent 1/4". The whole nested strip set is cut.
Done with the EZ angle ruler.
I drew pencil lines to show you where I was going to cut. This one is with Bonnie Hunter's ruler- either one works.
     The results are very accurate with little or no trimming.

     So, remember be Ruler Smart, and you can discover a better way to get where you want.


diane said...

How sweet is that. Thanks for sharing.

Quiltdivajulie said...

VERY nice - thanks!

Debbie said...

Great tip/tutorial! And the blocks look super. You made hard look so easy.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

I'm not a fan of cutting squares or drawing lines to make triangles either - and being ruler smart is a great idea - especially if you are LEFT-handed. I have a lot of rulers that are difficult for me to use because they are designed for RIGHT-handed quilters - and I'm not - obviously - LOL.

I like how you positioned Bonnie Hunter's ruler - it looks more "normal" than the back-handed way she shows in her tutorial - the same way you show the Easy Angle. It's one reason I designed my LEFT-EZE Rule - I got tired of flipping them this way and that to make them work - ;))

Mystic Quilter said...

Easy Angle is a great ruler although UI haven't used mine very much - these two blocks you have here would make a smashing scrappy quilt!

Pat McDonald said...

Your idea is great. Enjoyed your program on Rulers you presented to the Guild.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice blocks. I'm always hoping to find a new, better way to do things.