Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Tool: Cutting Corners Ruler

Today's Tuesday Tool is another one of those rulers that make you think "oh, I don't need that."  Maybe not, but if you're making striped setting triangles, believe me, you'll want it!


Sharyn Craig's "Cutting Corners Ruler" makes it easy to cut the corner from a block, square or triangle.  Why would you want to do that?

See the outside "setting triangles" on this quilt? Think you can strip piece them, then cut 45 degree triangles from the strata?  Yes, you could. But you'd waste every other triangle, else the stripes wouldn't be the same from block to block.

The Cutting Corners Ruler makes it possible to piece each triangle with the accent stripe in the same place, and not waste fabric. Here's how.

1. This quilt calls for 2.5"  X 9" strips for the corner setting triangles. The Cutting Corners Ruler has marks for 1/2" increments and 1/4" increments. Place the ruler so the 2" mark matches the upper right corner of the 2.5" X 9" strip:

2. Repeat on left-hand upper corner:

3. The Accent Strip is 2" X 5" -- place the Cutting Corners Ruler at the 1.5" mark (note that the ruler is placed at the mark 1/2" less than the width of the cut strip):

4. Repeat for opposite top corner:

5. The small background triangle is just a 1 7/8" square cut in half. Sew the accent strip between the two background strips, and you have a perfectly sized setting triangle:

Cutting Corner Ruler includes instructions for multiple sizes of triangles, plus more complex blocks. "At Sea" is a Cozy Quilts pattern, and is the Jelly Roll Party project at Ruth's Stitchery for June.

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  1. Cozy Quilt Shop is in my area. You can find all kinds of things inside their doors. Sandi

  2. That's pretty cool! Especially if it makes quilting easier!

  3. Thanks for the intro to this great ruler.

  4. That is so cool. I love specialty rulers! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Thanks for the info, good to know since I own their strip tube ruler


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