The continuing saga of the blue and yellow string quilt
Posted 23 June 2010on:
After much consultation with family and you my quilting friends, I have decided on the path to take with this quilt. After getting several sashing strips stitched and cut, and several 9-patches created, I started thinking that just making the blocks would be faster to get this quilt completed, but I had already started with the sashings and cornerstones. In fact, I need 110 sashing strips, and 59 cornerstones. YIKES! What was I thinking. Well, it does give me something “quick” to work on, where I can sit down in short periods and work on it.
As I was crosscutting the strips for the 9-patch cornerstones something occured to me, and that is the next segment of this post.
Finally, I can actually use a “tool” I bought some time ago.
You may have heard of the June Tailor Quarter Cut ruler? I had bought one several months ago, thinking that it would be a good tool, to cut multiple strips. Boy was I disappointed. I still had that “V” and in some cases, because I double folded, I had 3 of them. So I put the ruler away on my ruler rack.
Today, I was using my 6”x12” ruler to cross-cut my three strip for the 9-patch cornerstones for the Blue & Yellow String quilt (still un-named), when I happened to glance up, and spotted the Quarter Cut ruler. WOW! I can cut my 1¼” cross-cut strips, and not have to move the ruler… and get more out of my pieced strips.! Eureka! A use for this ruler. Okay… so what if I put two pieced strips down. Now I can cut my Yellow/Blue/Yellow and Blue/Yellow/Blue at the same time! Now it IS important to be sure your strips are straight… a couple of visits back to the iron helped out with that.
And as I started writing this blog, I thought if you hadn’t heard of this ruler, that linking to a website might be handy. I wish I had thought of looking up this ruler when I bought it… there is a short demonstration video! Who knew! In fact there are videos for a lot of their rulers. I will have to watch the video to learn how to get rid of the “V” in my strips. But for now, I need to get back to stitching those strips together and cross-cutting them with the ruler. Oh, I need to cut more strips, so I’m going to check out that video first, maybe I’ll pick up a few pointers.
Food for thought: Have you ever bought a gadget/tool for your quilting, thinking it would make your “life” easier, only to have it tucked away somewhere, because it was such a disappointment. Tell me about it! And my lesson learned from this, is to go and check the manufacturer’s website (if possible), and see what they have to say. I’m sure you’ll have an “ah-ha” moment like I did. Granted, I only got the “lightbulb” turned on, because I decided to write about actually being able to use it.