We’re excited to reveal our latest piece of kit for your quilting table! Issue 51 is out this week and comes with a strip piecing ruler to cut accurate shapes from strip sets. Use it to create flawless Lone Star, Patience Corners, diamond blocks and chevron designs with ease.
Strip piecing is one of our favourite methods for creating identical units quickly and accurately. Angle-cut strip piecing is particularly brilliant for creative blocks such as chevron designs, Patience Corners, Lone Star, 45-degree diamond blocks and more.
This month, we’ve created a tool to help you make these blocks accurately and with ease. Ready
to start using your nifty new ruler?
Read on for our quick how to…
Step one: Piece together strips of your desired width(s) to make a strip-pieced unit. Stagger the strips by approximately 1in to minimise wastage.
Markings on the ruler are spaced 1in apart, so to make a strip-pieced unit with single-width stripes, cut 11⁄2in strips of fabric.
To make a strip-pieced unit with double-width stripes, cut 21⁄2in strips of fabric and so on. Your strips can all be the same width or you can choose to vary them if you prefer. Your unit should measure no more than 41⁄2in wide.
Step two: Place your ruler on the strip-pieced units with its markings aligned with the seams. This will ensure your angles are precise and your seam intersections will match up neatly. The ruler can be positioned slanting left or slanting right.
Mixing and matching left and right will create chevron and zigzag designs. Cutting in the same direction will create 45-degree diamonds and Lone Star blocks. Angled pieces can be combined with straight-cut strip piecing for interesting designs.
Step three: Cut along either side of the ruler with your rotary cutter and continue along the strip until all pieces are cut.
Step four: Join the segments together in your desired order. Due to the 45-degree angles, you will need to offset the pieces by 1⁄4in either end in order to match up your seams.
Place pins at the 1⁄4in point at each seam intersection for the best results. You can trim your block to a square or rectangle, if desired.
Let us know how you get on!
We really do love to see what you’re sewing from the magazine, so if you make something with your ruler, drosp us a line and tell us about it! Share your sewing by email, tweet or Facebook post – letting us know about your quilting. Whether it’s a new project, treasured heirloom, favourite fabric or imaginative mood board, we’d love to see what you’ve been up to and hear your stories!