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Folded Corner Clipper

National Sewing Month 2013
Hello! Susan Nelson here, and I design patterns and notions for Prairie Sky Quilting.  I’m so happy to join Moda in their “Measure Twice, Cut Once” series.  I’ve heard from so many quilters that love my template, the Folded Corner Clipper, and today I’m here to show you why they like it so much!

Most quilters are familiar with the folded corner method, a very common technique:

However, drawing pencil lines on fabric is a very slow process!  And since you have to trim the seam allowance anyway, why not trim it first, and then use the cut edge as a 1/4″ seam guide?  Introducing the Folded Corner Clipper!

Simpler is better, don’t you agree?  Notice that the markings on this template are easy to read, making this so much simpler to use.  This is how to make a folded corner, faster and easier, with the Folded Corner Clipper:


 
This method can be used for several different blocks:
And since the corners were trimmed with a straight, rotary-cut edge, the leftovers are easily sewn into a Half-Square-Triangle block.  But those blocks always need to be trimmed to a usable size.  Here’s the traditional way of trimming that HST block to size:
It’s much faster to use the Folded Corner Clipper to trim first, then press open:
Or if you need to cut HST’s for your project, save fabric by using the Folded Corner Clipper.  Instead of cutting squares in half diagonally, cut your HST’s from strips.  For example, to make a 2″ finished HST block, you would need to cut 2 7/8″ squares.  By cutting from strips, they would need to be only 2 1/2″ wide:
Finally, you will love this tool for preparing your binding strips. Joining them is easy when they have been cut first to identify the sewing line:
I know that you will find the Folded Corner Clipper to be a helpful, time-saving tool.  If you would like to learn more about it, please see the detailed photo tutorials on my blog.  Or, you can print a brochure from my website.
There are so many quilting projects that will use this tool.  These patterns by Prairie Sky Quilting were designed to feature the Folded Corner Clipper:

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Easy Street
Garden Pinwheels
Twisted Trellis
Rock Candy
Waterfalls (New!)
Splitrock (New!)



To thank you for joining me today, I will be giving away one Folded Corner Clipper to one lucky winner!
 
To enter, please leave a comment with an answer to this question: On what new project will you use your Folded Corner Clipper?
You will have until September 30th at midnight to comment.  All winners will be randomly selected and announced on Moda…The Cutting Table blog on October 2nd. Make sure to visit the blog every day for the opportunity to win each giveaway!

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265 thoughts on “Folded Corner Clipper

  1. I have a star quilt that I want to make that has lots of half square triangles in it. This would be a great tool to have for that project. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. I had never heard of this template before. After reading this post, I wonder how I have quilted without it! I believe this is a handy tool I need to have.

  3. What a great idea! I love to make half-square triangle and snowball blocks, but the marking is so tedious. The more I look at it, I think I’m going to end up getting the Easy Street pattern. I’d love to try out the corner clipper on it!

  4. This seems like a handy tool, as I am not a fan of drawing pencil lines on squares. I love that Waterfalls pattern you showed and would like to use the Folded Corner Clipper for it.

  5. I could use it on the sawtooth stars for the baby quilt I’m making right now. Most of the patens I make have flying geese or HSTs or some other block that could use this ruler, though. It looks very versatile.

  6. I sure could use this handy tool on the pieced binding for my granddaughters’ quilts. It will be delightfully pieced on purpose, but this Folded Corner Clipper could make this task delightfully FAST!
    Thank you!

  7. What a great tool! I don’t have a specific project in mind at the moment but you did mention the snowball block and I have a pattern for a snowball quilt that I would like to make from flannels. So that might be something I will need for that project! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I’m loving that Easy Street pattern! I’d love to make that with a folded corner clipper! It seems like a great pattern for really showing off fabrics.

  9. This is perfect for so many things. I would love to do a whole quilt with HSTs and this would be a great help. Thanks for a great giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

  10. oh my gosh, after reading your blog I want to go and do some sewing. Your ruler would be the handiest thing to have. I’m working on a table runner right now with the maple leaf design and this tool would make it go so much faster. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful gift

  11. Wow. I love your tool too. I would especially use it for HST. I’m thinking about doing a quilt with HST made into pinwheels. This would be a time saver. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Great idea! I’ve used your method for HST but not with the aid of a ruler like yours! This would make life much easier :). I would use it to make “another” star quilt using Christmas fabrics.

  13. I have all the fabrics and instructions for a quilt using nothing but HST’s and some sashing, this tool would be a wonderful time saver – maybe that is why I haven’t started making it yet!

  14. There’s a project I’ve been thinking about for quite some time that will use a LOT of flying geese. This would be perfect for making them.

  15. Very clever. I have been wanting to make a chevron quilt with all half square triangles. This would be a great time saver.
    Thanks for the chance to win
    Shawn M

  16. Ooooh – I would use it for cutting the binding on the quilt I am currently hand-quilting!

    Love the fact that it simplifies the piecing process!

  17. I need your ruler. I will use it the next time I made flying geese, a block I seem to not be able to make with the proper 1/4″ seem allowance. I’m always cutting off those points.

  18. This tool would really come in handy for almost any quilt. I’m planning on making a quilt with many HSTs in it in the near future and this would be so helpful.

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  20. Great demo – I am not much of a specialty ruler gal, but you made me want one. I am currently working on a 72 block HST quilt and this would come in handy.

  21. My next quilt has lots of stars, which means lots of HST and flying geese. (I’m trying to improve my flying geese.) I love the diagonal cuts, I can see how your ruler will be very, very useful. Thanks.

  22. I need this ruler! hehe HSTs have a way if turning wonky on me and looks like I’ve found the answer. I’m making a civil war quilt with lots of HSTs and this ruler would make the going easier.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and the chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. I just finished a snowball quilt, and boy could I have used this tool! Next on my list are two twin quilts for the bunk house at our camp, and the Corner Clipper would really help!

  24. Wow! I love it! I was toying with the idea of a hourglass or HST quilt for myself, but I’ve been putting it off because of all that trimming. Trimming and THEN ironing? That’s brilliant.

  25. I am working on a I SPy quilt for my grand daughter,,,, I always have a terrible time with the binding and this tool looks like it would be SO MUCH HELP! wow,, I also like the ease of using it for HST,, very cool…… pic me! 🙂

  26. Great tool! As a newbie still to quilting, I think I’d make an Easy Street Quilt should I win. Love the design, and the way you get to see plenty of patterns within the designs.

  27. No kidding, I could use that thing every day!! It would save me so much time because I’m a pattern designer/piecer/quilter and I sew quilts non stop. I’ll have to send good vibes to the number finder!!

  28. I’m swooning lately and would use this to trim those corners.
    I thought trimminh after sewing on the line was to keep the bias edges from stretching…or am I wrong?

  29. This is a great tool. I tried it with a regular ruler, not so good. I have a 4-square block that makes stars once you add the star points. would be great for that quilt. Hope a get to try in out.

  30. I make a lot of projects using half square triangle. This little gadget would be a wonderful addition to my ruler collection and appears to make life simpler using this ruler. I would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. I’m working on a quilt for one of my granddaughters that has HSTs making up a hexagon. I’m also going to make a pillow to match so that will be my first project to use the ruler on. Sure do hope I win! Thanks!

  32. I just started a Carpenter’s Star quilt with 20 blocks and each block has 52 HST units that finish at 2 inches. I only have one block done and I can already see this will be a long term project!

  33. I want to make a flying geese quilt. Because I have had such trouble getting the pieces to turn out right, I have put it off. This tool will be a godsend. I am anxious to get one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. I’d definitely use this nifty tool on my Christmas charm quilt, currently a WIP up on my design wall and languishing there for lack of attention. Nothing like a new ruler to put me back into production mode.

  35. I’m planning a quilt for granddaughter’s graduation from college gift….will use the tool there as well as other half square quilting pieces. Thanks for offering this tool as a give away.

  36. I would use this cool tool (why didn’t *I* think of that!) on many, many projects … but the first would be a snowball quilt I have in the planning stage 🙂

  37. What a great ruler. Have never seen this before. Thanks for sharing and I would love to make another Snowball quilt and also use it for half square triangles. Would also love to try one of your patterns too.

  38. OMG! How long has this ruler been around for?! It would be a perfect tool for flying geese which is a project that I would love to try!! Thanks for the chance!!

  39. I was just thinking about a scrap quilt of half square triangles. This would be just the ticket to make that quick, accurate and easy! Thanks for the demo. Glad to know about the Folded Corner Clipper.

  40. My next project is a wall hanging with 164 HST’s. I just finished cutting the pieces, it sure would be nice not having to draw the line on all of those! Thanks for the chance at winning a new to me ruler.

  41. I would love to try the Folded Corner Clipper tool on the spool quilt that I will be making soon from the Craftsy website with Joanna Figueroa. Thanks for the chance!

  42. I plan on making tons of flying geese in my next quilt and your tool would be perfect! It’s like you knew I needed your help! Thank you! Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. I don’t buy new rulers usually, just try to figure out how I can use my rulers to do the same thing, but I can see myself buying this for many projects. I can see how much time it will save, Helen

  44. I would use it to make the easy street pattern. Going to print out the product sheet next so I can take it to my local shop so the owner can order it for me and one for mom.

  45. I am ready to make an I Spy quilt. It would make it easier when I make snowball I Spy blocks. I love all the new things we have been exposed to this month. I have been doing things the hard way. Think how much time I will save using these tools. Thank you for a chance to win.

  46. I would use it on my current project, it would be a brilliant helper in making, sewing & attaching binding. It would be so handy for pretty much any project, I really do marvel at the ingenious tools that people come up with! Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. Wow, what a versatile tool. I would find so many uses for this tool but immediately would use it on a quilt pattern titled Mirror, Mirror. Thanks for showing all the useful ways to use the Corner Trimmer. I will definitely check out your website for other ideas.

  48. Such wonderful multiple uses! I am fascinated by flying geese but this newbie has not gotten up the nerve to give them a try. This tool certainly gives me no room for excuses. Thank you for the ideas. kathleen dot lutz at doh dot state dot nj dot us

  49. I have an adorable Christmas quilt that has many snowballs in it and I would love to try this ruler on that!! Thanks for the great notion.

  50. One of the quilts that I am currently working on for Christmas gifts has a flying geese border, this would be of great use to me for that. Thanks for a chance to win this very cool ‘corner clipper’. 🙂

  51. I would love to use the Folded Corner Clipper for all of my small pieced scrappy quilts especially the one that I am trying to finish for a friend’s surprise birthday present. Wonderful fabric and time saving tool. Thank you

  52. Oh my word! This is exactly what I have been looking for. I find it so hard to get my binding strips to line up, which makes me put off making them, which means I have a lot of quilts around just waiting for binding. I would love to win this little gem and finish some of those quilts at long last.

  53. I have a couple of patterns on my “bucket list” that have snowballs; this would be PERFECT for those blocks! I also avoid flying geese (though I love how they look) because they can be tedious to make … this may have removed that obstacle!

  54. Oh my goodness! I wish I had found out about this earlier. I know the perfect quilt for this–Cutoffs in Kathy Brown’s new Fat-Quarter quickies!

  55. What an AWESOME little ruler! I would certainly use it alot! I have three quilts cut out right now that call for “drawing a line and sewing” I would love to give this ruler a try! 🙂

    thanks for the chance… 🙂

  56. What a neat tool!! I would use it on the binding of the quilt I am working on. I always have a hard time cutting the overlapping binding part. This tool would make it a piece of cake. Thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous tool!

  57. I use scraps as leaders, making loads of HSTs for a someday all HST quilt. In the meantime, making the flying geese for an Ohio Star quilt is getting to be quite tedious.

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  59. I would love to make the new pattern shown at the end of the tutorial called Waterfalls. It is so fresh & fun!! The ruler would take the stress away and making it fun and easier!

  60. Ooh, how fast can you ship? I’m going on a quilting retreat in a few weeks and I’d use this on the two piecing projects I’m taking … a Lady of the Lake and a Fox and Geese! This is MADE for me!

    Thanks for the chance!

  61. I have a quilt that I have to make nearly 150 flying geese, then they’re placed butt-to-beak around the outside edge of the quilt! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ripped out and tried again!

    Please let me win this ruler so I can finish this quilt!!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. I would love to make a rainbow pinwheel quilt with hst and this would make it so easy! It would help do much with all my binding, too! I love to make big quilts so I join lots of strips!

  63. I’m currently making a HUGE quilt for my mother. The top is already finished, so now I’m for the quilting and bind.

    My first use for that tool would most probably be for the binding of the quilt. And then… the possibilities are endless 🙂

    Thanks for the chance!

  64. Well I am right in the middle of a project that has tons of these pieces. I did not even know this ruler was out there, but definitely would make my project easier and more accurate! I definitely need this tool!

  65. What a clever, time saving idea! I have to get one of your Corner Clippers. I’ll cross my fingers and hope to be a lucky winner in this giveaway. Thank you. Kathleen

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