Let’s talk about rulers!

National Sewing Month 2013

Hey there, friends. It’s Kim B. here; I’m part of the Prym Consumer USA team and I write the Dritz® Make Something blog. I’m thrilled to be participating in the Moda “Measure Twice, Cut Once” series, and I’m even more excited to share some information with you about our Omnigrid® rulers – a very appropriate set of tools for this series, don’t you think?! 

Quilters and teachers really covet their Omnigrid rulers. Want to know why? Simply put, because they provide unmatched accuracy.  Here are some things you might not know about Omnigrid rulers:

  • They are laser cut to within .002 inch accuracy – they’re consistent from ruler to ruler;
  • They feature uniquely patented double-site lines; the grid lines show up on light and dark fabrics;
  • Printing on their underside eliminates viewing distortion;
  • They’re made of durable, premium quality acrylic;
  • They feature smooth laser cut edges.

Are you excited yet?

Omnigrid rulers come in a variety of sizes, and I’m going to talk about some of the most popular ones and how they’re used.  The first one is the 6” x 24” which is a basic all-purpose ruler, perfect for beginners. It’s great for cutting long strips, borders and bias pieces. (AND … it’s a ruler in the giveaway!)

First Cut – straighten raw edges

  1. Fold fabric in half lengthwise.
  2. Place ruler on right edge of fabric (opposite for left handers).
  3. Line up grid lines on the width of the ruler with fold in fabric.
  4. Rotary cut along edge of ruler, walking your fingers and thumb across ruler as you cut – apply firm pressure.

Cutting Strips – quiltmaking

  1. Turn cutting mat so fabric is on right (opposite for left handers).
  2. Place ruler over cut edge of fabric at desired width. Make sure vertical lines of ruler are parallel to the cut edge of fabric.
  3. Horizontal lines of ruler should be parallel to fold of fabric.
  4. Cut fabric strip.

The 6” x 12” ruler is a handy size for classes. It’s ideal for cutting folded fat quarters into strips or making secondary cuts on strips.
Making a Pinwheel Block

  1. Cut strips of fabric in two colors.
  2. Layer strips together and subcut into squares the same width as strips.
  3. To cut half-square triangles, place 45° angle line of ruler along edge of square. Cut diagonally through center of each.
  4. Sew one triangle of each color together, on long sides, to create a square. Arrange squares so colors are alternating to create a pinwheel design, and stitch together.

The 3” x 18” ruler is portable, with extra length for versatility. Great for cutting sashing with ease!

Making a Four-Patch Block

  1. Cut two strips of fabric in two different colors.
  2. Stitch together on long edge, and press seams.
  3. Subcut strips into pieces same width as the original strip.
  4. Sew together two of the subcut pieces, rotating one piece 180° to form a four-patch square.


Making Strip-Pieced Diamonds

  1. Cut two strips of fabric in two different colors.
  2. Stitch together on the long edge and press seams.
  3. Place 45° angle line on ruler along the edge of your fabric.
  4. Subcut strips into pieces same width as the original strip.
  5. Sew together two of the subcut pieces, rotating one piece 180° to form diamond.

The 4” x 14” ruler is quick and easy to manipulate. Cut folded fat quarters into strips.


Making a Simple Seminole Design

  1. Cut four strips in four different fabrics.
  2. Stitch strips together on long edge, and press seams.
  3. Subcut strips into pieces same width as the original strip.
  4. Position strips to create a multi-color diamond effect. Stitch together.

The 12-1/2” square ruler squares up blocks 12-1/2” and smaller. It’s one of the most common block sizes!

Now that you’ve got some Omnigrid rulers know-how, let’s talk about InvisiGrip. It’s a clear, non-slip material that you apply to your rulers to prevent slipping when rotary cutting. Nifty, huh?  

To celebrate the “Measure Twice” rule, we’re giving away one 6” x 24” Omnigrid ruler and one package of Omnigrid InvisiGrip to one lucky winner!  To enter please leave a comment with an answer to this question: What is your favorite Omnigrid ruler and what do you use it for most often?

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!

On the 10th Day of Christmas

This portable mini iron is absolutely ideal for crafting, sewing or quilting 
whether you are at home OR traveling! It’s size makes it your perfect companion for quilting retreats or sew-ins! 

It has 4 temperature settings on a lighted digital control pad. 
We love how it heats and holds temperature in just seconds. 
It has 4 Iron head positions and the sole plate measures 2-3/8″ x 1-3/4″. 
The design of this iron allows you to get in to tiny places you wouldn’t normally be able to.  
And it shuts off automatically after 60 minutes.
We have had so many quilt shops come through the warehouse 
on the hunt for this little iron and now we know why.

A "Charm"ing Baby Shower

new diy onesie party
This past weekend I had the pleasure of throwing my best friend a shower for her first baby girl!
I wanted to make it really special so I decided to have everyone make a onesie for baby Liv.
I was a little nervous as to how it would turn out since most of the guests were non-quilters/crafters but it turned out to be absolutely wonderful!
This would be a great event to host in your quilt shop or home.
The whole set-up was very quick & easy!
set up
I briefly explained how to do it and the girls were off!
workin
The onesies turned out better than I could have ever expected and we all had so much fun!
Group Onesies
Onesies on a Line
Moda DIY design party Appliques
  1. OUTFITS & ACCESSORIES – get an assortment of onesies, shirts, jackets, bloomers, bibs, swaddle cloths, burp cloths and any other accessories you can think of to decorate.
    Make sure to get a variety of colors/patterns/sizes. This makes it more FUN! 🙂
  2. FABRIC…Moda Charm Packs or Moda Layer Cakes– a variety makes it more fun and personalized.  Because onesies are so small, Moda Charm Packs are the PERFECT pre-cut for this project! You can also throw in some scraps.
  3. HeatNBond FUSIBLE PAPER (I prefer the UltraBond – especially if you will not be stitching down the edges.)
  4. FABRIC SCISSORSKaren Kay Buckley “Perfect Scissors” work great because of the serrated edge. I used both the large and small size. The large for bigger pieces and the small for intricate letters or shapes. If you are hosting a large party have several pairs of scissors or it will slow the process down ALOT. I also brought my Elan set- also a large pair and small pair. It is important to use fabric scissors or the fabric will fray on the edges leaving it looking cheap and used.
  5. IRONING BOARD Steady Betty Pressing Surface. Only having one ironing board, the Steady Betty was a great addition because it allowed for multiple people to press at one time. And we were able to put the Steady Betty directly on the counter because it is so small and light.
  6. IRON-– I love my Oliso iron but any iron will do.
  7. PENS/SHARPIES– to draw/trace designs onto your fusible. Make sure to trace your design backwards (mirror image) so they will come out correct on the front side of the fabric.
  8. DESIGNS- Print off our free set of designs or draw your own! Here are some you can purchase if you want a variety.
  9. STORAGE- ArtBin– I got the Double Deep ArtBin storage container which held all of my goodies perfectly! Loved having everything together in one place.
INSPIRATION – Show everyone the designs to get their brains thinking! Then have your guests choose a onesie, shirt or accessory & coordinating fabrics. Teams make this more fun & go faster!

TRACE DESIGN or DRAW design on the SMOOTH side of the HeatNBond (or fusible of your choice).Jess tracing

NOTE: Designs must be traced or drawn backwards (mirror image) onto the HeatNBond so when you transfer to the WRONG side of the fabric and eventually cut it out it will come out the correct direction.
**My designs have already been printed backwards and are ready to trace without flipping. But those who may decide to draw their own design must reverse their design.

Trace Backwards

CUT design out of HeatNBond leaving about 1/4” – 1/2” around the design.
IRON the STICKY SIDE of the design onto the WRONG side of your fabric and press for about 8-10 seconds. Just enough to get the stickum to adhere to the fabric.
TEST by using your finger nail to pull back a corner of the HeatNBond to see if the stickum has transferred from the Paper to the Fabric. If not, press a bit more. The paper should just peel off and not bring any stickum with it.

CUT the DESIGN out exactly on the line you drew.
PEEL back the HeatNBond paper from the fabric leaving the stickum on the WRONG side of your fabric.

POSITION your design where you like on your onesie, shirt or accessory of choice.
IRON – Once you have it exactly where you like, IRON that baby down!
If you are layering, press one layer at a time. Repeat steps until your whole design is done!

SHOW OFF your finished piece and give your “made with love” design to the Mama-to-be!

CARE
*Once the party is over you can take the onesies home and stitch the designs down by hand or
machine. I personally use blanket stitch on my machine.
This is not required but will make it last MUCH longer especially when laundered.

K R Jess
I hope you have as much fun making onesies as we did!
Liv Baby
UPDATE!!!
Baby Liv is now 2 years old and expecting a little brother! See more pics of the BIG SIS on this post!
LIV BACK OF JACKET
Download this FREE PDF to have your own party and make your own clothes!
PDF Moda Applique
 For more printables 

Hop over to our new DIY Design Party to learn how to use Iron On Transfers to decorate your onesies, outfits & accessories!
Moda DIY design partyTransfers
completed designs
What will you make with these designs?! 

On the 10th Day of Christmas…

At United Notions we get to see ALOT of new irons come through these doors. There are tons of good irons but we are currently loving this little baby. 

This portable mini iron is absolutely ideal for crafting, sewing or quilting whether you are at home OR traveling! 
It has 4 temperature settings on a lighted digital control pad. 
We love how it heats and holds temperature in just seconds. 
It has 4 Iron head positions and the soleplate measures 2-3/8″ x 1-3/4″. 
The design of this iron allows you to get in to tiny places you wouldn’t normally be able to.  
And it shuts off automatically after 60 minutes.
We have had so many quilt shops come through the warehouse on the hunt for this little iron and now we know why.
This iron will fit nicely in everyone’s stocking this Christmas!
Today we are giving away one of the Dritz Petite Press Mini Irons! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

TO WIN:
1. FOLLOW our Blog “The Cutting Table”…the one you are looking at ; )   
2. Leave a COMMENT on the blog as to why you want Santa to bring you this Stocking Stuffer! 

YESTERDAY’S WINNERS ARE…
Laurel said…
i don’t even need to look to know that ruby, pearl and opal is next on my to-do list!! and it would be for ME.
AND

Blogger Lindsey said…
I love those mini charms! My fave Moda recipe is for the pinwheel baby quilt–so cute!

Thanks for the giveaway.

(Winners are selected using a random number generator)
Make sure to email with your mailing address by the 12th day or we will draw a new winner.  email: sstephenson@unitednotions.com

GRAND PRIZE!!!
The Grand Prize is an AccuQuilt GO! Baby, 2 dies + 2 Mats & 
an assortment of new MODA charm packs!
Follow along & comment each of the 12 days FOR 12 chances to WIN!
You will be entered to WIN the Grand Prize for each comment you make!
To WIN the Grand Prize…