National Sewing Month 2013

A BIG Thank You to EVERYONE who joined in our 
“Measure Twice, Cut Once” Ruler Extravaganza! 

We hope you discovered some wonderful new rulers that will make your quilting world more fun and easy! 

We are now happy to announce the following lucky WINNERS!
Each winner has already been notified via email. 

Blog Post 

The Cutting Edge with Pat Sloan Christine Slaughter
Tacony Ruler Gadgets Linda
An all-in-one ruler for quilters? It exists! Michele
Potluck Lisa
The Triangler Booklogged
Hex N More and Sidekick Rulers GO STARS!
TrueCut Keeps You Cutting Straight! MahSistersQuiltTrunk
 Sew Easy Ruler Cutter Happy Cottage Quilter
fit to be quarter 6.5 &companion Sallie
back to basix Aimee
easy dresden ruler Cloud 9
PeelnStick with our Therm O Web Ruler Tape PK Sews
Rulers or templates Kim M
The binding tool & mini LeAnne
June tailors tools for Tees Michelle B.
Draft Patterns & Templates w/ ease-fast2mark Quilter’s Rulers LJ
Let’s get ready to Crumble! Abbigail
folded-corner-clipper Karen
Two Tricks for Perfect Log Cabin Blocks Cecilia
Let’s talk about rulers! Linda E in AZ
Time to twist ( Twister ruler) Lisas Mom
The Strip Tube Ruler.. My favorite ruler ever! BlondeNana

The Strip Tube Ruler.. My favorite ruler ever!

National Sewing Month 2013

Daniela StoutHello!  My name is Daniela Stout and I am thrilled to be part of this month long cutting event with Moda. I own Cozy Quilt Shop (which is outside San Diego, CA) and Cozy Quilt Designs (a pattern, book and ruler publishing company.) And I love strips! Today I want to show you the most brilliantly simple invention that makes quick work of strips, turning them into gorgeous blocks in no time at all.

We call it the Strip Tube Ruler and my mom made me do it.

Quick sidebar: It’s true… my mom made me do this. When we started writing patterns for 2½” strips we used this tube technique with a square up ruler. Then one day my mom (and then primary sample maker) said we should create a ruler to make it easier. Naturally, I ignored her. (Just like your kid, huh?) But then a customer said the same thing! Then my husband made us a prototype, found a company here in the States to make it, and a best-selling item was born.

And if you don’t mind a shameless plug.. this mom of mine is Georgette Dell’Orco and she is way talented in her own right, creating some of our best-selling patterns. She even digitizes quilting patterns for the terrific computerized quilting machines out there. Check her out at

Now.. back to the ruler. How does it work, you ask? It’s easy.. .and sooo versatile!  Today, I am going to quickly show you just one way to use it.

First. Sew two 2½” print strips together (a “print strip” is a strip from a bundle like a Jelly Roll). Press the seam in one direction. Next sew a print strip to a 2½” background strip to make another set. Again, press in one direction, preferably to the dark.

Place the two sets right sides together and sew a tube by stitching a ¼” seam on the top and a ¼” seam on the bottom. A tube? Yes. Trust the process. 🙂

Place the 5½” line of the Strip Tube Ruler on the bottom STITCHING line. Cut up and down to cut out a triangle.

Now pull the triangle away from your tube and open to reveal a diagonally pieced square that measures 5½” square. BRILLIANT!

Next time you cut, place the ruler on the top stitching line (make fresh cuts) to reveal another triangle that opens to a perfect 5½” square! 
You see how this goes… continue down your strip to cut out a bunch of triangles that open to perfect squares… making fresh cuts, now.
Notice the fabrics are the same but in different placements? Sort them into two piles as pictured.
Arrange your fabrics as you desire and sew the four blocks together. Below is my very favorite block (which I regretfully named the Daniela Block. Why did I do that again?)
Now… let’s see how it looks when you put 40 strips, some background and the tube technique all together using this technique.

Do you love it?  Do you want the pattern? Well! I invite you to subscribe to my eNewsletter and you can have this pattern I call Strip It Tube It for FREE!  Click here to subscribe.
So in this sample we used the 4½” measurement, but The Strip Tube Ruler goes up to 9½”… so you can just imagine the possibilities are endless.
And for more ideas check out these other patterns by Cozy Quilt Designs that use the tube technique with 2½” strips.




Parallel Universe
Parallel Universe

Lotus Blossom
Lotus Blossom

Paradise Found





Need more inspiration? Come visit our Strip Tubing feature page and meet the baby brother, Strip Tube Junior.
Now if you are still reading this, you get bonus information! On our Strip Tubing feature page is a link to “The Chart”… this handy pdf will tell you how you can use this technique to cut out regular half square triangles!! Sweet stuff. And if you want to make your own designs, it will tell you what size tube to make!
So hey, one more thing… if you like videos, visit our YouTube Channel to see me in action. I debut a Strip Pattern a month… And many of them use the tube technique!
So that’s me and the Strip Tube technique. Hope you love it as much as I do…
I will be giving away one of these wonderful rulers to one lucky winner! To enter please leave a comment telling me your favorite Cozy Quilt Designs pattern. Feel free to use one I mentioned or pictured in this post or maybe you even have a favorite in your own library.

You will have until September 30th (That’s TODAY!) at midnight to comment. All winners will be randomly selected and announced on Moda…The Cutting Table Blog on October 2nd.

Time to TWIST!

National Sewing Month 2013

Welcome Moda Cutting Table Fans,

     My name is Marsha Bergren and I am the designer of the “Twister” tools and books.  Other people also call me the “Twister Lady”, usually when they come into my quilt shop, Country Schoolhouse, in Superior, WI. 

    You have to bear with me as this is only the 2nd time (1st time was about 5 yrs ago) I’ve ever even attempted to write a blog!  I have to thank Moda’s social media people for taking  my words and pictures and making it into a blog.  As you can tell I am way behind in the social media world. 

   The Lil’ Twister was made for my customers.  I wanted them to have an easier way to make those darling pinwheels that I love.  The old way with going through all the steps took way too much time and was very frustrating as your template moved on the fabric and slid on the seams.  I made it (after several prototypes) using 1/4” acrylic so you wouldn’t shave the sides off with your cutter. I have a printer who uses an ink that won’t come off easily and the bumpers are made in the USA which keep the tool from slipping and raises it above the seams and it is all made locally.  We kept to 1 set of lines so no one would get confused lining up the marks with the seams.

   I started with the “Lil Twister” and designed it to be used with pre-cut charms and the “Twister” which used layer cakes.  This made it really fast and easy to arrange the blocks, put the pinwheel border around and then cut it and put it back together forming all those great pinwheels.  The latest member to the family is the “Midi Twister” which uses 6 1/2” squares which is the size of a lot of borders.  Just save the border scraps and you can use the “Midi” with those.

   The books came about as people wanted patterns to use with them.  The books go in order of difficulty – Let’s Twist is the introductory book and just has 1 pattern that uses both tools together;  Let’s Twist….Again is the 2ndbook and uses both tools in making most of the patterns and introduces “disappearing pinwheels” which allow you to take make a picture of an object using pinwheels and background.  The 3rdbook “ Let’s Twist…One More Time” is the book that has a lot more disappearing pinwheels and patterns where the fabrics are not pre-cut but selected by the quilter to go together in the quilt.  I am trying to work on another book where I will use all 3 tools together, but have had it in my head for about 6 months and not all on paper yet…..we’ll see when that gets done!

   I use an Olfa straight handle cutter to cut my pinwheels.  I like it as I can cut all around a piece and not have to move.  The pictures below show how I do it.  You can use either a 45 or 60mm.  I found it works best if I stand up and am over what I am cutting so the cutter is always cutting straight down and not at an angle.

Starting in a corner, putting the black lines of the Lil’ Twister 
over the seam lines on the pieced table topper.


This is the first cut on the side.

2nd cut along the top.
  3rd cut coming down along the side.



4th cut along the bottom.

I also typically alternate lights and to get a lot of pop from the pinwheels.  I have used fabrics that are just a shade in difference throughout a piece and that gives the look of a color wash and is also quite lovely.  It is a lot of fun to just experiment with various types, colors, and patterns of fabrics – let loose and just go for it!  I also pick a fairly quiet pinwheel border that is usually a marble, grunge, or solid and one that is not next to a block that is the same color, etc. 

   Once a full row is cut, sew it together matching the fabrics which are next to each pinwheel



This is the row just before you sew it. 

This is the row with the blocks sewn together. 

   After cutting the 2ndrow, sew the 1st and 2nd row together.  The pinwheels are then made obvious.  At this point most people understand the concept and then begin to pile and mark the rows and then sit down at the machine and sew all the rows at same time. 




shows 2 rows sewn together.


   Disappearing pinwheels are really fun to do.  I’ve described how to do them in my 2nd and 3rd books.  I use a graph and then take an object that I want to replicate and convert it into x’s on my graph.  It is a bit of hit and miss for some of  them.  I do have a pile of ones that didn’t work!  See the example below of the graph and then the picture of what it looks like made up.

   If you have never tried this technique before, you need to be warned that it is addicting!  There are many patterns out there that have been made using my twisters.  I only know of a few of those designers myself, but a lot of people send me a picture of what they have done or seen done.  I don’t have any idea how many patterns are out there as I have no time to spend on the internet searching for them.  I did see a picture of a “Twister” quilt that won the Grand Prize at the MN State Fair.  I am working on 2 samples for my shop right now….Quilt Moments  “Twister Sparkler” quilt which I am using Bella Solids in reds, greens and black in it and “Stubby Toe Stocking” from Bean Counter using the charm pack called Blitzen.                           


Here is another pretty Twister quilt made by Moda Lissa
You can see her take on the Twister ruler on her blog!

   Try the “Twisters” and feel free to send me a picture of what you have done and someday when I learn to post them to Facebook I will put them up.  You can like me on Facebook here
   I will be giving away one of my Twister tools to one lucky winner!  To enter please leave a comment about your favorite tools.  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!!

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!

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!