Featured Shop: Must Love Fabric

 

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Shop owners Phyllis and Gary Lively stand in the back left, along with staff members Barbara, Betty, Dede, Cyria, Randalyn, and Lisa.

Talking with Phyllis Lively is fun. For one thing, Must Love Fabric, the Grapevine, Texas, shop she co-owns with her husband Gary has a sense of humor—just check the sign over the door to the restroom.

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The last word…

Not from me.  As if?!?

There are just a few more things to write about Spring Quilt Market and then we’ll close that book.

A few of you asked about trends at Market and I wish I had a better answer for you.  I didn’t see anything that jumped out to me as an emerging trend – like punch needle, hexagons or English Paper Piecing have in years past – and I think there are a couple of reasons why that might be.  First, I missed four or five Markets in succession and I’m just getting back to seeing what’s at Quilt Market.  And I’m a little slow to notice trends.

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RULER WINNERS!!!

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 

Winner
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
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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 QuiltersNiche.com

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.








Tradewinds
Tradewinds










Intertwined









Transitions










Parallel Universe
Parallel Universe









Lotus Blossom
Lotus Blossom










Paradise Found









Tropics









Festivities









Timber










Multifaceted



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.



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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!

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