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.
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.
|The Cutting Edge with Pat Sloan||Christine Slaughter|
|Tacony Ruler Gadgets||Linda|
|An all-in-one ruler for quilters? It exists!||Michele|
|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|
|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|
Hello! 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. 🙂
Now pull the triangle away from your tube and open to reveal a diagonally pieced square that measures 5½” square. BRILLIANT!
The 12-1/2” square ruler squares up blocks 12-1/2” and smaller. It’s one of the most common block sizes!