Tuesday Toolday – 4 sided Quilters Ruler

Welcome stitching friends.

Today I want to share with you one of my new tools, the 4 sided quilters ruler.  This ruler is a great new tool on the market, which allows you to accurately measure and copy quilt blocks, and irregular shapes.

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Initially, I purchased this tool because I had seen a picture of a quilt block which I wanted to emulate.  I used this tool to accurately measure and re-draw each section of the block, and by then adding on the ¼ inch seam allowance, I could replicate the same style of block.

I then moved onto using the ruler to create an irregular shape, so that I could create a quirky quilt block, focused around my embroidery designs.

You can also join two of these rulers together to create up to 8 sided shapes.

The example I am going to use today is to show you how I copied a quilt block design.

  1. Firstly, I printed out the design which I wanted to emulate. I printed the block out as large as possible, focusing on only 1 section of the block at a time.
  2. Taking the printed block, and adding using the 4 sided ruler, I copy first the middle section of the block, and trace it out onto a separate piece of paper
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  3. Repeat step 2 for all further elements of the block, and you will now have your templates ready to add seam allowance to.
  4. You can now stitch and replicate any block you are inspired by.

Edward (darling husband), has already stolen this great tool, and has been using it for paving, and for designing some of his carpentry projects.

You can collect your 4 sided Quilters Ruler HERE.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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