I was going to label this post -- are you a cheater? Then remembering this is the internet and thought I needed to tone it down a bit.
Back when I started quilting, I had a book from Mary Ellen Hopkins entitled "It's OK if you Sit on My Quilt Book". In this book she introduced the quilting world to connector corners. I think this may have been one of the techniques that revolutionized modern day quilting. Over the years I have heard a number of names for the technique including "cheater corner" and "folded corner".
The technique refers to a method of adding triangles to a quilt block. It is frequently the suggested method for creating snowball blocks, square within a square units and flying geese units. Although I've used the technique over the years, I found that I would have some fabric slippage or I would stretch the fabric in the pressing process -- resulting in less than perfect results.
A couple of months ago my friend Karen S. introduced me to the Perfect Corner Ruler™. It is built off the Folded Corner concept. However the variation on the technique gets rid of some of the challenges with the folded corners.
The Perfect Corner Method™ and Ruler™ were both developed by
Ruthanna Grihalva, Forever In Stitches, LLC.
How to Use the Perfect Corner Ruler
Using the ruler, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the base piece of fabric (this is the piece the corner will be added to). The measurement to use for this line is exactly the same as your folded corner measurement.
Cut corners. The square these corners are cut from will be 3/4" greater than the drawn line square. (The ruler will tell you what that measurement is. And when I incorporate these instructions in a pattern I do the same.)
Place one of the Corner Triangles underneath the Base unit (right sides together). You will want to make sure that about 1/4" of Corner Triangle extends beyond the sewing line.
The sew directly on the line.
Fold the Corner Triangle into position. An added benefit is that the seam allowance can be pressed either away from or towards the corner.
Here is the MAGIC! Align a square ruler to the original size of the Base Unit and trim off the excess Corner Triangle fabric.
Finish by folding the Corner Triangle down out of the way and trimming the excess base unit fabric.
I have found that I am more accurate when I use this technique. It can be done without the "official" ruler -- but I can't resist adding another tool to my quilting supplies. And I think the ruler makes the process go a little bit faster.
I've incorporated the technique in my latest pattern - Theodore, Ted and Tad Bowties. Take a look if you are interested in a fun "guy quilt".
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I officially launched my Facebook page this week. To celebrate
I will be doing a drawing for all my Facebook fans. The winner will receive copies of my two latest quilt patterns (It’s a Mystery and Theodore, Ted and Tad Bowties) along with the Perfect Corner ruler which can be used in the bowtie quilt. Like my page by November 17th to be eligible.
Let's be honest. We all have at least one quilting project that got abandoned because of a problem. Sometimes it is a result of a choice that we made; or maybe instructions we didn't interpret correctly; or just a mistake.
I had one of those situations this week. I had decided to make another mini-lonestar quilt to have a demo project for my current lonestar class. Each of the sections of the lonestar have 25 pieces with the entire block ending up 8" x 8". The sections are about 2" x 4"
I had finished piecing one of those sections and went to cut off the excess fabric around the unit. I forgot the advice "measure twice and cut once" and mistakenly cut the sewing line rather than the cutting line -- basically eliminating my seam allowance. Disaster!!!!
Day 1 - So the first thing I did was find something else to do while I pondered the problem. The refrigerator or something sweet in the kitchen is my first "go to" resource. This took 10 minutes and added an extra 300 calories to my daily calorie intake.
Then I decided I needed to sleep on the issue.
Day 2 -- I decide that I can fix the issue. Just open up the seam allowances between each row. It's only the first patch of three rows that have the problem. Spent 15 minutes ripping out the seams. Yes this final piece is less than 3" on each side -- but I recommend using a stitch length setting of 1 for paper piecing -- which means I have really tiny stitches. I also proceeded to tear some of the paper. After everything was opened up, I'm less convinced that I can get those patches put in correctly so all the points continue to match us. I even consider "hand applique" -- but that seems like too much work.
Another trip to the refrigerator was in order and another night to sleep on the issue.
Day 3 -- I decide to redo the entire section. This took about a hour to execute and produced an end product that I will be able to use.
What I concluded:
I then thought about a number of other items in my "inventory". (This is where a put quilts I've decided to stop working on for some reason.)
I'm thinking a number of them could probably be salvaged with an investment of an hour or two. Maybe I should plan to take an hour a week to work on a "quilt problem". It's a pretty small investment and could yield great results.
On a more positive note, I received a lot of positive feedback on my first You Tube video. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I'm already starting work on my next one.
I even was able to obtain an introductory clip to use at the front of future videos. This one will only take 10 seconds to watch.
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