Thursday, July 7, 2011

4th of July Blog Hop - Day 4

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for coming back and hope the week is going well for everyone!  Don't forget to stop by Sherri and Denise's blog today for your free pattern, chance for a giveaway and recipe.  Here is their blog addresses:

Quilter's Window - Denise, http://www.quilterswindow.com/blog/
A Quilting Life - Sherri, http://www.aquiltinglife.com/

I've been telling you how I have met (or corresponded) with my fellow blog hosts.  I met Denise at Quilt Market one year.  We started talking and became instant friends.  She is always so nice.  She invited me to come to teach and lecture at her shop, Quilter's Window in New Hampton, IA.  It's about a 4 hour drive from where I live.  I enjoy visiting Denise, her shop and her customers and have returned every year for the past several years.  I love to visit Denise and she is such a great host.  I get to stay at her house with her family and her wonderful dog, Rocky.  Rocky and I have become great friends over the years and he's always happy to see me when I visit and of course the feeling is mutual.  Here are Denise and I on my last visit.  I will be going to back to New Hampton in November for a retreat, so if you are able to come, please do!

Let's see, I met Sherri from A Quilting Life through blogging.  Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co had sent her one of my Fit to be Geese rulers.  She tried it out and blogged about how much she loved it.  I was so thrilled that she liked it so much that I sent her a thank you.  Ever since then, we have been emailing back and forth and have become email buddies.  When I went to Market this past spring, Sherri attended and I finally got the opportunity to meet her.  She is an absolute sweetheart and I was so happy to finally put a face to all the emails.  She is also very talented and had one of her projects featured in American Patchwork & Quilting.  Make sure that you check out her blog.

A while back I had promised to give you another use for the Fit to be Quarter ruler.  Here it is:

Combination Unit:

First, start with 2 squares and 2 rectangles (sizes included in the instructions).  Sew them together and press towards the squares.

Rotate one and sew them together.

On the back, snip the center of the middle seam and press one side up and one side down towards the squares.

Again, on the back of this piece, draw a diagonal line using a 45 degree angle or your Fit to be Quarter ruler.  Make sure that the line goes right through the seam.  Rotate the piece and draw another line on the other side.

Place the larger rectangle, right sides together on the piece that you just made.  Again, sizes are included in the ruler instructions.  Sew on the lines.

Cut a 1/4" in from the lines.  There will be a small scrap inbetween your cut lines.

Press towards the large triangle.

Trim the unit by placing the ruler with the square in the top right corner.  Determine the size of the piece that you are trimming it to.  Once you have that measurement, place the square so that the lines on the ruler are at 1/2 the unfinished size.  Trim the two sides.  For example, if you are cutting a 4" unfinished square, line the square up on the 2" markings. 


Rotate the piece and line up the unfinished size on the trimmed edges.  For example, square to 4". 


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it is posted on my website.

One more thing, Lissa Alexander from Moda, is blogging about my ruler as well.  Make sure you check it out!

Our last day of our blog hop is tomorrow.  Last, but certainly not least, visit Thelma:

Cupcakes 'n Daisies - Thelma - http://www.cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com/

See you tomorrow!

11 comments:

Nonnie Quilting Dreams said...

Isn't this block called Brave World or Brave New World?

I remember seeing it on Fons and Porter. I do like this method of making it as it seem more efficient and I just might get it done.


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DebrafromMD said...

Oh, I love rulers that you can use for more than one purpose. I need on of these for my ruler collection.

Dorian said...

What a great way of making that block!! Thanks Monique.

mblittle5 said...

Great tutorial. I love learning new ways to make blocks efficiently. Thanks.

Liz said...

Nice tutorial....will have to try that block!

paulette said...

Wow!! You sure made that look easy!! Must get one of these rulers!! Thanks for the demo!
Paulette

Needled Mom said...

That makes such a wonderful block!

Miss Jean said...

All I can say is that you are brilliant!!!

Candace said...

When I think your rulers can't get any better - I see this tutorial and I'm doing a happy dance around my studio! Thanks, Monique!
Cheers!

Sherri said...

I can't wait to use my ruler to make this unit...there are several blocks in my Farmer's Wife quilt book that use it...and this will save so much time!

andsewon said...

Now this way makes it look like a snap to make!