Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Answers to questions about yesterday's quilt top

There were some questions about measurements of pieces and construction order so I thought I would show a close up of a couple of the blocks and answer them.  The center is a 5.5" square.  I used 1.5" and 2" strips to border the squares.  Half of them have the 2" strips first and the
other half have the 1.5" strips first.  I add 2 side borders first and then top and bottom for both rounds.










Another question was about figuring the sizes for the setting triangles.  In the past I used the method of measuring the diagonal of a block, add 1.25" and cut squares that size and cut diagonally twice.  Sometimes I don't have enough fabric to cut those large squares so I invested in this ruler.  I now cut strips to cut the triangles from.
You measure your unfinished block and find the line on the side of the ruler.
Then follow that line across to the center and it tells what width strip to cut for the setting triangles.  There is a direction sheet that comes with the ruler with more information on it.
Carol, you don't have an email link for your comment, and you wanted to know about sashing.  I'm not sure what you want to know.  I have an email link on the right side bar of my blog if you want to email me directly.

16 comments:

Jackie said...

I have that same ruler and love it! It is very handy and takes the math out of it!

True Blue Nana said...

Thanks so much for the mine tutorial. I love that technique. I also like the way you use big prints. I hesitate to use big prints.

karenfae said...

I have the Fons and Porter ruler that is something like but I think mine is smaller than yours. I must admit I have rarely used mine yet. I will soon though as I think I need to make a pinwheel quilt out of some of these scraps and that will be a good ruler to use.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Pat said...

Thanks for the tip about the ruler. I just ordered one -- math avoidance at all costs!

Anonymous said...

Looks like I will be needing another ruler. Thats for the tips. Hannah

Karen said...

Wanda, you are so good to us. It's almost like having a private teacher. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Still love this quilt :)!!

Anonymous said...

Great lesson today, I will refer back to it again and again.

I see your temp is 55 and mostly sunny... Love the sunny part.

J~MT

HollyM said...

Thanks for taking the time to give all the directions. Bloggers amaze me in their willingness to give.

Cathi said...

That ruler is amazing! What a fabulously informative post. :-)

Sequana said...

I have a different brand of ruler, but it does the same thing. Figures it out for me. *S*

I agree with the above comment - math avoidance at all costs!

Anonymous said...

I like this latest quilt ,the fabrics are great. Wig.

Jody said...

Oooooooh - THAT'S how you use the ruler!!!! Many thanks!

Purple Pam said...

Thank you for the tutorial on the ruler. I must purchase one. I try the cut square method, but alas, like you, sometimes there is not a big enough piece to cut for the large square needed.

BTW, your latest quilt is beautiful, as usual. You have such a wonderful feel for color.

Muddling Through said...

I really like this quilt. It looks like many framed canvasses of beautiful works of art. Thanks for the info on the setting triangle ruler!

Michelle @ Periwinkle said...

Thanks for the instructions, this is going to be a gorgeous quilt!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Ooh, I'm not one for gadgets, but that ruler sure looks handy!