I know you have enjoyed this week's blog hop hosted by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis. Today The Quilt Rambler has a guest blogger, Lydia Zeigler.
Studio 180 Design Square 2
Hi! My name is Lydia and I love precision piecing! Living in Northern Illinois, I have been a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor for nearly three years and sharing these tools with you today is my absolute joy!! Once you put these tools to work on your next project there is no turning back to frustrating piecing UFOs! The multiple sizes offered on each tool, the trim down method to ensure accuracy and the detailed instructions – which include steps for us left-handers – all make these tools a great addition to your toolbox!
Today, I’m stopping by to share Studio 180 Design’s Square2 tool with you. Have you ever made square-in-a-square units using the folded corner method, ending in a frustratingly inaccurate result? Well, this tool will solve that issue!
Let’s take a look –
As you can see, this tool consists of three parts:
The Center Square Section – precisely drafted squares for the center section of your block (there are six different unit sizes to choose from)
The Trim Down Section – guide lines used to trim down your oversized unit to the accurate cut size
The Size Chart for Triangles – sizes of squares to cut on the diagonal for your side triangles
Let’s make a unit –
Using a strip of fabric and the Center Square Section, cut squares to their accurate size. All the math is done! No more measuring sixteenths and eighths!
Cut squares referring to the Size Chart for Triangles, then subcut on the diagonal.
Position two triangles on opposite sides of the center square. No need to be concerned about matching the centers because these side triangles are oversized. One of the benefits of using this tool!
Repeat with the remaining two side triangles. Press and your unit is ready to be trimmed down! How easy is that?
Using the Trim Down Section, align the X’s of the finished block size with the center square. Trim the first two sides, rotate and repeat on the remaining two sides.
You now have an accurate unit trimmed down to the precise size! Because there is ¼” seam allowance all the way around, this unit will fit perfectly.
This is a great unit to use in your quilting projects. It works beautifully in the center of blocks, plays nicely with other units, adds interest to sashing between blocks and borders, and can be the “star” of a block using different color choices in the side triangles! There are so many possibilities!
Thank you, Karen! Thank you, readers!! It has been a pleasure sharing this terrific tool with you today!! Happy “precision” Piecing! Lydia
Lydia's contact information is The Measured Stitch, LLC she may be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s blog hop schedule:
Monday 7/15/19: Tucker Trimmer I®, Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis
Split Rects ® and left handed trimming, Tina Dillard, Quilting Affections
Tuesday 7/16/19: Wing Clipper ® and helpful hints, Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler (you are here!)
Wedge Star ® and the wonderful world of Minis, Sarah Furrer, Studio 180 Design
Wednesday 7/17/19: Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Marie McKay, Ribbon Star Studio
Thursday 7/18/19: Deborah Chiarelli, Guest Blogging for Tina Dillard
Friday 7/19/19: Michelle Hiatt, Sew On the Go
Rosella Hanson, Guest Blogging for Tammy Silvers
Saturday 7/20/19: Bonny Peters, Cat Den Mountain Quilts
Lydia Zeigler, Guest Blogging for Karen Overton (you are here)
Special thanks to Tammy Silvers for organizing this blog hop. We hope this will encourage you as you add more and more Studio 180 Design tools and techniques to your tool box, and we hope you have met a few new quilting friends along the way. Don’t forget to visit Deb’s website for a listing of Certified Instructors to contact one in your area for his or her teaching schedule.
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