Recently, I attended a lecture and trunk show at Delphine’s quilt shop in Gaylord, Michigan. The speaker was Jodi Barrows who invented the Square-in-a-Square ruler and who has written many books about using the ruler.
To use the ruler to make many of the basic quilt piecing shapes, you cut strips of fabric to sew onto a center shape, usually a square or a diamond, and then use the tool to trim. I used light blue batik fabric as the strip and dark navy batik for a diamond shaped center.
Here strips have been sewn to both sides of the center diamond shape.
These are then cut apart…
… and trimmed using the ruler as a guide. In the case of a center diamond, first the 60 degree points are aligned with that area of the ruler and trimmed…
… then the 120 degree points.
After pressing, the patch is about as perfect as can be!
The finished measurements are 27 1/2 by 33 3/4 inch. Despite the resulting small size of some of the pieces, the ruler made it possible without too much trouble.
I intend to use these lovely Lava thread by Superior to quilt it.
I will post a picture of the quilting when complete.