June 22, 2009

Double-Take

That's what I did when I saw this ruler. This very odd-looking ruler. Then I discovered that it's designed to cut half-square triangles from 2 1/2" strips. That was all I needed to know. The best thing about it is that you can place the ruler on the strips and slice 'em all up without moving the ruler. The bottom half of the ruler can be used to cut the 2 1/2" strip. Then you just place the triangle part of the ruler on the strip and cut away. The triangles are spaced so that whenever you cut around the triangle, the fabric that's left is also a usable triangle. So there's no waste. I snapped a few pictures to show you, but if this doesn't make sense, check out Creative Grid USA's website here. You'll find it under Specialty Rulers. There are downloadable instructions (that I haven't read, of course).



In just a few minutes, I had cut, sewn and pressed 24 half-square triangle units!
And now if you'll excuse me, I have a stack of 2 1/2" strips waiting for me.
Happy Stitching!
Kim

32 comments:

Rachel said...

Amazing! I can't wait to see what you're going to do with all these little triangles.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow, how cool is that!

Exuberant Color said...

I hadn't seen that ruler before. It is the same concept as Thangles without the paper to tear of later.

West Michigan Quilter said...

How cool is that. I've never seen this before. It's a must have. Thanks for sharing.

Sherri said...

How cool is that? This is definitely a tool I need to get!

Shogun said...

I saw that ruler at the NQA Columbus Quilt Show and wondered what it was!

Danielle said...

Oh, I like it! I think I need to find one of those to add to my ruler collection, too! Thanks for sharing.

Vivian said...

We quilters can never have enough cool tools like this one. Appreciate the information about it, and nothing beats great photos to help explain. Thanks!
By the way, your "Scrap Basket Surprises" book was passed around at a quilting retreat this past weekend. 100% thumbs up! Expect more sales soon.

Karen said...

I have never seen a ruler like this. Very interesting and a quick cut.

a good yarn said...

That is a very clever piece of kit - what a godsend for jelly roll lovers.

QuiltSue said...

Oh noooo, not another must-have tool I've simply got to get. It does look great though, and as a half-square triangle lover and a recent jelly-roll convert, it looks as though I might use it a lot.

Carol said...

I've never seen that ruler...that looks like it would make life really easy. Thank you for sharing.

Sheila said...

oooo I like that! I'm in love with my Easy Angle anyhow, and this will definitely speed up the process.

*karendianne. said...

Huh. That's really something I must check out. Thanks for sharing. You are the cutting goddess, I'll tell ya!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I am really intrigued by this ruler so I am going to have to check it out. Thanks for the info.

Darlene said...

Like so many others, I'm definitely intrigued! Thank you for sharing, Kim.

Ren said...

Thanks for the info on the ruler, I like the way they work. Also the web page for the rulers is great too. Missed ya at guild meeting, hope you are doing well.
Ren

sewmeow said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this great new ruler with us and your pictures made it easy to follow.

Barb said...

wow

Holee said...

I just wanted to tell you since I didn't win your book, I bought it for a Christmas gift for a friend. Of course I had to go through every page. It's a GREAT book! Considering she lives in another state I won't be able to borrow it...so I'll just have to order another one for myself!

Karen said...

Oooh! How cool! Quick half square triangles how neat is that! I love the fabric you were using to make the triangles. Very nice.

Lori said...

Wow! That is really cool! Great, another ruler I "have" to have! LOL

belinda said...

Well DARN!! I could have used that on my Confetti Stars I'm working on....DARN!!!...did I say DARN!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

How cool!!! I took a quick second to pop by and check on ya....I'm anxious to see this quilt....I'm intriqued for sure!

Sachiko said...

So awesome! I need to have that ruler!

Kim said...

Isn't it amazing how many new and useful rulers are coming on the market? I had no idea about this one. Thanks so much for the show and tell!

Cheryl said...

Wow....I need one of those, that is really amazing!! PS..sending my Swiffer your way :-)!

Screen Door said...

Half square triangle are my favorite building block... I'm going to research this ruler. thanks for sharing...

Suzanne said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice compliment. This ruler looks very interesting. I will be sure to check it out.

Cathy said...

Thank you for sharing that cool ruler....I may need to buy one! I can't wait to see what you do with all your squares.
Cathy

Annette said...

I just learned something new. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for the half square triangles.

Lucy said...

How clever is that? Thanks -- I bookmarked that site.