March 30, 2015

Cutting With the Sidekick Ruler

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This post is part of the GRAVITY Quilt Along series.  You can find all earlier posts HERE.

The GRAVITY quilt pattern highly recommends the Hex N More and the Super Sidekick rulers, otherwise one would have to make 12 different sized templates.  I have never used these rulers before, so in preparation for beginning my GRAVITY Quilt, I'm doing some practice cutting with the templates.  

I simply cannot cut fabric just to practice.  Simply cannot do it!  There must be a purpose to cutting it, so I'm cutting out another Jaybird Quilt pattern, Rock Candy.  It uses the Sidekick ruler, which is the smaller version of the Super Sidekick, but they are used exactly the same way.  

Meet Miss Kate in her diamonds!  I took pictures of the cutting process, but I realized if I showed them on the blog, it was virtually giving the pattern to you, and that is taboo!  So I'll share with you the cut pieces.

My dear friends - I am in ♥♥♥ with the ruler!  I knew it was a great ruler because it has markings for three shapes and many sizes on it, but I didn't know how great!  It has opened up more creative options for me, and I am so excited about the quilt patterns I can now tackle with these rulers!  Beyond square and triangle blocks are now doable!! 

What I've learned - read the instructions carefully, align the ruler carefully, and hold the template with all your fingers and thumb very securely when cutting, and cut slowly.  I layered four layers of fabric right side up and didn't have any problems.  I didn't use starch on my fabrics and don't expect it to be a problem on these little pieces.  I will probably starch my GRAVITY pieces because they are so much bigger and will be handled more in the huge quilt top.  I love working with bias pieces and usually do not have a problem with them stretching, but I am very careful with them, too.

Cutting out this little project has inspired me so much, and I am super excited for the upcoming GRAVITY Quilt Along!

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Lisa Coleman Boutilier said...

Love the colours!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I keep hearing about the sidekick rulers but have never seen one in person. I like the idea of cutting something different than squares and triangles!