Wednesday, May 5, 2010

this ruler rocks

My new 60 degree ruler finally came and it ROCKS!! It makes cutting the triangles for my hex quilt a breeze. It enables me to cut 5 triangles at a time....amazing. Since this was the first time I purchased anything but a straight ruler, I didn't really know if I would like it or not....and honestly I don't like it, I LOVE it. I am in awe of how easy it makes the whole process. Now, what I am not happy with (as I mentioned before) is the jelly roll. As soon as I started cutting I knew that it was the worst purchase choice (and will not be repeated). I am going to try to increase my seam allowance to ensure that the patterns match up properly, but I am not sure that it will correct the fact that the strips were cut so poorly. I have already deemed this quilt a beach quilt and that made me feel much better about the flaws that are sure to appear. My biggest fear is that because some of the triangles are smaller than they should be, that the centers will not close properly. O'well...all it really means is that I will have to make a second one, right?!


Besides, I have this nifty new ruler that I need to keep using!




Here are the hexes that are cut and up on the design wall already. Not at all in the layout that I'm planning, but just so that I can look at them and appreciate there cuteness! 

12 comments:

  1. I picked one of these up when i was at the Paducah quilt show, then put it down because i wanted to spend my money on fabric. Making hexes with a regular ruler is still easy, right? Now I am wishing that I had bought the ruler while I was there!!!! Thanks for the great post!

    Blessings,

    KT

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  2. Love love love. I have been debating joining this quilt a long too, but I think I have one too many things on my plate right now. I might need that ruler anyway.

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  3. oh, i need to get one of those!! your hexies look great!! love them with the modern meadow!!

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  4. Your hexes look awesome! I'm just using the regular 60 degree ruler (which I've always wanted for several different uses), but it's nice to know how well the double strip 60 degree ruler works. I see them occasionally when shopping and always wondered about them.

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  5. that's like magic! I've never seen one of those but I will certainly be on the lookout now!

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  6. I feel the same way about mine. Now i'm looking for excuses to cut triangles! I love your fabric combos though even if the jellyroll is a bad one. It'll make a beautiful beach quilt!

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  7. I can't wait to try mine out now! Exciting! Your look great, even if you did have a bad jelly roll.

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  8. I should add that to the collection...this looks pretty handy. The hexes are looking great so far :)

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  9. I am not a fan of the jelly roll either, I purchased one and washed it and it was a mess...

    Your hexs look very cute! :) Where did you buy that ruler!?!

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  10. Is this for the pattern by American Jane, called merry go round? Where do you get a ruler like that?

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