03 March, 2016

Quick Trim

I mentioned the Quick Trim Ruler by Creative Grids yesterday, I have already given mine a workout since returning home from MidAtlantic Quilt Festival. I used mine yesterday morning to join binding strips... flawlessly. I am grateful that I happened by The Quilt Company's booth when Karen Montgomery was expertly demonstrating this tool that she designed. Along with the ability to align corners for strip joins (as shown here) at a perfect quarter inch.
This tool is also great for precisely constructing flying geese and half square triangle units. You can also use this ruler as a compass and draw perfect circles with it!  Before the demo ended I had this ruler and a pattern (Old Dog, New Tricks) in my hand ready to check out! I will be experimenting with the ruler in the coming weeks and blogging about my results, stay tuned. Take a few minutes and watch the video found at the Quick Trim Ruler link above. Believe me, you will be as amazed at the versatility of this ruler as I was and I know you're going to want your own.

You can see the binding join, above, as the binding strip was applied to this scrappy tumbler quilt; perfect alignment after stitching with no dog ears to trim. Nice. This ruler also has a special highlighted line at 2.25", exactly the width I cut my binding; it's like this tool has ESP! This was the view across my sewing table after lunch yesterday... it was a bright and cheerful sight!
"TMX2 Again" with its binding in place, seam line marked for stitching; and "DeRailed", in the background, ready to be loaded onto Snowbird.
I did get the binding stitched and basted in place for hand sewing later. All in all it was a good day, made even easier by a great new tool.
Life is Good!


KaHolly said...

Your quilts a beauty! A quilter can't live without all her rulers! That said, I only own three. :)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The creative grid rulers are really nice especially the ones Lisa Bongean uses for miniatures

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Karen Montgomery owns The Quilt Company in Allison Park, PA, my local quilt store when I was living near Pittsburgh. Spent a lot of time (and $$) there and she was always available to suggest a fabric, share an idea or just joke around with. An extremely talented woman and I am happy when I now get to see her at quilt shows (e.g., AQS, etc.) If you ever get to take a class with her, do yourself a favor and DO ... she's very creative and hands on when it comes to teaching. Glad you liked her rulers ... I love mine, too! Linda