Donna: I have folded the material twice and ironed the center point in, but I dont have a ruler long enough to go from corner to corner to even mark it to cut or just cut. Any suggestions?
Do you have a yardstick, does you husband have one of those large t-squares or angles?
I saw this trick on a quilting class on another website. Here is what you can do, if you have a yard stick or a second, small ruler handy...If you are using your yardstick, place it at the correct angle ~ corner to corner ~ and cut your fabric. If you have two small rulers, place one at the end of the first ruler, and mark your fabric with a marking pen along the line the two rulers create. Use just one of the two rulers as a guide while you cut ~ you can cut the length of the short ruler, then move the two ruler forward, as you cut along the line you have drawn. Good luck ... I hope this helps!
I meant "move the ruler forward", not "move the 'two; ruler forward. Sorry!
MimiSC - that was my first thought also, use two rulers end to end. I also thought maybe folding it in hald, diagonally, then half diagonally again, marking the center point of the long side. then your 24" ruler should be long enough to reach the center of the long side and to the corner you need to cut, since the square is now a diagonal and doesn't have but half the distance to cut. Does that make sense? I can visualize it as I say it but don't know if it comes out right as it reads.
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Agnes:First is the Flower Windows quilt. These flower prints just keep continuing giving me joy.
I can see why. It's beautiful.
Agnes:Also finished some more mug rugs.
Very nice Agnes. I love the kaleidoscopes.
Marie:What I did today is finish the GGS's quilt top.
I love it Marie.
Has anyone made this block http://www.quilterscache.com/I/InterlockedSquaresBlock.html. felt like doing something different and been working on new Christmas stockings so I have fabric left over, as I bought 1/2 yd of each. Saw this and decided to make this as a Christmas quilt:
Donna - what I do is press the diagonal lines and cut with scissors. Or, use a yardstick to mark your lines and cut with scissors. I sometimes think we get so attached to our rotary cutters, we forget scissors exist!
Debbie: Saw this and decided to make this as a Christmas quilt:
Pretty block Debbie.
Debbie, I love that block! It's going to make a beautiful Christmas quilt.
Thanks to all for your comments on my DGG's quilt top. Now dad and son will have matching quilts, sort of.
Nana, could you refresh my memory on the fleece backing I'll be using? Stretchy grain going east and west or north and south?
Donna, Sharon Pedersons methed for cutting triangles when your ruler is not long enough is to fold your piece into a triangle, take your ruler and place a strait line on the fold and the other end at the tip and cut. Try it out with a piece of paper first if my instruction makes any sense. Since you need to have 4 triangles you'll have to bring the other tips together to make a cut. Hope this is clear and be sure to test it out on paper first.
Thank you all for the suggestions. I am still pondering what to do, thinking about folding it on the diagonal and ironing it that way then I can move the ruler down the line.
I think the ironing trick should work well, Donna, but you'll need to press gently so you don't stretch the square on the diagonal bias. Then use the yardstick to guide your rotary cutter. A group of us were at church today sewing skirts for girls in Africa, and no one had remembered to bring a long acrylic ruler, so we used a yardstick with a rotary cutter and it worked well.
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debbie, the fabrics you chose are going to look wonderful in your quilt.
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