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How to use Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design Square Squared Ruler

The Square in a Square unit certainly looks easy enough – Just sew 4 triangles to a square. How hard could that be? Well – very. The center square is precision cut, and each triangle needs to be positioned perfectly to be sure the square is centered accurately. Ugh.

By making the precision cut easy and oversizing the triangles the Square in a Square can be made easily and accurately.

Here’s how: (click on the picture to see it without the words)

This is the first block in the Storm at Sea Quilt. Click HERE to get the FREE Storm at Sea pattern.  

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A little more info on the Square Squared ruler:

  • Ruler size – 6 ½” x 12”
  • Unit sizes – 6 size options from 1” finished units to 6” finished units
  • Step by step illustrated instructions
  • Instructions for left hand cutting and trimming
  • Fine lines for high accuracy
  • We have companion patterns – but you don’t have to use our patterns to use our tools.  If the Square in a Square unit is in the pattern – just use your Square Squared ruler – fast, easy and super accurate!!

If you have any questions or need some help – just send an email to barbara@alleycatquiltworks.com – I’m happy to help!

Until next time,

Barbara

Barbara Dann
Alleycat Quiltworks 
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Get out your colored pencils or markers!

When’s the last time you colored??  I don’t very often.  And I’m not sure why because I find it so relaxing and creative.  Oh, I’ve bought the adult coloring books and the colored pencils…… haven’t you?

Let’s have a little fun!  Start by printing out your FREE Storm at Sea pattern.

Get it here! –   Stress Free Storm at Sea pattern )

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Then find your colored pencils or markers..  Easy so far??

These are my favorite colored pencils!  You can get them at Michaels.

Using your favorite pencils or markers just start to add some color.  See how there are circles, intertwining shapes,  hearts, stars, medallions?  Freedom to play!  When’s the last time you did that??  You may want to look at my Storm at Sea Pinterest Board for inspiration and ideas.

What if you really like your design and want to make it into a quilt?  Print your free pattern HERE!

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The two units used are the Square in  Square and the Diamond Rects. Follow your design to make each unit.  For example, the Square Squared on the left side would be a blue center square, red triangles on opposite sides and blue triangles on the other tow sides.  The Diamond Rects on the left side would be made by using a blue diamond with two red triangles on the opposite sides. The other two triangles would be light blue and dark blue.

Next post – how to use your Square Squared ruler!

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If you have any questions send an email to: barbara@alleycatquiltworks.com – I’m happy to help! Also send pictures of your designs!!

Barbara Dann

Alleycat Quiltworks

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It’s always the last one………

I bought 26 fat quarters of Alison Glass Chroma fabric to use for my next project.  Yummy, right?

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And then the dilemma.  I need background fabric.  Lots of background fabric.  Do I choose white – safe but not a wow background?  Maybe black – I always default to black.  Tried both and blah, nothing exciting there.

So off I go to see Cynthia at Stitch Your Art Out for some inspiration.  We spent an hour trying various shades of blue, yellow, and gray.  Nope – all were ok but not “it”.  Then Cynthia pulled a beautiful dark brown and it looked great with the fabrics.  Made them pop and I liked it.  We continued to try a few repeats just to make sure brown was the one.

And then Cynthia said –  “Let’s just see how this purple looks.”

WOW!  I knew right away that was it!

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Here are some of my blocks so far:

Bubble Gumblock 1

Boutique Shimmerblock 2

Babbling Blueblock

Thanks, Cynthia for helping me choose a not boring background!  More blocks to come!

Do you have a go-to background or do you like to try lots of fabrics before deciding?

Happy Fall!

Barbara