For today's edition of Tools Tuesday I'm talking about the Easy Angle. I did a little tutorial here on using this ruler for making half square triangle units, but today I have another use for this ruler.
This is the ruler and it is by Sharon Hultgren for EZ Quilting. They are available everywhere!
This is a star point from my Hubble/Hubbel quilt. Doesn't it look perfect! Well it didn't start out that way.
It started out ugly,
this kind of ugly!
So when I consulted an expert about what to do about this messy point I got this response, "just pretend it's a giant flying geese unit and sew the sky units on the geese unit the old fashioned way. "
Sorry, but my old fashioned way was using Eleanor Burns flying geese rulers, and then I moved on to Monique Dillard's Fit to be Geese rulers. Really, there's another way to make flying geese, a way that doesn't involve making them big then squaring them up? If this is the old fashioned way I'm glad I'm a relatively new quilter, I'm not sure I would have survived making geese that way! Did you cut the pieces with scissors?
So after I explained that I wasn't 110 years old and didn't ever in my life make flying geese "the old fashioned way" I got a nice little tutorial about the point hanging off the top.
But how much point to hang off, well here's how I determined that.
This is Hubbel/Hubble's gigantic goose unit. I lined the point up on my cutting board just like this.
Then I laid the "sky unit" or as in the case of Hubble/Hubbel, the pieced star point block, on top of the goose unit and put just enough of the point off the top so that if fit in the black tip of the Easy Angle ruler.
Really, there's a fabric tip underneath that black point.
Note how I lined the bottom of the black tip with the yellow line on my cutting mat, that is the tip of goose unit. Then I pinned it in place, sewed it on, then pressed it per the pattern's directions.
Then I did the same with the other side.
See how the tip that is off the top is the exact same size as my Easy Angle tip?
Then I pinned, sewed and pressed.
Ta Da! A perfect quarter inch seam allowance is above that white point on my goose.
Once I used my Easy Angle to accurately measure those points, every one of my Hubble/Hubbel points came out perfectly.
Oh, and here's one more Hubble/Hubbel tip, those geese units are cut from huge squares, bigger than any square ruler I owned, so I folded a piece of fabric twice and cut it out using a ruler half the required square size. Make sure the edges of the ruler is right on the folds. They came out perfectly square! Then I cut them twice to get my big goose units.
And this my friends is a Not Terrible Tools Tuesday on a Thursday!