Welcome to another Tools Tuesday!
First up, a few housekeeping items relating to prior Tools Tuesday posts.
Regarding Darlene Zimmerman's Petal Shapes ruler; several folks left messages on that post, I was happy to read that some folks were as dumbfounded by that ruler as I was. What was I doing wrong? More than one person suggested I contact Darlene for a clarification on the proper use of that ruler, so I did. Several folks also mentioned that Darlene is a wonderful instructor and a very nice person, based on the note that she sent in response to my inquiry, I would agree. If I ever get the chance to take one of her classes I will.
So the long and the short of it, the Petal Shapes ruler can make a great large flower but doesn't have enough of a curve to make smaller flowers, no matter how you use that curve. I've updated that post with all the details if you're interested. (click here to read original post with update)
Next up, Flying Geese Units - I was really kidding about the whole who makes Flying Geese units the old fashioned way. Chocolate Chip Addict left a comment saying she was taught the traditional way in her beginning class, her teacher wanted everyone to learn the traditional way before they ventured off trying new ways. I think that's a good idea. If I had a better base of knowledge my first attempt with Hubble/Hubbel would not have been so horrible! And as that project proved, not all geese are the exact size the special rulers produce, then what! I have also heard that Jo Morton insists that quilters use the traditional method in her classes, so be warned!
Some folks mentioned they have Monique's Fit to be Geese rulers but don't understand how to use them, here are 3 tutorials that I hope will be of help to you:
My tutorial - click here
Carrie's tutorial - click here
Monique's Video tutorial - click here
Now, for today's Tool!
My Northern Lights blocks use Marti Michell templates for cutting the pieces. These templates make for such easy piecing, once you get everything cut out, the blocks practically assemble themselves!
Here are a few tips that I think may be of help to you if you ever use any of these templates.
So here's what a template looks like, they come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, but all have one thing in common, those edges on each corner. I like to put a little two sided tape on my templates to keep them from scooting around the fabric.
Once they start scooting again I take the old tape off and add new. I do remove the tape when I'm done with each template so I don't have a sticky mess in my storage bags. The tape peels off very easily.
To make cutting each piece a little easier, I first cut strips that match the width of the template.
In this case, this template is 2 1/2" wide, so that's the width I cut my strip.
A perfect fit!
Then I just need to cut the diagonal sides and I'm good.
The most important part of the templates is accurately cutting those edges, don't waste your time cutting these pieces then skimp or cheat on the edges, cut them, perfectly! I use a small rotary cutter with a sharp blade for my corners.
I think it's worth the extra few seconds it takes to put down the bigger rotary cutter and pick up the smaller one.
This is not the first project that I've made that uses these templates, the blocks in Lifetime Quilts 29 & 30 used Marti's templates. So far I've only used the templates in patterns designed by others, but if I took the time I could create something of my own, the templates are very versatile.
I've often thought these templates would be a great thing for a guild to buy then share. You don't need them for every project but when you do need them, it would be nice to "check them out" then return them when you were done with them. I've also thought the same thing about those Go Cutters. Do you belong to a guild that does that sort of thing?
One of my favorite things about Tools Tuesday are the comments folks leave with their experiences and impressions on the tools I review, thanks so much for adding some great thoughts to these posts!