Monday, July 15, 2019

Tuckerize your Quilting Blog Hop - Split Rects

Welcome to Day 1, "Tuckerize Your Quilt Blog Hop" Hosted by "Tamarinis," Tammy SilversTammy and I are getting this Blog Hop started today.  During the blog hop through July 20th, 11 of Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors will be blogging about her tools, plus giving you tips and tricks.  Be sure to check out the bottom of the page for a complete list of bloggers and their scheduled blog dates. 

Today, I will be demonstrating the Studio 180 Design Split Rect® tool, one of my favorite tools. However, I'm going to giving you a new twist, showing you how the Left Hand Quilter uses the tool.  

As a left-handed quilter, one of the reasons I fell in love with the Studio 180 Design tools and techniques is that you can use them Right Handed or Left Handed.  Each of the tools come with a fully detailed set of directions that show you how to use it. Plus, they give you cutting charts that provide the size of squares and strips needed to make the units you desire. 

Did you know that you can download PDF versions of the Tool Instructions from the Studio 180 Design website, check it out, HERE


The Split Rects® tool can make up to 8 different Split Rectangle units sizes.  You will make each unit oversized and trim down using the tool.  There are currently 8 separate Studio 180 Design patterns that use the Split Rects® tool, including my favorite, Fiesta

Also, as a Studio 180 Design pattern designer, I have written a few myself. For example, Getaway (pictured above) and Whirlwind. 

Split Rects the Left Handed Way

You will start by referring to your tool instructions to cut out the correct size of strips.  Note:  The strip size can be found on the cutting edge of your Split Rects® tool.

Once your strips are ready, place them on your cutting mat.  Determine what type of seam slant your block will need.  Below are the three different types of unit seam slants.

For all the unit types below, Left Handers will place your strips on the mat vertically and cut from the bottom up. 

Type #1 - Lower Right to the Upper Left 

You will want to lay your strips with right sides facing up.

Type #2 - Lower Left to the Upper Right

You will place your strips with wrong sides facing up.

Type #1 and #2 - Mirror image units

You will place strips either facing right sides together or wrong sides together.  Note you will need to cut each color separately to get the mirror image work out correctly.  

Cutting the Rectangles

Once you determine your seam slants, you can begin the cutting process.  Start by trimming the end off to make a straight clean edge. 

Trim #1 - Locate the bold line near the slant edge of your Split Rects® tool labeled and the Finished size of your units you want to make.  Position the bold line on the clean edge of your strip, and the desired size of your units should line up with the bottom of the strip.  Trim along the slanted angle to get your first elongated triangles. 

Trim #2 - Rotate your tool half a turn looking for the small second trim "nub" on the longest edge of the tool.  Position the "nub" labeled "2nd Trim" on the top of the strip and placing the Second trim guideline on the clean slanted angle of the strip.  Trim straight across to make another elongated triangle.

You will repeat this process unit all the slants you need for your projects are cut.

Stitching and Pressing

Stitching the elongated triangles is easy and straight forward.  After you have your elongated triangles pieces layout based on the slant, you can stitch them. Place them right sides together and aligning up the bias edge.  Center your two pieces by having a bit of overlap at the ends.   

Pressing can be done by pressing to the dark, or you can press them open.  Please remember your units will be oversized so now we will talk about the trimming.

Trimming unit to Size

Trim #1

The trimming of the units is based on the type of unit you are making and the size.  Position the unit on the mat vertically for us Left Handed quilters.  Align the "Common Diagonal" or "Size Diagonal" depending on the slant unit you are making.  Make sure your unit is contained inside the size of the unit you are making. Trim along the side and across the top.

Trim for Unit type #1 - Seam aligned up with the Common Diagonal.

Trim for Unit type #2 - Seam aligned with the size diagonal.

Trim #2

With Trim #2, you will pick up your tool, rotate your unit 180° and reposition the tool on your unit.  Aligning the "Cut Size" measurement on the cleaned up corners of your unit and aligning the diagonals once again make your second trim.

Trim unit type #1.

Trim unit type #2.

Left Handed quilters can rejoice that Deb Tucker is making tools that help us out so we do not have to attempt to work right-handed. Be sure to check out the other Studio 180 Design tools that can make the basic quilting units easy. 

I'm was delighted to be part of the Tuckerize your quilt Blog Hop, and I hope you will check out the other bloggers below each day now through July 20. We will have a few guest bloggers on during the blog hop as well, so make sure to check out those special blogs.  While you are reading the blogs, don't forget to sign up for their newsletters and blogs.

Monday, 7/15/19 

Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis 
Tina Dillard, Quilting Affection Designs  

Tuesday, 7/16/19

Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler 
Sarah Furrer, Studio 180 Design 
Wednesday, 7/17/19

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads 
Marie McKay, Ribbon Star Studio

Thursday, 7/18/19 
Deborah Chiarelli, Guest Blogging for Tina Dillard  

Friday, 7/19/19
Michelle Hiatt, Sew On the Go 

Saturday, 7/20/19 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Garden Enchantment BOM Block 4

It's that time of the month in the Garden Enchantment BOM.  Block 4 is now available to download and make.  Only 2 more months left in this Block of the Month Program, time just goes by fast.

Block 4 is very similar to Block 1 in a lot of ways, except for the coloring.  For this block, you will need your Tucker Trimmer® 1, V-Block® and Square Squared® tools. We will be making 4 blocks that have the following units: Half Square Triangles, SideKick & High/Low and Diamond in a Square unit.

Half Square Triangles

Let's start with a quick overview of the Half Square Triangles.

Start by marking the back of your white squares with stitching lines using your Quilter's Magic Wand to get the 1/4" on each side of the center diagonal.

Layer with right sides together with the white and green squares and stitch on the marked lines.

Trim down the middle of the stitched lines.  

Yielding two triangles. Press toward the Green triangles.

Right Handed

Left Handed
Position the Tucker Trimmer® tool over the half square triangle unit, laying the common diagonal on the seam lines.  Trim the first two sides.
Right Handed

Left Handed
Rotate your unit 180° and reposition the Tucker Trimmer® once again on the unit this time making sure to line up the 2" trim line on the cleanup edges and the common diagonal on the seam lines and trim again.

Make 48 Half Square Triangles.

Diamond in a Square

We have been making the Diamond in a Square the last couple months now.  Please remember the following when you are making your 4 units.

Remember that you need to use your center square section of your tool to sub-cut your strips and get the accurate size for your center square. 

Remember when stitching your triangles to your squares to stitch with the square on top of the triangles, so you get the best visibility.

Position your Square Squared tool with the 3" "X's" on the seam intersections and dashed lines on the center seams, and make sure you have the 3 1/2" trim lines are inside the edges of the unit and make you first trim.

Rotate the unit around 180° and repositioning again lining up the "X's" and the seams, along with the 3 1/2" trim down line and trim again.

Make 4 Diamond in a Square unit.

SideKick and High/Low Units.

Finally, we are going to make 4 SideKick and High/Low Units.  Remember, we will be removing the left Side of the based Section Square and replacing it with a Side Triangle that is cut with your Studio 180 Design V-Block® Tool. 

Right Handed

Left Handed
To get started, we will place the based section squares on the mat FACE UP for cutting. Then you are going to put the Dotted line of you V Block® on the edge of the base section square and the bottom of the finished unit size guideline along the raw edge of the square.  Cut along the slanted edge of the tool. 

Right Handed

Left Handed 
Next, place your side triangle strip on the cutting mat FACE UP for cutting. This will ensure we are getting the correct side triangle for the replacement.  

Position the Bold Solid line of you V Block® Trimmer on the edge of the trimmed end of the teal strip and make sure to line up the bottom of the finished size guideline along the raw edge of the strip.  Cut along the slanted edge of the tool.

Right Handed

Left Handed
Rotate the V Block tool 180° and position the extended diagonal line against the previously trimmed slanted cut.

Layout the Side Triangles and base section face up as they will be positioned in the final unit. Position a side triangle and base section with right sides facing together.  Align the edges and Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Repeat to make 4 Side Triangle Units.  Do Not Trim at this point!  Next, We need to add the Low unit.

Mark a diagonal line down the wrong side of your Dark Green Square, which will be your stitching line.

Position the Dark Green Square in the bottom right-hand corner of your SideKick with right sides together and the line going across the corner. 

Stitch on the line, Trim the seams 1/4" from the stitching lines, and press away from the based unit.

Right Handed

Left Handed
Position the V-Block® trimmer tool on the unit.  Making sure to line up the side triangle seam with the guideline on the tool and to Position the intersection of the two seamlines where the guidelines on the tool intersect.  Note the seam on the folded corner will not line up with the guideline of the tool. Align the Finished size measurement with the seam lines.  Trim the first two sides.    

Right Handed

Left Handed
Rotate your SideKick & High/Low unit 180° and line up the V Block® tool again. Aligning the cut size stated in your instructions with the previously trimmed edges and the "X" lines with the sewn seam line intersections.  Trim the last two remaining sides. 

You will make 16 SideKick & High/Low units.

Corner Units

Stitch together the Half Square Triangles and squares to make the corner units, pressing according to the directions in your pattern.

Layout your units and stitch together, pressing according to the directions in your pattern.

This completes Block 4, remember you will need to make 4 blocks. See you on August 15th for Block 5 release and tutorials.  

"Designs to Inspire"

Friday, July 5, 2019

Graceful Points QAL Block 12

We are moving forward and fast to the end of the Graceful Points QAL. I don't know about you, but I am amazed at how fast we have moved through the QAL.

Today, we are introducing block 12, which means we have only 3 blocks left.  The above image shows all the blocks we have completed so far.  Which means that we have most of the blocks around the center done. We just have a couple of fill blocks to complete before we tackle the last block.

Block 12 - Blockbuster #20 - Stellar Collision is the block we will be introducing today.  The Blockbuster shows three variations of the block and we will be making the last block that includes the Quarter Square Triangles.   You can do any of the other blocks in this Blockbuster, but I will be showing how to make this block in the tutorial.

For this block, we will be using the BG, C1, C2, and C4 fabrics, so please refer to your color chart found in your general instructions. You will also want to make sure you download both of the Block 12 and Blockbuster #12 "Stellar Collision" Instructions, required to make your blocks.

You will need to gather the following tools,  Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star®, Tucker Trimmer® I and Square Square® 6". 
 Please remember that you should read the tools instructions before starting if you are not familiar with these tools, primarily the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star® tool.  You may also want to check out the Studio 180 Design Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Part 1 and Part 2 YouTube Videos.

Please remember that the pictures used in this tutorial are for the 6" block for the Wallhanging.  Be sure to read the Downloaded Block Instructions to get the correct cutting and trimming sizes for the 12" block, which are indicated in (Blue) parenthesis.

Let's start with making our Lemoyne Star Quarters.

You are going to start with gathering your strips that are indicated in your block instructions.  First, with rights facing up, layout strips as shown above.  Mark at the top of your background strips "Top-A" and "Top-B," then measure down from the top of the background strips the width of the strip and place a mark. This mark will be used to lineup the top of the narrow strip.

Stitch the strip sets together. Place your strips on the ironing board with the right side facing up and press the "A" strips toward the background fabric.  The "B" strips should be pressed toward the narrow strip. 

Left Handed Cutting Position
Position the strips sets on your cutting mat, layering them with right sides together.  Making sure the seams nest along the long seam.  If you are a right-hand cutter, you will need to layer them with the "B" strip set on the bottom and the "A" on top. I am left handed so the opposite is pictured above. 

Right Handed

You will need to use a long ruler and your Lemoyne Star tool for this next step.  Position the 1/4" mark on the seams of your strip set and bumping the other ruler up against the angled edge, this gives you a proper 45° angle to start from. While holding your ruler in place, remove the Lemoyne Star tool, and cut your first angle.

Right Handed

Now the first 45° angle, continue cutting these angle cuts by the width of the narrow strip.  You should have four layered strips,  keep them together for the next step.

Cutting show for Left Handed
For this next step, Left-hand cutters it highly suggested that you carefully flip each of the pairs over from east to west so they look like right-handed cutters.  This allows you to see the tip of the narrow strip that will help guide you for the second trim.  

You are now going to make second cuts that go vertically.  Position your ruler's edge at the tip of the narrow strip and trim straight up.  You are going to cut another set of triangles for your pieced unit.

Next, open up the pieced units so they lay with right sides up. Be sure to keep track of what pieced units are your "A" and "B" units.

Position the outer triangles on top of the pieced unit so right sides facing together. Stitch along the outer edge.  Recommend that you stitch with the triangle laying on the bottom. 

Press the "A" toward the narrow star fabric, and the "B" will be pressed toward the Background units.  

Right Handed Cutting

Position your unit on the cutting mat once again.  The right-hand cutter should position the star toward the 2 o'clock position and Left Handed in the 10 o'clock position.  Position the 4" lines on the seams of the diamond. This size would be the size of the block that would be made if we were making a standard Lemoyne Star block.

Once all your units are trimmed you need to stitch the "A" and "B" units together.  Making sure to nest seams together and aligning the top and bottom points carefully.  Press the units open when finished.   

Right Handed

Left Handed

Now its time to trim the oversized units using your Tucker Trimmer®.  Lining up the 2 1/2" trim line at the bottom of your unit and the common diagonal down the center of the unit and trim the tow side.  Flip the unit around and clean up the dog ears at the bottom. 

Make 4 units.

Quarter Square Triangles

We have covered the Quarter Square Units back in Block 1, so I will only providing you a brief overview of the unit.  If you need additional assistance, please read Block 1 Blog.

Mark the backs of the two green or the white and gold fabrics with a 1/4" seam lines using your Quilter's Magic Wand. Position a Green and Gold fabrics with right sides together and the same for the White and Green fabrics.  Stitch on the lines, cut down the center and press toward the dark side.

You will now have Half Square triangles, please remember you do not have to trim them at this point.

Position a Green/White and Green/Gold Half Square Triangle units together and make sure the seams nest together.  Mark your 1/4" lines using your Quilter's Magic Wand.  Stitch on the lines and cut down the center of the seam lines. 

Press to one side and trim to size using your Tucker Trimmer® tool.

Make 4 units.

Square Squared unit

Since we have done this unit in the past, please refer back to Block 5 blog post on how to put this unit together.

Once you have all your units completed, you will need to layout your units, as shown above.  

Your Block 12-Blockbuster #20 Stellar Collision is now complete. I look forward to seeing your Blocks, and I hope you will share your photos in the comments section below or on the Graceful Points Facebook Group.  Additionally, you can post your blocks on Facebook or Instagram, making sure to use the #gracefulpointsqal and/or #quiltingaffection designs.  I can't wait to see your blocks.

Come back on Friday, July 19th for block 13, where we will review the Square Squared and Wing Clipper tools once again. 

"Designing to Inspire"