I recently discovered that the quintessential tool for paper-piecing, the Add-A-Quarter Ruler, has evolved. What do I mean? Now it has a plus version with a tapered edge, which means you can dispense with the previously obligatory rectangle of template material for creating an edge to fold over the top of.
As you know, every great gadget deserves a great project. Enter my awesome snowflakes!
If you're a seasoned paper-piecer, you have to do a little self-talk as you adjust to the "Plus" factor. Lay the tapered edge of the Add-a-Quarter Plus ruler along the line with the lip facing upwards; fold the paper over the top.
When you find your right hand flailing around your cutting mat attempting to locate a wayward chunk of template plastic, it's time to talk to yourself. Say, "Self, slide out the ruler. Flip it over like a pancake, and trim."
Isn't that awesome? The Add-a Quarter Ruler was already a must-have notion, but the updated version is twice as useful.
If you're new to the paper-piecing scene, don't fret. I've have a play by play for you.
|Adding the First Two Pieces|
Piece 1: 2 1/4" x 3 1/2"
Pieces 4 & 5: 1 1/2" x 5"
Pieces 8 & 9: 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Piece 2: 2 1/4" x 4"
Piece 3: 2 1/4" x 6"
Pieces 6 & 7: 1 1/4" x 3 1/2"
|Adding the Third Piece|
|Adding the Fourth and Fifth Pieces|
Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. You're going to need a pattern to get you started. Each snowflake is composed of six identical units. It's very important to set the scale to 100% and the number of copies to 6 for each snowflake you'd like to make. The pattern also includes a template for setting triangles.
I added rectangular chunks to my blocks until the limits of my fabric allotment were met. I'm excited to take advantage of the negative space in this beauty.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd say you're due a giveaway. Thanks to the good folks at CM Designs, Inc. for donating a 6" Add-A-Quarter Plus ruler for one lucky paper-piecer.
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