I am excited to have this opportunity to provide a sneak peek of my newest pattern featuring the Quick Trim Ruler for Creative Grids!
I named the pattern “Old Dog, New Tricks” because having been a quilter for 30+ years and a shop owner for over 18, I can be pretty set in my ways. I am comfortable and proficient with the everyday techniques that I use to create quilts and I tend to be skeptical of notions that offer a better way of doing things. I think that makes me an “Old Dog”! I have to admit that I love working with the Quick Trim Ruler, it speeds up my piecing process and helps me be as accurate as possible.
My number one reason for designing the Quick Trim Ruler was to avoid having to draw all of those pesky lines on the reverse side of squares when you are making a flying geese block or clipping a corner.
The 45 degree lines on the ruler are perfectly positioned to allow you to trim the squares and rectangles before you sew. You can use the exact same seam guide that you use for every other seam in the quilt!
Now that I have been working with the ruler for several months, I have discovered that the Quick Trim Ruler is capable of a multitude of NEW TRICKS!
The pieced blocks in Old Dog New Tricks are made using 2 1/2 inch strips. The trimming process is done using the 45 degree lines, that are perfectly positioned and only available on the Quick Trim Ruler. These specialty lines allow you to use every inch of the strips with no waste. The pieces are cut in standard 1/4 inch increments, no fussy 3/8 or 7/8 measurements to deal with.
The Quick Trim Ruler will soon be renamed the “Quick Trim and Circle Ruler” for
very good reason – it also draws circles! Creative Grids brand is known for the non-slip surface on the bottom of the ruler. Turn the Quick Trim Ruler upside down when using it for drawing circles. I like to work on a firm pressing surface for this process.
In the photo I have placed a square of fusible interfacing on top of the pieced block, demonstrating the method used in the Old Dog New Tricks pattern. Place the ruler, upside down on top of the interfacing and position one of the holes that are down the center of the ruler directly over the center of the pieced block. It is easy to see through the interfacing. Put a push pin through the hole and into your pressing surface and hold it in place. Rotate the ruler to draw the circle – it’s easy! You can draw circles up to 22″!
Having demonstrated the ruler to well over a thousand people, I have discovered that the favorite trick for quilters everywhere is using the Quick Trim Ruler to trim binding strips before sewing them together on a 45 degree angle. No more having to guess where to overlap and where to sew, the ruler cuts the angle and pre-trims the dog ears for perfect results, every time.
To see this and more wonderful demonstrations in person, stop by the Checker Distributor booth at International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.