Jean Ann Wright is the queen of strip piecing templates and has created an entire line for Creative Grids. Although the technique is the same for each template, the design possibilities are endless.
At Market, Jean Ann visited with us and filmed a video sharing hints and tricks she shares in her classes.
All of these tools are based on the same premise. Each round of strips is trimmed before the next round is added so minor differences in seam allowances are adjusted as the block is built, round by round. No more wonky blocks – and they all end up to be the exact same size!
It all started with the original Log Cabin Trim Tool that makes an eight inch finished block.
There are a multitude of Cut Loose Press patterns to support it. “Country Retreat Log Cabin” is one of Jean Ann’s latest patterns that showcases the block beautifully.
After its release, we were instantly bombarded with requests for the same tool in different sizes so we combined a six and twelve inch size in one tool:
Other designers recognized the potential of these tools and started designing with them as well. Courthouse Lanterns by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs puts a whole new spin on a courthouse steps block.
If this technique worked for log cabins, why not Pineapple blocks? Jean Ann figured that out too…
“Tropical Fruit” is a bright cheerful quilt that shows how the placement of lights and darks can create a striking quilt.
With the popularity of hexies, Jean Ann saw potential to use them in a whole new way!
Whether you choose to make log cabin hexies, half hexies, or cutting two, four, six, or eight inch hexies – this tool does it all!
How do you create motion in a traditional log cabin block? Add wide strips to two sides and narrow to the other sides. What happens when you combine four of these blocks? You create pieced circles, of course! And since the tool makes eight inch blocks, they can be combined with the CGRJAW1!
“Circle Time” by Cam Kilman is a darling baby quilt or table topper and showcases the curves that are so easily achieved with this tool…
Once again, we immediately heard from all of you that they wanted a smaller version of this template so they could create 12″ circles by combining four blocks – and we listened!
“Rainbow Swirls” is a quilt with curves all in the right places!
To view all of the Cut Loose Press patterns, click on the ruler links – you’ll be glad you did!