The Straight Out of Line ruler by Karla Alexander is one of my favorite gadgets! This ruler cuts four to ten inch squares in half on an angle so you can cut seven different sizes from one tool for under twenty bucks! NOW I’ve got your attention! This ruler is so much fun that Karla has designed four more patterns around it so you have even more reasons to add it to the top of your demo list!
Item #CGRKA3 Retail $18.95
I love the quilts that feature these wonky style pinwheels but most of the tools on the market create bias edges. Since the Straight Out of Line ruler cuts the pieces from squares, the bias edges are cut and pieced so the integrity of the block is maintained! The outside edge of the block is totally on the straight of grain!
This ruler was created to piece wonky four- patches. But in Against the Rail, only one seam is sewn, so the resulting piece is a rectangle – unless you add a strip of red! Talk about adding the AWE factor! This is the perfect beginner quilt because there are no seams to match in the blocks. All of the blocks can be squared up to the same size, so as long as the seam is consistent, your students will be successful! There are the same amount of seams per row, so everything will fit together! And, since this is a Cut Loose Press pattern, it is reasonably priced and a great companion to a ruler demo!
“Twirl” uses the same template to cut and piece a diagonal seam – but this time, the coloration creates the paddle wheel effect. Again, beginners can square up the blocks to a consistent size and everything will match as long as their seam allowance is consistent – and everything will be on the straight of grain!!!! Again, this is a Cut Loose Press pattern so you can entice your customers at a very reasonable price!
“Fresh Cut” uses the same tool to create wonky four-patches for an entirely different look! It gives the illusion of curves without the work!
Item #SSQ401 Retail $9.00
Take those same four-patches and piece them into sixteen-patches in “Window with a View”. Look how different this looks when a sashing and corner posts are added!
Item #SSQ408 Retail $9.00
“Whirlwynd” is created with the same ruler – but looks completely different! These quilts are a great way to study fabric choices and placement! It will be available to ship by the end of the month.
Item #SSQ420 Retail $9.00
“Chain Reaction” puts a whole new spin on a Double Irish Chain! And, yes, it uses the exact same tool! This one will also be available at the end of the month.
Item #SSQ421 Retail $9.00
When have you ever had this much variety for under $20.00???
It is even featured in her book:
Item #B1121T Retail $24.99
With this kind of added support, it is time to re-visit a ruler that is destined to be a classic!