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Jennie Rayment’s easy peasy piecing Folding Ruler project

Crafter's Companion – 24/08/19

We’ve got another wonderful project for our amazing ambassador, Jennie Rayment, to share with you all today! Jennie is a pretty big fan of our Threaders 12.5″ x 12.5″ Folding Ruler, so she’s put together this whole project inspired by the useful tool. Explore the versatility of the ruler with this simple design and have a go at arranging the pieces to create fun looks!

You will need:

  • Threaders 12.5″ x 12.5″ Folding Ruler
  • Threaders A2 Folding Cutting Mat
  • Threaders 45mm Rotary Cutter with Replacement Blades
  • Threaders 1m Linen Look Fabric Bolt – Cream OR White
  • Threaders 1m Linen Look Fabric Bolt – Powder Blue
  • Threaders 1m Linen Look Fabric Bolt – Dusky Pink

Step 1

Cut 7″ wide strip of Cream (or White) and Blue fabric.

Step 2

From these strips, cut four half square triangles (HST). Cut one triangle, then turn the ruler around and cut another set. Make sure you keep the point of the triangle on the edge of the fabric.

Step 3

Join on Cream and one Blue HST to make a square using 0.25″ seam allowance. Press seam open and flat.

Step 4

Repeat step 3 and make three more squares.

Step 5

Arrange the four squares as a pin wheel.

Step 6

Sew two squares to make one half of the design – check carefully that there is a 0.25″ between the top of the shapes and the seam.

Step 7

Repeat with the other two squares to make the second half of the design.

Step 8

Join both halves. Match the points on the right side. Sew the two sections together, aiming to pass exactly through the base of the ‘V’ shape you can see in the open seam. Have courage – deviate from the seam allowance if necessary. Getting those points matching is preferable to sewing an exact seam allowance.

Step 9

Press the seam open and flat.

Step 10

Lay the Folding Ruler on top, aligning the 6″ mark with the centre of the block. Trim any excess material to the edge of the ruler.

Step 11

Turn the block through 180 degrees. Replace the ruler aligning the 6″ mark on the ruler with the centre of the block. (Trimmed sides will align with the 12″ measurement on the ruler.) Trim excess fabric.

Step 12

Using the Folding Ruler, cut the block into three 4″ strips.

Step 13

Subdivide each 4″ strip into three 4″ squares.

Step 14

Arrange the squares in your chosen design. Play with the pieces and see what you come up with! At this point, you could stop and sew the nine squares together, but why not repeat the above with Pink and Cream fabric, then interchange the pieces for a delightfully pretty, softly toned patchwork block. Take a look at the suggestions below!

Once you’ve decided on an arrangement and sewn your block together, use it for a bag, cushion or include it in a softly toned quilt!

Alternatively, you could make more blocks and combine them for a larger quilt. Add borders before you enhance with some quilting using the Gemini Quilting Pattern Guides.

We absolutely love all the ideas and projects that Jennie comes up with, and we hope that you do too! If you create any of these blocks or the quilt, be sure to share them with us on our Sew Inspiring with Crafter’s Companion Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#crafterscompanionsews), on Pinterest (@CraftersCompUK) or on Twitter (@CraftersCompUK)!