Contrast Quilt Pattern

The Creative Grids Simple 7/8″ ruler is the easiest way ever to cut your squares for Half-Square Triangles. No more trying to see the tiny line – Creative Grids has made the 7/8″ lines the star of this ruler! Watch to see how to cut 7/8″ squares to make perfect half-square triangles every time. You won’t believe how these easy 7/8″ squares are! This is the quilting ruler that you never knew existed, but always needed!

This quilt is made using half-square triangles. These are a super simple and basic unit in quilting. The trickiest part of good half-square triangles is making sure you get accurate cuts. I recently discovered the 7/8″ Ruler from Creative Grids that makes it simple to get accurate 7/8″ cuts for half-square triangles! The genius behind this ruler is so simple – instead of making the 1″ marks the star of the show, it focuses on the 7/8″ marks! If you make just a few half-square triangle quilts, you’ll be so excited to have this ruler – it will save you from mis-cuts and make your squares so much more accurate!

I show you how to use the Creative Grids Simple 7/8″ Ruler in this video:

Get the Creative Grids Simple 7/8 Ruler in my shop here.

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And, if you want to use your Creative Grids 7/8″ ruler right away, you’ll want the Contrast Quilt pattern!

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The Turned Up Quilt

Introducing the Turned Up quilt! This fun quilt is easy to make using the Perfect Rectangle Ruler by Creative Grids. What’s that you say? No rectangles in sight on this quilt? I know! But this ruler cuts those perfect half-rectangle-triangles to complete the Turned Up quilt.

The quilt is made using seven half-yard cuts of fabric and finishes at 45″ x 45″ – making a perfect baby quilt or focal wall hanging. Use a gradient of your two favorite colors to put together this quilt that has a whole lot of interest! You’ll also get to play with partial seams when making this quilt. A super simple technique that will make you feel like a quilting rock star when you say “I made a quilt with partial seams” to someone who has no idea what that is. Because partial seams are actually super, super easy.

To learn how to use the perfect rectangle ruler used to make this quilt, watch this video:

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This is such a fun quilt to stitch up as a baby quilt or wall hanging.

Bold with a Twist

I’m excited to share with you the August Ruler of the Month Quilt, Bold with a Twist! The quilt is made using quarter square triangles and the 45/90 degree ruler from Creative Grids.

The 45/90 degree ruler is a fabulous ruler for making half square and quarter square triangles from strips. A super simple way to cut your quilt pieces! To see how the 45/90 degree ruler by Creative Grids works, I show you how in this video

You can use my affiliate links to purchase your new ruler, and the Spot on Dot. Get the 45/90 ruler at the Fat Quarter Shop or get your 45/90 degree ruler on Amazon. You can also get the Spot on Dot at the Fat Quarter Shop.

You can purchase the Bold with a Twist Pattern here:

How to Square up Quilt Blocks

When quilting, squaring up quilt blocks is important. Squaring up blocks helps to keep the entire quilt square. The finished quilt top will lie more flat. The entire quilt will be more even. But squaring up blocks is a pain. It takes time, and sometimes it seems like maybe shaving off all those slivers can’t be as important as getting the project done NOW. But it is. Squaring up is such an essential part of having your points line up.

Here, I’m going to show you how to square up Half Square Triangle, or HST block. Because HSTs are stitched on the bias (an angle across the fibers, instead of parallel with the fibers), it can make the blocks stretch out of whack when you press the block open. I’m trimming these HSTs to 3″. I could use a 3″ ruler, but instead I use a square ruler that is larger than 3″, and just keep an eye on my 3″ mark.

trim block

I also line up the angle of the block with the 45 degree line at an angle across the ruler. This will help all the points line up. I make sure that the block is inside the 3″ mark, then trim off the excess on the two sides, where the block hangs out past the ruler.

The block gets rotated 18o degrees, and then I line up the 45 degree line, as well as the 3″ line both horizontal and vertical. Trim off the excess on two sides, and the block has been squared up!

trim other side

Repeat – over and over and over again… until all your blocks are squared up!

trim half square triangle blocks

That scrappy pile on the right… that’s a whole scrappy pile towards accuracy.

Holiday Table Runner

After making my Christmas Tree Quilt, I had leftover quilt squares. There are so many fun things to make with Half Square Triangles… I decided to whip these into a fun table runner. A simple quilt-as-you-go runner.

Quilt as you go table runner

I started with HSTs and strips of fabric. Batting, and backing fabric.

supplies for table runner

I stitched the HSTs into strips.

line up strips

Then used the HST strips and fabric strips to make a quilt-as-you-go runner. Trimmed it up…

trim and square up

Bound it…

stitch on bindingstitch binding to back

Quilt as you go means it is quilted and pieced at the same time!

back of table runner

easy, peasy… done!

completed table runner