I took advantage of some free time over the weekend to work on my Blogger Girls BOM blocks for February.
The instructions for this block called for a couple of specialty rulers that I am excited about. These rulers were given to me by the inventor, Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts, I know that I would have purchased them myself, as any ruler designed by Monique is terrific. These will get lots of use by me in the future. The rulers are called the Fit to be Quarter Companion and the Fit to be Quarter 6.5.
Without giving away the whole block just yet, let me show you a few pictures of how the rulers are used to make the Square in a Square block shown above. This block has given me fits in the past, but now that I have some rulers to trim them to the right size, it comes out perfect every time.
You start with a square, which you line up with the markings on the ruler. My square happens to be 4 1/2 inches. Using the Fit to be Quarter Companion ruler, line things up at the 4 1/2 inch marks, trim the upper corners away, and sew on the triangles you cut out per the block instructions. When you line the fabric square up just right with the markings, you cannot go wrong with your cutting.
After sewing on two triangles, flip the block and trim away the upper corners, lining the square up with the markings on the ruler. Sew two more triangles on.
Now take the Fit to be Quarter ruler and line it up with your square, again on the 4 1/2 inch markings for my block. Trim away the excess at the top and right side. Turn the block to the right, and trim away that left hand side.
Do this on all four sides, and you have yourself one perfect square in a square block.
Can't wait to show you my two blocks for February, but we have to wait until next week!