If you’ve paid much attention at all to the quilts I make, you know that most every one of my quilts has more than a few half square triangles. . I’m always looking for a “new and improved” method for making perfect half square triangles. Maybe I’m the world’s worst presser because no matter what method I use, they get distorted when I press so the only way I can get my half square triangles to come out perfect is to use a method where I trim after pressing.
At quilt market in May, June Tailor’s booth was across from us and Katy and Kristie were demoing a new half square triangle ruler. As best I could, I was trying to watch what they were doing from across the aisle and never quite figured out what would make their Perfect Half Square and Quarter Square Triangle Ruler so great. The last day of the show, I walked over to their booth and Katy explained it all to me. It seemed easy enough and after market closed, she gave me the ruler she’d been using for demos.
Once I tried this ruler, I don’t see that I’ll ever use another method for making half square triangles. I love it! The half square triangles come out so perfect but what I like best is that the half square triangle is under the ruler so when I hold the ruler down, the fabric isn’t moving at all and I have the whole ruler on which to place my fingers . . no reason at all to get my finger too close to the rotary cutter!
Please click on this video link to watch a little demo of the ruler in action. It’s an amazing new tool for those of us who love half square triangles. I’m sure using the ruler to make quarter square triangles is just as amazing but I haven’t done that yet. I’ve been too busy making this quilt, which by the way, has 614 half square triangles. I put the ruler to a good test and I do love it!
After watching the video, if you think you would like one of these rulers, please ask your local quilt shop to get them! They’ll be more than happy to do so . . and maybe you can even do a demo of the ruler at your local shop!
June Tailor has very generously donated 5 of these fantastic rulers to be given away on my blog. All you have to do to be eligible to win one of them is to leave a comment about your experience with half square triangles! You can tell about a quilt you made, when you first learned to use half square triangles, a big mess up you made with them .. anything related to half square triangles will get you eligible for the rulers. The winning names will be drawn June 15 about noon and the rulers will be shipped directly to the winners from June Tailor.
And . . remember what’s on my design wall? Next week I’ll be sharing that pattern with you. Yep, 614 half square triangles but you can do it . . especially if you have this handy dandy Perfect Half Square Triangle Ruler!
Also, the cone thread racks that readers often ask about are a June Tailor product also. I don’t think a lot of quilt shops keep these cone racks in stock but your shop can get it for you if you ask them to do so.
Thanks June Tailor for a great new tool and thanks for the rulers for the giveaway!