Okay, sew here’s the dealio- The pattern “Houndstooth” makes multiple sizes, which is always a plus in a quilt pattern if you ask me. (I don’t know why, since I rarely actually follow the size directions, but whatever.) Anyway, there are actually two different Creative Grids rulers you can use to make this pattern, based on the finished size of the quilt. Well, it really is asking too much for me to actually READ the back of the pattern when I buy it, so of course, I bought the ruler intended for the larger size, not the baby size. This is a problem.
I tried to figure out how to make it work, but it just wouldn’t. You would have to continually flip the ruler to get the right cut, and that defeated the purpose of buying the ruler in the first place. The pattern does include a template that you may use instead of the ruler, but let’s be real, I am way too lazy for that.
So, what else could I do besides break down and buy the correct ruler? It really did make a difference.
Okay, so now to the nitty gritty on how this thing works. I LOVE these specialty rulers by Creative Grids. They have so many that are so helpful, and as we all know, the right tool makes all the difference! Okay, so first off, this is the 2 1/2″ Strip Ruler. The trick is that you are actually initially making a tube. You sew your strips together in sets of two, and then sew two sets of those sewn strips together into a tube. To use the ruler, lay it on the tube vertically, just the same as you use a normal rotary ruler. Do not try to use it horizontally- it is uncomfortable, unnatural, and you are likely to make a mistake while cutting. Also, I found that the 28mm rotary cutter works best with these kinds of rulers. Cut your tube using the ruler’s diagonal edge as your guide. You will end up with . . .
this! You do have to pick out the seam at the corner after you have cut your pieces, but it is no biggie. Because the cuts alternate, you end up with alternate blocks. If I had followed the directions in the pattern, these actually would be identical because there were only two colors used in the original pattern.