A little inspiration

Hex ? 1
For me, inspiration for a new project can come from multiple sources, but more often than not my favorite projects are born from an odd, yet fabulous moment. I have bought an awful lot of stuff over the years. Sometimes I know what I am doing with it, but honestly, most of the time not. I just get what I like, and hope for the best. This is the perfect example of that.

I bought a couple of fat quarter packs of this Westminster fabric line from a discount store (Tuesday Morning). I had no idea what I was going to do with it, I just liked it and knew I needed enough of it to actually make something. Then, on a separate shopping trip, I got this book, “Sizzlin’ Sixties” by Heather Mulder Peterson from Anka’s Treasures. It was in clearance. On yet another shopping trip I also acquired the “Hex N More” ruler by Juliei Herman from Jaybird Quilts. I’m a ruler hog. That’s all I have to say about that.

So, how did this project begin? By me trying to clean up my sewing studio and coming across the fabric. All of the sudden something popped in my brain and before I knew it, these three items found themselves on my cutting board. The book doesn’t actually use the ruler in the directions, since the ruler didn’t even exist at the time of publishing. I love stuff like this- perfect opportunity to combine a pattern I like with a tool that makes it easier.
Hex? 2As I started pouring over the different options in the book “Sizziln’ Sixties”, it hit me that I wanted this quilt to have some drama to it, so dark grey seemed the way to go with all of those pastel-ish fabrics.  So, I got to cutting 2 1/2″ strips.

Hex? 3After matching and piecing a pastel fabric strip to a grey fabric strip, I pulled out my handy-dandy ruler.  The section of the ruler pictured here is simply the 60 degree angle.  I lined up the ruler on the 4 1/2″ line and began cutting my wedges.

Hex? 4Each time you cut a wedge, you get the mirror image of that wedge in your cut.  So, one one wedge, the dark grey is the bottom half of the triangle, while on the next wedge the dark grey is the top of the triangle.  I started playing with options on my design board, but as you can see, things quickly got out of hand…

Hex? 5All of these layout options came from the book, and I am really excited about the possibilities with this little wedge!

To buy a new ruler, or not to buy a new ruler-

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.

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.

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.

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 . . .

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.

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.