I wanted to do something today, a project for the pure pleasure of sewing and playing with bright colours! I have been playing with this ruler off and on but hadn't quite ever settled on a colour scheme that I really had the urge to play with. Sew, here we go! I am a huge Eleanor Burns fan as many of you may know. I think her books are marvelous, especially for beginners. She leaves nothing to chance, she goes into great detail about everything from choice of colours and why, as well as all the tools that you will need. The Quilt in The Day Books show you every step no matter how big or small the steps may be, the books are well thought out and produced.
Specialty rulers are great fun to have, some are more practical than others but like all tools if you take good care of them they will last forever. There are people that will tell you that you don't need them, you can use cardboard or paper templates. After 28 years of doing patchwork, I can honestly tell you that cardboard and paper don't stand up well with a rotary cutter and your finished blocks will be be inconsistent.
I love using a new ruler, it gives me an opportunity to try different shapes and it challenges me to think about all the different uses and the design possibilities.
I decided to follow the pattern on the ruler, a way of testing it to see if I can get the same results that the ruler claims you can get.
Here is a photo of the pieces for the block. The center piece is the fabric from the Layer Cake or Charm Square. I chose to use a white on white background fabric since the undertones of the fabrics that I am using are white.
When I open up the two pieces I have even sides. WooHoo!!!! It's the simple things in life that make me happy.
Tomorrow is a big day, we have a girls u-12 football county final. Way to go Clonee, you girls are outstanding!!!!!! And then we are going to watch the All Ireland Hurling Championship, as the granddaughter of a proud Galway woman.... UP GALWAY!!!!!!!!!!