Recently, I attended a lecture and trunk show at Delphine’s quilt shop in Gaylord, Michigan. The speaker was Jodi Barrows who invented the Square-in-a-Square ruler and who has written many books about using the ruler.
To use the ruler to make many of the basic quilt piecing shapes, you cut strips of fabric to sew onto a center shape, usually a square or a diamond, and then use the tool to trim. I used light blue batik fabric as the strip and dark navy batik for a diamond shaped center.
Here strips have been sewn to both sides of the center diamond shape.
These are then cut apart…
… and trimmed using the ruler as a guide. In the case of a center diamond, first the 60 degree points are aligned with that area of the ruler and trimmed…
After pressing, the patch is about as perfect as can be!
For the traditional Storm-at-Sea pattern, the diamond,…
… and the large square-in-a-square-in-a-square are required.
I chose a 3 by 4 block layout with one-half inch green inner border and 3 inch coordinating purple-blue outer border for my quilt top.
The finished measurements are 27 1/2 by 33 3/4 inch. Despite the resulting small size of some of the pieces, the ruler made it possible without too much trouble.
I intend to use these lovely Lava thread by Superior to quilt it.
I will post a picture of the quilting when complete.
beautiful quilt!! thanks for the step by step for how to use the tool
What size blocks did you use? I have this book and ruler, but haven’t tried this design. Thanks for sharing your photos. Don’t you just love this ruler???
The diamond centered blocks are 2 1/4 by 4 inches. The large square-in-a-square-in-a-square are 4 by 4 inches. The smaller squares are 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches. Good luck with your project!
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Nicely done. I love Jody Barrows square in a square. I have 4of her books and 2 rulers ,I get all my points where they are supposed to be.