Do You Ever Pop Off?

….Corners that is. Deb Tucker is at it again, and is about to release a new Studio 180 Design Tool. At the certified teacher reunion we were given the chance to play with the “Corner Pop”. We were given permission to blog about it but I can’t show a picture of the ruler until it is released, hopefully by Spring Market in May.

Corner Pop

Above are blocks made using the Corner Pop ruler, made by Deb Tucker.  This ruler makes it so easy to pop off a corner without having to draw any lines.
02 Corner pop student samples

Above are blocks made using the Corner Pop ruler by the certified instructors.
03 Corner pop 2 jacks

I made the block above using the V Block, Corner Beam and Corner Pop rulers.
04 Michelle H block

Above is a Hunter Star with the corners popped off and a strip added before sewing the popped off corner back on.  This was made by Michelle Hiatt of “Sew on the Go“.  I love what she did.

Below I will describe how to use the Corner Pop ruler:
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To begin, I made four 4.5″ unfinished V Blocks.
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The Corner Pop ruler has measurements for popping off the corner in 1/2″  increments from 1″ to 6″, and 1/2″ increments from 3/4″ to 5 3/4″.  It is also used for trimming down.  To determine how much to pop off divide the “Finished” size of your unit in half.  My V Blocks will finish at 4″, so I place the 2″ line placement on my unit and popped off the corner.
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I then flip the V Block unit over and pop off the second corner.
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What ever size you pop off add 1  1/4″ to that.  I popped off 2″ so 2 + 1  1/4″= 3 1/4″.  I cut four 3 1/4″ squares.
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Cut each square in half diagonally.
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Center a triangle on one side of the Corner Popped  V block and stitch.
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Press toward the triangle.
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Center the 2nd triangle on the other side and stitch.
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Press toward the triangle and trim down using the measurements on the Corner Pop Ruler.
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I cut four 4 1/2″ squares and popped off the corner to make snowball units.
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I cut four more 3 1/4″ squares and cut in half diagonally, and stitched the triangle on the popped off side.
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Press toward the triangle and trim down.
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I cut a 4 1/2″ center block and laid out my units.
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Above is the finished block with the corners popped off the V Blocks and Snowball units WITHOUT DRAWING ANY LINES!

This tool can open up very creative ways to make intricate blocks easily.  Woo Hoo!

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