Category Archives: Square/Squared Tool

Grand Illusion

I have been so busy teaching this Spring, but I did find time today to finish my Grand Illusion’s quilt.  Why is it call Grand Illusion?  This Studio 180 pattern may look tricky but it is not.  It is made up of blocks and sashing in such away that it looks like the blocks are set on point but they are not!

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I chose to make this quilt as part of my obsession with Shaded Four Patch units.  Can you find them?

Grand Illusion can be made in Twin or Queen sizes and requires the use of Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer I, Square/Squared and Corner Pop tools.

 

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Now I’m onto my next project.

Tuckerization

Tuckerization, to Tuckerize. V.  The process of taking traditional quilt block instructions and applying process improvement techniques with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Tools!

I taught a Shaded Four Patch workshop last month and have been slightly obsessed with them ever since.  I keep looking for them everywhere.  I was at a quilt retreat with some fellow Certified Instructors and one them showed me a book by Sally Schneider called “Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen, or a King, Twin, or Lap”.  There are some beautiful quilts in this book with layouts for King, Queen, Twin or Lap size (hence the title of the book). There are several quilts that contained the Shaded Four Patch Unit.  I decided to make “Happy Days”.  I love her layouts but there are better ways to construct the units for the blocks.

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Happy Days

Can you see the Shaded Four Patch Units in the quilt above?

Above is a deconstructed block using four Shaded Four Patch units.  I absolutely love how using the background fabric for the narrow strip and the rectangle  give you this pennant effect.

By using Studio 180 Design’s Shaded Four Patch Technique Sheet and the Tucker Trimmer I  was able to make oversized units and square them up perfectly.

These little beauties are Combination Units made with my Tucker Trimmer I.  When you put 4 units together it makes this great looking pin wheel for the center of the block.  These are 2″ finished units. You can make these in 11 sizes with your Tucker Trimmer.

Above is the deconstructed block consisting of the combination units center and 4 Flying Geese made with my Wing Clipper I.  You can make flying geese in 10 sizes from 1″ to 10″ with the Wing Clipper

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The inner border was made using Quarter Square Triangles, which I made using my Tucker Trimmer.  I Tuckerized the heck out of this quilt!

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Below are more blocks containing the Shaded Four Unit.

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These two blocks are made exactly the same, with the same fabric.  The only difference is that the shaded Four Patch units in the corners are turned different ways.

These blocks all contain Shaded Four Patch Units.

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The quilt on the cover of “Love of Quilting” for Jan/Feb 2017 contains Shaded Four Patch Units and can be Tuckerized  with your Trimmer I and Square/Squared tools.  I would say Studio 180 Design Tools give you Quilting Clarity!

 

Perfectly Paperless Piecing

Not that I have anything against paper piecing, but…if I can get the same results without having to paper piece, I’m all for it!  Earlier this year Deb Tucker introduced her new tool “The Large Square Squared” and it is teriffic!  It operates like the original  Square Squared, but the original was limited to 6 sizes whereas the large Square Squared gives you high precision for 12 different size units from 1″ to 12″.  As always it offers minimal waste and right & left handed instructions.  With it’s improved guidelines it takes two tools, Part A and Part B to accomplish all this.

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But wait, there’s more!  Deb has a new pattern about to be released called Peach Melba. It is a Studio 180 Design companion pattern for the Large Square Squared tool that makes a beautiful pineapple block.

I only have one block done so far. But with this great Kaffe Fassett fabric I can’t wait to finish it.  This is a 12″ finished block.  The Large Square Squared tool made the process easy.  I would never have guessed I could make a pineapple quilt so perfect with out paper piecing!  The pattern gives you the choice of Lap, Twin or Queen size quilts.

I did finish “Filigree” another Studio 180 Design companion pattern for the Large Square Squared & Corner Beam tool.  It was design by fellow Certified Instructor Sarah Furrer.  This pattern also gives you the choice of Lap, Twin or Queen size quilts.

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Filigree

I made the Lap size, 54″ x 70″.  I love this pattern.  It is a great way to get to know your new Large Square Squared tool.

There are only two blocks. The first is the Snail Tail that uses the Large Square Squared tool, the second uses the Corner Beam tool.

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See why I call it perfectly paperless piecing?  What a beautiful back of a block!  Both Peach Melba & Filigree are not yet released, so be sure to sign up for the Studio 180 Design Newsletter at www.studio180design.net so you get news first.

Fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor, Michelle Hiatt has also just released a new companion pattern for the Large Square Squared and Diamond Rects tools called Jenn’s Journey!

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You can find Jenn’s Journey at many local quilt shops or go to Michelle’s Etsy shop “Sew On the Go“.

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I have my fabric picked out and ready to cut for Jenn’s Journey!

Southern Hospitality

Well, I got her done! What do you think? I really like this pattern. I made this using the Studio 180 Design Square/Squared and the Tucker Trimmer I. The center of the quilt is not difficult at all. Either are the migrating geese, but you must use your best skills and a true 1/4″ seam. I will be adding this to my class list.
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Southern Hospitality Preview

I’m working on a new class sample using the Square/Squared tool by Studio 180 Design & Deb Tucker. I’m using the Southern Hospitality companion pattern. I thought I would give you a preview. I love this pattern because it goes together in way you don’t expect. It is easy when you use good tools such as the Square/Squared tool.

On my design wall is the center of the quilt. This quilt is put together with several simple units.
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These are called “Little Houses”. They are used in the inner border and to make the star points.
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This unit is called Square/Squared. It is used in the inner border and for some star points.
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These are two color 4 patches and three color four patches.
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These are cornerstone units.
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These are large square/squared units that will be cornerstones in the migrating geese border.
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Now, I did say this quilt was easy. Migrating geese are not difficult but, this is a precision technique, so you need to use your best skills for a great result. I messed up! I cut geese squares 1/4″ too large and then tried to compensate by cutting the geese background larger. Now they did make nice migrating geese, but they are larger than what is required for a pieced border. So, back to the fabric store to get more fabric to fix my boo boo!
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When I get the top done I post another picture!