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Get your Studio 180 Design Fix 2 Ways!

Tucker University.  I’m getting ready to use this great program at the end of the month at Stash Away Quilt Shop in Rome, NY.  Tucker University was created based on the product line offered by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design (S180) tools and Technique Sheets.  Deb Tucker and her team continue to introduce news tools as well as techniques to expand the use of the tools.

The Tucker University curriculum was written with the busy shop owner and/or S180 Certified Instructors (CI) in mind.  This curriculum allows the shop owner or S180 CI to use a pre-designed lesson plan to offer technique building classes to their customers.  The lesson plans and student handouts have been prepared for the instructor and are ready for use.  The preparation time is now minimal.

These lesson plans allows the student to learn to use the tool without having to make an entire quilt.  In the first lesson “Tucker Trimmer I & Shaded Four Patch” students will make half square triangles and  2 & 3 color combination Units.

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Half Square Triangle

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Combination Units

Students will also learn to make 2, 3, & 4 color Quarter Square Triangles.

 

 

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Quarter Square Triangles

 

Last but not least, student will also learn to make the Shaded Four Patch Unit.

 

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Shaded Four Patch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the Tucker Trimmer alone, a quilter has 33 opportunities to create precise units.  These units are often referred to as basic units, therefore they must be precise to fit nicely with more advanced units.

For more information about Tucker University contact Beth Sidley (440) 567-7950 or Phyllis Fay (847) 4454-1976.

Email: tucker.univ@gmail.com

Studio 180 Academy

S180 Academy Invitation

I thrilled to be teaching at this event!  Please go to www.studio180academy.com and check out the great teachers and classes being offered.

 

A Goose of a Different Feather

I was going through some magazines from last year and saw a quilt made by Catherine Hughes that had a block in it that contained different kind of Flying Geese units, the background of the geese were half square triangles.  I decided to Tuckerize it, which meant  I would use my favorite Studio 180 Design Tools.

I decided to make a 10″ finished size block containing a 5 1/2″ center square. The Studio 180 Design method of making flying geese using the Wing Clipper 1 uses one large square and four small squares.  For this project the small squares would be half square triangles instead of just squares.  The cut size of the flying geese would be 3″ by 5 1/2″.  To determine what my large square and small squares should be I checked the chart that comes with the Wing Clipper 1. I cut the large square 6 1/2″. The cut size of the small squares should be 3 1/2″.  Now I went to the chart that comes with my Tucker Trimmer I.  For half square triangles that finish 3″ the cut size is 3 1/2″ which meant my starter squares should be 4″. Whew that was a mouthful!  For 3 blocks I cut 6 red – 4″ squares and 6 black – 4″squares.

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On the back of the red squares use your Magic Wand and draw diagonal lines on either side.

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Place 1 red square on each black square.

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Sew on the lines.

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Cut apart between the sewn lines.

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Press toward the dark.

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Square up to 3 1/2″ using your Tucker Trimmer I.

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Using your Magic Wand draw diagonal lines on the wrong side of the half square triangles.

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Place a 6 1/2″ square right side up and position 2 half square triangles wrong sides together as shown nudging the half squares triangles in from the corners about a 1/16″.

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Sew on the drawn lines and cut apart.

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Press toward the small triangles.  Position another half square triangle as shown again nudging away from the corner 1/16′.

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Sew on the lines and cut apart.

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Press toward the small triangle.

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First trim.

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Rotate unit, second trim.

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Block layout. Cut 3″ squares for the block corners.

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Repeat process to make 3 blocks.  Cut one 15 1/2″ square and cut diagonally twice to make the side triangles.  Sew the side triangles to blocks as shown.

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I cut 4 – 1 1/2″ red strips for the inner border and 4 – 2 1/2″ black strips for the outer border.

Lets Talk “Tucker Trimmer”

I’m practicing with my Tucker Trimmer. As the label says “Use this tool to quickly and accurately trim down pieced squares to exact measurements for perfectly sewn units every time”.
Tucker Trimmer Units
This tool trims 11 different sized units from 1″ to 6″, with right and left-handed instructions.
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There are 13 FUNdamental Units. This is the basic Half Square Triangle.
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8 Half Square Triangles.
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Hourglass Quarter Square Units that I sewed into a block.
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Bow Ties.
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Combination Unit Half Square Triangle.
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Half Square Triangles +1
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Half Square Triangles +2.
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Combination Unit +1.
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Hourglass +2.
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Shaded 4 Patch.
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I love this block.
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Shaded 4 Patch +1 Little.
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Shaded 4 Patch +1 Big.
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Shaded 4 Patch +2
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This block pattern is free included with the Tucker Trimmer.
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The possibilities are endless!

Easy Half Square Triangles

Last week I showed you my Big Star Quilt made from layer cakes. In that lesson I used the Easy Half Square Triangle method for the first time. It was easy but I wanted to be able to apply it to more sizes. I saw a post that stated if you add 3.5″ to whatever size you wanted that would do the trick. But I didn’t find that to be exactly accurate.

When I sewed two 5″ squares together and cut them apart diagonally, I ended up with a 3″ half square triangle (HST). So that meant from 5″ squares I could get 1.5″ & 2.5″ HST.

When I sewed two 7″ squares together and cut them apart diagonally, I ended up with a 4.5″ HST. So that meant from 7″ squares I could get 3.5″ & 4.5″ HST.

When I sewed two 9″ squares together and cut them apart diagonally, I ended up with a 6″ HST. So that meant from 9″ squares I could get 5.5″ HST.

When I sewed two 10″ squares together and cut them apart diagonally, I ended up with a 6.75″ HST. So that meant from 10″ squares I could get 6.5 HST.

Easy Half Square Triangles
Choose your size square and sew all around the outside edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Cut diagonally,

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Cut diagonally again

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You now have 4 half square triangles.

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6.75″, 6″, 4.5″, 3″ HST