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Using the CCRuler

How to: Sewing a Full “set in” Circle

I have a tutorial for you today. I know that sewing a full circle is super daunting, but I did some tries this week and am here to report you can do it! I have been asked a few times about cutting full circles with the Classic Curves Ruler and I had a great reason to try it this week. I am making a little quilt with new fabric called Tallinn. It's Jessica Swift's first collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. Since the focus prints have such cute illustrations, I wanted to make something that kept those fabrics rather large...

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Dollhouse quilt tutorial, free pattern with curved piecing by Color Girl Quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Free Quilt Patterns, Using the CCRuler

Doll House Quilt Tutorial, part 2

Welcome to the second installment  of the Doll House quilt tutorial using the Classic Curves Ruler. Thank you to those I have heard from about this quilt. I am so excited that you like the quilt and would love to see what you are making with the pattern. If you missed it, look at last week's post for details on the quilt, supplies,  fabric and cutting instructions. Our quilt is going to be 39" square (easily made bigger by sewing more blocks). Last week we did all of our cutting, now we sew! Fold one print B shape to find the...

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Classic Curves Ruler with Moda Fabrics, For Curved Piecing quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Classic Curves Ruler, Using the CCRuler

Classic Curves Ruler Video Tutorial

Finally! A video tutorial on using the Classic Curves Ruler is here. Sue O'Very of Sue O'Very Designs did a fantastic review and video on the CCRuler on her YouTube channel. It will be a great resource for those who need a more visual, real-life demonstration of how to cut and sew with the Classic Curves Ruler. The link to the tutorial is below. Be sure and visit and follow Sue's YouTube channel for lots of useful tutorials and ideas for sewists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IF1CPtQqAY&t=554s If you've been curious about the Classic Curves Ruler and what all the excitement is about, watch the...

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Modern curved piecing quilt pattern tutorial by Color Girl quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Free Quilt Patterns, Quilting Interest, Using the CCRuler

Doll House Quilt Tutorial, part 1

Today is the day! We are making the Doll House quilt. For this part I have the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for you to get started. Next post will be the sewing instructions to finish your quilt top. My Doll House quilt is made with prints from the new Amy Sinibaldi collection, also called Doll House, for Art Gallery Fabrics. I do my piecing with 50 wt Aurifil thread in neutral off-white. You will also need a Classic Curves Ruler to cut your shapes for sewing. Once you have gathered your materials, we are ready to go! Fabric Requirements and...

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Mermaid quilt pattern by Color Girl quilts, with the Classic Curves Ruler, modern curved piecing quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics
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Classic Curves Ruler, Mermaid Quilt, Quilting Interest, Using the CCRuler

Pretty Mermaid Scales: a Pattern Hack

Today, I have instructions for making this pretty variation on my Mermaid quilt pattern. This is the same sewing and layout as the original pattern, but you get a whole new look by changing the placement of colors and prints. Clamshell is one of my favorite classic quilt designs. I like how this pattern gives you the classic shape, but made in a unique and modern quilt. To follow these instructions and make a quilt like mine, you will need the Mermaid pattern and a Classic Curves Ruler for quick and easy cutting of the shapes. Fabric cutting: Cut the following "set"...

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squaring up a quilt block, trimming a curved piecing quilt block by Color Girl Quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest, Using the CCRuler

Trim and Square Your Blocks. How-to, No Fear.

Here it is, the second tutorial to go with the Classic Curves Ruler: Squaring up your blocks. This could also be used for other types of blocks, too. In my teaching experience, trimming and squaring blocks is usually the part that quilters struggle with the most. It is a critical step, though, so that all your blocks are the same, fit together, and seams match when you sew them together. Remember to always make sure when you trim that you are paying attention to seam allowance around your shapes, whether it's curves or star points. See the first tutorial,...

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Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest, Tutorials, Using the CCRuler

How to: Cutting with the Classic Curves Ruler

This is the first of some tutorials I want to post to go with the Classic Curves Ruler. This will give you an idea how it works and provide some up-close, photo instructions to accompany your ruler. These instructions are included with the Ruler when you purchase one, too. The CCRuler has slots that allow you to cut ten sizes of your favorite curved piecing shapes. The pieces include seam allowance, which means they sew together smoothly and blocks are nice and flat (plus, this means they fit perfectly, so they are easier to sew!). First up, we have the...

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simple six inch quilt sampler block with rectangles
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Free Quilt Blocks, Partial Seams, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Sampler Block #24: how to sew partial seams

Happy weekend! Today I have the fourth and last Super Simple Sampler block for February. All week I have been showing you how to make easy six inch quilt blocks featuring rectangles. For this block, you will use a partial seam to inset the center square. I will show you how! Cutting from each, navy and pink scraps: cut (1) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle; (1) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle from yellow scraps: cut (2) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle; (2) 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle from gray print: cut (1) 2 1/2" square Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam,...

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Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese
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Flying Geese, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Six Inch Sampler Block #19

Today is the day for our third Flying Geese block in this month's Super Simple Sampler series. To see the first two, and the ones we have done in previous months, click here. For this post, I am going to show two methods for making the flying geese. You can decide which you like best, or you may find it good to use either one, depending on the project. Cutting (choose one method, don't cut for both) Triangle method: from the light blue print, cut 8 squares 2 1/2", then cut in half diagonally to yield 16 half-square triangles (HST) from the color prints,...

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How to sew flying geese and snowball quilt block
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book club 2014-2015, Flying Geese

January Quilters’ Book Club: Flying Geese Blocks

It is time for the January edition of Quilters' Book Club. This month, once again, I made four blocks from my Tula Pink City Sampler book. These are all 6" blocks, and this month I chose the theme, "flying geese". The blocks above are #44 and 42 in the book. We have had terrible wet weather (like 3" of rain yesterday alone!), so pretty outdoor photos were not possible. Enjoy the backdrop of my cute homemade sewing table, albeit poorer lighting. The blocks above are #54 and 51 in the book. I have made each of my blocks "my own" by...

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