How many of you are like me and struggle with throwing away the smallest of fabric scraps? Well if we save them we must use them at some point. This project was started about a year ago. Occasionally I take it out and admire my tiny little 4 patches that need to be squared up to 1.5". That's a pretty difficult task with just about any ruler in my collection.
My smallest ruler is 4" x 4", it works but seemed to take forever, trimming two sides at a time then re-positioning the template for the other two sides. Matching the ruler lines to the seam on the blocks is harder than you think, not much room for error. I decided after about 20 blocks to make my own 1.5" square up ruler from Plexi-glass. I've shared my template making in the past here and here. One thing I get asked is "How do you keep the black lines on them." Well I've tried several methods, tape, clear fingernail polish and nothing at all. But scoring the lines with a razor knife and using a sharpy marker to fill the score lines works the best. If your sharpy marks are outside the line no worries, just rub them with your thumb and the excess comes off.
To keep the template from slipping I sprayed the back with temporary quilt basting spray. This works great! When the glue gets "unsticky" and filled with lint, just run it under water and wipe off the lint, like magic the glue is still there and sticky. (This makes me wonder how well it actually washes out of a quilt) I trimmed all of my 4 patches without needing to reapply the basting spray. When I tried to wash the glue off my template with Dawn Dish washing liquid it wouldn't come off with out using a Magic Eraser. No more spray glue in my quilts that's for sure! At least not the Dritz brand.
I took the picture below because I wanted to stop working and move on to something else.
But if I quit now I'll need to lay out all of these 4 patches again....well darn, just keep plugging along.
Whew! The center is complete! I'll tackle the borders tomorrow.
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