Travel Ruler

When I pack up my quilting supplies to take to retreats and I need to use a long ruler I bring along my folding ruler.  It’s something I made a few years ago and love how well it works as well as how nicely it fits in my supply box.

Ruler A

I simply took two rulers; I used the 6″ x 14″ size, placed them end to end, and joined them with duct tape!

Ruler B

They then fold up to the 6″ x 14″ size and I have a cutting length of  28″.  I love it when there is a simple easy solution to a problem.

Ruler C

I also brought my design walls on this trip and this picture shows sixty of the one hundred and forty blocks I need to finish up a UFO.

UFO on Design wall

Enjoy these ideas!

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Thrifting for Shirts

I’ve mentioned before how I love thrift shopping and finding deals on great cotton shirts that can be cut up and used for fabric in quilts. I’ve got tubs and tubs of shirts at home (I didn’t plan on doing this!), but on a recent trip I was suppose to have early check in at my hotel and when I got there they had no record of the request and so I had three hours to kill before I could check in.

Well, I took that as a sign and had my Garmin search out the nearest thrift shops.  One shop had a 49¢ tag sale and at another shop they had a 50% off sale on a certain color of tags.  Now I ask you who could pass up those deals? Not I. And look at what I got!

Piles of shirts

I even managed to pick up another cutting board for a design wall at one shop and then the second shop had a flannel backed tablecloth!

Cutting board

This is definitely a vintage cutting board, look at the price!  I think they now sell for around $19 and I got it for just $2.99. I love thrifting!

price on cutting board

Now I need to let these shirts inspire me for a few fun quilts!


Turnabout Quilt Assembly

I’m assembling the Turnabout quilt in rows including the pieced border.  I’ve started referring to this method of assembly as “Carefree Borders.”

I used one fabric for the sashing, inner border and binding. If doing the same you will need  2 1/4 yards of fabric.

For the block rows I simply added a 1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ sashing piece between each block.

Sashing sewn to block

I immediately put the block rows back up on the design wall to admire the view!

Blocks rows sashed

Now I audition the placement of the border blocks.

Placement of the pieced border blocks

Next I sew the side border blocks onto the rows using an inner border piece that measures 2″ x 7 1/2″.

Border Blocks added to rows

For the top and bottom border assembly I used sashing pieces between the border blocks that measure 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and inner border pieces that measure 2″ x 4 1/2″ to join the corner units to the rows.


The corner units are simply a 4 1/2″ squares with a 2 1/4″ connecting-corner added.

Corner unit

Next I will prepare the sashing rows.

If you think this quilt and its pieced borders are fun your guild would love my Fabulous Nickel Borders lecture!


Wedding Quilt

While I had the new design wall up I decided to put it to use and put up a few sections of the wedding quilt. It was Roxie & Tom’s idea to have their wedding quilt made from upcycled plaids. Mary (Tom’s mom) and I are working on it together. It’s going to be queen size.

It’s made from pinwheel blocks that finish 8″.

And sashing units that measure 4″ x 8″.

Simple and fun I’m in the process of setting the rest of the blocks into rows.  Will keep everyone posted on it’s progress!