Sew Easy Rulers make quilting so easy!

Yesterday, I introduced you to two must-have cutting mats for retreats and workshops; the UNIQUE Folding Cutting Mat – 17″ x 24″, and the UNIQUE Folding Cutting Mat – 12″ x 17″. These folding cutting mats are perfect to take to a retreat, a workshop, or when you meet up with friends for a sewing day.

UNIQUE 17″ x 24″ and 12″ x 17″ folding cutting mats

In addition to cutting mats and rotary cutters, when travelling to a retreat or other sewing events, I always bring a selection of rulers such as the Sew Easy Quilting Ruler – 24″ x 6½″, the Sew Easy Quilting Ruler – 12″ x 6½″, the Sew Easy Square Ruler – 6½″ x 6½″ and the Sew Easy Quilting Ruler – 14″ x 1″. With these four rulers in my kit, I’m able to work on any project I have planned.

Sew Easy rulers

Today, I’ll make 16 – 9½″ x 9½″ (unfinished) candy blocks. For these blocks, I’ll use the following two fabrics from the Whimsicals collection by Michael Miller Fabrics:

  • Cute Critters – moon (DC9538)
  • Favorite Flowers – metal (DC9529)

From the Cute Critters fabric, cut the following pieces:

  • 36 – 3¼″ x 3¼″ squares
  • 36 – 2½″ x 5½″ rectangles
  • 36 – 2½″ x 7½″ rectangles

From the Favorite Flowers fabric, cut the following pieces:

  • 18 – 5½″ x 5½″ squares

Whimsicals fabrics selected for the candy block

When designing a quilt block, I always look for a work-saving method for assembling the block. In planning this candy block, I found a way to assemble the block’s center while creating the block’s Half Square Triangles (HSTs) at the same time! Here’s how it’s done:

First, on the wrong sides of the 36 – 3¼″ x 3¼″ Cute Critters fabric squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Next, draw a parallel diagonal line ½″ away from the first line.

Draw two parallel diagonal lines ½″ apart on the wrong side of each of the 3¼″ x 3¼″ squares.

Then, with right sides together, place two of the 3¼″ x 3¼″ Cute Critters fabric squares on two opposite corners of each of the 5½″ x 5½″ squares. Ensure the smaller diagonal line you drew ½″ from the corner-to-corner diagonal line is closer to the outer corner.

Place two 3¼″ x 3¼″ squares on opposite corners of each 5½″ x 5½″ square.

For each set, sew a seam along all the drawn lines on both 3¼″ x 3¼″ squares. When all four seams are sewn, cut the corners away halfway between the two lines of stitching.

After sewing seams along all four drawn lines, cut away the corners between each set of two seams.

Flip the corners open and press.

Press the fabric units open to create the block’s center and HSTs.

Next, sew a 2½″ x 5½″ rectangle, right sides together, onto opposite sides of the block’s center 5½″ x 5½″ square and press.

Note: Ensure the rectangular pieces in this and the next two steps are sewn as shown!

Sew a 2½″ x 5½″ rectangular pieces onto each side of the center block.

With right sides together, sew an HST onto one short end of a 2½″ x 7½″ rectangular fabric piece.

Sew an HST onto one short end of a 2½″ x 7½″ rectangular fabric piece.

Sew the combined 2½″ x 7½″ rectangle/HST units to the block center and press.

Sew the 2½″ x 7½″ rectangle/HST units to the opposite sides of the center block.

Repeat the above steps to make 15 more blocks for a total of 16 candy blocks. Sew the 16 blocks into pairs.

Sew the candy blocks in pairs.

When the block’s various units started coming together, there was a bit of pressing to do. At home, I use my large Oliso Pro TG1600 Smart Iron and regular ironing board. But when I’m at a workshop, retreat or sew day – and even sometimes at home and working on a project that requires constant pressing – I’ve been known to use my Oliso M2Pro Mini Project Iron with a UNIQUE quilting Wool Pressing Mat. These two products are made for each other and, when you’re travelling and sharing workspace, they don’t take up much room at your workstation.

Oliso M2Pro Mini Project Iron and the UNIQUE QUILTING 14” x 14” Wool Pressing Mat

Tomorrow, I’ll demonstrate how to make the four lollipop blocks needed for the quilt.

I look forward to seeing you then!

This is part 2 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 1: UNIQUE folding cutting mats for all your quilting needs

Go to part 3: Gütermann thread for all your sewing projects

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