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TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener is an indispensable tool for quilters

It’s hard to believe the week is almost over.

Over the last two days, I’ve been working on the Square Peg – Round Hole quilt using TrueCut 6½” x 6½” and 12½” x 12½” quilting rulers and played with the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter which, by the way, I really enjoyed using! These TrueCut tools have made cutting the square and circle pieces for this quilt top super easy and fast!

Another TrueCut tool I now can’t quilt without is the TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener! Let’s get to the piecing of the quilt and then I’ll tell you more about this awesome sharpening tool.

TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter
TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter

Today will be a fun day at the sewing machine piecing the 42 blocks. Let’s get started!

For today’s first step, you’ll need:

•  the 1½” x 5” strips

•  the 5” x 5” ¼ circle-squares

•  the 5” x 5squares

Place all of those ¼ circle-squares and the 5” x 5” squares in a box or a bag and mix them up. Leave them in the box or bag.

Now for the fun part: reach into the box or bag—no peeking—and take out a random piece and sew a 1½” x 5” strip along one of its edges. Repeat this step 28 times.

Note: If you pick one of the ¼ circle-square pieces do not sew a 1½” x 5” strip on the sides that have background fabric.

Sew a 1½” x 5” strip to a 5” x5” quarter circle or square.
Sew a 1½” x 5” strip to a 5” x5” quarter circle or square.

When you’re done the remaining (28) 5” X 5” squares, sew them to the other side of the background strips.

Once a 1½” x 5” strip is sewn to a 5” x 5” quarter circle or square, sew another 5” x 5” piece.
Once a 1½” x 5” strip is sewn to a 5” x 5” quarter circle or square, sew another 5” x 5” piece.

You should now have (28) 5” X 10½” pieces as in the photo below: 

Examples of some of the 5” x 10½” pieces sewn.
Examples of some of the 5” x 10½” pieces sewn.

I hope you still have your box or bag, we still need it!

Next, you’ll need:

•  all 5” x 10½” sets which you just sewed together; along with

•  all the 5” x 10½” accent colors

•  all half circles

 Piece these exactly as the first set of ‘quarter circle’ pieces but using the 1½” x 10½” strips this time.

 Pull out each of the 28 pieces of fabric and sew the background strips to them.

Sew a 1½” x 10½” along 28 pieces of 5” x 10½”.
Sew a 1½” x 10½” along 28 pieces of 5” x 10½”.

Now, take the remaining 5” x 10½” pieces and sew them to the other side of the background strips.

Using the remaining (28) 5” x 10½” sections, sew on the other side of the 1½” x 10½” strip.
Using the remaining (28) 5” x 10½” sections, sew on the other side of the 1½” x 10½” strip.

With the 7 10½” X 10½” accent blocks and the 7 10½” X 10½” full circle blocks, you should now have 42 completed blocks. Those 42 blocks should look like the photo below:

Selection of completed quilt blocks
Selection of completed quilt blocks

We’re finished sewing for today, but before wrapping up today’s post, I want to rave a bit about the TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener.

Of course, I love all of my quilting and sewing tools and gadgets, but this one is a must-have!

Full disclosure? I have a bad habit.

If the blade in my rotary cutter is still cutting and not chipped, I’ll just keep using it, even if I know it’s duller than a butter knife. Well, no more! I keep the TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener next to my cutting surface and when my cutting blade is dull, I pass the blade through the sharpener a few times using a back and forth motion—and here’s the best part—without removing the blade from the handle

As I said, super handy and indispensable for avid quilters!

The TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener
The TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener

Come back tomorrow to piece the quilt top together.

In the meantime, may I suggest you do yourself a favor and get yourself the TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener! You’ll thank me for it!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter makes perfect fabric circles effortless!

Go to part 5: Nicked rotary blades? No problem with TrueCut Power Rotary Blade Sharpener

I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging!

5 Comments

  1. Christi

    I like this pattern. Will have to check out the blade sharpener.

  2. Jenelle Boxberger

    I have terrible wifi connection while away from home, but what I see make me to be sure to come back to learn more. Thanks

    • Jenelle, please do check it up again when you get better WIFI. also tips to be learn

  3. Yvonne

    I love the pattern that you are working on. The circle cutter looks like it would make cutting a lot easier.

    • Thanks Yvonne, the circle cutter is so much fun and very easy to operate.

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