Monday, July 4, 2011

Notion of the Month: Lazy Angle Ruler

It's that time again, Notion of the Month time! This month Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs is going to show you some tricks on how to use the Lazy Angle Ruler.




Stars, points, and angles – oh my! These can sound scary in our strip-cut world. But we love interesting angles and they don’t have to be hard.

The Lazy Angle Ruler offers an easy way to add interesting angles, stars and points to your next quilt project.

The Lazy Angle ruler from Creative Grids features their trademark embedded non-slip gripper dots on the underside which hold the ruler in place on your fabric while you cut.




Use the ruler to cut A and B pieces to make Lazy Angle blocks.




From this point, you can go wild. Make a project entirely of Lazy Angles blocks. Or make some four patch, nine patch or larger blocks.




Our Bamboo design is made entirely of Lazy Angle blocks.




I used reds and yellows for the A piece and black for the B piece.

Let’s get started and see how to use this tool. Also, check out the video below to watch along as I demonstrate how to use the Lazy Angle ruler.

First, cut a strip the size of the block you need, and then square the edge for a good, clean start.




For a 4 1/2" block, cut a 4 1/2” strip. Work with a single layer, right side up. Place the ruler on the fabric and match the fabric edge to the guide on the tool. Cut along the angled edge. The first A piece is under the ruler.




Next, rotate the ruler 180 degrees so the square end is on the fabric. Match the fabric edge to the guide on the tool. Cut along the square edge. Another A piece is under the ruler.




Cutting the B piece is very similar. Align for B, cut. Next, flip the ruler over to the back – yes, B is on the back. Match the fabric to the ruler and cut.




That’s all there is to it. The Lazy Angle ruler will make blocks in 1 1/2" to 6 1/2" sizes.

Piecing is simple. Just place an A and B right sides together, match the angled edge and sew.




There are a ton of products to use with the ruler. Lazy Girl just released six new quilt patterns that use the Lazy Angle ruler. Bamboo and Gumdrop are made entirely of Lazy Angle blocks. Fabric placement and block orientation determine the final design. Tea Garden throws some simple squares into the mix for flower blocks bordered by Lazy Angle leaf blocks. It couldn’t be simpler.




Lazy Girl just launched a line of ‘Littles’ quilt patterns – small project that finish quickly. Our first three Littles are Lazy Angle designs that work with charm squares.




Our book Lazy and Lovin’ It offers 250 Lazy Angle block designs to inspire your next creation. The book is a great resource, offering an in depth look at the block, additional instructions and cutting charts to help you plan your own projects.





Don’t miss these exciting top-selling designs from Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. Julie takes the Lazy Angle to the next level by piecing her jelly roll strips into 6 1/2" strips before cutting A pieces. Look for this technique in her designs Hugs & Kisses, Fast Forward and Unwind. Don’t miss out on Firecracker, Carnival and Taffy.




Quilts aren’t the only places to use Lazy Angle blocks. Here’ I’ve used Julie’s Fast Forward design as a feature on our Miranda Day Bag design.





With the Lazy Angle ruler, I was able to make Julie’s 6 1/2" block design at 3 1/2" for the side of this bag.

Here’s our Lazy Angle Ruler video demo for complete cutting directions. And, if you’re a leftie, download these extra directions.





I hope you’ll give this versatile tool a try. After all, there’s a little Lazy in all of us!

Enjoy!
Joan

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Fat Quarter Shop will not be able to offer the Lazy Angle ruler for 20% off (as our Notions of the months are usually offered) due to a request from the manufacturer.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



8 comments:

Linda said...

Well, that was cool! I just might need one of these. Thanks for sharing :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow this is a totally amazing ruler.

Sallie said...

Thanks for showing how to use this ruler and letting us in on one of Julie's secrets!

Cindy said...

I have to say this tools is as easy and versatile as it seems. It is my new best friend!

SewCalGal said...

Very amazing ruler. Thanks for sharing these insights. Inspirational.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

VickiT said...

Such an informative post about the ruler at the top of my wish list right now. I think I've watched that video about 20 times now. LOL I love the fact it can be used for so many other things too because it's frustrating to buy a tool and then have it be created just for that one project you needed it for. This is not that way which makes the appeal so much greater.

Thank you for this informative post.

Sandi said...

There isn't a link for the left handed directions. help!

Quilts And Pieces said...

I LOVE this ruler, and really love the book with the 250 blocks. I've made several quilts using this ruler/book.