Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Easy Angle Ruler

I interupt this Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday on Bindings with something I just have to share with you.  I'm in love with another cool tool.  Today is Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Easy Angle Ruler.  I've owned this ruler for a number of years.  I bought it at a garage sale several years back and have never used it.  I didn't know how it worked.

Then I attended Bonnie Hunter's workshop last month and you know the saying "Where have you been all my life?"  Well that's what I wanted to know.  I learned how to use my Easy Angle Ruler!  It is awesome!  Oh and by the way, I am not being paid to endorse the Easy Angle Ruler.  I just love it and want to share with you how wonderful it is.

Here's how it works.  I'm sure there are instructions that come with the ruler but remember I bought it at a garage sale and there were no instructions.  So....  Begin with two strips of fabric.  In this case I want to make 1 1/2" half square triangles that will finish 1" so I cut my two strips 1 1/2" wide by the width of fabric.



Lay the strips on top of each other right sides together.


Now lay the ruler on the strip set, making sure the wording "Easy Angle" is right side up and readable.  Line the lower edge of the ruler with the lower edge of the strip set and the left side of the strip set with the 1 1/2" line on the ruler.  Now cut with your rotary cutter.


Now here comes the important flip trick.  Flip the ruler over, as if the diagonal edge of the ruler were on a hinge.




Now line the diagonal edge of the ruler with the diagonal edge of the strip set, the 1 1/2" line even with the top edge of the strip set, and the black tip sticking out below the strip set.  Now cut with the rotary cutter again.


Flip the ruler back (remember it's hinged to your mat) so you can read "Easy Angle", slide the ruler down on the strip set and begin the process over again.


The other neat thing about these half square triangles using the Easy Angle Ruler is that they chain piece together very easy.  Notice how there is one tip of the triangle nipped off?  That makes them easy to feed one after the other to chain piece.


And there you have it.  A half square triangle that you didn't have to cut oversized, wasting fabric, wasting time sliver trimming to the correct size.



If you like YouTube videos, check this one out from Bonnie Hunter.  She explains it so much better.




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  1. I have the easy angle too, it is brilliant. There is also a companion angle ruler for making quarter square triangles, and if you have both you can make flying geese too. They make things so much quicker and easier. It saves money too, by using less fabric.

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