Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nifty Notion - April

I can't believe it's April already!  I hope wherever you are that spring has arrived (although that is likely not the case with the weather we have had around the country lately).

I actually have two featured notions this month.  They are the Five & Dime Ruler and Spare Change Ruler by Kansas Troubles.  Kansas Troubles has been a favorite fabric of mine for a long time (I note that they are releasing another new line at Spring Market in May)! 

The Five & Dime Ruler is meant to be used with a layer cake and charm pack.  You can pick any fabric combination you choose.  Of course Kansas Troubles fabrics always blend and coordinate well, but if those colors aren't your cup of tea try mixing and matching the fabrics you love!  

The ruler helps you center the 5" square perfectly on the 10" square, you do a small bit of raw edge applique and then you cut the 10" square into quarters and once again the ruler helps you accomplish that perfectly!!  From there you pair them back together with other blacks and get a simple and easy project that looks like you spent unlimited hours!   It seems like a very versatile tool and a must have for any quilter ;o) 

The second ruler is the Spare Change ruler, which is equally fun only you use a 5" square and the mini charms (2 1/2" squares) and use the same technique.  Fun for a smaller project (or as large as you want).  (I am thinking a project out of Kate Spain's Solstice since I have both charms and mini charms in my shop would be a great Christmas table runner). 

As always, your projects are only limited by your imagination! 

The book "Loose Change" by Kansas Troubles has additional projects ... I wanted to try something myself, but the books and rulers immediately sold out.  More are on their way!

Happy Quilting!!

1 comment:

  1. Love your offset blocks on the five and dime quilt.