Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tool time with Kari and her Clearly Perfect Angles ( 2 winners today)

Have you ever met someone for the 1st time and thought after the conversation, "We could be friends!"? That was my thought after my phone call from Madame Samm when she asked me to share a tutorial on my Clearly Perfect Angles template. We visited about many things and hopefully, someday we will get to visit over a cup of coffee! Thank you for asking me to participate.

I am a rather practical person who likes to use my time efficiently. I used to get so frustrated when I'd have to spend my time drawing lines for making half square triangles or sewing through and then ripping away paper or dealing with peeling, sticky tape on my machine. One day I looked down at my sewing table at a ruler that stayed in place with static cling... a lightbulb went on and the Clearly Perfect Angles template was born.



Because it stays in place with static, it can conform to any machine and smooth sewing surface. By the time you get throught this tutorial you will wonder why you didn't have one of these before.

Let's take a closer look at the anatomy of the "CPA".



A: Where the needle will be when placed on your machine.
B: 1/4" seam guides on each side of center. The gray bands coordinate for one of the techniques.
C: Angled green bands used when needed in conjunction with the two main techniques.
D: 5/8" seam guides...wait 'till I show you what you can do with those!

The following tutorial shows a flat shot of the CPA that is not actually on a machine so that you can see everything better.

Basic Center Alignment: This is used when the directions tell you to sew from point to point on the diagonal.


Place the top point of your fabric squares at the needle.The bottom point should be on the very center line. The trick with this is to watch the bottom point instead of your needle. So, begin sewing, simply letting the bottom point follow up the line and thru.


You can see how you now have the squares sewn together from point to point...Remember, you didn't draw a line! You would trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and when pressed you have a perfect half-square triangle.

Joining Binding: This is one of the best tips, and a great reason to just leave the CPA in place all the time.

Overlap your binding strips at a right angle so "inverted" points are formed (see arrows). Using the same Basic Alignment, stitch diagonally from one inverted point to the other.



Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and when it is pressed, the seam is hardly noticeable. AND...you didn't have to draw a line....or guess!


Gray-Band Alignment:Use when the directions instruct you to stitch 1/4" on each side of the center points.


To make alignment easier, I color-coded the CPA for the different techniques. For this one we are going to use the gray bands. Place the top point on the outside edge of the vertical gray band. The bottom point also needs to be on the outside of the gray band. The top, left side of the fabric will be on the outside edge of the angled gray band. Stitch the first seam by following the bottom point up the outside edge of the gray band. I've stitched the first seam in this photo. Just rotate the block, realign, and stitches the second seam.



Cut apart between the seams. This method produces two half-square triangles. (No wasted fabric!)
Green Angled-Band Alignment: These bands are only used when the fabric squares are larger than the area of the CPA and there is not a line for the bottom point to follow.
This may happen if:
1. - the fabric squares are 5 1/2" or larger
2. - you have customized the CPA to fit your sewing set-up and havelost some of the depth due to trimming.


You can see the bottom point has no guide. When needing to sew from point to point,
align each of the top edges of the fabric at the bottom of the angled green bands.



Slowly begin stitching, keeping the same angles on each side. This photo demonstrates how both sides are now at the bottom of the 3rd band. Eventually, you will be able to go back to watching the bottom point come up the line.


The green angled bands can be used with the no-waste method of making half-square triangles too. Begin by lining the top left side of the fabric with the outside edge of the gray band (just as we did above). Watch your angles again until the bottom point can follow the vertical gray band.

I just want to point out that the fabric sides will be at different colors during this process (Example: left side is at the bottom of the 3rd green band and the right side is at the top of the 2nd green band, but the point will remain on the outside edge of the gray vertical band).

5/8" Seam Guides and Caboodles: I originally included the 5/8" seam guides for garment sewing (I am a Home Ec teacher after all...) and also for use in aligning the CPA to your machine. BUT, low and behold, I've discovered a new use for it in the quilting realm. In fact, just earlier this week I submitted the manuscript and projects for my next book with Martingale.
It uses the 5/8" line with fabric squares that have been sewn point to point and the corner triangle usually is waste. Basically, you will get a second project from those scraps. The book is
titled, "The Whole Quilt and Caboodle". So let's see how to make a Caboodle piece........



As you can see in the picture, I have already sewn from point to point. BUT do not trim the seam allowance at this time. Simply move the fabric to the left and line up the points on the 5/8" line. Stitch a second time.



Cut apart between the two seams (they will be slightly larger than 1/4" because the seams are 5/8" apart). On the left is the piece your pattern called for. On the right is the Caboodle piece, ready to be made into a second project.


I know it was a lot of words to describe how to use the CPA, but Ipromise you, once you start using it, it will make all the sense in the world.

The blog would get much longer if I demonstrated how to align the CPA to your machine, but that too, really is simple. I'd like to invite you to visit my site, http://www.newleafstitches.com/, to view the different videos featuring the Clearly Perfect Angles. The QR code below will also take you to an overview video of the product.



Fast, accurate and frustration free! You truly will wonder what you ever did without the Clearly Perfect Angles!

There's 2  free CPA in someone's future... just make sure to leave a comment to be eligible!

Thank you Madame Samm... the coffee pot is always on if you want to stop on by!

Kari


Congrats Ladies...


Marsha and Laqueria have won... both have been contacted
thanks to Kari and all those who participated. 
Have a delightful weekend...see you next week 
where we will be launching our new blog design
and a month of Heart and Hand...


Special note from Kari...
Thank you for all of the nice comments. It was very wonderful to be included. Many of you expressed an interest in purchasing a Clearly Perfect Angles. I would like to offer a reduced price of $8.00 (now thru the end of the month) to any of you who left a message. Please feel free to email for details. sales@newleafstitches.com Thanks once again! Kari

107 comments:

  1. What a great looking ruler. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  2. I love this ruler. The color coding is great. I learned alot by reading your tutorial . Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway.

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  3. Nice tutorial, very easy to understand. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing...

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  5. This is a product I haven't seen before, looks interesting...thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  6. WOW!! WOW! and WOW!! You make this seem SEW easy!! thanks for the tutorial!!!
    Paulette

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  7. Great demonstration! Looks like a tool I need!=)

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  8. Hi, Kari, this is the most interesting posting in a long time, I was very interested in reading about your CPA, it looks so simple to use and thanks for sharing.
    Marie

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  9. Fantastic! As a cross-over craftster (clothing, quilting, & more), this would definitely be the thing I want on my wish list for my birthday! (Hint hint -- anybody want to clue my hubby in for me??)

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  10. This is a must have for me. I love HST and hate drawing the line, blah, blah, blah...so I tend to avoid using them.

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  11. This is really great! Makes me want one. Thanks for sharing and for coming up with this product!

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  12. Thank you for a "clearly perfect" tool! I love anything that makes piecing more accurate and quicker. Thanks for inventing this great tool!

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  13. I would really like to give this a try! Looks wonderful...thanks for sharing!

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  14. What a magical tool this looks like. It looks like finishing the binding on anything would be really simple - and clean and neat (something I need help with). Thanks for sharing.

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  15. wow, this is such a great tool and so easy to use. I would love to win!

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  16. this looks like something we should all have in our tool box. Thanks for showing us all how it works and why we need it.

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  17. This is new to me and I love your review of it. Thanks for the opportunity. Judy C

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  18. I have been wishing to find a way not to have to mark all those diagonal lines! Great product!

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  19. Thanks for a great tutorial and thanks for the opportunity to win a CPA

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  20. Awesome tool! I love all the different seams it can assist me with! Probably the most frustrating thing for me is the joining of strips for binding -- this will make it perfect every time! Love it!
    Thanks, Madame Samm for having Kari post today, and thank you Kari for such a clear tutorial! LOL

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  21. Great tutorial to go with an amazing ruler. Looks like something I could sure use! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. Looks like a great time-saver! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. That is so cool, and I love that you don't need any kind of adhesive. I have a big blob of it on my new (year old) machine bed from something I used to line things up.

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  24. That is the most amazing tool...Would love to try one....Thanks...

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  25. I think one of these gadgets needs to be in my home..any tool that helps elevate my skill level is very much appreciated!!

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  26. Great tutorial - I've always wondered how this ruler works. Looks like a real winner to me. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. That's amazing! It looks so easy and such a great help! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  28. I LOVE this tool! I've had my CPA for about 6 months and I keep it on my sewing machine bed all the time (except when machine quilting). It's made piecing and sewing those strips with a bias seam so easy and fast. I did snowballs in record time because I had it! It's great!

    Joyce

    P.S. The only problem I have is that the front edge likes to curl up a tad. I need to figure out how to keep it in place.

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  29. wow! i really like this and i could really use it - if i don't win this where can i purchase it?

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  30. I would love one of these, I had one somewhat similar, but this would be so much better. Really a great idea.

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  31. I need one of these!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  32. Great tutorial...very easy to follow. Would love to try this ruler. Angie, from California

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  33. I love the clever way this ruler makes life so much simpler. Thanks for the tutorial and for the giveaway. I would love to try this.

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  34. What a great tool. Would love to win one. Thanks for the turorial and lhte chance to win.

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  35. I purchased a CPA a few months ago and just got around to using it. It is so much better than drawing lines. Thanks for the additional information on using the CPA for larger blocks. Would love one to share with a friend.
    lucillelorf at yahoo.com

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  36. Good Afternoon Kari...and yes our life will be sew accurate with your tool. Thank you for inspiring us, showing us with great pics btw, your passion. I can feel it.

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  37. That looks awesome. No more lines to draw. Incredible. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Looks like a very useful tool, anything that makes sewing easier is much appreciated.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  39. That was a great tutorial. I love half square triangles and this makes it look simple. I would love to be entered in the draw.
    Karen

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  40. I'd love to try this, drawing all those lines makes me nuts!

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  41. This looks a great ruler! Thanks for sharing so many tips!

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  42. I am a big HST fan and think this would make my life so much easier and precise. Thanks, Kathie L in Allentown

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  43. Cool ruler. It would help me to sew straighter lines on a diagonal.

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  44. That is one neat ruler! A great time saver, too!

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  45. You have no idea how many lines I have drawn on fabric...I like accuracy...I'd sure like to try one of these rulers!

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  46. awesome tool! Thanks for sharing

    Vail in tn

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  47. Though I already know about the usefulness of having a line to follow for sewing a straight angle (hmm, that phrase may not make complete sense), I've never used one with the cling factor, but boy, does THAT make sense! Like using a hot knife to cut butter. I'd love to own one of these. Thank you very much for the chance to win!

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  48. What a great idea. I love that you've color coded things so it can also be used for other sewing and not just quilting. Great idea. I can surely see how this would save SO much time. I'd love to own one of these.
    Thank you for taking the time to do such a great tutorial for us.

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  49. Love this. Can't wait to try it out.

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  50. Wow could I ever use one of these
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  51. Wow! How perfect can it be. I'd love to own one of these.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  52. fast. accurate, and frustration free. i like!!

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  53. Great tool! I think it is definitely one to have...please!

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  54. Thanks for the informative post - my mother could use one of these right now! We were just discussing how she was going to approach piecing her next quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. What's good idea, fingers crossed that I get lucky

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  56. I haven't seen one of those before. It would be a great addition to anyone's sewing equipment. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  57. Kari, you are a genius! I've been using blue painter's tape, then drawing new lines as I need, this product would be marvelous!

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  58. I'm always amazed at the people who have the brains to think of such great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. I could really use this tool. It would save me a lot of time.

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  60. Thank you. I would love to try this.

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  61. Love your product! Thanks for sharing

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  62. Thanks for the demo of your ruler. I looks really interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing your book.

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  63. CPA - a new way to think of the term - but similar - they both work with figures!

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  64. Interesting. Would be helpful to a new quilter!!

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  65. Love this ruler! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  66. I could have used this today when I was sewing HST's. I did mine like you did the last picture, but, I drew the lines. Nice tutorial, nice product.

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  67. Thank you for the tutorial, I am always interested in a tool that makes my piecing look better.

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  68. I love your creativity in designing this nifty tool!

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  69. I love any new gadgets that make quilting easier. Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway.

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  70. Thanks Kari! What a great tutorial for the CPA!

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  71. I need these! Such a great idea. Thank you for the very clear tutorial and the giveaway! Fingers crossed ...

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  72. What a practical solution to make those squares a lot easier! I'm one who has always drawn the line with a pencil but I can certainly see how using one of these clingy rulers would really speed things along. Thank you for the chance to win one!

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  73. I already have this ruler-gadget, but haven't started using it yet. Now I will... thank you for the great explanation.

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  74. Great tool, could have used it this evening as I was making 1/2 square triangles. Would love to win one. Thanks for the giveaway,

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  75. How clever! I would love to have one of these. Sounds like it would be really handy.

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  76. What a wonderful tool..it makes it look so easy...

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  77. I'd love to have one of these. Great instructions on use too!

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  78. wow this is great! I really need to look into it how to opurchase it! Winning is my cup of tea, but I owuld be overwhelmed if I did! So yes I would like to be put in the bowl to win this! thanks for this great tut!

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  79. This looks like a great ruler, I would very much like to own one!

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  80. Efficiency is my strong wish, too;)
    Thank for all your tips,Kari ! lovely article...

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  81. I would love to see this come in different colors in the future. I personally would love pink. :-)

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  82. I have been looking at this - but then wasnt sure if it woudl work on a recessed machine bed??? I so would love one to give it a try!!!! Hoping to be one of the lucky two picked! (THANK YOU) kwiley (AT) comcast (DOT) net

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  83. Oh My, what a nifty little too. I love the tutorial.
    cutekipepeo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. What a great idea, nothing I like then a tool that makes piecing easier. I'd love to win one. Thanks for sharing.

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  85. This looks fantastic! What a great tutorial.

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  86. What a great new tool to add to my sewing room.

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  87. What a wonderful tool and instructions. I could definitely use it on my next quilt which has 1/2 square triangles....maybe I'll hold off until I can get one.

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  88. Oh, CPA, I dream you are already on my machine. What a fabulous invention!
    I have never heard of this.

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  89. I really could use this as I spend so much time lining things up and drawing lines. Great idea and thank you for the chance to win!

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  90. Thank you for all of the nice comments. It was very wonderful to be included.

    Many of you expressed an interest in purchasing a Clearly Perfect Angles. I would like to offer a reduced price of $8.00 (ow thru the end of the month) to any of you who left a message. Please feel free to email for details. sales@newleafstitches.com

    Thanks once again! Kari

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  91. Where have you been all my life. I love this idea. If there were a Nobel Prize for quilting, this would definitely be nominated.

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  92. I love the idea of it being a cling. So much nicer than the ones you have to tape to your machine that I have been looking at.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  93. I am totally loving this - just watched the video. LOVE IT!

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  94. This is just the most awesome thing EVER! Thank you for such a great tutorial on how to use it. I will definitely be adding this to my quilting tools. :0)

    Hi Samm! Miss you!

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  95. Ahhhhh...this is right up my alley; and my piecing would sure be happy to have some precious added to it!! Every little bit helps, right?! Great job on demonstrating it! :)

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  96. Brilliant! Clearly Perfect Angle is absolutely brilliant!

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  97. I have always wondered how these work...thanks for sharing.

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  98. WOW ! nice tute and the angler looks AMAZING in all it can do !!!

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  99. I just saw this post today, and think this is a great tool. I will be looking on your web page to see more. Thanks for sharing.

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  100. Great instructions, can not wait to get one.

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  101. OMG! Where was this CPA when I was making my "Stars For A New Day" 2009 TQS BOM quilt?!!!!

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  102. Just sent an e to get two...this could be LIFE CHANGING!! HA! LOVE IT!

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