Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tool Time with Mary and her NINE DEGREE ruler. yes....LOVING THIS RULER!

Lets talk Tools
At Madame Samm's invitation, this is
Mary on Lake Pulaski checking back in with you on your Nine Degree Ruler!
Remember I was a guest here at Sew We Quilt on December 2nd
to show you this:

Well did you buy a Nine Degree Ruler or have one already?  Now I'm back to show you another way you can use your Nine Degree Ruler. 

Let's make a round tablecloth (or it could be a baby playmat or a tree skirt).
This time, I went to my scrap bin and "made" fabric all out of the scraps.  My friend Victoria of Bumble Beans taught me how to do this at a retreat a few years ago. 
I simply take my scraps and sew them together, trim to 1/4 inch seam, press open and continue until I get a large enough piece to cut out what I need:

I used everything; no worry about what went together.  Here I am checking to make sure the piece is large enough to cut wedges with the the 25 inch Nine Degree Ruler.



Since lots of the edges are on the bias, I use spray starch when I press all the seams open.


Here I start cutting getting as many wedges as I can out of each pieced fabric section.


 

 I needed 20 of the pieced wedges and 20 solid color wedges.  I chose white Kona for my solid.


Carefully stack your print wedges to not distort the cut edges.



Sew a solid wedge to each print wedge and carefully press each seam open.
 


 I continued until I had 10 pieces sewn together and then checked to be sure the edges forms a 90 degree angle and adjusted my seams if necessary.
I sewed another section of 10 and measure again.  Then I sewed the two sections together and made sure it formed a straight line.  I did the same with the other two sections.

Here is the whole circle sewn together.


Next I filled in the center hole and again used my scraps. 




 And here is my finished tablecloth out of scraps:

Edit:  I backed the circle with a solid from my stash.
Instead of quilt this tablecloth that I wanted to stay soft and drape, I stitched in the ditch on both sides of each pieced wedge. I then added a turquoise and white striped bias binding.
The end result is a 50 inch circle.


Stop over at my blog Mary on Lake Pulaski and see what else I'm up to.

50 comments:

  1. Thanks, Mary and M. Samm. This is a great idea. Love the way the scraps are used up and turned into something gorgeous!

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  2. Looks awesome Mary :) Lots of sewing but a great result ...well worth the effort. Hugs Vicki x

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  3. That really is the most fabulous idea Mary and a great way to use up those scraps.

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  4. I love that! So many great things to make using it! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. love it. Is there any problem with fraying on the backs of the pieced wedges?

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  6. I've not seen scraps sewn together in such random shapes and I love it! I've "made" fabric before by sewing strips of scraps together but never such odd shapes, almost like a crazy quilt. Love that ruler but I don't have one in my arsenal of rulers...yet! Thanks Mary! BTW, I'm already one of your longtime followers.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  7. I wonder the same as Charlotte, Is there any problem with fraying on the backs of the cloth?
    Very nice idea, I liked.
    Yasmin

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  8. I love the scrappiness of this cloth but can really see it in solids too - thanks for the idea! Blessings, Marlene

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  9. Wow, I love this...it would make a great Xmas tree skirt too since I don't have a round table! Any tips on where to buy this ruler?

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    1. On long island peicful quilting sells it

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  10. How cute is that!! And what quilter doesn't have enough scraps to supply the 1st Army?!! I think I left my ruler in Illinois! EEK -oh well - a good excuse to go visit some quilt shops in Florida!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. What a beautiful scrappy wheel! Love it.

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  12. Good Morning Mary..you have me going in circles you do...what a delightful idea for a round table, which btw I have one in my kitchen nook...fabulous Mary...and already pinned...traffic is crazy today lol ...

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  13. I immediately thought tree skirt, too! Pretty cool!

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  14. That is a fun way to make yourself some new fabric and keep the scrap heap below the chin! Your table cover looks great!

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  15. A wonderful illustation with your work. It is beautiful. I would love to sit down and make one someday.Thanks for sharing

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  16. That is just like magic! Wow! That ruler is going on my short list to be purchased ASAP!

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  17. Wow. Another awesome tutorial. Thank you so much.

    And to answer your question - Nope, have not bought that ruler yet. I sure do want one but my checkbook just keeps telling me no. Stupid checkbooks. LOL

    But, feel free to keep giving me more reasons to buy one very soon so I'll have lots of things lined up to show it was a good reason to spend that money once I can buy one. :)

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  18. I love it!!! Such a great way to use up scraps!!! I need to get this ruler!! Thank you for the great tutorial!!

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  19. Great tutorial -- love the end result! :)

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  20. Beautiful! I love "making" fabric from my scraps, too! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  21. I love this Mary but I don't have the ruler - off to see if I can find one!

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  22. WOW!! That is awesome, Mary! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  23. Mary, I love that you used scraps for your tablecloth. What a great way to use up all those leftovers!! Thanks for the turorial too...great job!

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  24. I love to make my own fabric!! This is a tool that is on my wish list. I love what you did Mary!! Thanks for showing us another way to use this great tool!

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  25. wow that is lovely! Thanks for sharing

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  26. This is a great use of scraps! I have the ruler. I'll have to do this soon!

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  27. I've had this ruler for years and all I've ever done with it, is use it to get dust bunnies out from under my cutting table. I'm going to try this project - it is just too cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I love your table cloth. I've made a 9 degree ruler quilt (I still haven't pieced the second quilt from the left overs) I love the way it drapes over the edge ofmthe table.
    Barb

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  29. This is sooo nice! I think you should do it again with say a layer cake, and submit the pattern to Moda Bakeshop!
    Take care, Leslie

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  30. I love it,fabulous.
    I don´t have that awesome ruler ,

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  31. What fun, Mary! I can see this in myriad florals across a patio table in the spring. Tea anyone? Ahhhh...

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  32. I never thought of making "fabric" from my scraps. What a great idea. That ruler is going on my wish list.

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  33. I love this, it will go on my 2012 to do list. Love the scrap idea, a really good way to help with the ever-growing stash...

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  34. Wow! Must get one of those Nine Degree Rulers. Although my scraps don´t look that good when I sew them together.
    I like your blog, follow it almost every day. First time I saw it, was with your Fishtablecloth and I loved it.
    Gun, Sweden

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  35. I have to get me one of these rulers, it looks so much fun!
    Thanks for a great tutorial.

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  36. This is fabulous! I just love the circle-shape (it totally would make an awesome playmat) and what a great way to use up those scraps too. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  37. WoW! I love that! I loved your tutorial last December and I loved today's. Great idea! I love the size and that it is totally scrap friendly! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  38. What a fun project mary, I keep looking at that big ruler and saying NO but I'm hooked I think! And using the scraps is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  39. Wow! I am sew impressed that all that mismatched fabric could look sew beautiful in the end! I'm glad I was able to see it transform...I doubt I would have believed without seeing!
    Thanks for sharing!

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