Staci over at The Confused Quilter shared about a tool she enjoys using. I had seen this tool used by the Lady herself, Eleanor Burns, but I never put too much thought into it. But Staci's post HERE was so helpful and informative, that I went out and bought the Shape Cut Ruler taking advantage of JoAnn's 50% off quilting notions sale.
There's a great video tutorial at the June Tailor website, and you can see it HERE.
So why is this tool so great? Most of the cutting I do consists of geometric shapes. I love using charms, and this tool is amazing at making charms.
Sixteen charms made in no time. And there is no loading of a machine, plates, dies or anything special.
When I need to make my binding strips, I just take the folded fabric
fold it again
line up the ruler
make the first cut on zero
find the 2 1/2" line and cut
every 2 1/2"
and wa-la!! I have my perfectly cut strips
No machine to lug around, no dies to deal with. And the price is soooo affordable.
I bought the 12" x 12" ruler because that was the largest size that my JoAnn's carried. However if I could find the Shape Cut Pro like Staci has at a reasonable price, I would love to use that one too. Can you imagine how quickly you could make sashings??? The video tutorial shows how to make other shapes as well.
So if you like to cut strips, charms, layer cakes and even Half square triangles, it might be worth your while to check out this great tool. I was so amazed at how quickly and simply I was able to cut a whole lot of fabric :-)