Working the (Patchwork) Angles PLUS A Giveaway!

12/12/2017
by Admin Admin

Patchwork triangles and other shapes with acute (less than 90°) angles can be tricky. The same angles that make such appealing shapes and patterns in our quilts also unfortunately create wonky tips of fabric that are tough to align correctly when sewing patches together. Trimming these fabric tips at an engineered angle solves the problem and allows patches to line up beautifully, but not all template patterns are designed that way. And if you’re rotary-cutting patches with acute-angled corners, you’ve been totally on your own to figure out how to sew everything together.

Trim-A-Tip tool by Carolyn Cullinan McCormick

But not anymore! Our new Trim-A-Tip™ acrylic tool lets you trim the tips from angled quilt patches using a couple of fast swipes of your rotary cutter. And we’ve designed it to work for any acute angle used in patchwork, including 30°, 45°, 60°, and 67 1/2°.

With the Trim-A-Tip, it’s much easier to make fun quilt blocks like these:

Whirlwind Block

Eight-Pointed Star Block


Crossed Canoes Block

Six Pointed Star Block


Trim-A-Tip has done all the geometry and math for you. Just line up the tool with the fabric and/or template, and make 2 small cuts to create easy-to-align edges.

Check out our step-by-step tutorial, and then give the Trim-A-Tip a try. We’re sure you’ll see improvement in your angled patchwork immediately!

Now, for our first blog giveaway. We have a copy of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazine 2018 wall calendar, featuring one of Carolyn's original block patterns, and we'd like to send it to a blog reader in time for New Year's. Post a comment on our blog by midnight Christmas Eve and we'll pick a random winner between the holidays and get that calendar on its way. Remember to include your email address so we can contact you if you're the winner. Best of luck to all who enter!

Comments

Marilyn, you're our winner! Carolyn will contact you via email to arrange shipping. Congratulations!
Your new website is looking good, Carolyn!
Looks like a fun and colorful calendar
The 100 Blocks calendars are so colorful and fun!
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