CCQ's Favorite Rulers: On Point Ruler

Welcome to the 2nd post of CCQ's Favorite Rulers. This one is by far at the top of my list. When I first wrote the Fairy Garden Quilt pattern, I designed it with a Star Block in the corner of each quilt block. The secondary pattern beautifully popped out as crosses...perfect for a fairy garden theme! I actually didn't find this On Point Ruler until AFTER I wrote and tested the pattern. I so wished I had it for the original quilt. Because of this, before I show you just how simple this ruler is to put to use, I will demonstrate how to make the Star Block using a simple square off ruler.

Getting Organized

I think the Star Block looks intimidating but it's quite fun to make and easier than you think. Once you try it, I truly believe you'll love it.

To start, you'll be instructed in the pattern to cut out rectangles looking like these. We'll call them...

B1 A B2

The cutting can easily be done incorrectly if you're not paying attention. Not that it's hard, but if you're like me, sometimes my mind wanders and I just cut away without thinking about it. So everytime I make this cut, I always lay out my rectangles exactly like the photo above. Then I pay attention to the directional cuts.

B1: Cut top left to bottom right

A: Cut top left to bottom right

B2: Cut top right to bottom left

Piecing the Block

Then you'll grab (1) A triangle and (1) B1 triangle. Notice that these two were cut in the same direction so you'll start with two identical triangles. Lay them out as shown...

Now all you do is flip B1 so that you have the triangles RST (right sides together). Notice how they line up. The right corners match up at this point.

Then you simply sew a 1/4" from the top edge of the triangles as demonstrated.

Here's what it looks like after you press open the seams. About the seams...When I learned to quilt, I was taught to always press the seams open and, for the most part, that's what I do on all my piecing. However, I have found it beneficial to press toward the A triangle at this step.

Once you have pressed the seam, go ahead and grab (1) B2 triangle. Lay it out as shown in a mirror like fashion.

Just like before, you'll flip it over to put RST. The thing to notice here is the "bunny ears" at the tip of the triangles matching exactly in size. Also, you'll see a bit of triangle A poking out at the bottom. That's correct so no worries.

Sew your 1/4" for the final piecing step. This time, you'll press toward B2 to create a flat corner.

Here is a close up of how it looks on the backside to create a flat corner after following the directional pressing...

Trimming the Block

Now here comes the fun part. I don't know about you but I love cutting and trimming fabric. I may complain about it before I begin, but once I jump in, I find it quite soothing. It's satisfying in my opinion.

As previously mentioned, I'm going to demonstrate how to use a Square Off ruler first. Then when I show you the On Point ruler trimming, you'll see how easy it is. You may just want to make the investment after learning about its ease. (On a side note...I don't sell these rulers nor am I an affiliate receiving income from sales. I'm just a huge fan, that's all!)

Moving is where we need to be quite accurate. You'll notice the diagonal line down the center of the Square Off ruler. (I'm using a 6" x 6" ruler.) This beauty will be our best friend for getting the Star Block trimmed correctly. The ruler's center line will run down the center of the A triangle. Up at the point of the triangle A, you'll notice the 1/4" marking of the ruler lines up exactly with the point of the triangle A maintaining a 1/4" space from the corner. This is crucial.

Now that you're all lined up, you'll trim the two sides just like you see in the photo.

That's the hardest part! Phew...good job! Now just flip your block around 180 degrees. The sides you just trimmed will line up on the ruler with your final desired size. For example, this block will have an unfinished size of 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" I'm lining up the trimmed sides on the 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" ruler lines. Trim the remaining two sides.

And there you go! Now you have a fun Star Block.

Easy Peasy On Point Ruler

So here's the best part about this block. If you can and are able to purchase a On Point ruler, it's SO much easier! All the lines are there for you. Line up, trim two sides, rotate, and finish trimming. Look at this...

A side note: Because of the cutting angle, the ruler is upside down for this demonstration.

Oops...I didn't notice until finalizing this post that my photo example isn't perfectly lined up! No one's perfect, correct? If this happens to you, try your best to line up the point (rather than an exact 1/4") when piecing your block together. Just keeping it real around here. Haha!


Super easy, isn't it? Now you know why the On Point Ruler is at the top of my favorites list. Since you might be considering the purchase of a new ruler, I'll give you 10% off the Fairy Garden Quilt pattern from now until the end of September. Just use the code STARBLOCK. This is only good at the CCQ website (not Etsy).

Thank you for joining me today. I thoroughly enjoy sharing a tidbit of quilty information with you and even giving you a tip to work through our imperfections. I know you can find quilting information from anywhere so the fact that you read this post means the world to me. If you're interested in more tutorials, quilt alongs, and quilting community, you're welcome to join our little world!

I hope you'll experiment with this fun, new technique as well as join in here at Cozy Color Quilts. And if you do make some Star Blocks, please share using #cozycolorquilts! It would make my day to see your beautiful Star Blocks. I'll leave you with a couple more photos of the Fairy Garden Quilt.

Enjoy your day,

Beth Ann