Karla Alexander created the
Creative Grids® Split Seconds Ruler to cut 7" to 18" squares, rectangles
or pieced blocks with a gentle “S” curve. A "sweet spot" designed into the
ruler allows you to match the center seam when these units are sewn
together to create a gentle "S" curve the entire width or length of the
quilt. Or, cut the squares in half in both directions to create curved
four-patches. Again, the seams will match when the four-patch blocks are
sewn to each other.
Creating a Curved Rectangle:
Begin with two identically sized cut fabric squares
or rectangles, of coordinating colors (or one fabric square and one
pieced block) that measure anywhere from 7" to 18". Center the straight
side of the ruler over the top edge of the fabric and mark the center
of each side through the hole drilled in the ruler. Repeat for the
- Neatly layer the fabric squares or rectangles on a cutting mat -
right sides up. Center and place the ruler so the appropriate
measurement is lined up at the beginning and end of the centering
- Cut through both layers of fabric along the curved edge of the
ruler, cutting the stack in half.
- Swap the fabric layers and sew the two curved halves together. The
two blocks can be joined together by butting the curved seams together
to continue the "S" curve for the entire width or length of your
Creating Curved Four-Patches:
- Begin with two identically sized fabric squares of coordinating
colors (or one fabric square and one pieced block) that measure anywhere
from 7" to 18". Center the straight side of the ruler over all four
edges of the squares to find and mak the center spots through the hole
drilled in the ruler.
- Neatly layer the fabric squares on a cutting mat - right sides up.
Center and place the ruler so the appropriate measurement is lined up at
the beginning and end of the centering marks.
- Cut both squares in half, then center and rotate the ruler 90° and
cut in half again.
- Swap the fabrics, then sew the top four pieces together to create a
four-patch. Repeat with the remaining four pieces. The center of the
four-patch will match. This "Split Second" block will be 1" smaller than
the original size.
- Practice sewing a block before beginning a project.
- Use a sharp blade in your rotary cutter – preferably a 45 mm
- Pre-wash fabrics so distortion is minimized when pressing
- Spray starch fabrics before cutting the quares also minimizes
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