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Split Seconds
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:

  1. 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 bottom edge.
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  2. 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 marks.

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  3. Cut through both layers of fabric along the curved edge of the ruler, cutting the stack in half.
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  4. 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 project.
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Creating Curved Four-Patches:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut both squares in half, then center and rotate the ruler 90° and cut in half again.
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  4. 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.
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Tips:

  • Practice sewing a block before beginning a project.
  • Use a sharp blade in your rotary cutter – preferably a 45 mm size.
  • Pre-wash fabrics so distortion is minimized when pressing curves.
  • Spray starch fabrics before cutting the quares also minimizes distortion.


Creative Grids® USA, Inc.
400 W. Dussel Dr. Ste B,
Maumee, OH 43537
www.creativegridsUSA.com
UK Website: www.creativegrids.com
Creative Grids is a registered trademark of Creative Grids UK, Ltd., and is used under license by Creative Grids USA, Inc.

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