• How To Cut a Large Square with a Small Ruler

    Today, I would like to go over one simple trick that comes in handy from time to time. It is so simple, that I almost feel silly mentioning it. But nevertheless, I think every quilter should carry it in her or his bag of tricks. It can save you a lot of wasted pieces of fabric and some frustration.

    Here it is:

    How to cut a large square into half-square triangles using a rotary cutter if the longest ruler you have around happens to be smaller than the diagonal of that square. (Hint: Moving the ruler up and down the path is the wrong way of doing it.)

    So here you are, with a ruler and a large square piece of fabric.
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    As it turns out (of course!) the ruler is too small to do the job properly.
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    Here is what you do. Fold the piece diagonally (shown on the left). Press hard along the fold line and unfold (shown on the right).
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    Fold the piece along the other diagonal, perpendicular to the original fold line (which is illustrated as a black and white strip here).
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    The folded square can be approached as a smaller triangle with two layers of fabric and a fold line (the first one) indicating the place to cut. The ruler should be long enough to cover it completely.
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    Cut along the line and unfold both resulting pieces. You are done.
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    As I said, it's simple, but I believe it is worth knowing.
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