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Thread: 9 patch and 4 patch ruler by jody barrows

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    does anyone own these? Are they worth the money?

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    Never even heard of them

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    Me either . Will be interested to hear about them :thumbup:

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    here is a video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4TIpatbf5Q

    they are kinda expensive. but it would be worth it to get straight seams.

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    I've never seen or used them .. but here's a link to a video by her ... the tools look pretty interesting ... now to find out how much $$$$$$ they are.

    http://www.viddler.com/explore/medisb/videos/22/

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    hhhmmm not sure, couldn't you use a regular ruler and get the same result ?

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    I guess the justification lies in how often they pose a problem for you. I've never had anything come out so off that I considered discarding it. I think it's all in keeping that 1/4" seam allowance. I just keep squaring things up as I go. But, if you've had issues in the past with those little guys, maybe this would be a great solution. I don't know how much they are, but I think for me personally, I would pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    hhhmmm not sure, couldn't you use a regular ruler and get the same result ?
    I agree.

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    I have her whole system, DVD and books. My DH bought them for me at a quilt show. I am sorry to say I have never used them or tried.

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    Wow, those are new to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katei
    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    hhhmmm not sure, couldn't you use a regular ruler and get the same result ?
    I agree.
    I agree too.....

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    I think that these tools would be great for anyone who has a problem with the 1/4 inch allowance, as well as for beginners (such as me), who need extra help in making sure that it is accurate and to save me time and headaches.

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    Making a test "block" is the method that works for me.

    1) Cut three strips "my" version of 2 inches - they are actually a smidge wider because of the space between the cutter blade and the ruler - approximately 6.5 inches long

    2) Sew them together - using "my" version of a 1/4 inch seam

    3) Press the seams - however you prefer - I usually press them all to one side - some people press them open

    4) Measure across the result- this should be 5 inches by approximately 6.5 inches.

    5) If the result is NOT 5 inches across the three strips, I need to do some adjusting -

    a) If LESS than 5 inches - First, check the pressing to make sure there are no "pleats/crease" by the seams, - if that is okay, then I could place the ruler a bit differently so I get slightly wider strips - OR - I could make a slightly narrower seam

    b) If MORE than 5 inches - cut the strips a smidge narrower - or - make the seams a smidge wider

    Seams easier than messing around with those rulers.

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    I would rather not have to guess at how to fix it. That is just me - what do i know - i am new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SundarKoyal
    I would rather not have to guess at how to fix it. That is just me - what do i know - i am new.
    That's why more than one thing is available - of course, all that variety can be confusing, too.

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    Oh Shaverg,
    You have to try them they work fast so no messing up....
    I like mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnieF
    Oh Shaverg,
    You have to try them they work fast so no messing up....
    I like mine.
    Thanks, Connie. I will definitely give them a try. There is a pattern for a Christmas tree, that is really pretty. Thought that would be my first project.

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    M.I.Late,
    They are great...

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