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Old 05-05-2019, 07:30 AM
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I have the pattern and fabrics to start the Spicy Spiral Table Runner. I plan to use my 10 degree ruler rather than purchasing the 9 degree. I understand that it will be fine, but the runner will turn out a bit wider and shorter. My question is, does it affect the cutting ... are you able to get the same number of wedges?

I suppose I could measure and calculate it myself once I get the stratas sewn, but I'm kind of hoping I can avoid that if someone has a quick answer for me.

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Old 05-05-2019, 07:37 AM
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A circle has 360 degrees in it.

360 degrees divided by 9 equals 40

360 degrees divided by 10 equals 36

Much as I dislike buying a specialty ruler for a project, sometimes using the "exact" tool makes the project turn out better.
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Old 05-05-2019, 08:11 AM
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I took a class for this runner. I used a ten degree and sewed a wider seam, worked great. I added cut extra wedges to make up the wedges needed for the nine degree. The cutting and organizing was the most important part of making this. And color choices. I used shades of batik med to light browns, a neutral pack of strips I had. It looked like a snail when it was sewn together. LOL I never used it, don't even remember what happened to it now. Really bright bold colors look best for this pattern was the opinion in the class when all were made.
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I have made several of these. It will not matter which you use because even though you start with strip sets that have eight (or nine) same width strips your subcuts do not fall the same place in the midst of a strip with every cut. When you sew them back together, the seams do not match. That is part of the charm as they look like half steps of quarter steps. The finished product will have a slightly different dimension, but makes no visual difference. Have fun!
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:46 AM
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I had to watch a u-tube video for it to all make sense.
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Old 05-05-2019, 12:18 PM
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I also used the 10* ruler with no problem, in fact I really enjoyed it. One tip I would suggest if possible have your cutting board out on a table that you can completely walk around. Because you will cut your wedges from your strata but leave it laying intact and then you move over to the other side of the table and cut your next wedges "in between". Also don't worry if you don't get exactly the same amount of wedges from your strata, it all works out well. Let me see if I can find the ones I made. itty-bitty005_edited-small-.jpg
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I also made one of these fun runners. I think I also used a ten degree ruler for mine. I used a sparkly white fabric on the inside, which made it really special when it was finished. I made the binding to match the runner coloration. Red and blue.

As best I can remember, I also had to watch the video before I made it to clear up the directions in my mind.
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Old 05-05-2019, 08:42 PM
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My ruler is 10 degree and I am able to cut all of the pieces listed. No room for miscuts. I generally use yardage, not FQs. I have made at least six. This is the second one - for my second daughter.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by quilterpurpledog View Post
…It will not matter which you use because even though you start with strip sets that have eight (or nine) same width strips ...
My pattern calls for the strips to be cut different widths. Did they change the pattern? I don't suppose it would matter a whole lot, but just asking ...
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:47 AM
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I appreciate everyone's help and pictures of your wonderful projects. I know there are classes and videos out there. I won't pay for a class, but will utilize the videos, although they tend to fast forward through the cutting and stacking which seems to be the critical part. The directions on the pattern are a bit confusing to me, although I'm usually pretty good at figuring things out.
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