Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

I’ve been having some fun with two rulers from Julie Herman at Jaybird Quilts.

Sidekick+Ruler web Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

One is the brand new Sidekick ruler, the other is the Hex N More.

Hex N More Ruler Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

Julie taught classes at QM’s Block Party in Portland featuring Hex N More, and her students loved seeing all that this tool can do. She’s developed lots of cool patterns too. You can use the rulers with the patterns, but you can also use the patterns without the rulers if you prefer.

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This is what I’ve been playing with. It will be similar to Julie’s Lotus design.

Lotus Cover Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

My pieced units will finish at 6″ from point to point. The Lotus quilt uses a bigger unit.

lotuspatches Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

There are just two patches so far: a “jewel” shape (on the right) and a small 60◦ triangle, both cut using the Hex N More. The jewel is cut from a 2.5″ strip, as you can see below.

lotusstrip Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start
Both rulers work really well with precuts.

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I started with a bundle of Barcelona by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic for Moda.

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I used this fabric in Onyx for my palette: black, gray, teal, orange and yellow-green.

fabrics1 Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

Then I pulled fabrics from my stash and started cutting.

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When you choose fabrics for a scrappy quilt, you want to include some that are very dark and some that are very light. Getting stuck with too many mediums will make your quilt a yawner.

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You also want to broaden your thinking about each color. I’m not afraid to use several different versions of orange.

teals Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

The same is true for the teal. I have tints, tones and shades; light, medium, dark. It’s all going to work.

dhlotus Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

My semi-annual quilt retreat is coming up and I think I’ll take this along. It’s easy sewing and you get exciting results quickly. It will be perfect work to do while chatting with quilty friends.

Giggles Pattern Cover Web Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

This is Giggles, one of the new patterns using the new Sidekick ruler.

RockCandy Pattern Cover Web Great Rulers and a Scrappy Quilt Start

And this is Rock Candy, again using the Sidekick. Aren’t they fresh and fun?

Check out the Hex N More and Sidekick rulers at Jaybird Quilts. You’ll find them, along with Julie’s fun and unique patterns (with great instructions), at many quilt shops. See “Where to Buy.”  Quiltmaker is pleased to partner with Jaybird Quilts to bring you these great new products.

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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