Thursday, July 17, 2014

Notion Commotion Blog Hop - Bias Binding Simplified Ruler



Good Morning - Today its our turn to blog about a Notion discovered at Quilt Market.

My special featured tool is a ruler:   

Bias Binding Simplified, designed by Janice Pope for Creative Grids .


I can’t wait to show it to my students since it makes bias binding so easy



Best of all, the ruler has all the instructions printed right on it, so there is never a question on how to use it.    It is 21” long on it’s longest side and has a 45° angle on one side, it is 2½” wide with an added 2¼” line for cutting binding in two sizes.

Why even worry about Bias Binding? -
Bias Binding is much stronger than straight-of-grain binding and absolutely essential to bind quilts with rounded corners or curvy edges.  Bias binding will smooth out around curves and make the binding lay flat and pucker free.  Once you use bias binding you will want to use it for most of your quilts - 
I definitely do, even for small quilts and table runners.




Here is another fun use for the ruler :

Striped bias binding:  
Sew several 4½" strips of fabric together, stagger the strips to save fabric, press all seams open.  Cut the strip set on the bias using the bias ruler's 45° edge to line it up along one side and cut into strips to make a fun striped binding.  Its easy and you can use up fabric strips for a fun, different looking binding.
 





 The ruler is also the perfect width to make the “Streak of Lightning” pattern, made from 2½" strips. 

Look for the ruler at a quilt store near you and don't forget to check out Janice Pope’s video: Bias Binding Simplified at http://anythingbutboring.com/videos/































15 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info! ;) Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  2. Nifty tool! More than one way to use it, too! Always a plus!

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  3. Nice looking quilt! That sounds like a handy tool to have.

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  4. I love that it has the directions on the ruler. I many times lose instruction sheets.

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  5. Thanks for all the good comments. I was really excited to find this tool for me and all the students in my class.

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  6. Fabulous pattern and a really fun, cool, usable new tool.

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  7. I never knew the advantages of bias binding until I read your post. Thanks for the information!

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  8. This looks like something I ought to try!

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  9. I have a scalloped binding to do next month. ..I need to get one of these!!

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  10. I would love to have an easy way to do bias binding. Thanks!

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  11. I think I need this ruler! :-)

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  12. This looks like a perfect bias binding tool. I like the the instructions are printed on the ruler. I also liked the idea of using it to make a striped binding. That would be a great way to use extra fabric from a top!

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  13. This looks like a great notion! Thanks for the info!

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