April 11, 2017

Making wedge quilts without a wedge ruler


I have some wedge rulers and I really like them. But quilting tools are expensive and one thing that I love about quilters is that we are generally pretty resourceful people. I know some of you are thinking, sure I'd love to make a wedge quilt but there's no way I'm spending $20+ on a new quilting tool. Wise people you are, that means more money for fabric!! Can't argue with reason.

This method allows you to use your regular quilting ruler with your paper template to get the nice sturdy straight edge of the ruler without needing to buy a specially shaped one. If you liked the block I shared in my last post, print out the template and use this method to cut your wedge shapes! It works for cutting wedge shapes from strips of fabric.


To use this method you need two copies of your template. Tape them to your quilting ruler so that the edge of the template is aligned with the edge of the ruler. Make sure you align one template so the left side of the template is on the edge and the other template so the right side of the template is on the edge of the ruler.

You'll use these templates alternating between them for each cut as you work down your fabric strip. In the pictures below you'll see I first cut along the right edge of the template.


And then I slide my ruler down and align the other paper template with the edge I just cut, to cut my next wedge shape. After this I switch back to the original template, and so on, down the whole strip.



The only thing that's at all tricky about this is making the first angled cut. I didn't get a picture of that but all you need to do is use the top and bottom (the wide and narrow ends) of the template and align them with the edges of the fabric strip to make that first cut.

Now one of the things that I love about wedges is that you can make pretty big quilts with them. I'm talking about rounds that measure 50" across!


If you're using a big template like this, you won't be able to get two template on one ruler like above. In that case, hopefully you have two quilting rulers. (Or a realllllly good friend who'll let you borrow theirs!) Tape one template to one ruler and the other template to the other, and enjoy! Hope that helps you practical wedge quilt lovers!

16 comments:

Ellyn said...

awesome! our guild has a dresden challenge going on right now. I'm going to share your post with them.

Sarah Craig said...

That is really cool, Christina - a great hack! Thanks for sharing!!

Christine B. said...

This is so clever Christina! I loved your block from last time and, I do have some wedge rulers but they are much smaller than needed, so this is a great alternative to buying another new ruler! Thank you so much! Christine x

Gene Black said...

Thanks for a great way to use the paper template! I love that idea.

Gale Bulkley said...

Very, very smart. I love it.

Галина Николаева said...

Thanks. It is very useful information.

Shelor Robin said...

Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

So clever. Thanks for sharing

textileranger.com said...

Thank you! I believe this is a tip I will remember!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

This is very clever indeed. I do have a shrimpy dresden ruler that I have used once, but it does have limited capabilities, and our larger rulers really can do so much.... except clean house :-D

Kathy said...

Neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn Dell said...

Thanks for sharing!! So very clever!!

KaHolly said...

You're a woman after my own heart. I've been quilting for over thirty years and still only own and use three basic rulers. I can (almost) do anything the specialty rulers can do, and don't spend an extra penny. Thanks for this technique! I truly appreciate it. Enjoy your evening. XO

Sue said...

So clever! Why didn't I think of that??? Thanks.

Brenda said...

Good idea! I scored a 9 degree wedge ruler from my mom and a 10 degree one at a sale for a few bucks. otherwise I wouldn't have invested in them.

Tiffany said...

Genius! Thank you!

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