At our sewing group’s end-of-year Christmas party, I was lucky enough to receive two rulers in the Kris Kringle gift swap. (That is the short version of events. The long version is that I saw a plant on the gift table even before we had drawn numbers. I said to my friend Marjorie that I hoped I would not draw the plant as that would be cruelty to plants. I have brown thumbs, fingers and toes, and its survival could not be guaranteed. Marjorie likes plants and offered to swap numbers if that happened. Yep. That is what happened. Later, I realised that in the swap with Marjorie I was ending up with my gift back, so Sharon and I swapped. Short version: I received two lovely rulers.)
Both of the rulers were hot pink, which made me instantly warm to them. One of the rulers was a Sew Easy Pinwheel Magic 6½-inch ruler, the kind that you place on pre-sewn squares at an angle and then cut to make pinwheels. I have had so much fun playing with that!
Each block is 6 inches square, so the main section of the finished top is 36 × 42 inches. I then added extra narrow white borders to bring it up to 39 × 45 inches to better fit the single width of backing fabric.
This was a good stash-busting quilt. I pulled out blue and green fabrics from my stash to coordinate with my chosen backing. I only needed one 9-inch square from each fabric, making it easy to find enough. One of the green fabrics, which I have a bit more of because it came from the bargain bin, is waiting to become the binding. I am learning that my stash is full of fat quarters and 30 centimetre cuts, but I rarely add yardage to my stash, except in linen and white. I usually buy larger quantities as I need them. If I had allowed myself to go shopping, I might have made the borders a stronger colour than white, but white is what I had, and it looks just fine.
The other ruler is called a 3 Plus Ruler. I am yet to figure out what to do with that, but it looks handy for circles, marking seam allowances and cutting binding strips.
First, however, I need to cart my sewing machine downstairs to the dining room and quilt this and the monkey baby quilt top I have sewn.