Tuesday Tip: Triangle Square Up Ruler

One of our most favourite rulers here at Hamel’s is Quilt in a Day’s Triangle Square Up Ruler. When students take our Beginner Sampler class, this ruler is required. Think about all the quilt blocks out there that require half square triangles!

The 6 1/2 Triangle Square Up Ruler makes perfect half triangle squares and quarter triangle squares in sizes up to 6 1/2″. Fully illustrated and detailed instructions are included when you purchase this ruler. The ruler is marked in two colors for easy reading. Convenient 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″ and 1″ lines for precise measuring. The ruler is made of heavy gauge acrylic and is laser precise.

Want even a bigger ruler? Well, you can also special order the 9 1/2” version of this ruler.

SKU: 2023QD

Here’s a video demonstration with Eleanor Burns of “Quilt in a Day” using this ruler to create perfect half square triangles. Even tho this video is a “few years old”, the technique still works today and we recommend it.

Happy stitching!

Thrifty Thursday….Misty Fuse

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our 20″ wide Mistyfuse. Use paper-less Mistyfuse for all weights of fabric from velvets and cottons to delicate tulles and organzas. It’s a dream to work with—it handles well, is incredibly sheer, doesn’t add bulk and bonds firmly once cooled. Since there is no added adhesive, it will never gum up your scissors or quilting needles.  Mistyfuse White is perfect for fusing all colors, weights and types of fabric.

Misty Fuse is an environmentally friendly product and the ultra-fine web stays soft and pliable in appliqués on quilting projects without adding bulk. It’s easy to handle, solvent-free and does not gum up your needle as you sew with it.

Although there is no paper attached to Misty Fuse when you purchase it, the Goddess Sheet makes application a breeze and you can barely feel it on the backside of your appliqué pieces.

Here’s a video from the folks at Misty Fuse demonstrating how it works.

Our regular price is $4.98 per metre. Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $2.50 per metre. Click HERE to order yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Tuesday Tip: No-Mark Stitch and Flip

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting our fabric distributor, TrendTex Fabrics in Port Coquitlam, BC (a suburb of Vancouver). I was there with a few others to work with the lovely Sue Jensen who showed us this stitch-and-flip sewing tip. Sue is an amazing teacher and we learned a lot from her that day!

The only thing you need is a simple piece of cardboard and it will save you from having to mark all those diagonal lines as you join strips for binding, jelly roll strips, etc. Sooner or later as quilters we all come across an instruction in a pattern asking us to stitch and flip!

This method is much faster than marking lines on each of your strips or squares. Think about using this method for half-square triangles also.

Step 1: Here’s the rectangle with a square to be added. Cut a narrow strip of paper, lightweight cardboard (cereal box weight or file folder) or lightweight sandpaper like you see below. Sue used cardboard.

Step 2:  Place the square on top of the rectangle, right sides together.

Step 3:  Lay the cardboard strip across the square, corner to corner. Cardboard should be a little longer than the distance from corner to corner.

Step 4:  Sew along the straight edge of the cardboard, holding the cardboard in place while sewing. Chain as many as you wish.

You will get a perfect diagonal seam!

Step 5:  Trim the seam allowance to a 1/4″.

Step 6:  Set the seam by pressing over the stitching and then flip the smaller patch open and press.

Now you have a perfect diagonal line without marking each square.

Happy stitching!




Mother’s Day Promo

This Sunday is Mother’s Day so we are wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day in advance to all you Mother, Mother figures and those that play a Motherly role.

For 3 days we are offering a free travel bag with the purchase of a Wish or Large Sew Steady table.

If you are not familiar with a Sew Steady table here is some information from Sew Steady…

When it comes to sewing, and particularly quilting, an expanded work area is a big help, if not downright essential. And that makes a Sew Steady® sewing table, cabinet inset or cabinet insert essential. Sew Steady® sewing machine extension tables make the perfect companion to virtually any sewing machine, and our insets and inserts are carefully designed to fit your specific make and model of both sewing machine and cabinet*. Each portable sewing table is custom designed and built for your specific sewing machine. Crafted from high quality, long-lasting acrylic, to exacting standards, all Sew Steady® tables feature a rounded edge, a permanent ruler, and many other standout features.

One of our bestsellers is The WISH table

Wish Table is made with high-quality acrylic as are all our Sew Steady Tables and Inserts. The Wish Table includes several features as requested by quilters and sewers alike:

  • 3 beveled edges
  • 9″ x 14″ blue compartmentalized notions tray,
  • Holes in the table for circle sewing and Circle Sewing Tool
  • Universal Table Grid and Table Lock

Note: This grid is intended for use on free arm machines.  It is not intended for flatbed machines such as Featherweights.

For an instructional video on the circle sewing tool, click here.

For more information on installing the legs onto a Table, watch the instructional video on YouTube.

For instructional video on how to use the Centering Ruler, click here.

Find the Promo HERE or by clicking on the promo posters below. Sale ends Sunday, May 12, 2019