Introducing our new & IMPROVED Curved X-hatch & perfect tiny circle ruler. This ruler now comes in 2 sizes – suitable for both high shank/longarm and low shank ruler feet. PLUS it has etched guidelines to assist you in choosing the right position when quilting. The perfect circles are all labelled with easy to read numbers as well.
Curved Cross-hatching will give your quilt a nice soft feel as opposed to the look provided by straight cross-hatching. You can apply this treatment to either a full block or as a fill in for the center of an un-quilted area.
This tool requires very little practice to become proficient and produces a neat, clean look. It’s all about the details! BONUS is the included perfect circles 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1” & 1 1/2”.
Using the laser etched guidelines in this ruler you can position the crosshair on the center line of the Curved Cross-hatching tool, and stitch the portion of the curve that goes through the corners. Then move the tool down until the stitched line is directly under the edge of the tool. If you want 1/2 inch spacing between the lines, then move it to a point 1/4” from the edge of the template along the 90deg line. If you want 3/4 inch spacing, then move it to 1/2” line from the edge of the template. Continue up until you have the entire block covered. Then repeat this process going from left to right until it
looks like the picture on the left.
Experiment with the placement of your crosshairs on your chosen area that you want to fill with curved crosshatching.
CURVED CROSS-HATCHING THE INSIDE OF AN IRREGULAR SHAPE
The procedure is the same, except you can sometimes use a steeper curve if the design doesn’t go all the way to the corners.
The following is an example of what it would look like inside of an overlapped portion of a circle shape.
• Another idea would be, instead of marking the alignment lines to go up and down, left and right, you could mark them to go at a diagonal.
• Otherwise, just experiment with different angles, curves, cross hatching inside of shapes, outside of shapes, etc.
1/4” thick ruler for use with longarm machines and high shank ruler foot on domestic machines.
1/8″ thick ruler for use with low shank ruler foot on domestic machines
© Constantine Quilts 2014