Two Tip Tuesday – day late

Wow! How did I miss Tuesday? Don’t answer that. I was so wrapped up in what all I had to do yesterday, Two Tips slipped by me.

I spent the morning talking with my website customer service… and finger and toes crossed, I will have a new look for my website by next week. The website has been the original design for almost 13 years. It is past time to refresh the look. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. I’m adding a Gallery page to replace my Quilting Services (since I don’t longarm for customers anymore). If you have made any of my patterns, please email me a photo of your quilt. I’ll be adding some of my variations, but it would be wonderful to add your creations as well!

Speaking of what is on my website…Did you know I have some free patterns? Go to the Products tab and in the drop down list is Free Patterns! Next week is the start of my AQS Christmas Countdown free pattern and instructions. If you are an AQS member, go join their Christmas Countdown FB page! All announcements will be there with a FB live with ME on the 11th and 18th. I’ll be showing some quick Christmas ideas using only two strips of fabric (2 1/2″ x WOF). I hope you’ll join me. The instructions will be on the! Here is a peak at what I am doing. Plus I have these and more beautiful Christmas fabrics for sale on my website under kits/extras!

Red Swirls and Silver Stars from Holiday Flourish 13 collection by Robert Kaufman

When making the pattern for the Christmas Countdown I had an AH HA moment. I can cut diamonds from a 2 1/2″ strip with Jr.!!! (Hex-a-ma-jig Jr.) I do not need a 5″ strip folded in half. Yes, you can still cut them this way but the new way saves fabric. Are you ready???…see the photos below on how to place Jr. on the strip. The same can be done with Hex-a-ma-jig but with a 3 1/2″ strip.

Cutting Diamonds with Hex-a-ma-jig Jr. on a 2 1/2″ strip!
Diamonds with Hex-a-ma-jig Jr. shown cut!

I’m excited with this discovery and it opens up more possibilities for using less fabric to cut diamonds!

#1 – Place Hex-a-ma-jig Jr. on a 2 1/2″ strip as shown above to cut Diamonds. Note that the bottom edge of the strip is 1/4″ away from the dashed line on the left triangle on the tool.

#2 – The corners are nipped off for ease of alignment in sewing diamond pieces to other pieces (other diamonds, triangles, etc.)

I look forward to sharing the designs I have made for the Christmas Countdown next week!

in quilting,


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