Thursday, April 24, 2014

May 19 - Patti Nethery presents the Ruler Revolution

Patti Nethery-Starr, owner and inventor of Ruler Revolution quilting rulers, is our featured speaker and will demonstrate her ruler inventions.  From Texas, Patti was introduced to quilting in 1999.   As she progressed in quilting, she learned various quilting tips and techniques.  Her favorite was drawing a grid on fat quarters, sewing long straight lines, then cutting apart the fabric and viola -- half square triangles!  When teaching this grid technique to any quilter wanting to learn, she kept thinking how much easier it would be if someone just invented a ruler to draw the grid.

Eventually she did just that - designed and developed the 24 in 24 ruler, so named because you can get 24 half-square triangles in about 24 minutes (or less).  She wanted the ruler to be multi-purpose, so in addition to the 24 half square triangles, you can also use this same ruler to make 96 smaller half square triangles, plus quarter-square triangles, and several other units, too.

While developing the 24 in 24 ruler, she realized the same technique of "sewing big pieces of fabric together first, then cutting apart finished units" could be applied to other common quilting blocks -- and other ruler designs came to mind.  As they say, the rest is history.  In 2010 she applied for several patents associated with these ruler designs and has been issued three patents with others still pending.

A companion workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 20, at Fun to Sew in Moore, OK.  Cost is $45 for the class and kit.  To register for the workshop, call Fun to Sew at 405-794-6900.