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Other uses for the Add-A-Quarter™

The Add-A-Quarter™ is an extremely versatile tool which simplifies paper piecing and helps save you time. To help demonstrate just how effective this product is, we've created several tutorials for you to follow. Each one is written by the tool's creator and should help you maximize your quilting experience.

 

How to Paper Piece | Use with Templates | Other Uses

 

For Hand Piecing:

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Part of the Add-A-Quarter™ is frosted and part is clear. To add the stitching line for hand pieces; turn fabric to back side, line up the clear ¼" along edge of fabric and mark with a pencil.

Making Half-Square Triangles:

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Start with two squares of fabric the same size, depending how big you would like your half-square triangles.

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Place two squares of fabric right sides together. Draw a line from corner to corner with a pencil.

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Stitch on the line.

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Place the Add-A-Quarter™, lip side down along the stitched line. The ruler will actually stop on the line, be careful not to push to hard, or the ruler will jump over the stitched line. Use a rotary cutter to trim of excess fabric.

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Press open, leaving a nice clean line.

English Paper Piecing

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Follow same steps as using the Add-A-Quarter™ with templates. Place a piece of rolled up masking take on back of pattern.

Cut strips of fabric " wider then your template. Stack 4 to 6 strips together. Place template on fabric and cut around all sides with rotary cutter.

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This will give you 4 to 6 pieces each time. Cutting down on the time it takes to cut out all the pieces needed; giving you more time to sew.

For Fussy Cat:

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Cut the template on the stitching line, mark around the design with a permanent maker. Remove the template and place rolled up masking tape on the back (this will keep the template secure on the fabric when cutting).

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Match design on the template with the design on the fabric. Place Add-A-Quarter next to the template, this will give the 1/4" seam allowance. Cut with rotary cutter, rotate Add A-Quarter and cut around the other 3 sides.