Make Following Patterns Easier Using Perfect4Pattern Sets with Guidelines Rulers

-- Square up your fabric --
Basics, the conventional way &
the super easy way.

Cut accurate strips & squares
faster without straining your
eyes, hands, arms & shoulders.

Sew perfect
scant ¼" seam allowances
 
and get pointy points.


All three sets come with the Prep-Tool with an 8-Page booklet

& 6-Pack Seam Guides. Click here to download the booklet for free.

This set includes one 6"x12" Guidelines Ruler, a Prep-Tool that comes with an 8-Page booklet, and a pack of 6 Seam Guides.

Sold out

This set includes two 6"x12" Guidelines Rulers and a Connector to make a 6"x24", 12" square and small corner square to square up your fabric, quilt tops or blocks.

Sold out

This set includes three 6"x12" Rulers and two Connectors to make a 6"x24", 12" square, 3-foot ruler and large corner square to square up your fabric the Super Easy Way.

Sold out

Square Up Your Fabric 101:

Click the headings below to open. - Click again to close.

Go with the grain for perfect piecing.

Fabric is much easier to work with if you pay attention to the grain.

Fabric comes on a bolt folded once with the selvedges together.
If you unfold it, it will be about 44” - 45” wide.

Try this yourself

Hold a piece of fabric right below the selvedge edge.

First, stretch right below parallel to the edge:

Then, move one hand down a little and stretch again:

The first step in any successful quilt project is squaring up

To square it up, the goal is to cut just inside one raw edge of the fabric,
so that the newly cut edge is aligned with the crosswise grain line of the fabric.

Folding Fabric 101: Leave it folded once in 2 layers or
fold it twice into 4 layers: That is the question.

To trim off the raw edge, the fabric will need to be folded at least once, so it’s about 22” wide, and you can use a 24” ruler to cut across the full width of fabric.

Some quilters fold it twice to four layers, so it’s about 11” wide, and they can use just one 12” ruler.

Either Way, the goal is to fold it precisely so that the grain line on all the layers of fabric are perfectly aligned with each other.

Pick the fabric up holding it just by the selvedge edges. If the grain on both layers is aligned, the fabric will drape smoothly.

If the grain is out of alignment, the fabric will twist a little and not hang smoothly. You can adjust the top layer back and forth against the bottom layer until you eliminate any twists in the fabric. Once you get the fabric to hang smoothly, keep the selvedge edges aligned, lay it on your cutting mat and finger press the folded edge.

You can fold the fabric again by aligning the folded edge with the selvedge edges.

Some quilters do this but if you don’t get all four layers aligned accurately, your strips will come out with a slight “V” like the image on the left and will be unusable.

Square Up the Conventional Way:

Most quilters find it easier to square up accurately
with the fabric folded only once.

Connect two rulers end-to-end, and you can square up the
full width of fabric folded only once to two layers.


If you’re comfortable folding the fabric twice into four layers,

you can square up using just one Ruler.


End-to-End, Side-by-Side or as a Corner Square.

You can make a 6"x24" to cut the full width of fabric or connect them side-by-side to cut wider pieces. You can even make a Corner Square to square up but when taken apart, they'll fit in a small bag or even in the case with your sewing machine.

1) Insert the Tabs on the ends of both lower arms on the Connector into the center of the holes in the ruler.

2) Push on both arms and slide the Connector to the right. You'll hear a click when it's locked onto the first ruler.

3) Insert the Tabs on the upper arms into the center of the holes in the 2nd ruler. Hold the Connector in place on the 1st ruler and slide the 2nd ruler to the left up against the Lip Edge.

How to Take the Rulers Apart

Squeeze the extensions on the end of the Connector together and slide the top ruler to the right until the tabs are back in the center of the holes.

Then you can lower the ruler and pull it away. Squeeze the extensions again to take the Connector off the other ruler.

Square Up the Super Easy Way:

Click the headings below to open. - Click again to close.

With the full width of the fabric folded only once to two layers,

you can square up the Super Easy Way with
three Guidelines Rulers connected as a corner square.

1) Connect three 6”x12” Guidelines Rulers to make a corner square.

2) Line the Fabric Guides’ edges on the bottom Ruler up to the folded edge of the fabric.

3) Hold the 6”x24” Ruler in place with your left hand while squeezing the release levers on the Connector with your right hand to take the bottom ruler off. Then trim off the raw edge.

4) You can then slide the Guide up to the fabric's edge, and start cutting accurate strips from the same side of the fabric without having to rotate it 180º.

If you're comfortable folding your fabric twice to four layers,

you can square up the Super Easy Way, using just
two Guidelines Rulers connected as a corner square.

1) Connect two 6”x12” Guidelines Rulers to make a corner square.

2) Line the Fabric Guides’ edges on the bottom Ruler up to the folded edge of the fabric.

3) Hold the Ruler on the left in place with your left hand while squeezing the release levers on the Connector with your right hand to take the bottom ruler off. Then trim off the raw edge. (Reverse this if you're left-handed.)

4) You can then slide the Guide up to the fabric's edge, and start cutting accurate strips from the same side of the fabric without having to rotate it 180º.

End to End, Side by Side or as a Corner Square

You can make a 6"x24" to cut the full width of fabric or connect them side-by-side to cut wider pieces. You can even make a Corner Square to square up but taken apart, they will fit in a small bag or even in the case with your sewing machine.

1) Insert the Tabs on the ends of both lower arms on the Connector into the center of the holes in the ruler.

2) Push on both arms and slide the Connector to the right. You'll hear a click when it's locked onto the first ruler.

3) Insert the Tabs on the upper arms into the center of the holes in the 2nd ruler. Hold the Connector in place on the 1st ruler and slide the 2nd ruler to the left up against the Lip Edge.

How to Take the Rulers Apart

Squeeze the extensions on the end of the Connector together and slide the top ruler to the right until the tabs are back in the center of the holes.

Then you can lower the ruler and pull it away. Squeeze the extensions again to take the Connector off the other ruler.

The Super Easy Way Using 3 Guidelines Rulers:

Cut Pieces Fast & Accurately with Guidelines Rulers:

Now you can start cutting strips using 1 or 2 Guidelines Rulers.

If you squared up the Super Easy Way, you're ready to start cutting strips.
If not, you'll need to rotate the fabric 180º first.

Set the Fabric Guides for the width of strip you want to cut.
The Fabric Guides' edge will catch the fabric's edge for perfect alignment.

Using 2 Guidelines Rulers
Connected As a 24" Ruler

This way, you can cut strips from the full width of fabric only folded once to two layers (about 22" long).

Most quilters find it easier to cut straight strips this way.

Using 1 Guidelines Ruler

To cut strips from the full width of fabric using 1 Ruler, it will need to be folded twice to four layers (about 11" long).

You want all four sides of your squares to be exactly the same size.

Grooves in the Fabric Guides lock dead center onto the measurement lines underneath the Guidelines Ruler. Leave the Fabric Guide exactly where it was when you cut the strip, and you'll cut perfect squares.

First, square up one end of your strip.

Then trim off just inside the selvedge.

Finally, cut squares
by lining the Fabric Guide's edge up to the Fabric's edge.

Sew the Pieces Together Accurately:

There are two things that matter when
sewing your pieces together into blocks:

  • Consistency - To have your blocks come out perfectly square and lay flat, you need to sew all the pieces together with the same width of seam allowance.
  • Accuracy - To have your blocks come out the right size, the width of your seam allowance should be a Scant ¼”.

If you sew nine 2 ½" squares together with a consistent Scant ¼” Seam Allowance, your block will measure 6 ½". That's a finished size of 6" with an extra ¼" all around so it can be sewn to other blocks or sashing to make a finished quilt.

Click the headings below to open. - Click again to close.

A Scant ¼” is just slightly less than a full ¼” & the reason
it matters in quilt piecing is actually pretty simple.

The thread and fold in a seam have some width. To compensate for that, you sew slightly less than a full ¼”, so your finished seams actually come out measuring a full ¼”.

That way, all the pieces and the finished blocks come out measuring the exact sizes a pattern gives.


See how sewing a scant ¼" helps you get
nice pointy points in blocks like these.

The goal is to stick the Seam Guide in front of the presser foot of your sewing machine to help guide your fabric before it goes under the needle.

The Prep-Tool makes it easy to align the Seam Guide so it's a Scant ¼” to the right of the needle.

Guiding your fabric against the edge of the Seam Guide makes it much easier to sew consistently, accurate Scant ¼” seam allowances.

Every Perfect4Pattern Set comes with a Prep-Tool that is a Scant ¼” wide and peel & stick Seam Guides with removable, reusable adhesive.
 


How to use the Prep-Tool to align the Seam Guide
at a Scant ¼” on your sewing machine.

Butt the Prep-Tool up against the needle of your sewing machine on the side with the gold lip edges. Peel the paper off the Seam Guide and butt it up against the other side of the Prep-Tool and stick it down in front of your presser foot.

Remove the Prep-Tool and guide your fabric against the Seam Guide for accurate Scant 1/4" seam allowances.

Butt the gold lip edges of the Prep-Tool up to the edge of the fabric, and you should see the line of stitching right along its edge.

If it's inside the edge, you need to adjust the Seam Guide farther away from the needle.

If it's outside the edge, you need to adjust the Seam Guide closer to the needle.

The Prep-Tool takes the guesswork out of marking precise seam lines.

Patterns often tell you to stop a ¼” from the edge of the fabric. What they really mean is stop right at the seam line, which is a scant ¼”. That’s the secret to sharp mitered binding corners and precise set in seams.

Mark precise mitered binding corners

Learn More.

Take the guesswork out of
Set-in Seams

Learn More.


Accurately pre-trim triangle points:

Learn More.