Hello — I hope everyone had a great week!
I am really enjoying learning to use the specialty rulers I’ve collected over the past few years.
This past week I’ve been focusing on the Creative Grids Round Up Tool.
Creative Grids describes the usages for the round up tool as:
- Rounding corners
- Cutting 8 & 10 inch Circles
- Creating appliqué shapes
- Drunkards Path
- Orange peel
- Great for pre- cut charm squares and layer cakes
It’s no secret that I have an obsession for pre cuts! I also love the look of curved quilt patterns but am terrible with sewing curves. After watching the Creative Grids You Tube video I knew the round up tool would be perfect for me!
Fast forward 3 years and I’m finally using the ruler!
Below is my practice block sunflower drunkard path block measuring 18.5 x 18.5 inches.
I used 5 inch squares for the background and the 4 inch drunkard path shape found on the round up tool. Cutting the shapes was extremely easy and smooth. I used both a 45mm and 28mm rotary blade cutter – both worked. I do recommend having a rotating mat which definitely enhanced the smooth cutting.
I felt my test block was successful so it was time to move on to a charm pack project. I fell in love with several butterfly mini quilts made with the drunkards path block on Pinterest and wanted one badly for my sewing room.
I used the charm pack Modern Roses by Stephanie Ryan for Moda for my mini. It measures 24 x 24 inches. This time I used 4.5 inches with the 4 inch drunkards path applique shape. I found the border fabric in the red tag section at JoAnn’s it was a perfect match!
While on a roll I made another table runner using the round up tool. This time I used the 5 inch drunkards path shape with 5.5 inch background squares. I used batik fabrics with floral prints in green and rust. The rust is a leafy print and the green has both sunflowers and leaves. Sorry not the best photo!
fall drunkard path TR
Below are my sample projects using the petal and orange peel shapes on the round up tool. I used the Bonnie & Camille Miss Kate charm pack for the orange peel and yardage from my stash for the petal shape. Hopefully I will be able to finish them in the near future 🙂
round up tool orange peel
round up tool petal
As you can tell I’m so loving the versatility of this tool — if you enjoy these applique shapes as much as I do add this ruler to your list of must have tools!
Until next time!