Monday, January 12, 2015

Jaybird Quilts Sidekick Ruler Video Tutorial by Julie Herman

Monday, January 12, 2015
I'm back with a new video tutorial for you, this time it's for my Sidekick ruler! The Sidekick is the companion ruler to the Hex N More and they work great together, or just fine on their own.

In this video tutorial, I demonstrate how to cut shapes from fabric strips with the Sidekick ruler. Learn how to cut Diamonds, Triangles and Half Triangles. You can cut each shape in four different sizes using the Sidekick ruler.  I review how to cut shapes for right and left-handed sewists and quilters.

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All shapes are rotary cut from fabric strips.
Cut a strip and then cut the desired shape or shapes from the strip.
A 1/4" seam allowance is included on each shape of all of the rulers.
The Sidekick ruler cuts 3 shapes in 4 sizes. The Super Sidekick ruler can be used in place of the Sidekick ruler.

The Jaybird Quilts family of rulers include the Hex N More, Sidekick, Mini Hex N More and Super Sidekick rulers. All Hex N More and Sidekick rulers can work together or alone. The shapes and sizes cut from each ruler can work together to make unique and interesting designs. The Hex N More, Sidekick & Super Sidekick rulers are packaged with full color directions, including cutting and piecing diagrams.

Jaybird Quilts patterns that use the Sidekick ruler include Park Bench, Day Break, Night Sky, Giggles, Rock Candy and Seaside. Most Jaybird Quilts quilt patterns include size options that range from baby, lap, twin, full, up to queen and king size quilts. Patterns for throw pillows and table runners or table toppers are also available. All patterns are full color and include detailed cutting diagrams and templates, directions for assembling blocks and finishing directions.

Quilts featured in this video include Night Sky, Giggles and Rock Candy table toppers. All featured quilts are made with Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, pieced by me and quilted by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy.

And if you've ever gotten stuck when trying to align diamond shapes when piecing, here's a link to my tips on how to get unstuck:
Sidekick Diamond Tips

If you want to save these videos for a rainy day, be sure to bookmark them in your browser or pin them to your sewing or quilting Pinterest boards.

What do you think of these ruler video tutorials so far? Do you find them helpful?

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Sew Stitching Cute said...

Great tutorial and I am hoping to get both rulers soon!

magistra said...

Yes, it's extremely helpful, thank you!

jojo said...

Well done! I especially found the cutting off the tips for faster and more accurate piecing very helpful. That part of piecing sometimes makes me want to putt my hair out.

Love your products!


Joy Cochran said...

Great ruler! Thanks for the tutorial. Your Sidekick Ruler looks so practical! I am excited to purchase one!!