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Folded Corner Clipper

Folded Corner Clipper

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National Sewing Month 2013
Hello! Susan Nelson here, and I design patterns and notions for Prairie Sky Quilting.  I'm so happy to join Moda in their "Measure Twice, Cut Once" series.  I've heard from so many quilters that love my template, the Folded Corner Clipper, and today I'm here to show you why they like it so much!

Most quilters are familiar with the folded corner method, a very common technique:

However, drawing pencil lines on fabric is a very slow process!  And since you have to trim the seam allowance anyway, why not trim it first, and then use the cut edge as a 1/4" seam guide?  Introducing the Folded Corner Clipper!

Simpler is better, don't you agree?  Notice that the markings on this template are easy to read, making this so much simpler to use.  This is how to make a folded corner, faster and easier, with the Folded Corner Clipper:

This method can be used for several different blocks:

And since the corners were trimmed with a straight, rotary-cut edge, the leftovers are easily sewn into a Half-Square-Triangle block.  But those blocks always need to be trimmed to a usable size.  Here's the traditional way of trimming that HST block to size:

It's much faster to use the Folded Corner Clipper to trim first, then press open:

Or if you need to cut HST's for your project, save fabric by using the Folded Corner Clipper.  Instead of cutting squares in half diagonally, cut your HST's from strips.  For example, to make a 2" finished HST block, you would need to cut 2 7/8" squares.  By cutting from strips, they would need to be only 2 1/2" wide:

Finally, you will love this tool for preparing your binding strips. Joining them is easy when they have been cut first to identify the sewing line:

I know that you will find the Folded Corner Clipper to be a helpful, time-saving tool.  If you would like to learn more about it, please see the detailed photo tutorials on my blog.  Or, you can print a brochure from my website.

There are so many quilting projects that will use this tool.  These patterns by Prairie Sky Quilting were designed to feature the Folded Corner Clipper:

Easy Street

Garden Pinwheels

Twisted Trellis

Rock Candy

Waterfalls (New!)

Splitrock (New!)

To thank you for joining me today, I will be giving away one Folded Corner Clipper to one lucky winner!
To enter, please leave a comment with an answer to this question: On what new project will you use your Folded Corner Clipper?
You will have until September 30th at midnight to comment.  All winners will be randomly selected and announced on Moda...The Cutting Table blog on October 2nd. Make sure to visit the blog every day for the opportunity to win each giveaway!