Welcome to another edition of Terrific Tool Tuesday! This post is actually a week early, since I have been doing TTTs every other week, but I decided to go ahead and get my next few tools in before December so I can enjoy a little break when the holidays come around!
New Leaf Stitches was started by Kari Carr and her friend Carri, who were both Family and Consumer Science teachers with a passion for quilting. Several years later Kari bought the ownership of the company and has since made it her full-time profession.
Kari designed the Clearly Perfect Angles (CPA) template to help accurately sew 45 degree angles without marking or pinning. The CPA is a thin piece of acrylic template that clings to the bed of your sewing machine by static electricity It features color coded 1/4 inch and 5/8 seam guides and alignment lines to help you accurately sew half-square triangles, flying geese, snowball blocks, binding and many more blocks that feature a 45 degree angle.
It is simple to install on your machine, simply pierce the thin acrylic at the point where all the lines meet and then line up your 5/8 marking on your sewing machine with the dotted 5/8 line on the template. Kari has a video on how to install the template, you can watch that here. Once your template is aligned you cut out around your feed dogs and you are ready to sew! NOTE: the CPA is recommended for machines with an acrylic table. I do not have a table (yet) but I was still able to make it work for my needs. (I am hitting hubby up soon to make me a table!) Just note that some of the larger blocks will not be as accurate without an acrylic table.
I first used the CPA when I made my snowball blocks for my do.Good Stitches circle. Line up your needle with the corner of the block, you can see I did not mark my diagonal or pin it. The sew the seam, keeping your farthest point on the black line while you sew.
Two perfect diagonals!
Then this month Jessica from our do.Good Circle asked for flying geese blocks. Can you believe I have never made a flying geese block? So after finding a good tutorial, I went to town. This is where the acrylic table would have come in handy. The end of the block extended over the bed of my machine, so I couldn't accurately line up the point with the black line on the CPA. But I was able to line up the edge of the block with the green diagonal lines, and I kept the block parallel with these lines until I could line the point up again.
My first flying geese. And nearly perfect too!
You can also use this template for no waste half-square triangles. For this method you use the color-coded dark gray lines to line up your block and point, stitching 1/4 inch on each side from the center of your square and then cut your square in half. Kari has a wonderful video showing all these methods, here.
And if you wonder what you do with the template to change your bobbin, simply roll up one end of the acrylic template until you can access you bobbin. As long as one side of the template stays adhered to your machine, you can just roll the template back down when you are done and it will be perfectly back in place.
Kari also has a book coming out December 4th from Martingale called "Twice as Nice - Quilts with Scrap-Saving Bonus Projects" that uses a unique technique with the CPA. Keep an eye out for it!
The Clearly Perfect Angles tool can be purchased from New Leaf Stitches for $10 for 1, $18 for 2, or $24 for 3 plus shipping. So get some friends together and save some money!
But how about a chance to win one? Kari has generously provided one CPA for me to giveaway!
- Leave a comment on this post answering the following: what do you look forward to using this template for the most? Half-square triangles, Flying geese, Binding, or another? Please make sure you have a way for me to contact you! If you are a no-reply commenter, please leave your email address! If you have no idea what that means, check out this post by Pleasant Home.
- Followers of my blog can get one bonus entry. Add another comment (again with some way to contact you).
- Like New Leaf Stitches on Facebook for one additional entry (you should know the drill by now).
This giveaway is open to everyone and will run until 11:59 PM central time on November 12th. I will then draw a winner next Tuesday and post it with my next TTT post. Good luck!
Thank you Kari for generously sponsoring this review and giveaway!