Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Terrific Tool Tuesday ~ Clearly Perfect Angles CLOSED

Terrific Tool Tuesday

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! 

This week I am introducing the Clearly Perfect Angles template by New Leaf Stitches

image courtesy of Kari Carr, New Leaf Stitches

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!

image courtesy of Kari Carr, New Leaf Stitches

image courtesy of Kari Carr, New Leaf Stitches

image courtesy of Kari Carr, New Leaf Stitches 

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!

Mandatory entry: 
  • 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 

Bonus Entries: 
  • 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! 


November 6, 2012 at 1:55 AM

I definitely would find this tool useful for half square triangles! Greta description of it! I like your flying geese too- awesome!

November 6, 2012 at 4:35 AM

I have a HST quilt on my to-do list - this would save me a lot of marking! Great review :)

November 6, 2012 at 4:45 AM

I'd use it for HST and flying geese. That looks like an awesome tool.

November 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I would use this for flying geese!
Thanks for a great giveaway!

November 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I would use it to make HST and Flying Geese. Thank you for the chance to win.

November 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I am a follower of your blog.

November 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I am a happy follower of your blog - thanks for the chance to win!

November 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

HSTs. Thanks for the giveaway!

November 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Definitely would use it for HSTs...thanks for the sweet giveaway!

November 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I would use it for flying geese I never seem to get those right :)

November 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I am a follower now. Thanks for introducing me to a product I haven't seen before.

November 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I liked it so much I decided to like them on fb

November 6, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Binding is my nemesis, so I would say binding. I like the look of snowball blocks, and I think this tool would be handy for those too.

November 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

OMG that is brilliant!! Half square triangles for sure and if it helps me do my binding then YES!! Fab product - my fingers are crossed!

November 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

wow, this would really cut down on time with drawing lines and pinning HSTs I dont have an acrylic table either but thanks for sharing that it will still work.

November 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I follow New Leaf Stitches via FB

November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I am your forty'th Facebook 'liker'. This is a brilliant tool. Fingers crossed!

November 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Thanks for the nice post Kelly! Just a quick note...although it is nice to have an acrylic table, it is not necessary...just like you showed! As long as it is a smooth surface it will "cling". You will just be using the angled green bands more often.
Happy sewing all! Kari (New Leaf Stitches)

November 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I'd start with half square triangles and then experiment from there. Anything to help me with angles, as I get older the eyes don't cooperate as much as I want.

thelady at hotmail.com

November 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I've been following your blog for awhile.

November 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

What a great idea, I would use it for some HST

November 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I follow your wonderful blog

November 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I would use it for flying geese and binding!!

November 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I Like New Leaf Stitches on Facebook

November 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

i would use it in triangles thanks

November 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I am as you, I don't have a table for my sewing machine, but this tool is pretty useful in my opinon great for your own fabric bindings ^_^

November 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I liked you and New Leaf Stitches on Facebook too
thank you both so much for let us know this nice tool =)

November 6, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Great ruler! I love making hst's but they take time. This would make it a lot easier.

November 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

This would be great for half square triangles.Chain piecing would become even easier.

Happy days.

November 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I would love to make binding easier. When I am so close to finishing, I hate to unpick and sew again.

November 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I would use it for half sq triangles.

November 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I liked new leaf stitches on facebook.

November 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM

What a great tool! I would use it a lot! Flying geese and binding for sure! Thanks for this giveaway!

November 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I am attracted to patterns using HST's and would use this product for those. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

November 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

That looks so handy! Half square triangles would probably be what I used it for most...then again I haven't got up the nerve to make any flying geese myself!

November 6, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Oh, that's AWESOME. I'd use it for HSTS, definitely.

November 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I would use the template for flying geese that cause me grief! awolk at rogers dot com

November 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I just became a follower today here and on Twitter.

November 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I need help sewing an accurate 1/4 seam. I would use it for flying geese. I need the help.

November 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I make a lot of half square triangles, so that is what it would be most often used for. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

November 7, 2012 at 3:36 AM

I'd use it for flying geese. I struggle with them, so this would be wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

November 7, 2012 at 3:36 AM

I like New Leaf Stitches on FB.

November 7, 2012 at 5:49 AM

I'd love to use this tool making flying geese.

November 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I have always wanted to make a flying geese quilt!

Thanks for your comment on my site, it was nice to find yours!

Samantha at patterncrush.com

November 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I would love this for hsts...thank you!

November 8, 2012 at 2:42 AM

I look forward to flying geese ;)

November 8, 2012 at 2:43 AM

I liked New Leaf Stitch on facebook

November 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

This would come really handy for my HST. Thanks for the chance!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

November 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I'm a new follower
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

November 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I liked New Leaf Stitches on Facebook (Paula Lemos)
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

November 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

This would make half square triangles a breeze! what a great idea

November 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Flying Geese would be easy with this
crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

November 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I shared your "Autumn Gems" link on my facebook. I love buttons.
Also LIKE your FB.
crystalbluern at onlineok dot com.

November 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I am a new follower ... will watch out for your new book.

crystalbluern at onlineok dot com.

November 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I am really feeling called to make half square triangles recently as there have been some great quilt pictures going around.

November 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

flying geese and half square triangle. I do get tired of drawing those lines! Thanks.

November 9, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Snowball block:) i saw a really pretty quilt using the blocks and I'd love to try!

November 10, 2012 at 7:04 AM

I'm going to use it for Binding- its the most challenging part of sewing :)

November 10, 2012 at 7:05 AM

I follow your blog by GFC! Thanks for the great givaway!

November 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

This looks like a great tool to help me with HST's. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

November 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I would use it for a huge snowball quilt! :)

November 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I am following your blog. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

November 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Please oh please oh please pick me! My hst and flying geese need all the help they can get!

November 11, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Liked new leaf stitches on fb, too!

November 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I want to try Half-square triangles

November 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Definitely HST, but if it works for binding...I'm all over that! :)

November 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM

This looks really interesting for HSTs. Not sure how I missed this post, but I will enter now!

November 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

And you know this already, but I stalk your blog!

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