Submitted by Dianne McD.
At our last MPS guild meeting held on September 26th, 2023, we welcomed Krista Moser as our guest lecturer. Krista introduced us to a new Creative Grids ruler that she designed, and then she took us on a whirlwind virtual tour through her trunk of quilts! At the end, many of us had visions of angular quilt blocks dancing in our heads.
Her ruler is called the 60-degree Diamond, and the Big comes in an 8 1/2 inch version and the Mini in a 4 1/2 inch version. With this ruler, one can cut diamonds, triangles, trapezoids, parallelograms, and even hexagons. So efficient!
Since I’ve hardly met a specialty ruler I didn’t like, I ordered the Mini Diamond. I work in smaller scales. And even though the instructions included with the ruler are very good, I knew I’d need some design help. With that in mind, I also bought the PDF version of her Wreath Sampler pattern. This is a great pattern for learning everything you can do with this ruler. She has at least one or two sampler patterns for the Big Diamond, too. One is called “FanFare” and the other is called “Fresh Fruit”. (She’s standing in front of her “FanFare” quilt in the photo.)
So I set aside some intentional Play Time, pulled my stack of plaids that I had just purchased at our MPS Silent Auction, grabbed the bin of 2 1/2 inch strips that I’d inherited from my mom’s stash, and got down to some serious experimentation. What a fun time it was! I LOVE those pinwheels!! The hardest part was not getting to sew the block halves together so I could see the finished product. But I’ll have to wait until I decide on a background and quilt design.
I’m not sure what I’ll do with these blocks. Probably something small. But for now, they are stacked away while I move on to making a gift for my granddaughter on her birthday. And guess what….it’s going to include pinwheels. Hopefully I can share it at the next Show and Tell Inspirations.
Did you buy one of Krista’s rulers? Are you having fun with it? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, I’ve included a link to Krista’s website where you can see all her patterns and other fun stuff. Krista Moser’s Website