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Have you heard of or tried the Bloc Loc™ rulers? I bought a set of 3 HST Square Up Rulers and think they are fantastic!
The basic idea is that there is a special channel lock that “locks” onto your seam, as you can see below. To trim your half square triangle pairs, you simply trim around the four sides of the square, without moving the ruler. I happen to have a rotating mat (like this one) that my mom sent me for Christmas, and it works great. I have also used the ruler with a regular, stationary mat, and it works.
There are two downsides to the rulers that I can see–the first is that if you have a 4.5” ruler, you have to trim the blocks to 4.5”. You can’t kind of fudge it and trim to 5”, for example. The other downside is that they are pretty pricey–they are sometimes sold in sets where you get a bit of a discount.
However, I like the ruler enough that I plan to design future HST projects just so I can use my rulers. So if you see a lot of 2.5”, 4.5”, or 6” half square triangles popping up in future quilts, you know why.
You can buy them from Bloc Loc, one seller has them on Amazon (Bloc-Loc Ruler Set) , and I would imagine local quilt shops have them as well, although I haven’t seen them in mine.
Try It Tuesday Stats:
Size: 4.5” square
Source: Bloc Loc at Sample Spree (Quilt Market)
“Bloc_Loc™ is a revolutionary new channel technology to allow you to accurately “square-up” a half square triangle block while eliminating slipping and ruler rock completely.“