Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Studio Ten :: Laser Levels

Squaring up is not my favorite part of the quilt-making process, but I gotta say, using laser levels to square and trim my Looking Up was highly successful! A while back I purchased a pair of Bosch GTL2 Laser Squares, which are pretty hefty levels. I should have shot a wider angle for you, but imagine in the photo below that there is another level opposite the first; and same with the square ruler, with all the laser lines lining up.



Mandy of Mandalei Quilts posted a really helpful tutorial on Trimming Your Quilt with Tools from the Hardware Store, so if you're interested in trying them, do check it out. I got mine on sale, as they're a little pricey, but worth considering. Oh, and rather than using painter's tape for marking the edges like Mandy did, I used a long ruler and FriXion pen; I just found it quicker and I was less likely to nudge anything out of alignment as I worked. At any rate, the levels made quick and accurate work of a task that often can be frustrating, and I'm all for that.

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9 comments:

  1. I have been considering getting laser levels but knowing I am downsizing I'm still on the fence. They look super handy, though!!

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  2. My husband would have a field day with those! Definitely worth considering.

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  3. I have a 4" x 8' ruler made from leftover storm window plastic. It's used for both trimming with a rotary cutter, or marking with chalk. Some hardware stores will cut things for you, and if a group went in together it would not be expensive. Or, check your garage like I did.

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  4. Such an interesting solution Debbie ! I hate this part of the process so much ... I'll think about it !

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  5. I love to see and read about other quilters process, solving those very real
    problems is reality.
    Great solution and result.

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  6. I have one and need to invest in another to save a little time.

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  7. I went to Harbor Freight yesterday for magnet bars (for my longarm) and when the clerk heard I was a quilter, she started listing off the tools that doubled as quilters aids! I'll have to have her add this one. ;)

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  8. I hate squaring up quilts! This is a perfectly interesting solution though! Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list!!

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  9. I never do particularly well at squaring up. maybe this will help me. thanks. Love this quilt.

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