The Triangler

National Sewing Month 2013
Hi!  I’m Heather Peterson, the designer behind Anka’s Treasures pattern company.  Today I am here to talk to you about my ruler the “Triangler”.   The shape of my ruler is based on a Kaleidoscope shape, but you can use it to make much more than a basic kaleidoscope quilt.  The ruler has additional lines on it that allow you to cut strip units into unique shapes.  In the past these shapes could only be made with separate templates for each little triangle.  Then you had all the intricate work of lining up and sewing all those stretchy, bias angles (and somehow end up with all the blocks the same size).  Strip units are so much easier!  The companion book “Angles with Ease”  shows you how to turn the strip units into many different blocks and quilts. 


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Each of the blocks in the book requires a different strip unit – with different widths, setbacks, etc.  Here are just a few of the strip units from the book:



They don’t look like anything special – but each one has been carefully calculated to get just the right number of triangles for each block, in the correct sizes, with the correct angles etc.   All you have to do is use the ruler to turn the strip unit into these:




Again, these don’t look like anything special, but when you sew them together, you can make some really fun blocks.  If you look closely, you see the kaleidoscope triangles in the blocks below.




The triangles can be sewn into the octagon shape you see on the right, or you can add corner triangles to make the square blocks shown on the left.  This means lots of layout options!  But, more importantly, I think breaking it down shows you how much simpler the blocks are to make than they look at first glance. 




The following picture show just a few of the quilts from the book that are made using strip units.


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In addition to all of those quilts, you can also use the “Triangler” ruler to cut trees, tumblers, hexagons, stars, and diamonds. 



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Click here and here to view my blog posts with lots of detailed shots of the quilts.


Click here to view my you tube video with a demo using the ruler.
I will be giving away one of my Triangler Rulers to one lucky winner!
To enter, please leave a comment.  You have until September 30th at midnight to comment.  All winners will be randomly selected and announced here on October 2nd.  Make sure to visit the blog every day for the opportunity to win each giveaway! 


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340 thoughts on “The Triangler

  1. WOW Who would have thought you can make so many designs from one little ruler? That is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win one. You are amazing!

  2. The ruler and book are on my “to do” list. I would love to win both. My favorite quilt is the one with the cute little boy. Do you happen to know where I can get one of those? Thanks for sharing your wonderful ruler, book(s), quilts and creativity!

  3. I am not a friend of cutting and sewing triangles – so far. But your ruler would certainly change that – because I love quilts with triangle patterns!

  4. Your ruler gives lots of pattern and design options, it’s great that its not just for one pattern only. That’s for letting us peek at your very cute model/assistant, he’s even bigger now. ;->

  5. I’m amazed by all of the different shapes and then beautiful quilts you made with one ruler. Those quilts are gorgeous, every one of them.

  6. Love your quilts! “Angles With Ease” and the Triangular ruler are on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win half the set.

  7. I’ve used your books and methods in the past and people always go on about how hard the quilts must have been – and they weren’t! I’d love to win this and try your newest ways. You really make things easy for us.

  8. Finally a ruler that can be used for many different triangular cuts. I’d love to win one, but if I don’t, I will purchase one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Amazing ruler, looks like it can do many things! All your quilts are wonderful! Congrats! And thank you for the chance! Have a nice day!

  10. I watched your video and you made it look so easy to use the ruler. I would love to win it. The quilts are so beautiful. The ruler can be used so many different ways. Thank you for the chance to win one.

  11. Sew awesome! Love the quilts made with this ruler (I’m a sucker for anything stars and I love trees too!). Thanks for a chance at this great giveaway. kathleen dot lutz at doh dot state dot nj dot us

  12. Love it!! I never knew how much I needed your Triangular ruler until I saw what you could do with it.

  13. I would love to try this ruler as really like all of the different ways it can be used. I am always drawn to your fabric & designs.

  14. The Triangler is a great ruler and must be a pleasure to work with! Saw it on the video and love all its possibilities and the quilts Heather shows in the book.
    Thank you for a chance to win

  15. If you hold my hand tight, I might be able to give this a try (that’s because I’m not very brave when it comes to using new rulers!)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  16. Amazing how one ruler and different size strips can create so many different looking blocks. Sounds like a must have ruler. I liked all those different layouts Now off to see your demo.

  17. Wow – this is a neat ruler! I definitely would have thought those blocks looked too complicated for me to tackle but with this tool, I’m pretty sure I could handle it!

  18. What a versatile tool! Even I can sew strip sets so with the aid of this ruler I bet I could make one of those quilts. I especially need a Christmas quilt so that would be a great place to start.

  19. What fantastic quilts you’ve made with that ruler!!! I love them!!! It would be fun to make some of them with it!! thanks for the chance to win it!

  20. I love Anka’s Treasures patterns! I have a couple of her books and need to get the news one and the ruler – makes the quilt blocks look so easy to make!

  21. second try at posting – proving that I’m not a robot is harder than it looks ;>

    What I said in my first attempt is that I am tired of plain old squares, triangles and rectangles, and am ready for new challenges! This rule is going to the top of my wish list!

  22. I love the quilts you can make with this. I keep telling myself I need to pick up some rulers but never know which one to get. This one would be perfect.

  23. I have more than one ruler that is this shape, but this one looks great! That just goes to show that it is all about the markings, and having great instructions on more creative ways to cut and piece. Love it!

  24. So many beautiful quilts in that book from just this ruler. My, my the possibilities are endless. I would love to have one of these and am looking forward to our shop hop in order to locate the book as well. You always have wonderful ideas and such beautiful fabrics that you use as well.

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