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    Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

    Jenny does so many wonderful tutorials where she uses half square triangles. She has several ways of constructing them, I like the one using 10" squares to make four 6-1/2" squares. I haven't been doing many quilts lately, but I got many gift certificates from my family around Christmas. I fell in love with one of her tutorials made of all HSTs, So I bought 10" squares, a set of Bloc-Loc rulers for squaring up half square triangles, and a Martelli rotating mat. Fast forward to May! Got to use both yesterday and I was totally impressed with both products! I have several sizes of Martelli cutting mats, and they are just awesome. So I knew the rotating mat was going to be a great product. If you want to purchase Martelli products, they run 50%off several times during the year. They are pricey, but very much worth the cost. I bought a 24" by 36" mat for my daughter, she raved about it several times after she got it, and believe me, she isn't the type to rave! As for the Bloc-Loc ruler, how many square up rulers do you own? I have at least 3 others, but this is by far the best! The groove on the underside really locks on to the seam and the ruler doesn't move around while you square up. I bought the pack of three, 6-1/2", 4-1/2", and 2-1/2". Another rather pricey tool, but the quilt Jenny showed had 300+HSTs that needed to be squared, that convinced me to try the Bloc-Locs! Totally awesome products!

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    Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

    Jean, I agree with you about the Bloc Loc rulers - they are great! I don't own any Martelli mats but have been eyeing them. Perhaps next sale...
    I am Sew Blessed!
    Alina

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      Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

      I have been debating with myself, trying to justify the purchase of bloc-loc rulers. I may just have to bite the bullet because I LOVE making and playing with 1/2 square triangle blocks.


      Beth
      Happiness is a FULL bobbin!

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        Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

        I totally agree both are awesome products. I have a Martelli cutting mat and one Bloc Loc ruler. The Bloc- Loc was required for a class I took several years ago.

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          I love the concept of the Bloc loc ruler but thought it was too pricey so I made my own. They are wonderful because they just slide into place. With my failing eyesight it is hard to line up any ruler on an edge consistently. Bloc loc rulers work and they save me time and effort.
          Stash Treasure Acquisitions Beyond Life Expectancy. My stash keeps me STABLE, oh yeah.... and dark chocolate.

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            Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

            Originally posted by DeniseSm View Post
            I love the concept of the Bloc loc ruler but thought it was too pricey so I made my own. They are wonderful because they just slide into place. With my failing eyesight it is hard to line up any ruler on an edge consistently. Bloc loc rulers work and they save me time and effort.
            And how did you make yours?
            Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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              Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

              I have the 4 1/2" block ruler and love it.

              Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

              Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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                Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

                I have the 6 1/2 inch block loc ruler! WONDERFUL!!! Don't have the Martelli rotating mat, but do have a less expensive one and it does the job for me. I do like the Martelli products, though.
                A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon

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                  Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

                  I was very impressed with the block lock ruler and Martelli mat I got recently, very impressed. I won't hesitate to make more half square triangles any longer.

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                    Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

                    Originally posted by Monique View Post
                    And how did you make yours?
                    I use Scotch Reusable mounting strips to create the lip that presses up against the seam similar to what the Bloc Loc Ruler does. Here is a picture of of the one I made for the Triangle unit. For half square triangles I also add a piece in one corner so it doesn't rock back and forth.

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                    Stash Treasure Acquisitions Beyond Life Expectancy. My stash keeps me STABLE, oh yeah.... and dark chocolate.

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                      Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

                      Originally posted by DeniseSm View Post
                      I use Scotch Reusable mounting strips to create the lip that presses up against the seam similar to what the Bloc Loc Ruler does. Here is a picture of of the one I made for the Triangle unit. For half square triangles I also add a piece in one corner so it doesn't rock back and forth.

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                      Great advice! Unless you are planning on making a LOT of HSTs, the Bloc-Loc is hard to rationalize because of the price. I was looking at the tutorial calledCourtship Quilt, which is completely made of 4-1/2" HST, about 350 of them! Since I wanted to make that quilt, I rationalized getting the Bloc-Loc. I will look for that Scotch product to modify other rulers.

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                        Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

                        Thanks Jean, I had missed the Bloc Loc set some how. Considerably cheaper as a set. Another Martelli fan here too.
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                          I’ve been thinking about those Bloc-Loc rulers, so thanks for the review. I’ve had the Martelli rotating mat for a while now and absolutely love it. I’ve used the cheaper rotating ones but the Martelli is much better. I haven’t bought any of their other mats yet but next time I need one I’ll wait for a Martelli sale.

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                            Re: Two great products, Martelli Rotating mat and Block-Loc ruler

                            Thanks for the review. Will have to see when they can fit in budget. Not in the near future, but maybe later.

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