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Making Wedge Quilts without a Wedge Ruler

An assortment of wedge rulers available

I have some wedge rulers and I really like them. But quilting tools are expensive and one thing that I love about quilters is that we are generally pretty resourceful people. I know some of you are thinking, sure I'd love to make a wedge quilt but there's no way I'm spending $20+ on a new quilting tool. Wise people you are, that means more money for fabric!! Can't argue with reason.

This method allows you to use your regular quilting ruler with your paper template to get the nice sturdy straight edge of the ruler without needing to buy a specially shaped one. If you liked the block I shared in my last post, print out the template and use this method to cut your wedge shapes! It works for cutting wedge shapes from strips of fabric.

Two paper templates have been taped on the back of a quilting ruler.

To use this method you need two copies of your template. Tape them to your quilting ruler so that the edge of the template is aligned with the edge of the ruler. Make sure you align one template so the left side of the template is on the edge and the other template so the right side of the template is on the edge of the ruler.

You'll use these templates alternating between them for each cut as you work down your fabric strip. In the pictures below you'll see I first cut along the right edge of the template.

Using a paper template to cut a wedge shape from a strip of fabric.

And then I slide my ruler down and align the other paper template with the edge I just cut, to cut my next wedge shape. After this I switch back to the original template, and so on, down the whole strip.

Using the opposite side of the paper template to cut both angles of the wedge.

The only thing that's at all tricky about this is making the first angled cut. I didn't get a picture of that but all you need to do is use the top and bottom (the wide and narrow ends) of the template and align them with the edges of the fabric strip to make that first cut.

Now one of the things that I love about wedges is that you can make pretty big quilts with them. I'm talking about rounds that measure 50" across!

If you're using a big template like this, you won't be able to get two template on one ruler like above. In that case, hopefully you have two quilting rulers. (Or a realllllly good friend who'll let you borrow theirs!) Tape one template to one ruler and the other template to the other, and enjoy! Hope that helps you practical wedge quilt lovers!

This blog post originally appeared on the A Few Scraps blog on April 11, 2017

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Just found your wonderful site. I am making a rag tree skirt using your making wedges without a wedge ruler. My question is what degree do I cut my pattern to? 15 degrees? i am also thinking of starting with 3" on the small end. Once sewn and ragged the small finished side will be 2 inches. So with 3" on the small end and 15 degree angle the large end in about nine inches. Should i use a smaller angle? I really appreciate your help.


I just re read this on making wedge quilts without a wedge ruler - what wonderful instructions! Thank you always, for your generosity in sharing helpful tips especially when money is so tight for so many.

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