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Patent: To Invent A Better Way To Quilt Your Quilts
Patent: To Invent A Better Way To Quilt Your Quilts | hou_txbz, Patti L. Nethery, Conroe, patent, quilt, quilting template, ruler,8186073,

Patti L. Nethery of Conroe, Texas recently received U.S. Patent 8,186,073 for “Quilting Template and Ruler.”

Texas Business Patent of the Day:  Quilting isn’t a craft thought to be on the cutting edge of technology.  However, a Texas woman has devised an easier way to make quilts.

Patti L. Nethery of Conroe, Texas recently received U.S. Patent 8,186,073 for “Quilting Template and Ruler.”

Nethery applied for the patent on October 29, 2010.

Nethery’s invention relates to a combined quilting template and ruler that is used for marking sewing and cutting lines on fabric for making a plurality of half square triangle pieces used for forming patterns in quilts, according to the patent document.

The ruler can also be used as a cutting edge for initially cutting the bulk fabric into the appropriate size for formation of the fabric blank that will be utilized for creating the individual half square triangles.

A template and method for making snowball blocks is also disclosed. 

Half square stencil sets are available that include cutting and sewing lines. They are made of very thin flexible plastic material that is not suitable for functioning as a straight edge for cutting and they are not laid out in such a manner as to allow stitching without cutting the thread. 

Typically in quilting, a quilter cuts out the fabric pieces, sews the fabric pieces together to form a quilt block, "squares up" the quilt block, and sews each quilt block together forming a quilt top. 

Nethery’s invention includes a combined template and ruler in a single device that can be used to lay out the cutting and stitching pattern and also can be used as a ruler for initially cutting the material and then as a ruler for cutting the sewn material into a plurality of half square triangles.

Use of this device substantially reduces that amount of time required to construct half square triangles from bulk material. 

With the combination ruler and template of the invention, a quilter sews the fabric base following a marked design, cuts apart the fabric pieces formed with the marked and sewn design, and sews the fabric pieces together to form a block. The precision built into the rules/templates speeds up the process and eliminates the "squaring up step."