Staff favorite: 45-degree angles conquered—perfect every time (+ sale!)

Martingale staff favorites

Did you know that 80% of our staff sews, knits, crochets, or crafts in their spare time? We’re always testing the books and tools we carry—and boy oh boy, do we have some favorites. Our staff members want to share their enthusiasm with you, so today we’re launching our “Staff Favorites” series!

Here’s customer-service manager Tracy to tell us about one of her favorite tools—Clearly Perfect Angles by Kari M. Carr—along with a special sale on Kari’s books! See sale details below.

How to make quilt binding

Do you hate making binding? I used to! I’m always so excited to finish my quilts, but then I dread the last step—making the binding. I find sewing the 45° angles so tedious. I just want to sit with my lovely quilt on my lap and do the hand sewing.

Clearly Perfect AnglesThankfully a popular teacher and Martingale author, Kari Carr, came up with a sewing-seam guide that has made my quilting life so much easier. No longer do I dread making binding! I know I can do it quickly and correctly the first time. Clearly Perfect Angles can be used with Kari’s book Twice As Nice, but you can also use it anytime you need to sew a 45° angle: to make perfect half-square triangles, flying-geese units, mitered borders, and more.

AND BINDINGS! No more marking with pencil—no more pinning! Just put Clearly Perfect Angles on your machine and sew away. Clearly Perfect Angles includes both a quarter-inch seam guide and a 45° seam-allowance guide, plus it clings to your machine so that you can put it on and take it off whenever you want. I always leave it on my machine so I can make half-square triangles fast and accurately at any time. And I can make binding whenever I want to! And now I don’t dread it!

Watch a quick demonstration of the Clearly Perfect Angles tool:


This week, we’re offering a “Staff Favorites” discount on both of Kari’s popular books! Save 30% when you make your purchase by April 30, 2014.

Clearly Perfect Angles: $10.00 $7.00

Clearly Perfect Angles

  • Sew any 45° angle with ease; includes ¼" and ⅝" seam guides
  • Eliminate fussing with paper, pencils, and pins
  • Use for half-square triangles, miters, bindings, and more

Twice as Nice: Quilts with Scrap-Saving Bonus Projects
Print edition (+ free eBook): $22.99 $16.09
eBook edition: $14.99 $10.49

Quilts from Twice as Nice

  • Get 12 patterns: 6 fun quilt patterns plus a companion bonus project for each
  • Use up leftovers and get the most out of your fabrics
  • Put every scrap to use!

Just around the Corner: Quilts with Easy Mitered Borders
Print edition (+ free eBook): $24.99 $17.49
eBook edition: $16.99 $11.89

Projects from Just around the Corner

  • Skip the math with mitered corners made easy
  • Learn how to miter with folded fabric strips and any 90° ruler
  • Get patterns for quilts, table toppers, a tote, and more

(Note: the Clearly Perfect Angles tool is completely optional—it’s not required to make any of the projects in Kari’s books.)

We all have our favorite quilting gadgets—what’s yours? Tell us in the comments!

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