It’s Tool Time – Poppin Pinwheels with the Studio 180 Design Corner Pop Ruler

One of the many fun things we get to do as Island Batik Ambassadors is to create with products from our sponsors. This month our sponsor is Studio 180 Designs. They provided me with a specialty ruler to make perfect corners in any block design. The ruler is called the Corner Pop.

The Corner Pop Ruler

Deb Tucker is the ingenious creator of this versatile ruler. To give you an idea of all the wonderful things this ruler can do I have provided you a demo video Deb has created.

The ruler comes with clear and concise instruction. I was truly amazed with all the ways this ruler can be used to make precision blocks.

Poppin Pinwheels

I designed “Poppin Pinwheels” and used the Corner Pop ruler to achieve wonderful precision in the making of my quilt.

Poppin Pinwheels was designed in Electic Quilt 8 There are lots of 45 degree angles in the blocks and the ruler was so handy in making it come together perfectly.

Fabrics Used

I started out using an Island Batik Stash Builder package containing a variety of batik fabrics. I complemented the stash builder fabrics with Island Batik’s Solid Grey and Solid White from their foundations offerings.

Creating the Block

The pinwheel blocks are made from 2 1/2″ strips cut from the 5″ stash builder strips. You could use a 2 1/2″ Island Batik Stip Pack instead if you wanted the quilt to have a more uniform color combination from any one of Island Batiks Pre-Cut Strip Pack collections. I choose to use the Stash Builder pack so the quilt contained fabric from a variety of batiks from different collections.

The Ruler

As demonstrated in Deb’s video, the ruler has lots of marking to use in the making of many different size blocks. Below is a close up picture of the ruler.

Since my strips were 2 1/2″ wide and my design called for a 45 degree angle on the end of the finished 2″ strip, I simply lined up the markings of the ruler on the 2 mark and cut the angle. I placed a slightly over sized Half Square Triangle on the corner and sewed them together. The instructions that come with the ruler make it so easy to use.

I trimmed the unit down to a perfect corner unit on my 2 1/2″ strip using the additional markings on the ruler.

I made a variety of these units in varying colors and sizes. The units were sewn together to make the pinwheel blocks. The blocks were laid out on-point and sewn together with a pieced white and grey sashing.

The blocks were sewn together using 50wt white Aurifil thread. I also quilted the top using a light grey 50wt Aurifil thread.

Completed Poppin Pinwheels

Poppin Pinwheels finishes to 60″ x 60″. I am going to use it as a wall hanging but it would make a beautiful baby quilt or a fun quilt to take on a picnic. I used Hobbs Heirloom® Premium 80/20 Cotton/Poly Blend Batting, it is a perfect choice for any wall hanging quilt. This batting offers more loft and less weight than traditional cotton batting, is durable and machine-washable. As you can see it nicely shows the all over quilting design I choose for Poppin Pinwheels.

I hope you make the decision to add the Corner Pop ruler to your tool box. There are so many things you can do with it. Deb creates a whole line of specialty rulers. I hope you take a look at the Studio 180 Designs website. It is full of inspiration. Also be sure to look at the other creative ideas from my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors blogs and what they did with there Studio 180 Designs rulers .

Happy Quilting


  1. Hello Carol. I love the design of Poppin Pinwheels! What a great use of the Corner Pop ruler. Have a fabulous day!

    1. Thank you Jennifer!

  2. Love the colors and the design. You did a wonderful job.

    1. Thank you Christi! It was a fun one to make. Using the corner pop ruler made this quilt so easy to make.

  3. Beautiful quilt! Love the design!

  4. Will you have a pattern available for this quilt? I would love to try it!

    1. Thank you Linda. I am working on making a pattern for this. Hope to have it ready by mid-October. It will be available for download from my website.

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