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From Renewing Templates to Revitalizing History

When Carolyn Cullinan McCormick started the process from idea to product, she never in her wildest dreams think she would still be making such an impact on the quilting industry. This family run business, located in Parker, has been in business since 1995.

"I was making a quilt for a dear friend that required templates; she had to be a dear friend for me to use templates. I was so frustrated with the time it took to individually mark and cut out each piece that I designed a ruler to allow me to rotary cut multiple pieces at one time. As quilters do, I shared my idea with my friends and they all wanted one."

After discovering that there was no similar product on the market, McCormick started the process of getting a patent and learning about production and other parts of the business. Naming the ruler proved to be the biggest problem. With the help of a dear friend, her husband, Larry and a spiritual "push" from a college boss, the Add-A-Quarter™ ruler was born in Bozeman, MT.

The Add-A-Quarter™, Add- An-Eighth™ and Add-Three-Eighths™ are now the go-to tools for many paper-piecing enthusiasts.

To make using the Add-A-quarter easier, quicker and eliminate tools on the cutting table, McCormick developed the Add-A-Quarter Plus® which is wider and has a tapered edge on one side to eliminate the post card or template plastic used for creasing the paper on the pattern. By using the Add-A-Quarter Plus® it has been found to save quilters up to 25% in time when paper piecing.

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Add A Quarter Plus Combo 6" & 12" Rulers