Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Quilting Ruler Round Up

Quilting Ruler round up

Do you ever wonder which rulers are worth buying and which ones would just gather dust?  Specialty rulers have the potential to make cutting so much faster and sewing more precise, but it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices.  Plus, many rulers actually do the same work, which isn't always so clear.  I've bought some rulers that were duds and others that are pretty awesome.  Let's have a quilting ruler round up!

::Basic Quilting Rulers::

Many of my basic rulers are by Omnigrid.  They have a non-slip side and seem to be very reasonably priced.  You can find these at big box stores everywhere and at Amazon. 

6" x 24" Rectangle - This is your basic ruler for cutting up yardage.  It's the first ruler you should buy. 

12.5" Square - Many blocks are squared up to 12.5" as a final step.  This ruler makes it easy to center your cut when necessary. 

Square Ruler Set - Aside from my 6x24" ruler, the rulers I use most were purchased as a set from Amazon.  You can use any and all sizes for cutting block elements, trimming scraps to size or squaring up finished small-size blocks.  I use 2.5", 4.5" and 6.5" the most.

::Favorite Specialty Rulers::

Flying Geese from Fons & Porter - This little ruler is the only way I want to cut and sew flying geese blocks.  It improves sewing accuracy with a notching system.  I don't have to square up blocks!

Tri Recs Tools by EZ Quilting - Great for making half rectangle triangles, triangles-in-squares and triangles for a simple triangle quilt.  Like the Flying Geese ruler, it improves sewing accuracy with a notching system.  I make lots of quilts with triangles.   This set gives me the tools to easy cut pieces for my own patterns.

Drunkard's Path Rulers - Easily cut pieces for this essential curved block.  I have one D.P. template.  This set would be a great addition to my tools. 


::Rulers I've Also Tried::

Hex N More by Jaybird - Designed to cut hexagons, half hexagons and jewel shapes.  I've only used this for one quilt, Twirly Top (tutorial here), so I'm not sure yet how useful the ruler will be to me.  If you like to work from patterns, there are many written for this ruler.

Half & Quarter Ruler from Fons & Porter - Since I love the flying geese ruler, I thought this might be helpful.  I find I prefer the sewing methods that make batches of half square triangles over the one-at-a-time style required for this tool. 

Quick Curve Ruler - I enjoyed using this ruler for a winding ways quilt so much that I'd like to make another in the same pattern.  However, so far none of the other patterns designed for this ruler appeal to me.  If you like to work from patterns, there are many written for this ruler.

Easy Circle Cut -  I've had this for years and never used it.  It allows you to cut circles of various sizes, which could be used for applique.

Tailor Diamond Cut - In my opinion this ruler is both unnecessary and frustrating to use.  I much prefer to use the lines on my 6x24" ruler to cut diamonds.  Also, I discovered when using the Diamond Cut that I don't like slotted rulers!

::Rulers I'd Like to Try::

Dresden Ruler - Would this be helpful for my dresden exploration this year?  I wonder if the EZ quilting ruler is a good version? 

Kaleidoscope Ruler - Someday I have to make a kaleidoscope quilt.  Is the ruler quite helpful, I wonder?

Pineapple Trim Tool - I love the look of pineapple blocks, but not so much the making.  Perhaps this would speed the process?

Scrapmaster Plus - I've long had my eye on this interesting tool that's supposed to help you trim scraps into triangles for half square triangles.  Maybe this tool would help me use up my triangle scraps?

Ok, your turn!  What must-have rulers have I forgotten?  Which rulers are on your wish list?

Note:  This post includes affiliate links to Amazon and some links to my sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop

79 comments:

  1. I'm heading out tonight to pick up a 20.5" square - I like sewing larger blocks and my 12.5 just doesn't cut it. I have an 8.5x12 that has come in much more handy than I ever anticipated and I love my Add A 1/4" ruler for trimming when doing paper piecing.

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  2. I use my add a quarter ruler all of the time! (but not normally for adding a quarter ;-) I purchased it for paper piecing - which I really am not fond of - but the ruler was a big win. I also really really like the bloc loc flying geese rulers, but readily admit they are far more expensive than they should be.
    I'm eager to see what the response is to some of those rulers you are wondering about. I haven't ever used the quick curve ruler as intended, but it has a line all the way along one long side at 1/8 inch and it's perfect for using along w a hera marker to mark lines for hand quilting 1/8 " from the seam. (Wouldn't buy it for that, of course, but it's nice that it's come in handy). If money were no object - I'd love square rulers in every size.
    This was a fun round-up ~ thanks for sharing
    Tracy

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    1. That's funny, I also have a small ruler (1.5" x 6") that I use all the time. In writing the round up I couldn't think what I use it for, but I think you nailed it - paper piecing trimming!

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  3. I have a kaleidoscope ruler (different brand than the one you link to, but basically the same thing). I used it to make one kaleidoscope quilt, and it was great for that, but I haven't used the ruler for anything else (yet!).

    I have a 2.5x12 and it's great for cutting small things (esp. when there's a ton of stuff on my table and I'm working in a tight space).

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    1. Yes, I bet the kaleidoscope ruler is really a one-project ruler. Which seems a shame. I wonder if there are directions for using other kinds of rulers to easily cut the Kaleidoscope?

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    2. I want to do a kaleidoscope scrap quilt soon and I think that the tri recs tool will work for the 45 degree center triangles and then I could just figure out measurements for the corner HSTs. I am going to test that anyway. I have also considered paper piecing it though. A lot of people use templates Don't Call Me Betsy had a quilt a long many years ago I will look at for reference

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    3. @DanaK -- the tri-recs won't work the same as the kaleidoscope because it's not the same angle. My most-requested class is my Grandma's Surprise quilt and some students used the tri-recs thinking it would be fine. Luckily for them, the kaleidoscope is narrower at the bottom and they were able to trim down all their pieces. I prefer the Creative Grids kaleido ruler, at least for my pattern.

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    4. I did the Kaleidoscope Quilt Along with Don't Call Me Betsy- traced the templates she provided on thick plastic sheets. Worked like a charm and no extra rulers! That quilt is still one of my favorites!

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    5. Can't a kaleidoscope quilt be paper pieced?i think I would prefer that

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    6. I am doing a kaleidoscope quilt made from hexagons. I am using my Hex n More from Jaybird quilting. I love this ruler and have used it for a variety of things (but then I love hexagons)

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  4. I have a 3x18 and an 8.5" square that both see regular use.
    I have heard both very good and very bad on the quick curve ruler. I have the dresden ruler and it works well. I short of wished I had a bigger one though!

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    1. I, too, use my 3x18 inch ruler ALL the time. I also use a 3 x 9 inch ruler beside my machine when i just need to trim pieces as I sew.

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  5. A few years ago there was a Dresden ez quilt blog hop, and I bought the ruler. Being a specialty ruler I've only had occasion to use it a couple times, but I love it and am glad I bought it! I also have a 24 x 8.5 instead of the usual 24 x 6 and I think it's the best ruler ever. Being a bit bigger, it feels more sturdy and stable than the 6".

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    1. Oooh, thanks for your thoughts, Katie! I'm intrigued now about the 8.5" x 24" ruler. I need to buy a new big ruler, so maybe I'll try that!

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    2. My absolute favorite is the 24.5" x 8.5" from creative grids. The extra width is very convenient, and the markings make it easy to measure from either end or side.

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    3. i love my 8.5 x 24 inch ruler

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  6. Thank you Rachel, this is very helpful and practical information. I have the 3x18 and it is just a bit too short sometimes so I may have to get a 24" ruler.

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  7. I love the Bloc-Loc rulers for trimming HSTs and HRTs. I also have a very large 20.5 square ruler for trimming my quilts prior to attaching binding. The large square helps me keep the quilt square :)

    I have some other specialty rulers but rarely use them.

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  8. I have many of the rulers you mentioned and find them very useful. My new favorite though is the quick curve ruler from sew kind of wonderful. I've used it on many of their patterns and find it a fun one to use.

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  9. I have a full set of square quilt rulers from 2.5" to 12.5". I use the 8.5" a lot for my string blocks and the 6.5" and 12.5" gets used often. I am thinking of getting a 20.5" for larger blocks. I have a dresden ruler, QCR, Hex N More ruler, two flying geese rulers, all not used yet but I do look at them occasionally.

    There are several other specialty ones in my ruler stash (some acquired from estate sales) that I cannot recall now but I am sure I have an add a 1/4 ruler, not used yet.

    I love my 6" x 24" ruler for cutting. That 8.5" x 24" sounds interesting though. I am thinking of buying a Tri Recs ruler for my stash. I use my 6.5" ruler to cut up scraps so certainly don't need a specific one for that.

    There are no other new rulers on my radar at this time.

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  10. I would like to try the quick curve ruler.
    I have a lot of regular square rulers. I am a bit weird. I like to try to make my own templates, just because I like the process.
    I use my 8.5 x 12.5 ruler the most, then, my 12.5 square.
    Then, I have my hubbs old rulers from engineering school. No, he is not an engineer, his dad was. lol
    I have his dad's rulers too.

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  11. I have a 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" that I really like for trimming, etc. The 6 1/2" square is great for cutting blocks that size, and I really love The Clammy by Latifah Saafir for clamshell quilts, and also circles, 1/2 circles, and 1/4 circle blocks.

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  12. Thank you, thank you for such an informative piece. I appreciate the time it must have taken to gather the info.

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  13. Most used new ruler in my studio are the Bloc-Loc rulers for HSTs. The seam locks into a grove and the trimming is fast, Seay, and so very accurate! I have just purchased the HSRectangle set which may become a single use item, but I don't think so. I don't generally follow a pattern and can see using HSR in future projects.

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  14. I agree with others about the 8.5 X 24 ruler. I find myself reaching for it more and more because I feel like I have better control when cutting, especially WOF strips. I have several specialty rulers that were given to me when the quilt store I was working in closed. Many are still in the plastic and I honestly think I can safely get rid of them. The only one that I use is the 6.5" Bloc loc and it is helpful when trimming, but I don't think I would buy it, as it is pricey.

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  15. Rachel - I made a pineapple quilt with that ruler on your wish list - I'll trade it - I won't use it again - I made a lovely colorful quilt that is on my IG pic. LMK. Happy Sewing!

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  16. I used the fast2cut Dresden ruler the couple of times I have made Dresden's. It has 4 different blade sizes and shows you where and how to cut for different points (pointed, rounded, straight, or squared). I also have a 1" x 12" that I use all the time for trimming and cutting small templates or pieces for blocks.

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  17. Love Bloc-Loc! I have a 1.5", 2.5", 4.5" and 6.5." They are expensive but worth every penny to me. The two smaller sizes were gifts and I wasn't sure I'd use them but I do.

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  18. Loved reading your 'ruler review'. One of my most used rulers is also from Omnigrid.......the 6 x 12 inch. And, I find my 16 1/2 inch ruler is invaluable for squaring up finished blocks that are bigger than 12 inch.

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  19. I like my 8.5"x24" ruler! It's heavy, and looong, and works really well for squaring up yardage and quilts! I've been thinking about the same ones you have because I'd like to try out Dresdens and pineapples (oh, but the trimming!) and kaleidoscopes! I'm wondering about paper piecing the last two, though. Maybe I'll try both for the first time together!

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    1. Ooh, and I mustn't forget my Shape-Cut ruler-- so, so great for when you cut lots of strips from the same fabric! I was going to buy a jelly roll of white Kona, and someone talked me out of it, and I am forever grateful! Yardage is cheaper, and I think it took all of five minutes to cut my own jelly roll!

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  20. Aside from the everyday rulers (24X6", 12X6", 1X6") that I use for cutting, trimming, etc., my favorite is the 20.5" square. I use it all the time for squaring up quilt corners, as well as measuring to cut WOF pieces anywhere up to 20.5". It's also great for squaring/trimming large blocks. I'd also like to pass along a tip that I read somewhere online. Place a strip of "Nexcare" plastic tape (available in most any pharmacy with bandaids and such) along all edges of the back side of your rulers. It really helps to prevent the rulers from slipping. I really like it and hope your readers will too.

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  21. Love new Alex Anderson rulers!!! Jury still out on cutting mat.

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  22. I love my dresden ruler, and wouldn't make dresden without it. x

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  23. I don't know if the pineapple trim tool is any faster, but it makes beautifully perfect pineapple blocks!

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  24. My favourite ruler was a 3-1/2" x 24" ruler I bought from Le Summit, but I haven't been able to find another (since I broke a corner, d'oh). I'm using a 6-1/2" x 24" but I find the extra width makes me slower in my cutting.
    I love the Bloc Loc HST and FG rulers, they get a good work out from me. I have the HRT ones as well, and I really like them, although they are only able to trim 1:2 ratio units.
    I have one of those little 1" x 6" rulers too, which I use when I (very rarely) FPP. I also use it whenever I need to mark things while I have the quilt under the machine - it's small and light and easier than lugging the big ruler up there!

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  25. Hi Rachel and friends! Great post and talk about rulers! I have the basic 6"x24" and the square 6,5"x6,5". I do all my work with those two. I have also Hex N More which I like a lot even I have used it only for one quilt until now. Last year I got the Quick Curve (inspired by Rachel's quilt). Didn't have time to use that much yet, but this year I shall make more curves. I use also the Quick Curve for marking with hera ruler and sometimes even for cutting (if my table is very full!) but the big, basic ruler is more handy of course. If I were in US, I would surely have square rulers in many sizes, flying geese and drunkard's path! Unfortunately the price gets double with the shipping to Greece. Ah, yes I have also the Lil' Twister (present from a friend). She tought it looks fun and it does but I haven't tried yet. x Teje

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  26. My daughter gave me a Creative Grids dresden ruler - I do like the C G for the super non slip - plus it has a separate curve if you want to do the rounded end version - or even mix them. Have yet to play with it.

    Just recently I've been working with the "Non Slip Half Square 4-in-1 Ruler" by Brenda Henning (also Creative Grids - I should get shares as I have lots of their stuff, the most recent products are terrific for non-slip) and I've really enjoyed using that. Other than that I like a small rectangle which is about 6.5 x 12.5" - I think - and that's Omnigrid. I do have the C G flying geese, 45 + 90 degree ruler but that is quite big and I have to reach across the table to cut. It's OK but cumbersome. I think the reaching would cause problems for a few people. I have a few squares of differing sizes - very handy was a huge 18" one which is ideal if you want to make larger appliqued centres or medallions. Again it needs a long arm and body and a very steady hand. Only tried cutting with it once so far (and ended up cutting it down a little. The plastic sheets with grooves to slice ends up with more bits of plastic cut than fabric and as the gaps seem to move I'm not entirely sure that it's accurate. Currently using a 3.5" square for small blocks which I rather like too. I need more assorted sizes!!!!

    Apart from the squares I don't think anything else is on the wish list apart from the Rapid Fire Hunter's Star one - I don't think anyone sells them over here though. Then again is it really necessary? Probably not!

    Happy New Year

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    1. Ooh - I forgot the Tri recs - I found them quite good although had to add non-slip thingies or they move a little - and accuracy for these is definitely a must!

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  27. My to-go-ruler is from Omnigrip it's a 8.5" x 12" ruler and I use it for almost everything, 'normal' cutting, flying geese, Hsts you can make almost everything with this ruler because it doesn't only have a good grid but also 30°, 45° and 60° lines. It'sthe best ruler ever!
    I have and used the Dresden ruler by Darlene Zimmerman and it's really great for dresdens you can have a lot of fun with that and probably won't regret buying it.
    I also have a 12.5" sqaure ruler that I use.
    A ruler I wanna buy myself this year is from Primitive Gatherings one of the Itty Bitty rulers because it has 1/16" markings.

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  28. I have more rulers than I probably need, but my dear late hubby spoiled me rotten. Have both of the Jaybird rulers but haven't used them yet. I will though, because I have her kit for the gravity quilt.

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  29. QUESTION: I'm not a gadget girl, but I will buy a ruler if it makes a tedious job easy. I'm wondering about the Fons and Porter Triangle Trimmer. Does this ruler make positioning of your triangles a breeze?

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  30. I have lots of rulers of different sizes and brands. My favorite is one by Fons and Porter and it is a 1/4 inch ruler perfect for drawing 1/4 inch lines for fussy stitching on the small blocks. I took a class once learning about tiny quilts. The teacher said that I should pick a brand and only use that brand with my tiny quilts. She said that measurements can be off even slightly depending on the brand. I found that very interesting.

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  31. My absolute favorite optional type of rule is the Folded Corner Clipper. I could not live without this one.

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    1. After looking up that one, I can see why you like it!


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  32. HI Rachel,

    mostly I use my 12.5" Square and 24x6.5" ruler to cut up fabric. For trimming and shorter pieces I use my 6.5" x12" ruler and I really like my 4.5" square. I also have a DP Ruler which I used for one quilt and now I also have a special ruler for a certain quilt I have no made yet. I love my rulers from creative grids, I like that the markings are in black, the yellow on the omnigrid rulers makes me crazy :)

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  33. Thank you for your review on your most loved rulers. I tend to agree with your review, except I couldn't live without my June Taylor Diamond Cut Ruler. You see, I do a LOT of English Paper Piecing with 60 degree diamonds, and it allows me to cut hundreds of diamonds in just a couple of minutes. I cut 2 inch strips and then line up the diamond cut ruler on the strips and cut away. It has saved me so much time over the years.
    I think the trick is to find out what works for you. I've been eying the quick curve rulers and patterns for a while now. 2107 may be the year to try them.

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    1. Yes, it's all about what works for YOU. So true.

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  34. What a timely post! I agree 100% there are the good, bad and ugly rulers! My favorite go to ones are 6x24 and 4x14. I couldn't live without my Bloc-Loc HST's ones. For me it makes trimming half the work. I have diamonds, hexagon, triangles that get used maybe once a year. Other than that...not too many! I love having a tools that makes things easier and faster though!

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    1. Bloc-loc ruler!! Saved me days of trueing 640 hst

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  35. I am mostly in agreement with your ruler picks. But I use my Fons and Porter half and quarter ruler all the time. When I use this I do not ever have to trim my units. And I hate sliver trimming hst. I also have a 60 degree ruler that I haven't used yet but have plans for 2 quilts with it.

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    1. Maybe I'll try that on my next quilt! Not having to trim would be nice.

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  36. I use the same "everyday" rulers that others use most often, but I dearly love Deb Tuckers rulers. I am much happier making a smidge bigger and cutting down.

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  37. I prefer Creative Grids rulers to Omnigrid rulers, less slip and easier to read. I have multiple specialty rulers that I use. The 8" bias square, The 12.5" and 20.5" squares see a lot of use but that would be because I tend to square up at every step. I have learned taking the time to be sure blocks are the correct size saves way more time down the road when I am piecing the quilt top. I use the tri-recs ruler set a fair amount as well. The Bloc Loc rulers are a nice concept but the price is high when a regular square will do the same thing. Thanks for writing this piece It has may thinking I need to weed through my rulers.

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  38. I just bought the Hex N More and can't wait to try your Twirly Top Tutorial! I just picked out my fabric & I'm going to start cutting into it today! Thanks for inspiration!

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  39. Something that was a big find for me probably isn't really considered a ruler per se. They are Quilt Sticks. They come in different widths and there is not measuring. For instance if I want 2 1/2 inch strips, I line up the left edge of the 2 1/2 inch Quilt Stick with the edge of my material and cut on the right edge. I have the whole set and they've saved me so much time. Here's a short demo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVCO9I7NNKA

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  40. I have used the EZ Dresden ruler with good success. You can also use it for a variation on stacked coin quilts. My absolute can't-live-without ruler is The Binding Tool by TQM Products (no affiliation).

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  41. I have the Dresden Plate ruler and love it. I am in the middle of making a Dresden Plate T-Shirt quilt. The hardest part is ironing on all of the fusible webbing on the back of the T-shirts. When I get this one done I am making one that I saw on Missouri Star Quilt where she sewed 2.5 in strips together and then cut them with the ruler awesome looking Dresden Plates.

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  42. Thank you for this post, I love to see what people think of their rulers. When I first started quilting I got a lot of Creative Grids rulers. I originally preferred them because of the non-stick bottoms, but I have come to wish I had invested in Omnigrid rulers instead. The Creative Grids start their numbers from the top of the ruler, while the Omnigrid's start at the bottom. So when you're measuring out, say, an 8" strip by holding it at the bottom of the fabric, you want an Omnigrid that has the 1 at the bottom of the ruler. With my Creative Grids rulers I have to go backwards and subtract 8" from the 24", which is at the bottom of the ruler. With my math skills, (or lack thereof) that's a potential for error right off the bat.

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    1. With permanent marker I solved that problem

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BMbCjjph1wi/?taken-by=urska.z&hl=en

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  43. I would be embarrassed to say how many rulers I have, but I am gradually converting to Creative Grids simply because my dexterity is declining as I age. That non-slip back really helps this old lady! They definitely are more expensive but worth it to me. (I ask for them for birthday and Christmas gifts!) I love the Bloc Loc rulers, too, but they are truly pricey. Janna is genius and her Star Fusion pattern is on my bucket list! I am constantly in awe of how creative women are! Thanks for an interesting subject!

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    1. I looked it up. Star Fusion is a pretty pattern! Bloc Loc gets so many votes. I'll have to try them someday!

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  44. When I first started quilting, I took a class from Kaye England, who designed the Nifty Notions Quilt for a Cure rulers. Being me, I bought a ton of her rulers that day in class. Since then, I have purchased many more. They are different in that the width on the squares and rectangles is 7" as opposed to others who do 6". So I have a 7x24' 7x7, etc. That extra inch comes in handy so many times. These are by far the easiest to read rulers of any others. Quarter inches are designated by pink lines, all other lines in green. So clean and uncluttered. I do I have several other brands of specialty rulers, but primarily use my Nifty Notions rulers. The other benefit--a portion of the proceeds go for breast cancer research. Find them here at www.kayeengland.com

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  45. I have a lot of these, but I do tend to stay away from the specialty rulers like the Jaybird ones. Too much expense and not enough payoff. The Dresden ruler is cheap and worth it. So much easier than templates and the like. You might consider the Easy Angle and Companion Angle, which I use sometimes for half square triangles and geese from weird scraps.

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  46. One of the most awesome additions to my ruler collection is the Stripology ruler from Creative Grids. It makes cutting strips super fast. I love it! https://www.creativegridsusa.com/products/CGRGE1

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  47. My favorite ruler is no longer manufactured as far as I can tell. It is a bias square ruler (I have both a 6" and 8") which measures to a diagonal line and is great for cutting squares and squaring up HSTs. it was manufactured by "That Patchwork Place".

    I also like a 6" X 12" Omnigrip, just because sometimes I don't want the extra bulk of the 24". I find that I use this one a lot.

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    1. I love my 6x12" Omnigrip! It's fab for cutting triangles, especially. I used it a TON in Angles class. So much easier than the 24"! It's also wonderful for making a straight ruler edge when I'm improv cutting, squaring, etc. I just love that thing!

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    2. Well, sounds like I should try that. I can see how switching back and forth when cutting triangles could be nicer with a shorter ruler. I have one that is 4 x 8, I think, that I like to use when trimming small scraps.

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  48. I am a ruler maniac. I keep an inventory list in my phone so I don't purchase duplicates. Right now there are 90 on the list. MeddI love Deb Tucker's rulers because they are versatile and accurate, and her videos brubthrm to life. My favorite tools for specific tasks are Bloc Loc. Nothing else works like they do. Unfortunately they are expensive, not many choices available locally, and discounts are uncommon. For most of their ruler it only works for a single size unit. But if you are making 200 or 300 of that unit, you'll be glad you had it. With Deb Tucker's rulers,' you get multiple sizes with a single ruler, but they require more aligning and turning.

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  49. I have the square rulers in all the standard sizes from 2.5 up to 12.5". The 8.5" is a must have! I use it all the time. In addition to my 6x24. I have the 5x14 from Missour Star, and I find it wonderful and not so huge when cutting. I love my Dresden ruler and would definitely recommend it. What I'm always confused about, however, is all the triangle blocks on the market. I don't want to have to buy 16 different things to do simple triangles, tumblers, etc.

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  50. Great ruler rundown, thanks! I have some you mentioned. I am considering purchasing a Wonder Cut Triangle ruler as I have a quilt to make that has thousands of half square triangles! Harriet Hargrave has it on her site and recommends it. Here is the link: http://www.harriethargrave.com/Wonder-Cut-Ruler-p1046.html. There are also YouTube videos showing the method to use the ruler.

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  51. I can comment about the Kaleidoruler thingie. I made a Kaleido shaped quilt, and what I found was that you really need to make individual plastic templates for each piece. You get the shape (hexagon or octagon) pie slice, cut it from template plastic, and lay it on your fabric. Then you draw parts of that fabric pattern onto the template, so you can cut exact matching pieces from the rest of the fabric. Does that make sense? The ruler might help you create the hexagon, but I don't think you need that--there's lots of instructions with normal rulers and an omni grid.

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  52. I make t-shirt quilts and am constantly using my 15 1/2" square ruler. I pull it for squaring up quilt corners too.

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  53. I have many of the rulers that everyone mentions. One ruler I have that I find I don't use is a Quilter's Slidelock ruler http://www.quiltersslidelock.com/product/24-lighted-edge-slidelock/. I would be interested to sell or trade that ruler to someone who would get some use out of it. It is mainly designed for cutting width of fabric strips without slipping. If anyone is interested, please let me know. ljbisme@msn.com

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  54. I use a 4x14 sooo often - probably in ways similar to the people using the 6x12". Pretty much the only time I would use the 6x24 instead is for cutting WOF strips from yardage. Otherwise it works most times that you would use the big guy but it's smaller and easier to turn.
    I second the creative grids rulers!! I started with omnigrip/omnigrid and got a creative grids ruler after one broke. I'll never go back. The grips on the creative grids ruler are miles better than the omnigrip. My only quibble is that I like the 1/8" marks on the omnigrid strip rulers and some sizes of creative grids are marked at a minimum 1/4".

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  55. I love my Hex n More ruler and even without all the patterns the way the pieces work together gives you great design opportunities. And my new favorite ruler for lots of task is the Omnigrid 4x14. It's a great size for your hands. It doesn't have the extra 1/2in that has often lead to errors in trimming and cutting. It was Elizabeth Hartman if Oh Fransonn that introduced me to it in a Craftsy class.

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  56. I've wondered about the Dresden ruler too, but I think I'm too cheap to buy a ruler I'll hardly ever use, lol :) I have a 4 x 36 ruler than I use for all my regular cutting and then a 4" square and a 1 x 6 that gets a lot of use when I want to cut smaller things. That's actually all the rulers I own, though I would like a 12 1/2 square.

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  57. Thanks for this post, Rachel. Very helpful! I too have the 8.5 x 24 Omnigrid ruler and use it on almost every quilt. I bought it about a year ago to replace my 6.5 x 24 which I broke. I like the 8.5 so much better. I want to make a lemon peel quilt and improve my curved piecing. Does anyone have experience with a ruler or template for that?

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