Monday, April 22, 2013

Quilting Rulers~How many do you have?

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Hi everyone!

Since we've been talking about how to secure a ruler to help make perfect cuts, lets talk a little more about rulers. Just how many do you have? Do you have one for every type of cut you need to make? or Do you have some favorites that have the ability to make multiple types of cuts.

I'll be honest, I have very few rulers. Here is a list of what I have and have used most of them for over 20 years.

1. O'lipfa 5" x 24" with a lip on one end. I used this for a long time! See the ruler on the left?

2. O'lipfa Angle Ruler 6" x 18" with 45 degree angle. See ruler on the bottom?

I no longer have these two rulers, I gave them to my daughter. Although, I did use them a lot, when I first started quilting in 1990. There were not many rulers out there at the time.

3. 12" O'lipfa Square Ruler, see ruler at top edge? I still use this ruler and Love it! especially for making big squares, or squaring up a 12" block.

4. 6-1/2" O'lipfa Square Ruler, just below and to the left of the 12" ruler. I use this ruler almost every day!!! and LOVE it. Perfect for cutting small square and half square triangles! I think I've gone through two of these rulers.

*Note: I do not have the smaller square ruler. I also do not have the Easy Angle ruler.


O'lipfa has some great rulers and I find them to be very accurate. I also have some other favorite rulers:

5. Trudi Hughes Big Mama Ruler, 6-1/2" x 12", with markings to add to her Rotary Rule ruler for wider cuts. Love this ruler! Very nice markings for perfect cuts!



6. Trudi Hughes Rotary Rule ruler, 3-1/2" x 24", with marking for angle cuts. I don't use this ruler as much as I use her Rotary Mate ruler.



7. Trudi Hughes Rotary Mate ruler, 3-1/2" x 12", with markings for to add to her Rotary Rule ruler for wider cuts. I use this ruler a LOT! My favorite and "go-to" ruler for most of my cuts! Very accurate and packs easily for classes or travel!



8. Eleanor Burns Flying Geese Ruler. I'll be honest, I have this ruler because I really thought I would use it. But, I just don't like making a lot of cuts. when I make a lot of cuts, I really cause pain in my wrist. So, I really like the idea of this ruler, but have not used it like I thought I would.


9. Tri-Recs Ruler, designed by Darlene Zimmerman and Joy Hoffman. This is a set of rulers that are indespensable for those rectangle block cuts! I do use this one for all of those triangles within squares and divided rectangles. A good set to have on hand!



I just received three new rulers. These are designed by Fons & Porter:

10. Half and Quarter Ruler.  Approx. 7" x 7" x 9"  This ruler does the math for you. You can cut multiple triangles from a strip of fabric. I'm sure it does more and I will learn how, as I get to know it. I'm adding videos for you to see what they do...and for me to reference later as I get to know the rulers. Enjoy.




11. Flying Geese Ruler.  Approx. 7" x 7" x 9" with different markings than the Half & Quarter Ruler. This ruler looks a lot different than Eleanor Burns ruler. It is triangle! It will cut Geese units from the same width of fabric. (can't wait to try it) And cuts geese units in finished sizes from 1", 2", and 4 x 8".                         
                            


12. Easy Diagonal Sets Ruler. Approx. 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" x 18" The ruler that does the math for you to cut setting triangles for diagonally set quilts for blocks 3" to 12" finished size! Can't wait to try it!

 





What are some of your favorite Rulers? 

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Happy Quilting! Denise

20 comments :

  1. Creative Grids has a new Pineapple ruler they just released that i am dying to use. I have lots of rulers and Creative Grids is my favorite line. They have the biggest selection of squares and rectangles and they are constantly coming out with new ones. One of my favorite specialty rulers is the 90 degree double strip ruler. My favorite rectangle is the 2-1/2 x 12-1/2. We cut alot of 2-1/2 strips and squares in quilting and this is my favorite ruler.

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    1. Creative Grids does have some nice rulers! My favorite is the same as yours! I use mine a lot!

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  2. Wow--too many to count. I have a pegboard wall full of rulers, a rack on my cutting table with the most used, and a drawer full of specialty rulers. Dozens and dozens I'd say. That doesn't even include the supply of loaners I keep for my students who weren't sure what to bring to class.

    I don't buy nearly as many as I used to but occasionally there is one I must have. And I just designed a new ruler myself so of course that is in my table rack too!--Donna

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    1. Well, I've figured, we can't have enough rulers! And it sounds like you have a great way to store them, too.! Lucky students!

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  3. I have lots. Some I have yet to use! I do tend to not buy rulers that can only be used for one particular design/quilt. I really like trim down rulers. Deb Tucker make some awesome ones! I am working on a complete collection LOL!--Bettie

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    1. if you like trim down rulers, check out Bloc Loc Rulers, Janna Thomas has some really nice ones, and came out with a new one just for shops. for those who cut long strips. it has a bow in it to release from the fabric so you can slide it for another cut.

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  5. I am becoming a fan of Marti Michell's templates...now if I could sew a 1/4" seam!---Andrew

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    1. Practice makes perfect, Andrew. Try out different 1/4" feet. Your sewing machine may have a specialty foot to use for other brands of feet, I know my bernina has one, to use my "viking" 1/4" foot.

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  6. oh my gosh, I don't think I can count that high, and if I could, I wouldn't dare write it down for fear of my husband finding out how much I had spent on them! lol. He's not really like that, and besides he spends way more on camera equipment. :)---Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer, it is a well known secret that, What happens in the sewing room, stays in the sewing room!

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  7. For cutting, not too many...12"sq up, 15" sq up, 3"x12 1/2" and several specialty rulers. For the longarm, a lot, I've even designed a few to meet my needs.---Sharon

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    1. That is awesome, Sharon. I too, like the 12" square up ruler, helps to keep my quilts straight.

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  8. I just counted mine this morning...I have 19...one of which is still in the packaging when I bought it years ago! That one is the Starmaker 5 from Kaye Wood...Rita

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    1. Kaye does have some great rulers. I still need to really learn how I can use them in more of my quilting! I'm afraid to count how many I have...and I will be getting more in the next week from a company called TrueCut. I have a post on them in my Fall Quilt Market 2013 series.

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  9. I have way to many! Keep buying them in hopes that I will find the time to make that special quilt. Then off to the next one!---Donna

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    1. Donna, I have a lot of hopes in using what I have and I've come to a conclusion, and that is to work backwards. Finish what you have started the latest, and finish that and then go back and finish the next in line. I have a Joanna Figueroa Quit still on my sewing table...so, I've decided to finish it first! Check out my blog on the Finish my project contest.

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  10. I have a lot of rulers, but keep coming back to my faithful 4 X 12. I just tracked down the infamous "pineapple" ruler by Fons and Porter to begin a Pineapple pattern quilt. So many rulers, so many quilts, so little time!---Barbara

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    1. Congratulations for finding a ruler you've been looking for. I, too, like the 4 x 12 and use it a lot!

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  11. Now Denise, you know us gadget girls never tell how many rulers we have. Half of them are hidden from husbands.....hee hee!! Truthfully, every show I go to has a ruler calling my name. If I turn my head it comes home with me! Love, Love, Love.....
    By Diane Kleinhans

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Thank you for your comments! I really enjoy what you have to say!