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Thread: Rulers that were a waste of money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corry
    Ohhhh...Nooo...lol Don't tell me this. I just bought two of these and have not even got them yet. Hoping they will help me do the flying geese better. I pieced a Christmas quilt last december and did a border of flying geese in it and then a 5 inch plain border around that. Well, it looks good but recently I got it out and laid it out on my table to measure it again. I was going to get the backing ready for this quilt and get it all laid out with the backing, batting and quilt top and get it pinned so I could quilt it....NOT. It will not lay flat! There is no way i think it can be quilted! I measured here and there to see why it is laying so wonky. My flying geese have it so out of wack that it won't lay flat. It is off almost two inches in one area. Well also the middle of the quilt is a piece of what we call cheater cloth. Looks quilted but not.....I thought it would be good practice for freemotion quilting on this. It was off a little on being entirely square when I cut it out. I cut it along the design on the fabric but it was off...and the fabric was not cheap but the design was sure off. So guess it will now be a table cloth...lol I was disapointed as this quilt was going to be my project for practicing free motion quilting before I worked on a quilt top that was more special. Anyway, I bought the Flying geese rulers by Eleanor Burns to help me learn to make "good geese"...lol
    I much prefer the Tucker Trimmer for flying geese. You can easily make any size, from pretty small to quite large, using it.

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    Corry- you can still practice your FM on it, so it's not a total waste of money.

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    Interesting...
    I don't like the ones with the lip either. I think I gave mine away.

    I am curious as to which triangle rulers some of you are talking about. Do you know the brand of the ones that you don't like?

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    BKrenning- I saw on a video recently that they have a 18x12" June Taylor shape cut, which I would love, but haven't found it in any fabric or quilt stores, which I guess is good because I really can't justify the expense. But I absolutely love my shape cut.

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    Fons and Porters flying geese ruler and triangle trimmers. Both a waste of money.
    I love El Burns flying geese rulers the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i have a 4" x 36" ruler. i thought it would come in handy for cutting all the away across the width of folded yardage. turns out i'm not coordinated enough to keep the ruler straight over that long a cut. :lol:
    Patrice--after placing ruler on the fabric-place your hand on the lower 1/3 of the ruler--rotarycut just 1/3 of the way up-- STOP-do not move the rotary cutter from the fabric- lift your hand from the ruler without moving anything except your hand then place it on the ruler in the middle- then continue cutting with the rotary cutter another third of the way. continue this process until you are all the way up to the top of the fabric.

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    If you use the Starmaker 8 for your flying geese, you can make any size without wasting fabric. Try them, you'll like the 3 Starmakers. Kaye Wood www.kayewood.com

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    I use my 8 1/2 x24 quite a bit and I use a gripper handle. I have those Zimmerman rulers that has never touched a piece of material,nor the dresden. June Taylor's shape I do use and like it.

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