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Thread: Why Do I Have to Buy New Rulers for Every Quilt?

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    Why Do I Have to Buy New Rulers for Every Quilt?

    It seems like every time I want to make a new quilt I have to buy another ruler ? This time it is a Tri -Rec Tool. For making triangle. It looks like the triangles are more spiky then normal triangles. ANybody have the answer? I am hoping to make a Civil War quilt in the Fons and Potter magazine, called Evening Start. Has anybody made this one before? I am getting really tired of buying new rulers. Maybe I just don't have enough tools yet.

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    Usually you can get the same angle on one of your other rulers. I have bought a few for different quilts then noticed I could us one I had.

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    I honestly don't think we really do need new rulers... It's as if we have a collective reputation for being bad in geometry and math, which I refuse to believe we are. We used to use templates and/or work out our own angles, and we can still do it. Different types of triangles are not rocket science!
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    I have purchased many rulers only to find out that I could have used one I already had. Study the ruler and make sure you really need it and can not do the quilt without it.

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    Joanns carries Tri Rec rulers. Use a coupon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan View Post
    It seems like every time I want to make a new quilt I have to buy another ruler ? This time it is a Tri -Rec Tool. For making triangle. It looks like the triangles are more spiky then normal triangles. ANybody have the answer? I am hoping to make a Civil War quilt in the Fons and Potter magazine, called Evening Start. Has anybody made this one before? I am getting really tired of buying new rulers. Maybe I just don't have enough tools yet.

    What kind of quilts are you making? I have some square and rectangles, more for convenience than anything. But I've never bought a certain ruler for a certain quilt. I think someone is taking advantage of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan View Post
    It seems like every time I want to make a new quilt I have to buy another ruler ? This time it is a Tri -Rec Tool. For making triangle. It looks like the triangles are more spiky then normal triangles. ANybody have the answer? I am hoping to make a Civil War quilt in the Fons and Potter magazine, called Evening Start. Has anybody made this one before? I am getting really tired of buying new rulers. Maybe I just don't have enough tools yet.
    Typo? Evening star?? That quilt is about as simple as they come. A grade school ruler would do the job
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    Most quilts can be made with just one or two basic rulers and templates. I'd rather spend the money on fabric!

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    Agree with all the above - I only have a few 'quilting' rulers and a basic maths set - its just a way to make you spend more

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    Quote Originally Posted by ludlowquiltandsew View Post
    Most quilts can be made with just one or two basic rulers and templates. I'd rather spend the money on fabric!
    I agree....and if you find the job of working it out too difficult...ask someone in your family to give you a hand....there's usually a math whiz somewhere amongst family or friends. They get a kick out of helping too

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