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Thread: Best Quilt Rulers

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    Cool Best Quilt Rulers

    I know this subject has come up before. Maybe someone could point to a past 'thread' that will answer my question: what do you believe are the best quilt rulers and why? I am more of a 'wannabe' quilter than actual quilter but I thought I had cut enough to be a little better than I am. Pieces always seem to be just a little off which makes the entire block way off. Anyway, I have two or three different brands and am not sure if that's the problem. I wonder if choosing and staying with one brand may help. Thanks for all your wonderful expertise. Everyone on this board is just great and so helpful!
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    Yes staying with one brand will help! Even using only one ruler for an entire project can help! I have mostly Omnigrid rulers, but I think my favorite is Creative Grid as it has just the right amount on "grip" on the ruler so it doesn't slip when cutting! I keep saying I am going to get order more Creative Grid rulers but just haven't!
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    I love Creative Grids, too. I only wish they had 1/8" markings on their smaller size!

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingKrazy View Post
    Yes staying with one brand will help! Even using only one ruler for an entire project can help! I have mostly Omnigrid rulers, but I think my favorite is Creative Grid as it has just the right amount on "grip" on the ruler so it doesn't slip when cutting! I keep saying I am going to get order more Creative Grid rulers but just haven't!
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    Definitely the same brand at a minimum throughout a project. Preferably the same ruler but that's just not always possible. One thing you can check is to pick your favorite ruler. Measure a 1 inch square and put post-its or tape on that inch square. Line that square up with your other rulers and see if the measurements are actually different. It's very possible they are. Also, make sure you always measure to the same side of the line. Err on the side of large - you can always trim down a smidge if you need to.

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    my favorite ruler is fluorescent and laser cut. i picked it up at a quilt show and the seller is no longer in business. but if you google fluorescent quilt rulers, you will find some. the color is easy to see no matter what color the fabric and the laser cut lines are thin, but also easy to see.
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    My current favorite is the Olfa line of rulers.

    My current unfavorite line is Quilter's Rule because of the thickness of the lines.

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    I really like my O'lipfa rulers. I like that they stay put . . . although I did add some grippy stuff, to the underside. I have a variety of brands and use them all . . . but Omnigrid is probably the least used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    my favorite ruler is fluorescent and laser cut. i picked it up at a quilt show and the seller is no longer in business. but if you google fluorescent quilt rulers, you will find some. the color is easy to see no matter what color the fabric and the laser cut lines are thin, but also easy to see.

    Soft expressions has these on clearance if any one wants to order.

    http://softexpressions.com/software/...sSEgreenFl.php
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    II love love Optima but they are very hard to find anymore even at joanns so I will cry if mine ever break

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    I like Onmigrid but have also recently discovered CreativeGrid rulers and have one from a quilt expo I bought and love it. Intend to buy more.

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    I use the Creative Grid the most.

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    Just recently purchased a 12" square creative grid because I HATE my "Quilt in a Day" 12" ruler - USELESS!!

    My LQS lady pointed a few things out for me that I didn't notice on first inspection ....

    Numbering can be positioned so that the numbers go left to right OR right to left!
    Has numbering in 1" increments on two adjoining sides, and 1/2 increments on the other two adjoining sides
    Numbers in 1" increments are in WHITE
    Numbers in 1/2" increments are in BLACK
    The edges on the 1" increment side has 1/4" frosted
    The edges on the 1/2" increment side has 1/2" frosted
    both 1" and 1/2" increments labeled on the center diagonal (in either white or black)
    all squares have 1/8 hash marks
    lots of grippers on the bottom

    The LQS lady told me that some of these features were new.

    I LOVE this ruler!! I will make a point of buying more CG in all the sizes I need/use.
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    I use th cutting mat to measure so my cuts are accurate. I also prefer rulers with yellow and black lines. In addition, my super long ruler 6.5x24 has the .5 inch shaded which makes cutting the binding really fast and easy.

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    Creative Grids are my choice. Use to have all Omni, but am gradually replacing them, as I noticed that my "older eyes" were sometimes having a hard time reading them.

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    Look at the different brands on actual fabric, see which appeals to you more. Some have different colors of lines, etc. and your eyes will probably like one brand over the other - then just start collecting them

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    I started two years ago with several different brands of rulers. During one of my quilt classes, my seams were not matching up and that's when my instructor told me she believes it best to use one brand of rulers. She recommended Kaye England rulers. I went to her website and bought a set ofall her rulers. I put Invsagrip on the back of the ones I use the most so they don't slide. Now my seams usually match up just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    I really like my O'lipfa rulers. I like that they stay put . . . although I did add some grippy stuff, to the underside. I have a variety of brands and use them all . . . but Omnigrid is probably the least used.
    I started out with this kind of ruler and it really did help me when I first started cutting. Creative Grids is now my favorite ruler, although I do have two Omingrips, I don't like them as much.

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    I've got a lot of Omnigrid rulers which I like (yellow, not green). But, I'm going to try the Creative Grid.

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    I have a wonder ruler that helps. It has a ridge that my rotary cutter rests on so it doesn't wander off. I also plan on getting the shape ruler that has slots to cut in so the strips are more accurate

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    Before deciding check out the TrueCut rulers. There is a lip on the edge of the ruler. The guide on their cutter rides on the lip and makes for accurate cutting because there are no slips with the rotary cutter. DH does most of my citing and he likes them, too.
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    I love my Omnigrid 18" ruler with the little thing at the top that just rests on the edge of a mat. It holds fantastically and I just told my friend when we go out for a quilting binge that I am going to buy another one, just in case they are discontinued (and you know they will discontinue an 18" Omnigrid before they will discontinue an 8" Phillips screwdriver)!!!

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    I love Creative Grids and Kaye England rulers. The England
    ruler are great and she donates a percentage of sale to Breast Cancer.

    Here is her web site www.kayeengland.com
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    I use Creative Grids Rulers for cutting and Bloc_Loc Rulers for squaring up the blocks.

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    I use only Creative Grids, both at home and at the shop.

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    Omnigrid are my favorite. To start and stay with the same brand is one key. Accurate cutting is another key. But I have found in the past year and a half STARCH is the best thing I do. Starch every piece BEFORE I cut anything makes for better cutting, better piecing, less pinning (no pinning) , better quilts. I starch and press dry every piece stiff before I do anything else. Using the same machine start to finish makes a big difference. Pressing carefully makes a difference, an accurate 1/4 inch seam is also very important. Maybe some of this will help you.

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