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Thread: Comparison of Quilter's Select and Olfa Frosted Rulers -

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    Comparison of Quilter's Select and Olfa Frosted Rulers -

    Does anyone have (or used) both of these brands of rulers?

    If so, how do they compare to you?

    I would like to see a Quilter's Select ruler "in person" before buying or ordering one.

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    it's like apples and oranges. i love the quilters' select rulers... they just don't budge when quilting. the marked lines are thin and easy to see and use accurately. my one negative is that you might scratch the bottom side and the non-skid material can scrape off.
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    I have their 6 x 24 and love it as someone mentioned it doesn't budge when cutting. Am slowly changing out my rulers to either this brand or the Creative Grid but Quilter's Select is my 1st choice.
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    Most of my rulers are still "usable" -

    I have some of the Creative Grids ones - it seems that they have "improved/changed" them since I bought mine. I feel that the ones that I have are very "busy" and i really needed to concentrate when I was using them.

    The only rulers that I have that I actively dislike are the Quilter's Rule rulers that have the ridges on the bottom side.
    The lines are very thick and I feel that interferes with cutting accuracy.

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    Quilter's Select are by far my favorites.

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    I agree with Nan, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. I have slowly switched over to Quilters Select. I just purchased the 3x18 at a recent quilt show so now I think I have four of them.
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    I also love those Quilters Select rulers but just found a spray coating that works pretty good for those rulers you already have but are not available from QS. It is by Odif and called Grippy Non-Slip Coating. It is a good compromise!
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    I use both Olfa frosted and Quilters Select regularly. I love them both because they are very easy to read for me. My favorite is Olfa frosted. The big difference is that when on fabric, the Quilter's select "holds" to the fabric. This is good and bad. When I'm trying to adjust the Quilter's select, I can't just scoot it over a few inches to cut another piece. I need to pick it up and move it.

    I saw Alex Anderson demonstrate her Quilters Select rulers and cutting mat. The mat is smooth and the rulers stick to the fabric, so you can turn your fabric easily. Example would be when you square up a block and your ruler (4 1/2") is the correct size of the block you need.

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    I have both. I prefer the Quilter's Select rulers. The frosted Olfa would be the same if they had the no slip all over backing. Nothing on the market now compares to the Quilter's Select ruler on a Quilter's Select mat.
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    I found that 3 of my Olfa frosted rulers were inaccurate, which was very disappointing. I had just purchased one, so I took it back to the store and showed the clerk. She was willing to exchange it for a new one, but we discovered every ruler had the same inaccuracy. Bye bye Olfa.

    I really like Creative Grids rulers - frosted, non-slip, and readily available in my area.

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    I have an 8" x 24" Olfa. It works great for me when I need 8" width. Not very often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I found that 3 of my Olfa frosted rulers were inaccurate
    I checked my frosted rulers and they are accurate. Must have been a bad batch. As long as I use the same ruler for cutting I don't worry about it too much.
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    I have two of the Quilters Select ruler 6x 24 and the 8 inch square one. They are not my go-to rulers though. Something about the frosted yellow color. Check the markings on the ruler. You can read it from any direction so you have to be mindful of the measurements.

    I have yellow and green Olfa rulers and do use them. It really depends on the project and what I am cutting.

    My go to rulers are the Creative Grids, 6.5 by 24.5 (also used to ruler fold fabric) and the 6.5 by 18.5 plus other sizes. I like that there are some black lines and white lines. Easy to see on light or dark fabrics. The marking lines are longer so line up easier for me.

    Consider how you like to see the markings.

    I will confess that the MSQC 5x15 jumped in my cart last week. I love it to ruler fold pieces that are less than a fat quarter. Perfect size!

    So it's different rulers for different tasks in my sewing room.

    PS: See how the pinky finger is on the edge of the ruler about 2:06 in the video? I started using this method as it helps hold the ruler in place.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGPnyoea81M

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    I love Quilters Select. Once I bought my first one, I was a goner and won't use anything else.
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    I bought my first Quilter's Select ruler last fall and I love it. When my other rulers need replacing I intend to replace them with Quilter's Select brand.
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    I tried a Quilter’s Select ruler and it was great. Only reason I haven’t bought any is that I have so many rulers - mostly Creative Grids.

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    Not what you asked, but I use Creative Grids rulers only due to the non-slip on the bottom that won't scratch off. I may have bought Quilters Select, but haven't found them here in Canada. Olfa frosted rulers can and do slip.

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    I like Quilter's Select rulers alot except that the corners chip very easily. This has happened on more than one of mine. I always buy one when they go on sale around Christmas from The Quilt Show shop.

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    Inaccurate Olfa Rulers....Oh my. I have a ton of them.....will have to check them...Several years ago I bought a set of Paula Dean Measuring cups....recipes were not coming out the same.....so I used two other sets of measuring cups to compare. Paula Dean's cups were all way short of what should have been the measurement. Called them....they said take it back to WalMart. They couldn't help the issue, since they were made in China and they were no longer carrying them.....Gee wonder why. What waste of time and money.

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    I have several different brands of rulers, but since I bought my first Quilters Select, I have never bought another brand. One of my biggest problems is if the ruler slips just a bit as I am cutting resulting in a seam allowance that is not exactly 1/4".

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    I have both rulers & prefer the Quilter's Select. I Was cutting with the Olfa frosted & it slipped a little. Trimmed that wonky edge & recut with the QS. No slipping at all. I do keep them in the plastic sleeve when I'm not using them.

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    Can someone tell me where I can check the Quilter Select rulers out on the internet? I've "Binged" them and the sites that says they have them don't. I'd like to take a look for myself. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindaschipper View Post
    Can someone tell me where I can check the Quilter Select rulers out on the internet? I've "Binged" them and the sites that says they have them don't. I'd like to take a look for myself. Thank you!
    https://store.thequiltshow.com/category-s/335.htm

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    Linda, I got mine from the Quilt Show shop.

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    Quilter's Select sell out the same day they are in stock at all the LQS here. You'd think all the quilters in the area had them by now. Same with the mats and rotary cutters. I love the exact 10" square QS ruler. I bought two because it is hard to find. Those that went to Paducah or other national shows should have been able to by the $99 Quilter's Select Special. You get the 24" ruler, cutter, mat, and many extras. The cutter is about $60 on it's own.
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