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Thread: Do I Really Need an "Add a Quarter" Ruler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Well, I guess I'm 'odd girl out'. I love my add a quarter ruler for paper piecing. The bottom isn't flat, the 1/4" part is a bit thicker so all you have to do is butt the edge of the raised portion against your folded back seam, cut then line up your next piece.
    I didn' know that....about the thicker part. I have a few rulers with quarter-in. markings so when I need to add a quarter I use one of those.
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    Oh yes!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Well, I guess I'm 'odd girl out'. I love my add a quarter ruler for paper piecing. The bottom isn't flat, the 1/4" part is a bit thicker so all you have to do is butt the edge of the raised portion against your folded back seam, cut then line up your next piece.
    Totally agree and I feel safer using it.

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    Depends, how accurate are you at eye balling a 1/4 inch seam. I use my 1/4 inch ruler all the time. I love paper piecing. I'm not a gadget type person but have found this worth the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Nope ....you don't need it . I use any of my rulers , my favorite is a 6 inch X 1 inch ruler for trimming . Really any ruler will work just fine.
    This is one of my issues with some classes. Seems the list of required tools gets loaded up with some items that aren't really neccessary.
    Wow I thought it was getting lonely here. I love mine. I have it in the 12in and 6 in sizes. " Need " is a relative term. I have many needles and don't need a sewing machine. But my 14 machines make my life more enjoyable and I get to where I am heading faster. Just saying.

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    If you go to caroldoak.com, click on blog and then go to her April 4 entry and you will find her tutorial and shows the use of the ruler in question. Yes, it is necessary! Of course you could do pp without it but its as necessary as many of the tools we use. Rotary cutter, mats, rulers, etc. None necessary but dont want to do without them.

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    I love my add a quarter ruler won't paper piece without it. But no it's not necessary, basically just what you get use to I think.
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    I'm a paper-piecer, and have taught it, too. IMO that notion falls into the category of "luxury item", not necessary tool.

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    They aren't necessary but once you use one, they certainly make trimming a lot easier. The 1/4 or 1/8th portion of the ruler is slightly thicker, so it makes it very easy to butt it up against your block and it stays there very easily. I made quite a few PP quilts before I got both the 1/4 and the 1/8th. I will always use them now, when PP.

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    What a diversity of opinion!

    Hoping mine will arrive before the class on Tuesday. The teacher is cook and won't be upset if you come without one but after reading all of the posts, I think I'll be glad to have it.

    Thanks for all of the opinions - pro and con!!

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    I agree the ruler is un-necessary...anyway when I pp I have never cut fabric to a specitfic size just bigger than the pattern and I audition it to make sure it is the right size. I have plucked out many stitches when I didn't do this.

    I love pp. I use sandwich paper you get from a resturant(sp off my thinker is not thinking..lol) supplier and then cu tit down to fit in my printer to print off patterns, it comes off really well and not expensive either.

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    I'm a bit late on my opinion of the ruler. I have 3 of them - the add a quarter 6", 12" and the add an eighth for the tiny pieced areas. I love love love my rulers. I use them for more than paper piecing too. I have been known to flip them over and use as a regular ruler for some things - I can put my finger right along the side of the lip and then cut.
    I bought the 12" first and found it too long for most piecing so I got the 6" one. I use them both though because sometimes the 6" just isn't long enough. I find it slower to scissor cut after each piece I sew - so for me, it's one of my favorite rulers

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    I like it too. Don't need it, but makes paperpiecing a snap for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Well, I guess I'm 'odd girl out'. I love my add a quarter ruler for paper piecing. The bottom isn't flat, the 1/4" part is a bit thicker so all you have to do is butt the edge of the raised portion against your folded back seam, cut then line up your next piece.

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    I have the 6" and 12", 1/4" rulers. Also have 1/8" ruler. They solved the paper piecing problem I had. I learned to use them by watching a tute on the Connecting Threads website under their tutorials. It was the best tute I found after searching the web and YouTube for them. I love the rulers...

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    Well...my bargain ruler was delivered to the wrong post office and delayed two days so I purchased a 6 inch ruler at class last night - 10% off on class materials so it wasn't too much.

    In retrospect, I liked handling the shorter ruler. I'll probably keep the 12 inch as well since there were times I had to shift the shorter ruler to trim the full length.

    Now that I've used it, I have to say I really liked using it and am glad I decided to get it. And I think I will really like this paper-piecing technique!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang View Post
    This makes me wonder how you're using yours. I always use mine to trim the seam allowance before I sew. I fold the paper back (around a straight piece of template plastic to give me that sharp line) along the seam line I intend to sew next. Then I butt my add-a-quarter ruler along that folded paper and trim my seam allowance which provides me a guide for the next piece of fabric. I can't think of using it after I've sewed and am interested to hear about your method, especially if it's nice and fast. The other thing I like about the trimmed seams is that when there are a lot of them, the trimming helps keep the bulk down on the back.
    Yes, I do my trimming like you (and folding - without a postcard!). My small little ruler is just fine - I can see the 1/4" mark clearly so I don't use the special ruler. If I had one, chanches are I couldn't find it anyway!

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    If you don't know if you are going to like paperpiecing, just use a short ruler that you already have. Buy the 1/4 inch ruler only if you find that you LOVE paperpiecing. It really saves a lot of effort when you are going along. I'm not too good at paperpiecing and won mine as a door prize and I gotta say, I like it much better than a regular ruler for this purpose.

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