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Thread: Favorite Large Ruler

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    Need a new ruler.Have a couple big block 12 1/2" rulers & don't like either.They just don't feel comfy in the hand.Do you have a fav,maybe 8 1/2" sq?

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    I have a 12 1/2x12 1/2 square on use it a lot, along with my 6x24 in ruler. If I were to pick, these would be the ones I use most. Am wondering what everyone else will suggest.

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    When I read your title my first thought was my 121/2x121/2. I use mine a lot.

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    I agree with judylg. That s what I use a lot.

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    I use my 6 X 24" and my 12 1/2" all the time as I cut a lot of strips and almost slways make 12 1/2" blocks and need to square them up. I also use my 8 1/2" ruler frequently both to cut blocks and square up smaller blocks. Many of the scrap quilts that I make start out with 4 1/2" strips or 8 1/2" strips. I also have an 8 1/2" X 24" ruler which I use quite often but as it is much wider, it is heavier to handle. I put the rotary cutter shield on this one so it wouldn't slip when I was cutting and cause a nasty accident. Having the right rulers available just makes quilting easier and safer. I think they are a good investment and haven't worried about having different sizes. I also like my 3 1/2", 4 1/2". 6 1/2" and 9 1/2" squares which I use to square up blocks and parts of blocks. I know I could do this using less rulers but I like the convenience of just grabbing the right size and trimming up without having to fiddle to get the right size.

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    I think it really depends on the size block that you normally make. I have all different sizes that I use from 1.5 to 8.5 then 16.5 (basically used for squaring up). Is the question for squaring up your blocks or cutting out? If I'm cutting out its the June Tailor Shape n cut hands down. I do have one favorite that I'd die if I lost, its y 1x6, this is the handiest little ruler I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judylg
    I have a 12 1/2x12 1/2 square on use it a lot, along with my 6x24 in ruler. If I were to pick, these would be the ones I use most. Am wondering what everyone else will suggest.
    These are the 2 I use most also.

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    I swear by my 2 1/2" square ruler for finishing HSTs. I also use a 6 1/2" a lot-I keep replacing it because I keep cutting the corners off. For cutting long strips I use a 6 x 24.

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    Sorry I wasn't clear.For table runners or throws,I use 8 1/2" blocks the most, so need a square up block.The 12 1/2" blocks are just not comfy for that.The 5 or 6 !/2 " is used so much & also my longer ruler for cutting strips.

    I actually have a lot of rulers & like creative grid brand.Guess I need to go shopping.My rulers tend to last & last, so seldome need another one.

    "Is the question for squaring up your blocks or cutting out?"



    Is the question for squaring up your blocks or cutting out?

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    I have a 16 1/2 square ruler, a 8 1/2 sq. , a 6 1/2 sq and a 4 inch ruler. I use them all depending on the size of my block. And I also have Omnigrid triangle ruler that I use consistantly to make half sq triangles then I do not have to square them up when done.

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    I use my 6 1/2 X 24" and my 12 1/2" square rulers the most. I use a 6 1/2" square that I use for smaller pieces.
    I have all sizes of rulers. I'm a gadget person. I buy lots of rulers and gadgets.
    I have a 20 1/2" square ruler that I seldom use but, when I need it, I'm glad I have it.

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    I have various sized square up rulers, I like to use the one that is closest to the block size... It feels more comfortable to me too :D:D:D

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    I have a LOT of rulers. I want the size that is closest to the size of my block or piece of fabric.

    I do prefer the Omnigrid rulers because of the dots and the see-thru areas as opposed to the ones with the fatter solid lines.

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    8.5 x 24 - use it all the time, had to buy a second because the first wore out.

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    I have a 9.5 x 9.5 that would work well for squaring up 8.5" blocks. I think I'll buy a 12.5 x 12.5 the next time they go on sale or I have a coupon to use.

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    My favorites are the Quilter's Rule brand..with the nubbies on the back to grip the fabric. Any size...as long as they have the nubbies. =)

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    I have the 6 1/2" ruler....have the marks about worn off. Wish they had 8 1/2" ruler.

    Quote Originally Posted by RkayD
    My favorites are the Quilter's Rule brand..with the nubbies on the back to grip the fabric. Any size...as long as they have the nubbies. =)

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    I use so many depending on the project. But when I decided to just cut up fabric I used the 6 1/2 square and wore off all the markings.

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    i use june taylors square up rulers, they have the 1/4" all the way around the ruler in a darker color. i think i like this type best. you can get the little snadpaper dots at any hardware shop to put on the back for slippage.

    i love my creative grid rulers..i now own 3 of them.

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    My favorites are the ones that I have in my hand at any given time, but the ones I use the most are my 6 1/2 x 12" and my 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". I prefer the EZ Quilting rulers by Sharon Hultgren, uncluttered, easy to see, and easy to use.

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    I use my 12 1/2 square all the time. Couldn't do without it.

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    [quote=justme2]I have the 6 1/2" ruler....have the marks about worn off. Wish they had 8 1/2" ruler.

    I've had mine for over 10 years and have not noticed any wear. I will have to inspect them for that.

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    That's cause I've had my ruler for nearly 20yrs!

    [quote=RkayD]
    Quote Originally Posted by justme2
    I have the 6 1/2" ruler....have the marks about worn off. Wish they had 8 1/2" ruler.

    I've had mine for over 10 years and have not noticed any wear. I will have to inspect them for that.

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    8 1/2 x 24 and 2 1/2 x6

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    Like everyone else I have LOTS of rullers...small, large, square, etc. But the ones I seem to grab the most are my T-squares. These are the ones carpenters use. I have 3 different sizes and love them. Also, don't forget the carpenter's triangle.

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