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Thread: How to cut a 9 inch strip?? Just use the mat for a guide?

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    How to cut a 9 inch strip?? Just use the mat for a guide?

    My next quilts are going to be bed covers for my kiddos twin sized beds. The pattern they each chose needs 9.5 inch squares. (I'm thrilled it's a super easy looking pattern- LOL). But my ruler is 6' x 24". I was going to buy a new ruler, but the largest I seem to see is 8.5 inches wide, unless they're squares...

    My sister has a 12 inch square ruler and I asked to borrow it. Would that work or should I just use the cutting mat as a guide? My mat is from Fiskars, the grey one...

    Thanks for the help. Hope this doesn't seem like a silly question!!
    Last edited by SusanSusan33; 04-23-2013 at 02:50 AM. Reason: clarification on measurement

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    You can use the 6x24 and the 12 in square. Measure the 9" with the 12 in square and place the long ruler next to it and remove the 12". Be sure to square up the fabric with the long ruler before you start cutting the 9 in strips and check it after each 9" cut. Hope this makes sense to you.

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    I use my mat measurements for large strips. You will then need to use it for any other strips to remain consistent. Have you laid your ruler on the mat lines to see if they line up? My rulers and mat matches; thus I have had no problem cutting using the mat lines.

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    I use my mat measurements too. It always works fie for me.

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    I say borrow the ruler. That way you know that the blocks you cut are going to be perfectly square. Saves time too when you have the right equipment for the right job. Good luck!

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    I would use the two ruler method. That's how I was taught at the LQS.

    I would use the 6 X 24 for the cutting edge and use a smaller one next to it and run it up and down the fabric to make sure the 6 X 24 was lined up properly.

    If you wanted to, you could just use the 12 1/2 inch ruler and scoot it a couple of times. For me it would take positioning it 3 times because I would want to have plenty of cut edge to line up for a straight cut.

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    I, too, would double check the measurements of your ruler vs your mat. If they match up, just use the cutting lines on your mat. If they don't match, then it would be best to continue to use the cutting lines on your mat for the additional cuts. It sounds like it's a fairly simple pattern so you shouldn't have too many odd-ball (eighth inch) measurements to work with and the mat should be fine. As long as you are consistent in your measuring implements throughout a project it really doesn't matter which way you go. IMO.

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    I put two rulers next to one another when I have to cut wider strips than I have rulers.

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    Or if you want to buy something you can get the June Tailer strip cutter ruler. I love it.

    http://www.junetailor.com/shapecutvideo.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spice View Post
    You can use the 6x24 and the 12 in square. Measure the 9" with the 12 in square and place the long ruler next to it and remove the 12". Be sure to square up the fabric with the long ruler before you start cutting the 9 in strips and check it after each 9" cut. Hope this makes sense to you.
    If you don't have or want to have 2 of the 6"x24" rulers, this is the best way to go.
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    I have four 6x24" rulers. I use painters blue tape to hold two rulers together when I need one large than my 8-1/2 x 24" ruler, works everytime.
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    Thank you ALL for your help!! I'm going to do some experimenting/ checking with what I have... I am not opposed to buying a new mat and mine is starting to show some wear and is slivering on one side.

    This board is amazing and I so appreciate the help!!

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    I would recommend June Tailor's Shape Cut Ruler. It makes cutting strips a breeze.

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    If I have to make a cut that is larger than my largest ruler, I use two rulers next to each other.

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    I use the square ruler all the time. Actually, I bought a set when it was on sale at Joann's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Or if you want to buy something you can get the June Tailer strip cutter ruler. I love it.

    http://www.junetailor.com/shapecutvideo.htm

    Omgosh!! I wasn't able to watch the videos earlier as I was at work st lunchtime. Those rulers look amazing! I prefer strip quilting for its ease and speed. I put the rulers on my amazon wish list.

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    I recommend the two ruler method - you know your fabric will be on grain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have four 6x24" rulers. I use painters blue tape to hold two rulers together when I need one large than my 8-1/2 x 24" ruler, works everytime.
    Sounds possible. Interesting idea. Have never thought of doing this.
    I have the Creative Grids 20 1/2 " sq ruler-I think I'd give it a try.
    Or I'd use the lines on the mat.

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    I know everyone says DO NOT use the mat to measure but I have checked the measurements on my mat and they match the Olfa ruler I use. I even measured all of the lines to see if they were all the same. I'm holding an umbrella over my head as I type this because I know there are quilters who are going to rain on me for this admission (smile).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter View Post
    I used this method before I bought the June Tailor Shape Up ruler. Borrow the 12" ruler, fold your fabric twice, make the first 9" cut the turn the strip and make the second cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I used this method before I bought the June Tailor Shape Up ruler. Borrow the 12" ruler, fold your fabric twice, make the first 9" cut the turn the strip and make the second cut.
    Thank you!!

    I feel so silly, but never though to fold my fabric twice until I watched a you tube video yesterday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I know everyone says DO NOT use the mat to measure but I have checked the measurements on my mat and they match the Olfa ruler I use. I even measured all of the lines to see if they were all the same. I'm holding an umbrella over my head as I type this because I know there are quilters who are going to rain on me for this admission (smile).
    Thanks for the suggestion- your quilt in your avatar is gorgeous so you certainly know what you're doing!!

    No rain here, just sunshine!! I am NOT the quilting police!

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    Most of the quilts I make, the measurements need to be consistant so which ever way I start measuring, I continue throughout the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Or if you want to buy something you can get the June Tailer strip cutter ruler. I love it.

    http://www.junetailor.com/shapecutvideo.htm
    I think I need one of these too! She makes it look so easy...

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