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Thread: Ruler Choices?

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    As someone new (again) to piecing quilt tops, what ruler do you like and if you want a new type, what are you considering?

    I followed a link to quiltbus.com and was amazed at all the rulers. I knew there were lots of choices, but am really confused as to what brand or style is the most versatile.

    Is there any where to learn about the features on the rulers?

    thanks for any tips.

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    at last count, i had 9 rulers - including template rulers for special shapes.

    i keep going back to my 5" x 24" Olfa Lip Edge Ruler. It's the first one I ever bought, and it's the one i have out today. :P

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    I have a 6"x24" that I use most of the time, had it for years. Also, 6"sq, 9"sq, and 6"x12".

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    I too have several rulers but I use my 12 1/2 in square ruler the most.

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    Hi
    I have only two rulers both Omnigrid
    the one is 6" x 24"
    the other is 12.5" x 12"
    When I put them together I get a full line of the sum....
    Good luck :D


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    I have several, most are omnigrid. The 6X24 is the most used, but other are irreplaceable. The past few weeks, I've been using a triangle, a half triangle (I guess more like templates) and an 8.5" square.

    I like the "nonslip" omnigrids, the ones that are green on the underside. When they are an option, I buy them. Otherwise the yellow ones with some non-slip tabs on the underside are the way to go. Nothing worse than cutting something and have the ruler slip out from underneath you!

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    I really like the Olfa rulers with the lip on the edge. I find them great and recommend them to my quilting students, especially beginners as those rulers help to keep things more steady and you have a little more control when you rotary cut

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    I have lots of rulers but I can't live without my 6 x 24" and my 12 1/2" square.

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    I have many rulers and so does my sister. The one thing I can tell you it's all a personal preference. I have some that I love that my sister doesn't like and visa-versa! I dislike any of the rulers with the yellow lines. That yellow just makes it very difficult for me to line up the edge of the fabric. Wonder why that is? I know many people really like them.

    I do appreciate having the small 6 1/2", 8 1/2" and 12 1/2" squares. They make squaring things up so much easier. My 15"X5" rule is great for strip cutting.

    Use your coupons and buy a new ruler when you can afford it and you'll soon know exactly what you want! I think rulers are like fabrics, you can never have too many. Scatter them around the sewing area so you always have one at hand!

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    I have LOTS of rulers, and I think all but one of them are Omnigrid. I use the 6.5" X 24" and 6.0" X 12" the most. I really like the new OmniGRIP rulers - those are the ones with the non-skid back on them.

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    Love Omnigrid! I have the nonslip film on the backs of some of them. I like the fact that they have black lines (visible on light fabrics) and yellow lines (visible on dark fabrics) on them.

    I don't like the rulers with ridges on the back that prevent you from sliding the ruler without disarranging the fabrics on your mat. The film on the back of the Omnigrid doesn't stick until you have the ruler in place and press down on the ruler.

    I use my 12 1/2" square most, but I have been enjoying my 3" x 18" ruler lately. I have a lot of rulers!! :lol:

    I'm not crazy about the other long rulers with the 1/2" added, like the new 6 1/2" x 24" ruler from Omnigrid, because I like to be able to measure from either edge without doing complicated math.

    I started with the 5" Olipfa, 20 years ago!

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    I have about 3 dozen rulers and my favorites are the Omnigrip and Omnigrid (I add the non-slip film that Cathe mentioned).

    I think the rulers I use the most are 6"x24", 4"x14", 12 1/2" square and 6 1/2" square. I also love my fussy cut rulers.

    The small square rulers (2 1/2 square and 3 1/2 square), I use very seldom, because they slip very easily.

    I'll also add that you don't need a lot of rulers to be a good quilter. I just can't resist them. :lol:


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    The ruler I use the most is an omnigrid that is shaped like a trapezoid...square corners on one end and 45/135 angles on the other end. I think it is 5" wide and about 12.5" inches long. I'm kindof short and for some reason the longer rulers are harder for me to control. I also have a set of squares...12.5, 9.5, 6.5, 4.5, and 3.5. I work a lot with half square triangles and these help me square them up a little bit. And I use a 1 x 6 and a 1x 12 when I'm cleaning up edges and cutting diagonals.

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    I'm interested in more info on the "non-slip" film. I have several of the yellow omnigrid I could use that on. Thanks for the info - I'll check at JoAnn's the next time I am in there.

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    I'm interested in more info on the "non-slip" film. I have several of the yellow omnigrid I could use that on. Thanks for the info - I'll check at JoAnn's the next time I am in there.
    It's called Invisigrip and is made by Omnigrid. There is also one called ClearGrip but I've never used it.

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    Thank you, Minda! I try and buy the green non-slip, however when I first started all I found/bought were the yellow. I am going to try this stuff: Invisigrip and is made by Omnigrid. Thanks again.

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    Glad to help. It works great on the yellow rulers. :D

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    My favorite is the 5 by 24 lip edge too. By catching the lip on the edge of the mat, it ensures that the ruler is perfectly straight on your fabric and won't move.

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