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Thread: Rulers....do I really need all of them?

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    I think the 24" x 6" is the most essential ruler, which seems to be the general view. I have a couple of basic square rulers, but my specialist rulers have come as birthday or Christmas gifts which I have put on my wish list.

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    This post made me chuckle, I have been going thru all my fabric and gadgets,, My girlfriend and I always have to have the same things, well we are both guilty of buying rulers that we end up not using... I came across two of the same ruler that had not even been taken out of the wrapping. She said you must of really needed that one..... if you bought two.. LOL In answer to your question, no you don't need all those rulers.. I use my 8.5 x 24, 6x 12 and my two square up rulers.

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    The Creative Grids Quick Trim ruler is 12.5" x 3.5" and all quilters should have one. It does a LOT! Not only is it a ruler, it's also a compass, you can use it for flying geese and attic windows. You can also use it for perfect mitered bindings you can machine stitch (on say placemats) made by bringing your fabric from the back to the front. Also, you can trim your border or binding strips on the 45 before sewing them together and so many other things.

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    I love tools of all kinds - sewing, quilting, woodworking, kitchen. It doesn't matter, I love them all. But I don't buy them all. I buy what I believe I will use enough to get my money's worth from. If I make a lot of cutting errors trying to "make-do" with a general purpose ruler, I then buy the specialty ruler. Fabric is too expensive for bad cuts. Specialty rulers are cheap if you will use them repeatedly or enough to pay for them.
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    I don't have many rulers, but I cannot get along without my steel square ruler. It is about 18"one way and 24"the other. I use it to square up the corners of my quilt when I am finished quilting and am ready to bind it.

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    I have made many many different patterns and used only basic rulers. There is always a way to cut pieces using a regular square, triangle and long ruler. Yes, the special rulers are handy, but they are also expensive. I tend not to buy them unless they are a very special shape (like a large wedge) that I cannot duplicate with my basic rulers.

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    I have a 6x24" ruler, and I had a problem with it slipping. I got one of those smaller hand grip spring-loaded clamps and clamp an end of the ruler to the end of my cutting board/table and it holds it tight and then I can cut much better strips or whatever. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    I came across a book I bought several years ago. wOW! What a gem. It is Measure The Possibilities With Omnigrid. Shows dozens of ways to use a few rulers. I am a ruler junkie but now I could kick myself because I had all this info in this book and forgot about it! I see that Amazon has the book available through private sellers. Worth every dollar!
    Thanks, I just went to Amazon and put it on my wish list for the next time I need to make a $25 order!

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    I have more rulers than I will ever need. (I buy when the spirit moves me and the coupons are available). But the handiest one of my impulse purchases has been the 2 1/2 inch "Binding Buddy" Its 2 1/2 by 30 with a 45 degree angle cut on one side. I know I can do exactly the same thing with my original 24 x 6. But I can line up and cut so much straighter and faster with this. I think it also comes in 2 1/4 width.

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    I have over 30 rulers! I use 3 rulers. Most of my rulers I have never used. I am a sucker for rulers. I don't know why but when I see one online, I think I can't live without it. I've bought two of many rulers and recently gave the second ones to a gal on this site. Made me feel less guilty. I doubt I will use1/3 of all of my rulers and I am trying not to buy anymore, but instead of scissors being my addiction, it's rulers! Go figure!!! I've got a 2"x2" up to a 15"x15" and an 8"x24" and then every triangle out there and every specialty ruler too. I'm nuts, truly nuts.
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    I'd say to start off you need a 6" X 24", an 8" X 8" or 12" X 12" for squaring up blocks or your top, then a 6" X 6". If you do paper piecing a lot having an Add -A-Quarter and Add-An-Eighth are wonderful. I also use a 1" X 12" a lot. For the larger ones, make sure they have 45 and 60 degree angles marked on them. I also seem to like the Omnigrid ones w/ their yellow markings VS ones w/ black. That's a personal preference, so that's up to you.

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    I have five I use. the 6x24, 6x12 I use the most. Then I love the June taylor 12x12 with the slots, and then a easy circle cut which is sloted like the june one and the triangle square up ruler by elenor burns quilt in a day. I feel these gets me through whatever I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    I don't have many rulers, but I cannot get along without my steel square ruler. It is about 18"one way and 24"the other. I use it to square up the corners of my quilt when I am finished quilting and am ready to bind it.
    Oh! I have a similar ruler, with my tools! Never thought of bringing it into the sewing area . . . but I will, now! Thanks for the idea!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marysewfun View Post
    I have a 6x24" ruler, and I had a problem with it slipping. I got one of those smaller hand grip spring-loaded clamps and clamp an end of the ruler to the end of my cutting board/table and it holds it tight and then I can cut much better strips or whatever. :-)

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    Another fantastic idea! Gonna move one of my clamps to my sewing area! Will have to hide it from dh, as he "borrows" them.

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    I have rulers and acrylic templates some i use but also some i have never used go figure

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    I have LOTS of rulers and it depends on how many quilts you do annually. Do a little research - some rulers do double duty. Some are unnecessary - just do a little more work on your part. I wouldn't buy special rulers if I was just making baby quilts, but a specialty ruler for a full or queen sized quilt can make a huge difference in your frustration level. That said, I personally avoid rulers that have only black lines as I can't see them on darkish fabric, which is most of my stash.

    I guess, give some examples of patterns requiring special rulers? I'm sure posters can tell you what will work and then you can decide when to get one and when not to.

    For instance, I love, love, love Eleanor Burns' Flying geese rulers. However, you are limited to only 4 sizes. Is it absolutely necessary? Nope. Since those rulers came out, there are other ways to make Flying Geese that don't require her rulers, although I wouldn't be surprised to find that this method was actually based on her method. I keep mine and recommend them, but if you don't have the $$ or space, not necessary.
    Last edited by IAmCatOwned; 05-02-2012 at 03:14 PM.

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    I have a lot of different rulers, but the ones I use most are the 8" x 12" and the June Tailor Short Cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I have over 30 rulers! I use 3 rulers. Most of my rulers I have never used. I am a sucker for rulers. I don't know why but when I see one online, I think I can't live without it. I've bought two of many rulers and recently gave the second ones to a gal on this site. Made me feel less guilty. I doubt I will use1/3 of all of my rulers and I am trying not to buy anymore, but instead of scissors being my addiction, it's rulers! Go figure!!! I've got a 2"x2" up to a 15"x15" and an 8"x24" and then every triangle out there and every specialty ruler too. I'm nuts, truly nuts.
    You got me beat. My friend was over the other day and we counted what I have. 25!! The ones I use the most are the 6.5 x 24, the binding tool, and my Wonder Ruler, which makes absolutely perfect half square triangles every time. I just finished about 300 for a quilt with pinwheels, and they all came out great! My latest is the 120 degree ruler, which I just HAD to have!!!!

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    I just purchased the Tru Cut rulers and really love the ridged guide on them. Check it out. My wrists are a little weak & having a rotary cutter that rides in the ridge keeps me from cutting inaccurately because I wobbled the rotary cutter. As the others said 8x24 is a great size.
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