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Thread: Rulers - if I could keep only six of them -

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    Rulers - if I could keep only six of them -

    If I could keep only 6 of my rulers, they would be: (all dimensions are in inches)

    Olfa frosted 6x24
    Olfa frosted 6x12
    Quilter's Rule 16.5 square
    Omnigrid 8x4 with 1/8 inch grid
    Ominigrid 3x18 with 1/8 inch grid
    Quilter's Rule 12.5 square - for the size - I intend to replace it with an Olfa frosted - it's handy to make sure that my 12.5 blocks are close to the intended size.

    I have three or four Creative Grids rulers - and I actively DISLIKE them because I feel that they are cluttered and confusing to me to use.

    My very favorites - of the ones I have - are the Olfa frosted ones. I do wish they made one that was between 14 and 18.5 inches long.

    Your lists?

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    1. Creative Grids Stripology ruler.
    2. O'Lipfa Lip Edge Ruler 4"X36"
    3. Omnigrid 3"X12"
    4. Omnigrid Square ruler 12.5"
    5. Creative Grids 8.5" X 24"
    6. Clearview 10" 60 degree triangle ruler.

    I could get by with just the first 4 rulers. I use the first three rulers 90% of the time.

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    Wow. And here I want to replace all my rulers with Creative Grids.
    Can't see a darn thing with those yellow lines on the Omnigrid rulers.
    But if I had to keep 6 rulers it would be
    1. 12.5" square
    2-3. 6" x 24" (two) Why? my cutting mat cannot fit the 12.5" and the 6"x24" at the same
    time but I can butt two 6"x24" together to cut long strips and keep everything square
    4. 6" x 12"
    5. 6.5" square
    6. 12 x 1/2" (great for marking HST's)

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    My use all the time ruler is the June Tailor 6"x24".
    My other frequently used one is the 16-1/2" Quilters Rule Square-Block Lap Board.
    I occasionally use the 6-1/2"x24" Quilters Rule, but find it very hard to read.
    I also like the Easy Hexagon by Sharon Hultgren.
    Would like to have a 12-1/2" square one for convenience.
    Would like to find a ruler longer than 24" and wider than 6-1/2" but haven't seen one yet.

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    Optima 5x18
    June tailor shape cut plus
    quilters slidelock both sizes
    Optima 6 /12 square and 9 1/2 square
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    Olfa Frosted Advantage 6"x24"
    Olfa FA 4˝" square
    Olfa FA 9˝" square
    Olfa FA 12˝" square
    Creative Grids 60° equilateral triangle
    Omnigrid 45° triangle

    Those are the only rulers I have so the choice was easy.
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    I don't think I would be happy with just 6 sizes. Right now I am making these Bible bags using my Omnigrid 3.5" square up which I have seldom have used before. Lot of BQs and Warm Wishes I use the 8.5" Omnigrip square to cut my focus fabrics. I also use my Omnigrip 5.5" & 6.5" square up. I too have the 2.5"x12.5", 4"x14", 6"x14" Omnigrip. When I do cut from folded fabric, that is the only time I pull out the 6.5"x24 Omnigrid. Trimming down the Bible Bags, I am also using my 15" Omnigrid square. I don't have any trouble with the yellow lines.
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    My 4", 6 1/2", 8 1/2", 12 1/2" squares plus my 6x12" and my 8 1/2x24". They are my go-to rulers.

    I really only use two specialty rulers--my hexagon ruler and mt tri recs ruler set....guess that's really three rulers isn't it.
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    6x12, 6.5 square, 8.5x12, 3x18 are my go to rulers

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    there are tons of videos for Creative Grids rulers and how to use them properly.

    My CREATIVE GRIDS favs: in no particular order.

    6.5 x 24.5
    Stripology
    60 degree ruler. 12.5"
    hexagon
    my Olfa 6 x 12 ( i have had this a long time...I use it often

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    Like you I really like my “Olfa" rulers. Don’t you just hate it when the rulers have so much writing on them you can’t see the lines?

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    6.5" X 12", 6.5" X 24", Add A Quarter, 10.5" square. I have other rulers, but don't use them hardly ever.

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    If someone would develop a product that could be applied to the edges of rulers that gripped fabric a like Creative Grid rulers, they would have my undying gratitude.

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    Ditto, Nancy W.

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    1. 4-1/2" square
    2. 6-1/2" square
    3. 6x12" rectangle
    4. 6x24" rectangle
    5. 12-1/2" square
    6. tie between 9-1/2" square and 5" charm-sized square

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    moonrise, I use pretty much the same as you. But has anyone tried the Guidelines Rulers? I have been looking at them, wondering if they are any good or worth the price.

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    Well, I will say I understand how you think the Creative Grid rulers are cluttered, but I still love mine. I have so many fewer cutting mistakes because them...they just do not slide as easily. Though maybe that could be because I am less tense about cutting....also, I like them a lot because the lines are so thin. One of these days I am going to try one of the Olfa rulers--I hear so many people that love them.

    As to sizes, I love my

    1. 8.5 x 24 CG (Creative Grid)
    2. 6.5 square--CG
    3. 6.5 x 12 CG
    4. 12.5 Omni--but one of these days want to replace with CG
    5. 20.5 Creative Grid I don't use it often, but when I want it I am so glad I bought it.
    6. 9.5 Square--CG

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurilli View Post
    moonrise, I use pretty much the same as you. But has anyone tried the Guidelines Rulers? I have been looking at them, wondering if they are any good or worth the price.
    I had two of the Guideline Rulers but gave them away. They were cheap and I didn't like them. I had the attachments that made them go together to make a bigger ruler and I thought those were cheaply made!!

    I could never pick 6 rulers. I have a gazillion rulers and use them all the time when I sew. They start at 1/2" and go up to the June Tailor ruler that has 1/2" slots.
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    1. 6"x24" (I love my Fiskars)
    2. 12.5" Quilt in a Day square
    3. June Tailor shape cut
    4 & 5. 4.5" and 6.5" square (work well on rotating mat)
    6. Easy Angle 6.5 (though I don't use it that much)
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    Don't think I can do 6 -- except for the JT,
    June Taylor Shape Cut (I have 3)
    6x24
    8x24
    20x20 (for squaring quilts and blocks)
    12.5x12.5
    1x12
    6x12
    3.5x3.5
    my triangle rulers
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    Thanks for this post.
    I have to go and get my first ruler this week and looks like every one is saying the 6 x 24 ruler is your go to ruler.
    There so expensive 29 dollars here. So I have just been using a plastice 45 degree drafting square. But I got into trouble on a quilt i,m working on now so I think it,s time .

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatteredgarden View Post
    Like you I really like my “Olfa" rulers. Don’t you just hate it when the rulers have so much writing on them you can’t see the lines?
    I'm with you! I love my Olfa frosted rulers. I've used the Creative Grids and though I love the little gripper things on the underside, there's too much writing on them.
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    jcrow, thanks for info on the guidelines, I guess I'll save my money for fabric. LOL

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    I've just discovered the Olfa frosted rulers and I absolutely love them! Makes me want to give away many other rulers that I've mistakenly bought previously. They grip and they have great lines with nothing blocking and I finally feel in charge of my cutting. I just got an Olfa cutting mat too because I don't have to move my fabric to see the lines. Olga put them on the outside edge which I love so I'm in heaven! Other favs are June Tailor Shape Cut ruler - I have the 12"x18." and the Sew Easy Cutter ruler which is 4"x27".

    By the way, seeing the inquiry on Guidelines, I have the older version of the Guidelines and really liked them and think they are worth considering. I definitely want to keep them, but they can get glary on my eyes depending on my lighting and I think the Olfa frosted rulers will be my new go to rulers over them.

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    I would keep 6 x 24, 6x12, 15"square, 61/2" square, 3 x 18 and finally one nobody has mentioned 1 x 6 for small measures
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