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Thread: Spin off on rulers gathering dust -- which are your essentials

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    I don't have a lot of rulers. I do find them tempting when I see a new, fancy one in stores, but I've never yet bought one until I have a real need for it. Like after doing some crazy finegaling with my regular rulers to try to cut out perfect 60 triangles for a stack and whack hexie, I decided to use a 50% off coupon for the appropriate ruler.

    So -- what are your essential, oft used rulers?

    I have 3 that get very regular use: a 3.5 inch by 24 inch oldie that I bought in 1986. I love it because it's long enough to cut across a folded length of yardage. The 3.5 inch width is enough to give me a lot of options for most of the strip widths I'd want to cut. I love it so much the numbers are getting a little faint in places, which makes me sad, since I don't see these rulers around anymore.

    a 6 by 12 inch -- use it lots for all kinds of chores. It's nice to have something more compact than the above ruler when I'm doing quick cuts. And it's big enough for most of my needs when working with fqs or pre-cuts

    a 6 inch square -- use that for squaring up blocks and trimming units to size when needed

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    My top 3 that I'm always reaching for are:
    1. 3" by 15" (oldest, edge is getting wavy. Should replace)

    2. 6" by 24"

    3. 6" square (numbers & lines are wearing off, bought a new one, and don't like it)

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    Being a tool fanatic, I buy everything. :roll: Most of my rulers and templates are still in the packages.

    I actually use the 6x24 and the 3, 4, 6 & 8 square-ups.

    Oh and the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese rulers - I use those quite a bit, especially the 2x4 that makes an 8" finished Ohio Star block.

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    I love my Mom's 12 1/2 inch square that I inherited. Love the
    Easy Ruler Jr. 3 1/2 X 9 1/2. The 9 degree wedge ruler was a great investment... I make a lot of wedge things now that I have it. I have three long rulers but the one I like best and might be a good one to replace your fading one, is my O'LIPFA Lip edge ruler 5" X 24" Love the lip!

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    I use my Shape Cut every time. Also the 6 x 24 is in constant use. less offten is the 6 x 12 and I keep a smaller squar, a 3 1/2" square at my sewing desk for trimming up small things while sewing.

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    I have a pretty good supply and while there are some that I don't use often they're invaluable when I do need them. The long one I use for cutting strips, the 16 1/2" square, 12 1/2" sq, 6 1/2" sq, 6x12, and some of the smaller ones are the ones I use most often.

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    In order -

    6 X 24
    12 1/2 square
    6 1/2 square

    Like thepollyparot,I have many still in the plastic; wasted my money - should have bought fabric :)

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    I forgot about my 12 1/2 I use it and the 6 x 24 to square up and trim my quilts before binding.

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    Oops, I forgot about the Shape Cut - I do use that one a lot, too.

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    All my rulers are Creative Grids with the exception of some of the speciality ones. I use my 6.5x 24", 3.5x 24", 4.5"x18" the most. I like using my 8.5" to make strip tube quilts, thanks to the board, didn't need the fancy triangle ruler to make those. But I do have a lot of rulers that are still in plastic, but they will get used, if not, the board is a great place to treasure hunt.

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    I love my 8 1/2 by 24 1/2. Also use the 12 1/2 square and a 6 x 12 a lot.

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    One thing to remember is to be consistent with your ruler manufacturer on a project because the measurement markings can vary between manufacturers. Other than that use the rulers that fit with the style of quilts you make. I think I personally have about a dozen various sizes hanging on my wall.

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    I prefer a 6 1/2" to the 6" square I used to have. Also use my 6 x 12 lots, and 12 1/2" square for squaring up larger blocks.

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    I use a lot of strips for my quilts so my most used rulers are a 5'X24" Olipfa (love that edge), a 8 1/2" and a 12 1/2" square, and a 8 1/2" X 24" Omnigrid. I also use my 3 1/2", 4 1/2", 5 1/2", 6 1/2"and 9 1/2" squares frequently. Having the right rulers handy makes cutting and trimming much easier. I know I could probably do what I do with less rulers but I like to grab and cut without doing a bunch of figuring.

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    6 1/2" x 24"
    3 1/2" x 9 1/2"
    Shape-Cut Ruler with 1/2" increments
    6 1/2" Square

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    In order of preference,

    4 X 14
    6.5 x 24
    3 x 24

    I love the 4 x 14 and have used it so much the markings and numbers wore off on the first one!

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    For me it's my:
    6.5x12.5
    6 1/2 inch square
    12 1/2 inch square

    And for my Dear Jane, my triangle ruler.

    These are my staple rulers. I do have a few others though.

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    These are the ones that never seem to get put back in the ruler rack. 6.5 X 12.5, 8.5 X 24.5, and 9.5 square. Have many others "just in case".

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    Used with most quilty projects is a 6 1/2 x24",6 1/2 x 12 1/2" & 6 1/2" sq.Have several triangle rulers,a new 6 1/2" sq I hate :(,the flying geese set from QIAD....not opened & a 12 !/2" sq seldom used, as I'm not making many 12 1/2" blocks anymore.
    There are others ,either never used or seldom used.But ,hey...I'm prepared for that next block :)

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    With all the patterns for Jelly Roll Quilts out there, I find I've fallen in love with strip quilting. I used to use a Square Up ruler and mark my line with masking tape. However, now that I am on my 6th strip quilt, I've treated myself to the Strip Tube ruler and I find I can cut strip pieces really fast and accurately with this ruler (You can probably use any triangle ruler, but I didn't have one of those). I love it!

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    I have several for various reasons ( mostly because I had my own QS once a upon a time), but my favorites are 81/2 x 24 and the 3x9. Evertything else collects dust unless I have misplaced my favorites.

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    You name it, I have it....SOMEPLACE in my room...........

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    My main ruler is my 6-1/2 x 24".

    For specific projects, though, I generally make my own rulers - I create the grid I want on the computer, and then print it off on a transparency. I then tape it to a piece of plexiglass (I bought a bunch of different pieces on e-bay for a couple of dollars.)

    That way I always have exactly the ruler I want for the project... and I only need to save the transparencies, so they take up less space.

    Some of my rulers:
    http://www.3dquilt.me.uk/homepagefiles/rulers.htm

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    I have four rulers I use. I don't purchase 'specialty' rulers.
    6X6
    6X12
    12 1/2 X 12 1/2
    5X23

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    How about a pic of things made with wedge ruler. I don't have that one :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    I love my Mom's 12 1/2 inch square that I inherited. Love the
    Easy Ruler Jr. 3 1/2 X 9 1/2. The 9 degree wedge ruler was a great investment... I make a lot of wedge things now that I have it. I have three long rulers but the one I like best and might be a good one to replace your fading one, is my O'LIPFA Lip edge ruler 5" X 24" Love the lip!

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