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    Square Up Ruler

    Good Morning all my Quilting Friends i know i should have been doing this all along and i do for the most part if a block looks wonky to me. but i really want to make this project I"m working on nice a square. i do have some nice rulers but they are a little confusing as to where i place to insure i get the right measurements.. so i am wondering what is YOUR favorite Square up Ruler you like and Why.
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    I have almost worn out my 12.5 " Quilt In A Day square up ruler. It does go on sale on occasion. I like the ease of using it and certainly would buy it again.

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    I use Creative Grid rulers. Depending what I'm squaring up, sometimes I use the
    12" square and sometimes I use a 6" x 24" and a 8" x 24" side by side. I like the
    Creative Grids because it's clear and don't have all those yellow marks which
    make it more difficult to see. No matter what ruler you use you will have to get
    used to it. At first I wasn't sure if I liked the Creative Grids...I found them a little
    confusing but because they were easier to see I kept using them until I got the
    hang of it. Just have to double check how you place your rulers because they
    1/2"...1 1/2"....2 1/2" on one side and 1"...2"...3" on the other side.
    The Creative Grid is also non-slippery which is another plus for me.

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    I don't know if I'd call it my "favorite", but they're inexpensive & readily available -- Omnigrid/Omnigrip. If I had the money, I'd get Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Square-Up Ruler. I've seen fellow guild members who have that & it looks very nice. Gets you to just about any size you need, but at $75 I'm not likely to be buying it anytime soon.

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    I recently got an Olfa Frosted ruler. Not a lot of confusing markings, easy to see thru and doesn't seem to slip.
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    I love Creative Grids' rulers, too. I used to be an Omni only girl but those rulers are so helpful in improving accuracy.

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    I also have the quilt in a day 12 1/2" square ruler. I love it. It has a line going down the middle from one corner to the other that you use to place it. Wonderful ruler and you can use it for all the sizes up to a 12 1/2 block.
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    I just use my Omnigrid square rulers.
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    crafty site has a way to trim up any size block with the rulers you have on hand just remember the block she is trimming is actually for a 10" unfinished block..... http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/02/...k-quilts-trim/

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    I absolutely love my June Taylor Perfect Half Square & Quarter Square Triangle. I have tried many square up rulers and have found the June Taylor to be the easiest to use. I shared this with my quilty friends and they stormed the local store to get one (they ran out!)
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    I use the Block Maker ruler.
    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...marker+tool.do

    There is a video on the page how to use it.

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    That Patchwork Place square up ruler. it is easy to read no matter the fabric color and is 1/4" increments.
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    I have a mixture of makes and sizes don't think I have a favourite. I try to. Use a suitable size for the block being squared off is important.
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    I have one called Quilter's Rule-Square Block Lapboard. It is very easy to read and is "non slip". One of its real advantages is that it has a diagonal line that really helps with the squaring up process. The markings are clear but sometimes I use small pieces of masking tape to mark the lines I want to use. I have used it for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I just use my Omnigrid square rulers.
    Same here.

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    Literally any ruler can be a square up ruler. I have several I use all the time. As long as you understand the basics of squaring up, you will be fine with whatever square you have. The website gives the method I use, except that I never pull or push the fabrics to make them be square. I find they always want to go back to what they were before. I will rip the block apart and make some smaller seams if the block is too wonky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruitloop View Post
    I use the Block Maker ruler.
    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...marker+tool.do

    There is a video on the page how to use it.
    I use this one, too and absolutely love it!
    aka Gale

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    I don't use any particular ruler; I use the marks on my cutting mat to figure out the square and cut accordingly. My mat has a zero line in the middle of the mat and numbers counting outwards from it to the left and to the right, so I can make sure I'm not trimming too much from one side and not enough from the other.

    Exception is half square triangles - I use my Bloc Loc rulers to get good corners on those, I butt them against a longer ruler, adjust to proper position, remove the Bloc Loc ruler and cut against the other ruler.

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    Squaring up a pieced block is tricky. It's not a matter of cutting the block to the size square you want. To keep the points if any you have to have 1/4" past the point. The outside pieces need to be 1/4" wider then the inside pieces on each side.
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    I use the Quilt in a Day square up ruler too. That diagonal line makes it perfect to square up half square triangles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat View Post
    That Patchwork Place square up ruler. it is easy to read no matter the fabric color and is 1/4" increments.
    Actually, if it's the Bias Square ruler, the markings are iin 1/8th increments, the very reason it's my all time favorite square up for 8" and less. Have been working on them for a while to make us a 12" like it.....wanna join the cause?!

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    Here is one that is 12 1/2". The markings are in 1/8". The back has the raised lines to hold the fabric.
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    Tucker Trimmer- I have the 6 1/2 and the 12 1/2 inch one. Check out Studio 180/ Deb Tucker's website. It has videos showing how to use the ruler. It's a staple quilting tool for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berryberry View Post
    Tucker Trimmer- I have the 6 1/2 and the 12 1/2 inch one. Check out Studio 180/ Deb Tucker's website. It has videos showing how to use the ruler. It's a staple quilting tool for me.
    I just bought Deb Tucker's rapid star ruler and Leyome star ruler. That is the blocks I'm working on now that need squaring up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Here is one that is 12 1/2". The markings are in 1/8".......
    Ah, good for you for having found this one from Olipfa; it's the ONLY other one like the Bias Squares from Martingale on the market today. And is also the one I recommend for my classes to use for blocks larger than 8". Unfortunately, it seems that Olipfa has changed up the design slightly and this particular model # isn't easily found any more. That's why I beg for others to write to Martingale to ask for a 12" Bias Square.

    Would you mind reading the model # to us, I admit I've forgotten it and can't quite read the picture?

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