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Thread: star spin, strata star and others

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    I don't have a 12 1/5 inch square ruler.
    Is there anything else you can use for this pattern?
    I really don't want to buy one for one time use if I can help it.
    How would a cut cardboard work?

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    You might find you'd use the 12.5" square ruler more than you think. A lot of blocks are 12.5" unfinished. I use mine a lot to do a last minute tweak on my finished blocks before I start putting them together. I use it and the 4.5 the most.

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    I resisted to buy a 12.5 ruler, and now I can't believe I didn't get it sooner. I use it all the time. Got for it! Ya can't see thru cardboard. . .

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    I agree, it would be a nice addition to your notions. My girlfriend whom I quilt with owns one, I don't, but I have used her's on many many occassions. Hmmmm.....maybe that's what I will ask to have for my birthday....

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    the 12 1/2" ruler is one that I reach for a LOT, you might want to consider purchasing one :wink: :D:D:D

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    Um, I have never owned one in all the years I have been quilting. I have a 1 inch x 13 inch ruler that I use for everything. I only recently acuired a triangle ruler.

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    Go to a hardware store that sells plexiglass...ask if they have a scrap that would make you a 12 1/2 inch square. Stress--it must be square..that's what I did--got a 10, an 8 and a 121/2 for $5.49

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    I would buy the ruler, you will use it for squaring off corners before binding. You will use it to cut out blocks for background applique. I use this ruler and the 6 x 24" ruler more then anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teresa 54
    I would buy the ruler, you will use it for squaring off corners before binding. You will use it to cut out blocks for background applique. I use this ruler and the 6 x 24" ruler more then anything.
    Me too! I know it is a pricey item, but I reach for it a good deal!

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    You should also realize that the 12.5" ruler can also be used to square up EVERY sized square/block that you could ever make. I have a 6.5" square ruler that I use when I have a lot of small squares to cut but the 12.5" is an essential tool in my sewing room.

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    I know the quilt you are talking about. I would get a 12.5 ruler and sew an accurate 1/4 inch seam. After trying out a block, you need both and you need both to work well. The ruler is good with all of the lines to follow and see that the whole business is straight. This is one place you can not skimp, to my way of thinking. Just another passing thought.

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    I use the 12 1/2" ruler to square up the corners & trim off the extra batting & backing on all my quilts before binding. My quilts would not look as good as they do without the 12 1/2" ruler.

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    You'd love a 12-1/2" square ruler! I use mine all the time, along with my 8-1/2" x 24" one. Don't skimp on good rulers, as they last a long time. :)

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    Very handy ruler - if you have a Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby around, be sure to use their discount coupons and save a couple $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsjdt
    Go to a hardware store that sells plexiglass...ask if they have a scrap that would make you a 12 1/2 inch square. Stress--it must be square..that's what I did--got a 10, an 8 and a 121/2 for $5.49
    Good advice. Thanks.

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    OMG, I don't know what I would do without my 12 1/2 and 15 1/2 square rulers. I use the 15 1/2 in mostly in my Embroidery quilts.

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    I knew you would all say that and you are right. I would find lots of use for a 12.5 inch ruler so I'll get out to get one soon! I have a Joann's coupon around here somewhere so that will make it hurt less.
    I also have a pile of 12.5 inch swap blocks so it won't be a one time use!
    The Plexiglas would also be an idea but I'm not sure I would trust the cutters around here!



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