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Thread: What rules do you use?

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    Super Member Quilt4u's Avatar
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    Most of mine are Orime(?) And I have to replace my 36 by 5 1/2 brok in the middle last night.

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    As long as it has numbers on it that are the CORRECT distance apart, and a straight edge, its cheap/I have a coupon. I will use it!

    No really I have several different brands, all on the lower end, and have never had one break.

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    Mine are Optima or Omnigrid.
    I've broken a couple...when they hit the tile. :oops: :cry:

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    Mine are different brands. I have bought them all on sale or at a garage sale or flea market. Im cheap. I have never had any problem with any of them but I have one that doesn't seem to be as straight anymore.
    Judy in Ohio

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    I have lots of rulers. The ones I use a lot, I have two of, one for my sewing room and one packed in my workshop/class tote. I don't care what brand it is, if I need it for a project, I buy it.

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    I go back a long way and love Omnigrid. Have tried one or two others but go back to my Omni. I have one black lined one that has long grips on it but never really used it much but it doesn't slide. I don't like those little stickers on the Omnigrid as I find that they sometimes will pull the fabric out of whack.

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    I have a bunch of them, and my favorites are the Omnigrids with the black and yellow lines. I like the 6x24 for beginning, and then the 12 1/2" square and then the 3X24 and then others. I use those three the most.

    And I agree about the textured backs - they don't slide. They pull the fabric around!

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    Well....she asked "what rules""".....I don't use any! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Ok...so if you mean what rulers, then I use a mix of them all, but I prefer the Omni...start with the 6 x 24, then move to the 6 x 6 for squaring HST's and such. I square larger blocks with the 12 1/2 x 12 1/2. I put that stuff on the back of each one to keep them from sliding around and it works great!

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    I'm another one who prefers Omnigrids with the black and yellow lines.

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    I have so many different ones, but I seem to gravitate toward the ones, that 'fit' for the size project I am working on.
    I especially like my T square for corners, my 12.5 omnigrid for squaring up blocks.
    But my #1 RULE lol...is: whatever ruler I start with, I keep using, bc different rulers can make you mark differently. Difference in thicknessess etc. making your marks closer or further away, even if you lay them on top of each other and make sure they 'measure' the same.
    Don't mix them up...if you like accuracy! :wink:

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    I agree, loveeeee the ones with the lip, no matter the brand. :D

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    Most of mine are Omnigrid or Omnigrip.

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    I have Omnigrid and Omnigrip. Some rulers are actually off just a teensy bit and that can make a lot of difference in a quilt. Try sticking with the same brand if you can.

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    Gosh! I've never heard of OmniGrids!!! My favorites are June Tailor brands. They have different colors of markings for different widths (1/8" = red, 1/4" = teal, and 1/2 & 1" are black).

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy_68
    Mine are different brands. I have bought them all on sale or at a garage sale or flea market. Im cheap. I have never had any problem with any of them but I have one that doesn't seem to be as straight anymore.
    Judy in Ohio
    If you've used it a lot, put it against something straight - a bow/curve/arc may have been worn/eroded into the ruler.

    That happened to a couple of mine. Couldn't figure out why I had a curve in the fabric when I moved the ruler. Cuz the ruler had a curve in it. It wasn't much - maybe 1/16 of an inch, but it bugged me.

    I've tried stacking my rulers on top of each other to compare markings. Usually they match - once in a while they don't.

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    I have lots, too, collected over the years, but the lipped ones are my current favorite, For strip piecing, I like one with angles of 45 and 60 marked clearly, and I also like the square ones with a second square opening.

    I still remember my first - It was a Salem Rule. Are they still made?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt4u
    Most of mine are Orime(?) And I have to replace my 36 by 5 1/2 brok in the middle last night.
    I've never seen a 36-5/12 inch ruler. Where did you get it?

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    It was one of my first rulers it was Wal-Mart or JoAnns. I can't remember witch one. Love that one. Can't find it now.

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    Oh - rulers. I have the yellow/black printed ones in 6X12, 6X18 and 14 square. Then I have assorted black or blue printed ones in 6" square, triangles, circles, little suares with lip.....I don't know why I have so many. I'm sure they come in handy sometimes.

    When in doubt, I use my drafting tools from days gone by.

    As far as rules go....I sometimes skirt them, often break them, and generally observe the ones that keep me part of the QB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter

    As far as rules go....I sometimes skirt them, often break them, and generally observe the ones that keep me part of the QB.
    :-)

    But it's useful to know what the rules are - - - - ! And go from there :?

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    I have several different brands that I use. But I've learned from the QB here that you mustn't ever change rulers in mid cutting or you'll be sorry :(

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    We use Creative Grids rulers. We have 24.5 x 6.5, 24.5 x 8.5 and 12.5 square. When we took a quilt class the instructor recommended that we pick one line of rulers and stick with it. She liked the Creative Grids, and all we had was a bargain ruler that came in the starter pack we bought. We liked her rulers so we decided to follow her recommendation. I think there is some wisdom in staying with one line of rulers.

    Regarding the "sticky" on the back, I don't have any trouble with it moving the fabric like some of you have said yours do.

    Darren

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    I too use omnigrid, and love them. but what i dont understand about them is the angle lines. I probably would need someone to show me, but I just dont understand how/why to use them. You cant cut on these lines, and i JUST DONT GET IT lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylslight
    I too use omnigrid, and love them. but what i dont understand about them is the angle lines. I probably would need someone to show me, but I just dont understand how/why to use them. You cant cut on these lines, and i JUST DONT GET IT lol.
    If you have a strip of fabric laid out, put the angle line on the bottom edge of that strip and then when you cut your fabric it will be at that angle (45, 60, whatever degree line you put it on.) If you have strips sewn together you try to put the angle line on the sewn seam.

    I hope that made sense. LOL

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    I bought my omnigrids at Joann Fabrics.

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