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Thread: Why Do I Have to Buy New Rulers for Every Quilt?

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    Why Do I Have to Buy New Rulers for Every Quilt?

    It seems like every time I want to make a new quilt I have to buy another ruler ? This time it is a Tri -Rec Tool. For making triangle. It looks like the triangles are more spiky then normal triangles. ANybody have the answer? I am hoping to make a Civil War quilt in the Fons and Potter magazine, called Evening Start. Has anybody made this one before? I am getting really tired of buying new rulers. Maybe I just don't have enough tools yet.

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    Usually you can get the same angle on one of your other rulers. I have bought a few for different quilts then noticed I could us one I had.

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    I honestly don't think we really do need new rulers... It's as if we have a collective reputation for being bad in geometry and math, which I refuse to believe we are. We used to use templates and/or work out our own angles, and we can still do it. Different types of triangles are not rocket science!
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    I have purchased many rulers only to find out that I could have used one I already had. Study the ruler and make sure you really need it and can not do the quilt without it.

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    Joanns carries Tri Rec rulers. Use a coupon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan View Post
    It seems like every time I want to make a new quilt I have to buy another ruler ? This time it is a Tri -Rec Tool. For making triangle. It looks like the triangles are more spiky then normal triangles. ANybody have the answer? I am hoping to make a Civil War quilt in the Fons and Potter magazine, called Evening Start. Has anybody made this one before? I am getting really tired of buying new rulers. Maybe I just don't have enough tools yet.

    What kind of quilts are you making? I have some square and rectangles, more for convenience than anything. But I've never bought a certain ruler for a certain quilt. I think someone is taking advantage of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan View Post
    It seems like every time I want to make a new quilt I have to buy another ruler ? This time it is a Tri -Rec Tool. For making triangle. It looks like the triangles are more spiky then normal triangles. ANybody have the answer? I am hoping to make a Civil War quilt in the Fons and Potter magazine, called Evening Start. Has anybody made this one before? I am getting really tired of buying new rulers. Maybe I just don't have enough tools yet.
    Typo? Evening star?? That quilt is about as simple as they come. A grade school ruler would do the job
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    Most quilts can be made with just one or two basic rulers and templates. I'd rather spend the money on fabric!

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    Agree with all the above - I only have a few 'quilting' rulers and a basic maths set - its just a way to make you spend more

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    Quote Originally Posted by ludlowquiltandsew View Post
    Most quilts can be made with just one or two basic rulers and templates. I'd rather spend the money on fabric!
    I agree....and if you find the job of working it out too difficult...ask someone in your family to give you a hand....there's usually a math whiz somewhere amongst family or friends. They get a kick out of helping too

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    There's a quiltshop nearby me that gives workshops in how to use you're straight quiltruler for most figures.
    There's so much you can do with the 30, 60 and 90 degree lines on you're ruler for instance.
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    Because the manufacturers of the rulers want to SELL!

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    I don't mind buying a new ruler for one pattern. Using the same ruler is like using the same knife in the kitchen for every cutting job.
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    Very often you can use one of your 'normal' rulers for everything. You can use the angle lines on the ruler to cut 30, 45 and 60 degree angles, which are very common. Unfortunately, if you need to get a triangle-in-a-square patch, that angle is around 65 degrees so you can't cut it with your 'normal' ruler. So for this particular quilt, you need to get a tri-recs ruler. As far as rulers go, this is not very expensive, you can get it at jo-anns with a coupon. Seems to me they also sell it in a set with the companion ruler, which cuts the long skinny triangles.
    Many, many star blocks use this patch, so it would be a worthwhile investment: Tenessee waltz and alberta star quilts come to mind. Stars that are based on a 9 patch (3X3 grid) use a triangle-in-square, stars that are based on a 4X4 grid use flying geese. Not the same angle!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    I agree....and if you find the job of working it out too difficult...ask someone in your family to give you a hand....there's usually a math whiz somewhere amongst family or friends. They get a kick out of helping too
    No math whiz people in my family. It totally skipped my family. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I don't mind buying a new ruler for one pattern. Using the same ruler is like using the same knife in the kitchen for every cutting job.
    UHH You mean I need more than one knife in the kitchen?? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Very often you can use one of your 'normal' rulers for everything. You can use the angle lines on the ruler to cut 30, 45 and 60 degree angles, which are very common. Unfortunately, if you need to get a triangle-in-a-square patch, that angle is around 65 degrees so you can't cut it with your 'normal' ruler. So for this particular quilt, you need to get a tri-recs ruler. As far as rulers go, this is not very expensive, you can get it at jo-anns with a coupon. Seems to me they also sell it in a set with the companion ruler, which cuts the long skinny triangles.
    Many, many star blocks use this patch, so it would be a worthwhile investment: Tenessee waltz and alberta star quilts come to mind. Stars that are based on a 9 patch (3X3 grid) use a triangle-in-square, stars that are based on a 4X4 grid use flying geese. Not the same angle!!!!
    Thanks this is what I needed to know. I bought what I needed for the tumbling blocks and was never able to make it. So I don't want the same thing to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Typo? Evening star?? That quilt is about as simple as they come. A grade school ruler would do the job
    Yes Evening Star. Uh not sure about the grade school ruler doing the job, I have a hard time using the grade school ruler.. LOL Thanks for the comment though. I think I will play around with it and see how hard it is to make without the other ruler.

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    Yep, I missed out on the geometry gene too! Thank heavens hubby is a math wizard. Good luck with your quilt.

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    Totally agree, alleyoop1!

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    Because the manufacturers of the rulers want to SELL!

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    Of course! They come up with a new ruler, and then they come up with a pattern that uses the ruler. Then they give you the pattern for free - creating demand - and oh hey, there's a ruler to help you! $$$ (And if they're REALLY good, they can make you pay for the pattern, too!)

    It's the same thing every industry does. It's up to us to decide when it's a worthwhile investment and when it's a gadget that will sit in a drawer.

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    If everyone just bought what they needed there wouldn't be anything but a general store in every town.
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    I have one and only one ruler that I use for everything..it is the Fiskar ruler with the attached rotary cutter...Luckily the company will be making them again sometime this year..I have had mine for 10 years, and am afraid of what will happen to me if it ever breaks!! As long as you know the measurements for the triangles, you should be able to cut them without a special tool..I think they make you feel like you need a new one, to increase sales!

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    Every now and then a specialty ruler comes in handy - I don't like cutting using a template - I make too many mistakes!!

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    I don't have too many rulers but certain ones make life so much easier.

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