What would we do without our rulers?! Aside from the sewing machine, a rotary cutter and ruler are probably a quilter’s most used tools. Even applique quilters use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut background pieces and binding.
Most of us start with the old standby, a 6.5″ x 24.5″ ruler. This one by Creative Grid has embedded gripper dots to help hold the fabric and keep the ruler from slipping. The ruler is marked so you can measure by half inchies on one side. Flip it around and the bold markings are whole inches. Angles of 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees are marked in white.
Another popular 6.5 x 24.5 ruler has pink around the 1.2″ edges. This helps to remind you that you have ruler facing the 1/2″ side as opposed to the whole inch side. It saves on fabric wasted due to incorrect measuring.
If you travel to sew-in’s or retreats, the Creative Grid 4.5″ x 12.5″ ruler is a must. So much easier that toting your big ruler. It’s marked the same as the larger ruler, including all the angles.
A square ruler is another handy one to have. Creative Grid’s square rulers have a 90 degree angle printed in black. It’s great for trimming half square triangles. I keep adding to my square ruler collection. It’s so handy to have several sizes. . . . 6.5″, 9.5″, 12.5″, 16.5″, 20.5″ . . . it’s and addiction!
We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of quilter’s rulers. There are so many specialty rulers. Do you have a favorite?