Rulers are a particular thing!
We all have a favorite ruler for each type of cut. Long and thin, small and square, colored lines, solid lines, dotted or dashed. Some for long cuts, the width of fabric or strips and some for cutting squares and/or triangles or for squaring up a block.
The Long Cut rulers in my collection
I havea favorite ruler for long straigh cuts and most of them are 6″ wide, by either 12″ or 24″. My favorite has been from Olfa. Best features, frosted with thin lines, (solid, dashed and hashed) and angles (15°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°) for measuring and cutting. Worst it slips when using across the width of fabric if you are not careful. The others are still around, because I have found non-cutting jobs for them.
Square rulers in my collection
Like most quilters, I have a favorite ruler in my collection of square rulers too. The collection of square rulers is considerably larger than the long ruler collection. I have sizes from 12 1/2″ down to 3 1/2″ and one of them I have 3 of the exact same ruler! I use most of them for cutting squares or squaring up. None of them give an angle other than a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner (45°) and all of them have a tendency to slip, again if not careful. If I had 3 in the same size, would that be the favorite? Nope, the favorite is the 8 1/2″ square. A good size for most smaller sizes and great for squaring up 4″-8″ blocks.
The *NEW* Favorite Ruler is
from Quilters Select. I borrowed a friends to try out and couldn’t wait to have my own. Why why why?
- they don’t slip or move when cutting
- frosted so the fabric print doesn’t get in the way of finding a line or a fabric edge
- have very thin incremental lines (1/8, 1/4, 1/2 & 3/4), for more precision in sub cuts
- can use any side for measuring or cutting, incremental inch lines have stacked numbers, can be read from right to left or left to right
- the Long Cut rulers have 3 different angle degrees, 30°, 45° and 60° on the ruler and in 2 places on the Square rulers
Of course the non-slip is the best feature and almost makes the rotating cutting mat obsolete! See how in this ‘the trick” video, at about the 50-second mark. Although all the information leading up to “the trick” is pretty good too and you don’t just have to take my word for it.
Do you have a favorite go-to ruler for cutting? Which one and why?
More later!!! Beth