Favorite Tools #7 – Acrylic Rulers

I’ve skipped a couple of weeks of blogging about my favorite tools so here are all of my previous posts so far if you want to catch up:

  1. Wooden Seam Roller
  2. Shout Color Catchers
  3. Design Wall
  4. My Toothbrush!
  5. Batting
  6. Needles

Today I wanted to mention acrylic rulers as a whole. I have tons of them and use them for all different purposes.

Acrylic Rulers

In addition to the workhorse 6″ x 12″ ruler which I use for cutting most of the pieces of my quilt, I like big square rulers  and longer rulers to help block the corners of my quilts.

I use smaller square rulers for trimming small blocks and strips. The largest ruler I could find, an 8 1/2″ x 24″ ruler is great for cutting longer border strips and trimming the sides of a quilt before applying the binding.

Long RulerI recently starting using a small ruler, called “add a quarter” when paper piecing. I took a class from awesome teacher and author Gail Garber. You can read my blog post about that.

Add a Quarter RulerI don’t carry any of the larger rulers because they are too hard to ship but I guess I can start stocking up on the smaller ones. My favorite specialty ruler set is called Tri-Recs. You can make awesome triangle blocks and half-square and half-rectangle blocks from them.

Tri-Recs Tools

I used Tri-Recs when I designed one of my first quilt patterns, many years ago (and yes, it’s still waiting for me to put it in a professionally published format. For now, you can get a free version on my website).

Do you have a favorite ruler you’d like to share? I’m always on the lookout for nifty new tools!

3 thoughts on “Favorite Tools #7 – Acrylic Rulers

  1. danih03 says:

    I have my eye on the OLFA 16 1/2″ Square Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage Acrylic Ruler. I have the 6×12 in frosted ruler and I love it!!! You can see the fabric so much better!

  2. Ivy says:

    I prefer Quilter’s Rule fabric-gripping rulers. They come in all sizes. They’re more expensive than Omnigrid and most other brands, but they’re worth it.

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