Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tool Time Tuesday

Rulers and templates.

--Drawing Closed--

How many do you have? I have too many. Yes, I succumb to the latest gadget to make my life easier. But, do I really use them? For the most part, yes, I do.

When I first started quilting, there were no rotary cutters or neato acrylic rulers. We used Pellon and cereal cardboard to make templates. I still have some of them from the very first Log Cabin Quilt (pillow) I made.

I really like the rulers by Creative Grids. They have built in gripper dots, the lines are clear and easy to see. One downside, my quilting studio is so well lit, sometimes I have a bit of overhead glare, but nothing that I can't deal with. My fav ruler right now is the 8-1/2 by 24 inch. I have a 6-1/2 inch square that is totally gridded out with 1/8-inch lines. Love that one. Wish they still made it.




I have an extra Creative Grids 6-1/2 inch square ruler and a Marti Michell Corner Trimmer that I'm going to give away. 

The first random winner will get the ruler and the second will get the Corner Trimmer.

Tell me what your favorite ruler/template is and why. Drawing will be held Monday, Nov. 14. Good luck!

21 comments:

  1. I have lots of different brands of templates and rulers but I have to say my go-to templates are the "Easy" ones made by Sharon Hultgren. They don't have too many lines on them - just enough so I can do what I need to do without distraction. My favorite long ruler, though, is my O'Lipfa lip edge ruler - it makes it so easy to cut a straight line because it catches on the edge of my cutting board.

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  2. I only have 3 templates total and a cutting mat - I have no idea what brand they are! I use the cutting mat all the time and really need another one (a little bigger than the one I currently have) as the lines are wearing off. I probably use the 6 1/2 long ruler the most.

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  3. Popped over from Sarah's - happy blogging. I have these so don't add me to the draw. I am heading for a browse and look-see.

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  4. I don't have either of these rulers. I like my square rulers the best, great for HST and corners of borders.

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  5. My most used is my 12.5 x 12.5 square!

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  6. I'm a chicken quilter, meaning I avoid triangles at all costs. Bawk! bawk! bawk!
    My favorite (and only) 'big' ruler is an O'lipfa lip edge. My Fiskars rotary cutter is 15 years old at least, and works as well as it did the first time I used it, many blades ago. I have a 6.5" square template that I rarely use, as well as a 1"x6" acrylic ruler.
    I came to you from Sarah's blog, too. Happy quilting!

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  7. MY FAVORITE RULE IS THE 'SCALLOP,VINE,WAVE RULER FROM QUILT IN A DAY! USE IT ON SO MANY BORDERS. THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  8. My favorite ruler is my 14 by 5 inch. I have a few others, but this is my go to. Thanks for the giveaway chance:)

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  9. I use my CG 6.5x18 inch ruler the most but I also love my QID hst square up ruler b/c I can trim the hst's before I open them up - trimming 2 sides is always better that trimming 4 sides.

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  10. My favorite ruler is creative grids 6.5 x18.5. I love rulers and gadgets.

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  11. I get lots of use out of my rulers ~ my 12 1/2" square get used the most. I also bought a diamond ruler last year, and love it.

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  12. My favorite ruler is June Tailor's Shape Cut Plus ruler. I use it for cutting binding and strips. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  13. I'm a new follower and found you thanks to Sarah Craig. I don't know much about rulers.

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  14. I have a kaleidoscope block ruler and it is the only way i would consider cutting pieces for the blocks. great blog by the way. I will be back. Happy stitching!

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  15. HI Pam -- I'm a fairly new blogger myself and found your blog through the Fabric Addict blog. Mine is quiltingunderthesun.blogspot.com. I have been quilting for about 10 years, and my favorite ruler is the 6" x 12" ruler. I have an Olfa, but I love the Creative Grid rulers too! Love the design of your blog. Keep on going!

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  16. New quilter here. Only have one of that brand of ruler & love it. The others slip on me. I haven't even seen a corner cutter. Thanks for the chance to increase my tools!! :)

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  17. I don't really have a favorite. Guess that's because I only have a couple. i do like my binding template though. Makes perfect join up edges every time.

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  18. My fav would be the 5" wide by 24 long. It has a lip to hold it against the cutting mat, and keep it at the 90 degree position. Love it! Lots of my "make your own designs" start with the 5" square so I get to use that ruler. Thanks for asking. Hope you have a very successful blog experience.
    Hugs!

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  19. Neat giveaway...I actually just have 2 rulers and have never tried a template. Would love to try!

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  20. So glad I found your blog! I am nearly done with the same Terrain quilt and I might be using the same border fabric - I just LOVE it!
    As for templates, I don't have any and my most used ruler is probably my 12.5 x 12.5. The only other one I really use is 6.5 x 24!
    I look forward to following your blog!

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  21. Hi Pam, I found your site through Sarah Craig's blog.(Thanks Sarah!) My current fav ruler is the Creative Grids 4.5 x 12.5. It goes perfectly with my rotating cutting mat. I am now a follower!

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