Continuing our series about some of our favorite sewing and quilting tools, we’re going to discuss rulers today! Since we both have a variety of different rulers, we’re going to show them all!
I have a variety of long rulers, but my very favorite is the one in the middle, 3″ wide x 18″ long. Small enough to use on my small cutting mat, large enough for most projects, and easy to handle. It is also handy to have the 3 1/2″ x 24″ if I’m cutting something exceptionally large or don’t want to fold my fabric for some reason. However, my cutting mat is usually too cluttered to use it!
These square rulers are also the Omnigrip, especially I love the 6-1/2″ Square! I use it often, mostly for trimming blocks particularly because I can use the 45° angle while squaring half-square triangle blocks. Note that the grip part is only grippy to the mat, so if my block is the same size or larger than the ruler, it works the same as any other ruler. I use the tiny one less often, but it is nice to have on hand when working with tiny little blocks.
Hopefully that helps you navigate the sea of rulers a little bit better. It seems that they come in almost every size combination imaginable. I think a lot of it comes down to personal preference and the amount of space you have.
Which rulers are your favorites?