I was teaching at Road to California this past week. It is a great event and the weather is unbelievable! Between classes and other events, I have been exposed to hundreds of students – and sold a ton of rulers!
Everyone here loves Creative Grids and have been asking me about them non-stop. Karla Alexander is here too. She also designs with Creative Grids – and has sold out as well. They simply are the Cadillac of rulers.
Many students want to know which rulers will cover their basic needs – and be a good beginning. Here are my top picks – and why:
This 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ ruler is consistently the top seller. Here are the reasons why….
The top selling rotary cutter mats are 18″ x 24″. Therefore, this ruler can span the entire width and length of the mat. And, since most fabric is 40 usable inches – and we traditionally cut on the fold (or in my case, double fold) – the ruler will span the 20″ width of the fabric. Fat quarters, for instance, can be cut in both directions.
CGR24 Retail $22.00
CGR6 Retail $12.75
This 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ ruler has quickly become my favorite. It fits in my notebook so I take it everywhere with me. It is the perfect size for sub-cutting strips. It is wide enough that I feel comfortable with it – and my fingers don’t have to be close to the edge. Yet it is small enough that when I put pressure on it, I have total control of the ruler and it doesn’t slip – every gripper dot is in contact with the fabric.
CGR48 Retail $13.50
Sometimes a 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ is just too honking big – and gets in my way. I love this 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ ruler because it is the standard size of many sashings. As a rule of thumb, sashings look proportional if they are 25% of the size of the finished block. Since the most popular size of quilt blocks are 12″, the most popular size of sashings are cut 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.
This ruler as a defined white line centered horizontally and vertically – which allowed me to fussy cut stripes in the sashings of the cover quilt of my last book. It was fast and easy. I also love circles – and the holes in the ruler can be used like a compass for quilters. Draw circles up to 22″.
CGRMT1 Retail $16.00
I love to applique so when I need a large square, it is always to square up blocks. I designed these rulers to measure from the center out. With defined horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines, it is easy to square up all of my blocks. The 1/4″ line around the entire outside edge guarantees you won’t chop off your points. These rulers come in 6 1/2″; 8 1/2″; 9 1/2″; 12 1/2″; 14 1/2″; and 16 1/2″ sizes. The holes in the ruler allow you to mark your block or fabric through the holes and trim it to the exact size you need.
I actually use the 6 1/2″ version of this every day (CGRSQ6) but I work in miniature and fussy cut a lot so that influenced my pick. I will tell you that I sold 40 of these rulers in two classes – so I am not alone!!!
CGRSQ12 Retail $28.00
This 8 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ ruler is always a best seller. I use it to square up borders on my quilts. When bigger is better, this is definitely it!
CGR824 Retail $26.75
In the next couple of weeks, I will share my favorite specialty rulers – and why I love them. But for now, quality speaks for itself and you know when you are working with quality. These rulers are all Made in the USA and that matters to me! The grippers that stop them from slipping are the icing on the cake. If you haven’t experienced the difference, it is time….