I have this thing with rulers. I have LOTS of them. How many? This many:
I collected 8 for the picture, but I may have more hiding around here someplace. There really is a reason to have more than one. They come in so handy. As I was cutting a large rectangle the other day, I took some pictures to show just how handy they can be:
Tip 1: Cutting off the raw edge.
Usually I start off by squaring up the raw edge. This is my large 6×24 ruler. The arrow indicates where I want to cut. But it’s such a pain to lift up the little bit of fabric to make sure the ruler is straight, especially since the ruler shifts in the process. Enter my little 1×6:
I can slide the little one up and down to ensure that my large ruler is in the right place before cutting.
Tip 2: The Blind Cut
I’ve measured to where I want to cut on the other side of the rectangle. The arrow indicates where I want to cut and the fabric is much longer than my 24-inch long ruler. This is where lifting the fabric and shifting the fabric can be a real pain. There’s just too much fabric to lift. Enter my 2nd 6×24 (B):
Now I have a way to make sure the first ruler is straight. See? Here’s another picture to show the right side of ruler B.
I can slide this ruler up and down to make sure that ruler A is lined up correctly before cutting.
Tip 3: Making Shortie Longer
For my final cut, Iwant to cut across the bottom, but my ruler is too short.
See? It doesn’t quite make it.
Enter my nifty 6×6.
Now I can cut it perrrrfectly.
My favorite sizes are the 6×24 and the 4×14. But really, I use them all quite often. Does anyone have more quilting/sewing rulers than me? I think not. But if you do and you’re the commenter with the most, I will come up with a prize for you!
***Feel free to share about your ruler collection in the comments, but 2 winners with 20 – TWENTY!!!- each have me more than beat! Send me your snailmail addresses, Charlene and Cory and I’ll get something out to you! ***