A new quilter recently asked which rulers I would recommend for a beginner. My response was:
My best recommendation is to sign up for classes at a local quilt shop
or guild or even find a quilter who would mentor you. Chances are the
instructor has her favorites and you might can try before you buy.
Creative Grids makes hundreds of rulers and their rulers are clear
with rough grip spots on the back. They are my favorite brand but
otherwise, I would recommend starting off with something like a 6-1/2″
x 12-1/2″ rectangular ruler and maybe a 9-1/2″ square ruler. That
would get you started.
My favorite day to day rulers are the Creative Grids rulers I mentioned above. They stay put due to the rough spots on the back, they’re clear and easy to see the lines on most any fabric and heck . . I like it when all my rulers match and look like a set! 🙂
Their Turn-A-Round™ rulers are the ones I use the most. As far squares, I use the 12-1/2″ and 9-1/2″ most often, though I do have the 6-1/2″ and maybe one smaller. I find that having the larger size gives me a place to put my hand to hold the ruler steady without worrying about losing a finger to the rotary cutter.
Creative Grids also has a “Simple 7/8″ ruler that I like a lot for when we need to cut those strips/squares that end in 7/8”.
I keep it completely separate from my other rulers and keep a Post-It note on it that it’s 7/8″ and not a full inch because I’ve picked it up before and thought it was my regular ruler.
My favorite specialty ruler is the Tri-Recs™ by EZ Quilting. These are difficult angles to get right and with the Tri-Recs set, they come out perfect most every time. It makes perfect little points for blocks like this:
Questions for you today:
- If you were recommending rulers to a beginning quilter who had a limited budget, which rulers would you recommend and why?
- What are your favorite everyday rulers and why?
- What are your favorite specialty rulers and why?