MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE
The kind of artwork you do will determine the sizes of rulers you will primarily need. As my work has changed from free form, using little to no rulers, to micro-work resulting in accurate 1/2 inch square mosaics, my ruler collection has shifted.
To go along with your quilting ruler you will need a basic high quality rotary cutter, replacement blades and a decent sized cutting mat. Many mats come with a printed grid, which can distract your accuracy with your actual ruler placement and use. A good trick is to turn your mat over, grid down, and practice accurate ruler use without it. You can then later flip it back and use the printed mat grid as a general guide.
Here are the five quilting rulers I return to again and again:
The Omnigrid 6 inch square ruler,
which I like for it’s easy readability and versatile size.
The Fons and Porter brand Fussy Cutting templates. These have a shaded edge, showing the seam allowance loss, and come in a variety of sizes.
I have the 2.5 inches, 4.5 inches, and 5.5 inches in my collection.
The Omnigrip 6 x 24 inch ruler, which I like because it has length but is still easily maneuverable.
The giant in my collection, which is great
for squaring up large blocks:
the Omnigrid 12.5″ x 12.5″ square quilting ruler.
My two specialty ruler favorites:
The brilliant design of The Learning Curve ruler allows the artist to create infinite combinations of pieced curve units to create a full spectrum of designs. It comes with instructions for the six basic shapes. To schedule a class in learning my favorite three of them, visit Quilt Together Workshops .
Because I have a physiological weakness for hexagons, this little template stole my heart. Because it is acrylic, includes measures for 5 sizes, and has straight edges to cut against, I classify it as a ruler.
To go along with your rulers, I recommend adding to your growing collection:
a ruler rack.
And if you’re getting really fancy:
a rotating cutting mat!