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jackiegn posted on Thu, Jan 23 2014 3:25 AM

What size square up rulers are most commonly used. Any suggestions before I go shopping would be appreciated.  Thanks, Jackiegn

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Diana replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 4:40 AM

I have several but the one I use the most is the 12 1/2 inch.  You can use it for that and any size smaller than that which would be 90 % of your blocks.  I also use a 6 1/2 a lot as well for smaller pieces I need to square up.  Hope this helps you out.

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Agnes replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 10:02 AM

Diana:

I have several but the one I use the most is the 12 1/2 inch.  You can use it for that and any size smaller than that which would be 90 % of your blocks.  I also use a 6 1/2 a lot as well for smaller pieces I need to square up.  Hope this helps you out.

Diana in East TN

Same suggestion from me.

 

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Jenia replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 10:15 AM

IMO you can never have too many rulers. 

I have 4-1/2, 9-1/2, and 12-1/2 squares, and use them all as needed.  I also have a 40-inch long metal ruler that I used to use for frame matting that has now become essential in my quilting accessories. A 24-inch x 6 inch ruler also comes in handy; and several forms, triangles, diamonds and the like. They are pricey, but I have found several on eBay at a bargain.

I picked up a beat up dining room table (garage sale $10) that fits a 60-inch cutting mat (another ebay find) great and I now have a great place to handle cutting.  It seems to be the most important part of quilting, but the part I like the least. 

I sometimes cringe when I make that first cut of a particularly pretty fabric, like I'm injuring it or something.  I'm always worried that I won't get it right on the cut, but with all the right tools things are getting easier all the time.

 

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I agree with everyone else! When I first started quilting, many moons ago, I got three square rulers from June tailor. The outer measures 12 1/2. The inner is cut out to 6 1/2.  That's the biggest. I have two smaller ones.  I figured it was like getting six measurements for the price of three.  I got them at JoAnns. Called GET SQUARED. Ii still use them, put my sandpaper dots on them so they don't move. And trim away!

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Flo replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 1:16 PM

I have a 6 1/2 and a 12 1/2.  I use the 6 1/2 most because I always square up my smaller blocks.  I also have a full set of the fussy cut  templates from Eleanor Burns, and those are great and easy when the size applies.

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Patti replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 3:22 PM

depends on what I am squaring up.  If squaring the corners of a quilt, or quilt top, I use my biggest square, 15 1/2 inches.  For small blocks, I have a variety of sizes.  Only really need one, but I find it handy to use one the size I want with my little mat that rolls around like a lazy susan so I am not having to reposition the ruler to do the other cuts.

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Mimi replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 4:18 PM

I have all the rulers mentioned here before ( 3.5, 4.5, 6.5, 9.5 12.5, 15, 20 inch squares) but the ones I use the most are the newer Bloc-Loc squares and flying geese rulers. I also love my Creative Grids 5 inch square that is marked in eighths.  

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Pat A replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 5:17 PM

I have a  variety of the same rulers as previously mentioned but the ones I use the most for squaring up blocks are my Tucker Trimmer I and II. 

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gini replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 5:47 PM

I  use my twenty inch ruler most often.   I use it to square up the corners of a quilt after it is quilted.

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gini:

I  use my twenty inch ruler most often.   I use it to square up the corners of a quilt after it is quilted.

Gini, is that 20 inch square or rectangle? I would love one that big for quilts.  Will you share with me which it is?  

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gini replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 8:44 PM

I will look at it for you the next time I am at the studio, candis

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gini replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 8:51 PM

creative grid has and 18 1/2 inch square ruler and quilt in a day has 22 inch square rulers that will be back in stock in february

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gini:

I will look at it for you the next time I am at the studio, candis

Thank you!

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gini replied on Thu, Jan 23 2014 9:17 PM

creative grids has an 18 1/2 inch square, I think this is the one I have.

and quilt in a day has a 22 inch square that will be back in stock in february

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