Rulers are a great way to keep you honest! Yes, they help you to maintain your shape, line and length. If you’ve been following me on social media (@lavenderquiltingfarm) you will have seen me play with some rulers from Creative Grids, specifically Angela Walter’s rulers that have been available for about a year now.
Since I have the privilege of recently adding Finny (yip, I’ve named her, and yes, it’s a unisex name, more on that later), also known as the Handi Quilter Infinity, to my studio (ok, “adding” is a bit much, more like exchanged one for this beautiful darling), I have put a practice piece on the frame, and used the opportunity to get to know Finny and the rulers.
Sid was the first ruler to be tried, after I did my first ever paper panto! It looks beautiful, so chuffed with myself. Sid has some curves and some straight lines, and I do believe this is my new go to for ditch quilting.
The Creative Grids rulers all have a bit of “frosting” or rough spots on it that helps to grip to the fabric. It’s not sandpapery, but it’s not smooth, it’s just enough. I like this because the rubber dots just don’t do a great job.
The other important thing I discovered about Finny, is that the Sure Foot is a sure thing – you need it because the ruler foot that comes with the machine is just not high enough to prevent the ruler from getting under the needle.
Back to Sid. The straight edge is a great length, and I love the needle stops. I also have the versa tool from Handi, and if you have that, think the same ruler length but a longer stretch between the needle stops. I like this. My hand controls the ruler and the markings are great for keeping to the line.
The T-shape in the middle has me a little confounded, but I think with practice this will come in handy too. On my machine, I have to take her completely off the quilt, because the space between the standard hopping foot height and the fabric isn’t enough to get the foot into that groove. But when it’s off the quilt, it’s a matter of simply lift and insert.
What I did with Sid:
- Straight lines
- Ditch (not on this quilt, but it will work great for that)
- Piano keys
- Straight line star burst
- Brackets with echo – the markings make it pretty easy to do that
- Also brackets across the entire width of the quilt, also with an echo
I think Sid is versatile and was a good buy.
Shelly is a curvy ruler that has an inside and an outside curve that is the same size. You can create circles, half moons and lemon peels. I was a bit bored with her, but I think it was because I ran out of ideas of what to do. She also has a straight edge, so you don’t need to change between rulers to get a curve and a straight line.
I tried her later again, and this time did some orange peels – with practice these will be more accurate, and handy as long as your blocks are the right size. This is a bit of a let down since you’ll never have the exact right size blocks unless you plan a quilt around the ruler.
Taj is soooo versatile! I love it! From borders through to motifs, this is one very good ruler. I love the size of it, since it fits in my palm and makes it very manageable. The inside design has a leafy shape that you can use in continous borders. The lines that are marked on the ruler makes it easy to align with your previous shape.
Marking out a grid on your block will give you multiple options for motifs, again using the marked lines on the ruler to create it. I would suggest that you work out your motif on a piece of paper before trying it on fabric, but since this is a practice quilt I just played with it.
Easily create a spiral design by using the edge of the ruler – I enjoyed that, quick and simple and very effective.