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Frequently Asked Questions:

1) How does the Guidelines Ruler compare with conventional quilting rulers?

2) Is Guidelines Ruler for both right and left handers?

3) What is Scant Quarter Inch Seam Allowance and Why do I need to use it?

4) How can I make traditional quilt blocks more easily without worrying about quilt math?

5) Half Square Triangles and Quarter Square Triangles are identical in shape. How can I tell them apart when I see them in quilt blocks?

6)How come my half square triangles and quarter square triangles don't match with each other or with squares in the same block when using a quilt ruler alone to make them?

7) How can I make half square triangles and quarter square triangles that fit perfectly with each other or with squares?

8) Can I use Seam Allowance Additions for my acrylic rulers, such as Omnigrid, Olfa or Creative Grids' Rulers?

9) What are the steps to square up fabric?

10) Why should I trim triangle points?

11) What's the difference between Finished Size and Cut Size of quilt pieces?

1) How does the Guidelines Ruler compare with conventional quilting rulers?

Quilting rulers have been around for about 30 years with the same basic design. Acrylic is cut to size and then lines are marked on the bottom. About the only variations are different colors for the lines and different non-slip features. Lately we've also seen neon colored acrylic with laser cut lines.

What hasn't changed with conventional acrylic quilting rulers:

      1. Time Consuming: You have to pick out the measurement line you want by eye over and over again. It's hard to tell where the center of each line is to line it up to the fabric's edge. Even if you mark the line with tape or post-it notes, you still have to line it up by eye.

      2. Slippage problem: You have to hold down the ruler tightly and even do the finger walk down the ruler to keep it from slipping while you cut.

Guidelines Ruler by Guidelines4Quilting Built-in Fabric Guides by Guidelines4Quilting Built-in Fabric Guides by Guidelines4Quilting Guidelines Rulers are Non-Slip becuase of Built-in Grip Strips Guidelines Ruler is Unbreakable, Unchippable and Un-Nickable. How to Square Up Your Fabric Using Guidelines Rulers Guidelines Quilting Rulers are Connectable. Guidelines Ruler comes with an Angle Line Marker

Top Built-in Fabric Guides by Guidelines4Quilting Built-in Fabric Guides by Guidelines4Quilting Guidelines Rulers are Non-Slip becuase of Built-in Grip Strips Guidelines Ruler is Unbreakable, Unchippable and Un-Nickable. How to Square Up Your Fabric Using Guidelines Rulers Guidelines Quilting Rulers are Connectable. Guidelines Ruler comes with an Angle Line Marker

2) Is the Guidelines Ruler for both right and left handers?

Yes. The Guidelines can be used by both left and right handed quilters. The angle lines also run in both directions. Right handers will be cutting on the right side of the Ruler, left handers may turn it around and cut on the left side.

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3) What is a Scant Quarter Inch and why do I need to use it?

A Scant Quarter Inch is a measurement that is 1 to 2 thread-width narrower than an exact Quarter Inch.

Don't we need an exact Quarter Inch Seam Allowance?
Why should it be a Scant Quarter Inch?

Prep-Tool by Guidelines4QuiltingJust like any lines have some width, a seam line has 1 to 2 thread width. So, if you measure the exact quarter inch around quilt piece and sew them together, you will be sewing into the finished piece by 1 to 2 thread width too much. This may sound insignificant, but when you put together quilt pieces in this manner, a little adds up to the major inaccuracy in the entire quilt.

When you sew a Scant Quarter Inch, combined with the seam line, you end up with a perfect quarter inch seam allowance.

Guidelines4Quilting's Prep-Tool is scant quarter inch wide. You can set a scant quarter inch seam guide on your sewing machine.

You can also trim triangle points precisely with the Prep-Tool.

Click here to learn more about the Prep-Tool.

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4) How can I make traditional quilt blocks more easily without worrying about quilt math?

Using Finished Size Quilting techniques, you can make traditional blocks any size
you want. No math. No patterns. No templates. Click here to learn more.

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5) Half and Quarter Square Triangles are identical in shape. How can I tell them apart when I see them in quilt blocks? Click on the play button to see how.

Fabric GrainWe all know that in quilting you never want a bias edge that can stretch out of shape on the outside of a block or unit. We always start by first squaring up our fabric, so that we cut our strips on the straight grain.

Knowing this makes it so much easier to tell Half & Quarter Square Triangles apart.

When you look at each individual patch with triangles in it, if the short sides of the triangle are on the outside, it is a Half Square Triangles. And if the long side is on the outside, it is a Quarter Square Triangles.

 

Half and Quarter Square Triangles - Guidelines4Quilting

 

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6) How come my half square triangles and quarter square triangles don't match with each other or with squares in the same block when using a quilt ruler alone to make them?

Click here to see why.

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7) How can I make half square triangles and quarter square triangles that fit perfectly with each other or with squares in the same block?

Click here to see how.

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8) Can I use Seam Allowance Additions for my acrylic rulers, such as Omnigrid, Olfa or Creative Grids' Rulers?

The answer is yes. We have two versions of Seam Allowance Additions: The one for Guidelines Rulers only and the other for regular acrylic rulers.

Seam Allowance Additions vs. Quilt Ruler Additions

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9) What are the steps to square up fabric?

The goal is to cut just inside of the raw edge of the fabric, so that the newly cut edge is aligned with the crosswise grain line of the fabric. Click here for Step-by-Step Instructions.

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10) Why should I pre-trim triangle points?

Why Pre-Trim Triangle Points

11) What's the difference between Finished Size and Cut Size of quilt pieces?

Finished Size Quilting - Guidelines4Quilting

If you look at the Finished Block below, it is a 9" block made of 9 patches. The Finished Size of each patch is 3".

Finished Size vs. Cut Size - Guidelines4Quilting

You may not think about the Finished Size of
individual pieces very often today:

That's because patterns almost always include the Seam Allowance in the measurements given, which is the Cut Size.

Every measurement in patterns shows cut size only.

Cut Size = Finished Size + Seam Allowance Amount

The seam allowance amount varies as follows: Click here to see why.

  • 1/2" for Squares

  • 7/8" for Half Square Triangles

  • 1 1/4" for Quarter Square Triangles

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