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