Post by kitty123 on Quiltingboard.com
My first mystery quilt saved by Prep Tool
Testimonials and Reviews - Prep-Tool
Post by kitty123 on Quiltingboard.com
"..I was not an experienced quilter when I decided to take part in this quilt, and my first 4 blocks or so came out awful and did not come out the right size and I thought I would not get through this project and just quit. I was piecing by hand and trying to mark my seam allowance with a ruler and just not getting the ¼ inch seam right on any of the pieces, causing the blocks to be all different sizes than they were supposed to be. Then I went to a local quilt show and picked up something called the Prep Tool made by Guidelines4quilting and started marking my seam allowances with that tool, and from then on everything fit together and I was amazed how the final assembly went together perfectly..."
Carol Bledsoe / Alto's Distributor and Teacher, Rep - Sew EZ Quilting, Inc.
"I have to tell you the Prep-Tool is one of the best tools I’ve ever used in quilting. I have designed a quilt with a pieced border. Trimming the triangles with this tool made putting those blocks together so simple. I was very impressed! I am including it in the instructions under Other Items. When I do the kits, it will be included in each one. I also pieced some diamonds into Tumbling Blocks. They went together so nicely. I have some sewn up to show people how easy it is to make that block. I decided to use some of the fabric I have on hand to make a Tumbling Block quilt. I have enough fabric to make kits for that and will include the Prep Tool in those as well."
Jo Ann - Mentor, OH
"I received one of your Prep-Tools as a gift and wasn't sure exactly how to use it. Fortunately I viewed your website as part of the April Shop Hop and saw your instructional Animations on how to use this tool.
Kudos to you for excellent and easy to understand directions on all your tools. I will be visiting and purchasing more items from you soon based on this visit. Keep up the great work! Thank you."
Post by Jeanne from Oregon on Quiltingboard.com
"I seem to write about this every week, but I will continue to tell everyone because it is so great. It is called a Prep Tool. It gives you a scant 1/4" seam. ... It is good for more than a scant 1/4" seam. They also sell Seam Guides that stick on your sewing machine. They leave no sticky residue. They are inexpensive. I love this tool! I have used it on all of my sewing machines and have the Seam Guides on all my sewing machines. I have scant 1/4" seams every time. I use 2 seam guides in a row. One behind the other. Try the prep tool. You will love it!!"
Patricia - Berwick, Australia (her second comments)
I have received my Guidelines Kit and am thrilled with the accuracy I can achieve with these wonderful rulers. And I save so much time in my fabric cutting, so can get onto the sewing very quickly. I also love the Prep-Tool that allows me to trim triangles, what a great idea. It makes lining up the triangles much more accurate. And now I see that you have seam guides for the sewing machine – I wish I had noticed them when I placed my order. I will just have to do another order! Thank you for your excellent service – my order arrived in Australia just a week after I placed my order."
Click here to learn more about the Prep-Tool.
Lynn Isaeff - Midas, NV
"Hi there, I ordered this set for my home in California 2 weeks ago, received it super fast and have been using it for cutting and for sewing ever since. THANK YOU!!! What a time saver. I didn't have to rip out any wonky seams - they were perfect!! Now I want a set for my get-away home in Nevada. Going there to get away from this awful fire smoke that is our air now. Stay safe and thanks again :-) Lynn"
Kathy Oster - Lewistown, MT
"I bought your quilt guide set from the new quilt shop here in Lewistown, MT and I've never been happier with a tool! I'm getting on in years (74) and my sight isn't what it was but the guides made cutting my last quilt blocks so much easier!!! Wish I'd had them a lot sooner in my sewing life. Thank you for the best quilting tool I've ever owned!"
Leann Ivins Williams via Facebook
"Love your guides you can put on rulers. Most of my rulers had them on them and I don't have to worry about the rulers moving on the fabric."
Judith Armstrong - Truckee, CA
"I use your guides (Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit ) almost daily and find they are a lifesaver. Thank you for designing them and making them available."
Kathy Oster - Lewistown, MT
"I bought your quilt guide set (Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit) from the new quilt shop here in Lewistown, MT and I've never been happier with a tool! I'm getting on in years(74) and my sight isn't what it was but the guides made cutting my last quilt blocks so much easier!!! Wish I'd had them a lot sooner in my sewing life. Thank you for the best quilting tool I've ever owned!"
Donna Thompson - Merritt Island - FL
"The Grip Strips are THE BEST! They make cutting accurate regardless of the fabric, slippery or not; they hold just where you place and press down lightly on your ruler yet will slide across the fabric to move on to the next cut without picking up the ruler. What a great help they are for rapid cutting. I have fallen in love with these grip strips."
Sheila Kester's post on Quiltingboard.com
Make your ruler no-slip
"I am about to bust with joy at the new item I found! This is a strip that you add to your ruler to make it no-slip. I can't believe how good it works. Even on my 6 x 24 ruler. ...It is called Grip Strips and boy does it ever work good!!
... There is no more walking your hand as you cut!
I am telling all the ladies that I quilt with. I showed it to a lady that works at the store where we all meet and quilt and she was immediatly impressed. I even talked to a complete stranger about them...
Oh, by the way, they are clear so they don't hinder your reading of the ruler and they peel right off if you need to move them. Boy, did I ever get wound up, but I am just so impressed I had to share..."
Jane Carhart / Morris, IL
"Your Grip Strips are amazing. I saw your ad, ordered a pack, tried them one time and ordered more. I have Grip Stripped every ruler I own.
I worked in a fabric store and have tried every product I could fine to keep my rulers from slipping. Nothing worked until I found Grip Strips! I have told friends they had to get some – and they love them.
Then my husband needed to hand cut some vinyl for a decal business we own, so I gave him my ruler with Grip Strips. He was amazed. He discovered the ruler worked on the truck he was lettering. I think he is going to try and steal my rulers!
I will be ordering Grip Strips for his rulers soon. These truly are the best thing that has happened to the quilting world in years."
Cynthia Hoisington - NC
"I ordered your Grip Strips before Christmas and they are wonderful! I've tried every available product to keep my 24" ruler from slipping out of place and .....at last...something that works. I sure appreciate some smart person's ingenuity."
Linda Roetman / Zimmerma - MN
"I had ordered a set of these Grip Strips a few months ago. I love them!...There's nothing more frustrating than having the ruler move or shift when you are cutting fabric! It's a wonderful invention.
I have used the little sandpaper circles or the clear plastic circles, but haven't been pleased with them.
So, this order is another order for myself and for my three quilting friends who want to have them for their rulers. I know they will love them as I do. I put them on my 24-inch ruler and my 14-inch ruler. I have some other rulers I want to put the strips on, and will probably order more in the future.
You have many other products that I want to take a look at and see what else I can use. Your web site is really great..."
Terry Chase - Winter Springs, FL
"Grip strips...help on ALL rulers, and are a godsend on square rulers where precision is everything. ... Also, since they raise the ruler slightly, you can
easily work them over bulky seams that need to be cut...”
Betty Curran - Siletz, OR
"...just a note on your Grip Strips. At last you have given us a tool that honest to goodness works to keep our rulers from slipping. I was a little bit dubious when I ordered one but as you can see I ordered 4 of them today. It is more than worthwhile. One of them is going to my daughter but the Mama gets the other 3. Thanks so very much and I should've known they would work because I have your rulers and I am swinging on a star now. I had an auto accident a couple of years ago and it left me with only one leg. It has been very difficult to cut a piece of fabric But NO More. Can't thank you enough."
Marie White - Auckland, New Zealand
"When visiting Houston Intl Quilt Festival in November, I purchased some of the Grip Strips and they are everything you state they are.. Absolutely awesome to have rulers that don't wander when cutting. Great product!"
Peggy Villanueva - Newport News, VA
"The Grip Strips have changed my quilting life! Don't know how I did without them. Am working on doing all my rulers with them. Thank you so much."
Anita - Gidden, WI on Quiltingboard.com
"If you are mixing squares and half squares and quarter squares the math is perfect. you put the yellow guide on the line for your unit finished size and add one of the 3 strips that calculate the rest. I used it for the attached pic..."
Anne - Vacaville, CA
"..I'm embarrassed to admit that I've been quilting for fifteen years and have had trouble with flying geese the whole time, cutting off points when sewing the triangles together. You'd never believe I was a math major in college and have such trouble with the math of triangles in quilting! No more! I experimented with the Guidelines and now I'll tackle more half-square and even quarter-square projects without worry! Thank you for inventing this so-easy-to-use system."
Betty - Siletz, OR
"This (order) is a gift for my daughter since I have the full set of everything. They are the greatest thing since grated cheese. Thank You so very much."
Click here to learn more about Seam Allowance Additions.
Ruth Wesseling - Belmont, MI
"On Monday I cut the side of my left index finger and part of the nail and nailbed off with my rotary cutter. It is extremely painful, feels just as bad as you think it will when you hear those words. For way less than the cost of my co-pay for going to the ER, I could have prevented this accident by having Finger Guards on my rulers.
Don't think you are careful enough for this not to happen to you, I WAS being careful, or so I thought. I urge everyone to get Finger Guards for every ruler they have. Believe me, you don't want to go through this! I recommend your rulers and/or your Finger Guards to everyone who uses a rotary cutter."
Tammy - Walters, OK
"Ordered my Finger Guards on Thursday, got a notice it had been shipped that day, received it on Saturday!!! What great service!! Loved it, used yesterday and did not feel the need to take the extra couple of seconds to make sure my fingers were out of harm’s way. Thanks for providing such a good and affordable tool. I have recommended this to people on two message boards that I frequent."
Click here to learn more about Finger Guards.
Anna Branch - Ontario, Canada
"...I really like this ruler for cutting smaller blocks - 2.5 or 5". It is a real time saver and I get more accurate cuts with less slippage. The customer service is great..."
Eileen Kukich - El Paso, TX
"I cut over 1,200 6"x3" rectangles for 5 lap quilts. I was able to do this in about a week with no waste of my material. I am so pleased with this Ruler. I also have Grip Strips on all of my regular rulers."
Susan Melanson - NC
"I am a person who cannot draw a straight line with a ruler. I am equally inept when cutting fabric. ...
So let me tell you what I think of your product; IT IS WONDERFUL! ... I set the rulers for the size strip I wanted, and to my amazement, the ruler did not slip and the strips were perfect. I am left-handed and this product easily worked for me. .."
Patricia - Berwick, Australia (her first comments)
"My friend, Judy of Endeavour Hills, Australia ordered your kit and she demonstrated it to me. I love it and have just ordered from your very well set up site. Love the little animations. Your product is marvelous! Wish I had known about it ages ago."
Patricia - Berwick, Australia (her second comments)
"Hello again, I have received my Guidelines Kit and am thrilled with the accuracy I can achieve with these wonderful rulers. And I save so much time in my fabric cutting, so can get onto the sewing very quickly. I also love the Prep-Tool that allows me to trim triangles, what a great idea. It makes lining up the triangles much more accurate. And now I see that you have seam guides for the sewing machine – I wish I had noticed them when I placed my order. I will just have to do another order! Thank you for your excellent service – my order arrived in Australia just a week after I placed my order."
Kelly Jones - Montgomery, AL
"I love your ruler and attachments for the 1/2, 1/4 square cuts! Last June I was in an auto accident where I de-gloved my left hand....this made it almost impossible to use a rotary blade and ruler to cut...ONLY your system has made this possible again for me.
Thank you SO much for your products!!!!!!!!"
Stephanie - Hockley, TX
"I bought your ruler at the International Quilt Festival in Houston two years ago, and I use it all the time. I just wanted you to know how much I love my ruler and that I just took it to class with me, and everyone fell in love with it. Thanks for making my job easier."
Cristy Adamski - WI (her first comments)
"Thank you for the ruler. I just finished a quilt top. I tried it out and I have to say . . . W-O-W!!! I will NEVER use another ruler again!!!! This is amazing! I absolutely love it. My cuts are much more accurate as the ruler doesn't slip at all and I can cut out pieces so much faster with the marker in place. This is the coolest invention ever. I can't believe I waited so long to try it. What was I thinking!"
Cristy Adamski - WI (her second comments)
"I made a quilt for my nephew for his graduation present this year. I used your new ruler and love it. I literally got the entire quilt top done in 2 days!!! Makes things go amazingly fast."
Cecile Lewis - Minneapolis, MN:
"...Last night I spent a considerable amount of time on your website really reading through the instructions. The information I needed was all there. Well presented, easy to understand and thorough. Thank you.
I am now using your (now mine) ruler and I am really pleased! Matter of fact, your ruler is so stable and easy to read, I have almost dispensed with the fabric guides (smile).
There is a very large and diverse family of different brands and styles of acrylic rulers on the wall of my design room. The money I would have saved had your product existed when I began quilting would buy a whole lot of cloth! I am using your ruler right now to cut a large assortment of strips for a scrap quilt and the wonderful thing I can report is LACK OF FATIGUE!
The ruler really does not slide at all. Very little pressure is needed to keep it in place. Also, it really is easier for me to read. Lack of strain on my left (rulerholding) hand and shoulder, coupled with the fact that my eyes aren't worn out trying to see the numbers and tick marks is what I hoped this ruler would do for me. Wow! Those benefits are enough for me to feel that my $$ were well spent!
Thank you for a well designed product. I hope you do well in the marketplace."
Judy Miller - Eagle River, AK
"I cut out over 200 2½" squares today using your ruler. It took me 2 hours. If I had done it with a regular ruler, I’d still have some to cut tomorrow. This is the first time I have used the ruler and I am amazed."
Jackie, the Whimsicals Mom - Lafayette, IN
" I really love the ruler! It does not slip at all. I have tried numerous brands of rulers, with varying degrees of success as far as slipping goes. I have hand problems, and this ruler makes a big difference in fatigue....no more "finger walking" down the ruler and straightening the edge of the fabric. Your web site is great also..simple to visit and informative. Thanks for a great product!"
Wanda - Hemet, CA
"A friend of mine asked me to help her cut some strips for a class we were taking and there were quite a few to be cut. She had an AccuCut® and it took me quit a while. I was really tired by the time I got home, but decided to cut mine out with my new Guidelines ruler. It took me only half the time to cut the same strips for the class and it didn't tire me out nearly as much. I have since used my Guidelines4Quilting's system several times and I just love it. Great work!"
Leni - Santa Ana, CA
"I have to say I love your ruler. I teach sewing at All Brands, Moores and Sew Vac and I will be showing it. It is the best!!!!!!"
Barbara - Millbrook, NY
"I absolutely love the Guidelines ruler and have told every quilter I know about it. I plan to ask Santa for the Prep Tool, Seam Allowance Attachments and any other goodie I hear about between now and Christmas."
"Last night, I cut the strips for binding my quilt and the ruler worked wonderfully - no slipping! "
Libby Wheeler - Ontario, Canada (her first comments)
"I have to tell you how pleased I am with my new rulers, which I received this week after ordering online. I was surprised to receive them so quickly after ordering.
I can't believe how simple they made the cutting process. Using the two rulers made it easy to cut 8" squares, divide them into 2 ½" strips, and then turn them into nine-patch blocks in a matter of minutes. I was amazed.
Since I love to use up scraps, these new rulers will make the process of cutting small pieces a breeze. Thank you for providing this wonderful quilting tool"
Libby Wheeler - Ontario, Canada (her second comments)
"This is the second time I have written to comment on how much I enjoy your self-aligning rulers. For the past few days, I have been cutting small scraps into squares. I set each guide differently, thus I had four measurements: 1 1/2”, 2”, 2 1/2” and 3”. It was so easy just to measure the scrap for the largest possible square, and then cut--with no slipping!. I now have hundreds of squares ready for scrap quilts.
Thank you again for creating these rulers! "
Mary-Ruth - San Antonio, TX
"I am traveling across country. I already use the 24" package and just love it. It and my 1/4" paper piecing ruler are just about the only ones I use. I have replaced almost all my rulers with yours. Thanks, Mary-Ruth"
Maria Hrabovsky / Maria Michaels Designs - Ontario, Canada:
"The more I use your ruler the more I love it. There's no way I'd want to be without it now and I still look forward to the day you make it in other sizes as well.
Yesterday I had to cut out a lot of HSTs for a baby quilt commission and the quickness, ease of use, and accuracy of the Guidelines ruler is sheer pleasure, besides which I had them all cut out and ready to sew in a fraction of the time I would spend with any other ruler!"
Quilts Made Using Tools by Guidelines4Quilting
Bonnie Beaty - CA Road to California Contest Entrant
"It was such a wonderful experience for me to take the leap and enter this quilt at Road. I am fairly new to quilting and to have my quilt accepted was quite an honor. This quilt truly stretched my quilting abilities and improved my confidence greatly.
I used a few of the tools offered by Guidelines4Quilting. I used the Guideline Rulers to cut the strips. I really like the ability of butting the ruler up to the fabric and knowing that it is straight and square.
I used the Prep-Tool to prepare the triangles. The Prep-Tool really does make for more accuracy when sewing triangles together and I needed accuracy on the triangle units of this quilt. Triangles have always been a bit of a challenge for me, so having tools that make it easier and actually work is great.
I tell everyone about Guidelines Rulers and at a recent quilt retreat I gave a demo on the Rulers, Prep-Tool and Grip Strips. I have the Grip Strips on almost all my rulers and just ordered another two packages for the rest of them. Thanks for the great products.”
This beautiful Lemoyne Star quilt was made by Sharon Vervoort of California and it was accepted into Road to California. It's the first quilt she had ever entered in a contest and it took third place.
She says one of her secrets to win this award was using the Prep-Tool to mark the seam intersections for the precise Set-in-Seams on the Lemoyne stars. Congrats, Sharon!