Quilting Rulers you can’t live without!


(happy-go-lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda fabrics)

Well, guess what?  

The Sassy Quilter has reached 1,000 views!!! So in honor of our Happy day I am giving away two, Happy -Go- Lucky by Moda charm packs:)  

That’s 84, 5″x 5″ squares of quilty fun!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and subscribe to follow my blog. To subscribe look for the box to the right or at the very bottom of the posts, depends on your device. The contest will run Friday thru Sunday, 12p.m., the winner announced on Monday!

Now, onto the post…


Do you ever get to the quilting ruler isle and your head starts to spin, feel a little woozy, or just break into a sweat?……Well, don’t panic!

We are gonna break it down for you.



Some basic ruler info:

1.They align and hold fabric firmly to your cutting mat for proper cutting and measuring.

2. Made of acrylic and are see-thru. If too thin, rotary cutter would jump the edge and…you could be visiting the E.R. with a finger in your pocket.

3. Printed vs. Laser Cut. Markings can be printed, or laser cut. Laser cut is more accurate.

4. The more markings the better. Thin lines that measure down to 1/8″ are great.

5. Grip is good. One side may be rougher for more grip on your mat. Rubber pads or sandpaper discs can be added to help.

6. Consistency within a project can help. Different brands can vary, so use the same rulers during a project.

Here are some popular brands available:

 OmniGrid, OmniGrip, June Tailor, Quilt in a Day, Fons and Porter, Get Squared, Creative Grids


3 basic patchwork rulers you can’t live without are:


6 x 24– this long ruler covers the WOF and keeps you from having to fold the fabric to get a nice straight cut. You will also use it for just about anything you need to cut or measure. Some like to also have a 6 x 12 for a shorter ruler when the length is not needed. 30/45/60 degree lines marked.

6.5 X 6.5– great for squares and triangle squares, diagonal markings. Common smaller block size. The one in the pic above has an additional square size in the center…bonus!

12.5 x 12.5– this one is also great for squares and triangle squares, includes all smaller square sizes, and is a common larger block size. And, yes it does include the 6.5 x 6.5, but is a lot bigger so having the smaller is still beneficial.

Specialty Rulers???

These are rulers for……yes, you guessed it…special shapes and projects!

The list of specialty rulers can be never ending, but here are some basic categories and examples.

strip cutting– ShapeCut, ShapeCut Pro♥

triangles– HST, QST, flying geese, setting triangles, corner triangles

1/4″- marking…1/4″ seams, straight lines

circles-will need 18 or 28mm rotary cutter

wedge-Dresden plate, tree skirt

wave edge– scallop borders

shapes– apple core, tumbler, hexagon, diamond, templates

Just in case you wanted to know…my favorite specialty ruler is the ShapeCut Pro! I can cut all my strips in a jiffy and even whip up my own “sassy” jelly roll!


Happy Measuring and Cutting! Safety First:)

What’s your favorite ruler???

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  1. Great info on rulers! I don’t really have a favorite ruler, but I have used the ShapeCut Pro and it makes cutting so much quicker and easier….

  2. Vicky Davis says:

    Am really enjoying your blog! GREAT JOB!

  3. Good info on all the rulers. Would like to add that I purchased the Guidelines 4 Quilting gripstrips for my ruler. They work great. I have tried every other kind of gripper without success but these stips really grip and stay in place without slipping

    • sassyquilter says:

      Thanks Gloria, I will have to check those out! I have used Dritz grip discs with success. Good Luck!

  4. Jennifer Creech says:

    Paula, you KNOW I want those Happy Go Lucky charm packs!!! I don’t have a favorite ruler but the ShapeCut Pro is on my wish list for the next one to buy. Great post!

  5. Thank you for the ruler information. I have been buying OmniGrid but have recently picked up a couple of Creative Grids and those are becoming my favorite – I like the way the grip the fabric.

    • sassyquilter says:

      Thanks Shirley! I like the Creative Grids too. Grip is good:) Good Luck!
      ***I just realized I have a lot of !!! and :) going on here:):):)***

  6. Thanks for the ruler info! I only have a 6,5×6,5” omnigrip ruler so far. I so wanna invest into a June Tailor ruler because I have heard only good things about that one. And they ain’t so expensive when you also have a coupon! Will have to wait :)

    • sassyquilter says:

      Coupons are great Steffie!, and I just saw that Joann’s has them on sale for $42.00, reg. $84.00. Pretty good deal! Good Luck and Thanks!

  7. I recently purchased a June Tailor Shape Cut ruler and it has become my favorite.

    The only other ruler I have is a 6 x 24.

    • sassyquilter says:

      All you need is a square ruler and your set! Good Luck Tanya, and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Love rulers. Can never have too many!

  9. Rachel Rand says:

    Great info… Thanks

  10. Thank you for all the great info,!!! Enjoy reading your blog

  11. Sewsassy says:

    First of all are you cray-zay? That’s a lot of free fabric ! Second,

    • Sewsassy says:

      Of all I have 5 million rulers .. But the shapecut pro is the mackdaddy! Got mine from my awesome sister and she might have gotten hers from her awesomer sister :) your blog is looking awesome by the way!

  12. THanks for all of the wonderful advice! I can’t wait to get my ShapeCut Pro! It would also be nice to win the charm pack! :)

  13. Hi there, I subscribed to your lovely blog, congrats on getting 1000 views! I would love to win the fabric charm packs. And, I have tonnes of rulers for sewing that I’m madly in love with. I’m going to do a blogpost on them in the near future.

  14. Hey I’m lovin’ your blog. Keep up the great work.

  15. I have never given a great deal of thought to the rulers I use. Thanks for the tips.

  16. Great info about the rulers! I don’t have a favourite, though I do tend to use the 9″x6″ one A LOT. Lots of trimming going on. :-) Thanks for the giveaway. I’m following you with BlogLovin.

  17. Brenda Niedermayer says:

    Love your blog and especially the chance to win fabric!! Thanks for all the helpful hints and for the pattern link you sent me!

    • sassyquilter says:

      Thanks Brenda! Hope it helped. No pressure… but I can’t wait to see that bowtie quilt when its done:) Good Luck.

  18. Sara Philipp says:

    Great blog!!!!

  19. Sara Philipp says:

    Great blog!!

  20. Great job on your blog! I’ve accumulated several rulers including both the Shape Cut Pro and the Shape Cut Plus (both bought on sale).

    • sassyquilter says:

      Thanks Myrna! With a good coupon they are not too expensive. I haven’t tried the ShapeCut Plus. Gotta check that one out. Good Luck.

  21. Lots of interesting topics. I look forward to following your blog.

  22. Good info. These topics are great for a new quilter like me! Thanks!

  23. I was exploring Google+ tonight and looked at Missouri Star Quilt Company and saw your post. I have enjoyed looking at your blog and look forward to reading more from you. I like your quilting tips for notions, tools and techniques.
    I happened to see the Happy-Go-Lucky fabric on another blog today and really liked it. So cheerful.
    Congratulations on the 1000 views, I know you’ve had more now; I will share about you on facebook with my quilting friends!

  24. Kathy Lambert says:

    Great info on the rulers, thanks. My Shape Cut Pro that I ordered is back-order so until then will continue using the rulers. Love all the info you put out. Thanks again.

  25. What the what? Where has your blog been all my life???! Awesome blog. Will be subscribing not only because I saw your free giveaway of the coveted B&C fabrics BUT you got a good thing going on here – will be following you!

  26. Lori Watkins says:

    I am so glad I have found your blog! So much awesomely (is that a word?) useful info! Looking forward to the next post!

  27. I lucked into this blog very nice thanks

  28. Oh! You have an absolutely awesome blog! My first visit enveloped my morning because I had to read from post to post! Thanks for the good hints on binding and names of good rulers! I’m a “newbie” and want to learn the best and most enjoyable ways to enhance my favorite hobby of sewing! I found you on google+ and immediately subscribed because I want to know the minute you post! You seem to not only know good resources, but like me, you enjoy being at the sewing machine! We’d be friends if we lived close!
    I love my piecing to form designs of beauty and spend a lot of time drawing dream blocks before going to the cutting table. My newest driving desire is to learn the best techniques for FMMQ and know the most important thing to accomplish this is practice, practice, practice!
    Congrats on your accomplishments! Include me in the drawing for a free charm pack! That’s pretty special!
    A new friend and follower! Debi

    • sassyquilter says:

      Thanks Debi! Nice to meet you. Will definitely check out your blog:) practice, practice, practice is right! That’s where I’m at too. Good Luck.

  29. I don’t know what kind of comment to leave. I am trying to win the charm pak because I never win anything. So that is the reason for this post. However I also want to say I appriciate your post on my google community and I really like your blog.

  30. AnneMarie says:

    Dying to get a ShapeCutPro. One day soon, definitely! :) Awesome blog girl!

  31. Cynthia Knapp says:

    I love the Shape Cut Pro, too! It’s wonderful.

  32. Betty Creech says:

    I’m so proud of you Paula, this is a great blog!

  33. Congrats on the 1000! I’m new to quilting and have found your blog very helpful, so THANK YOU and keep up the good work! :-D

  34. mary ann hymel says:

    Have a real love for rulers…latest is for creating I circles

  35. Thanks for the information…wish I would have seen this before I had gone ruler crazy!

  36. for the wof ruler I use the 8.5 by 24…. it was my first ruler and I only had that one for awhile until i could afford to by more :) thanks for the great information! i subscribed to your newsletter :)