How to Use Quilting Rulers Properly

Duration: 6:26

Quilting rulers come in all different sizes and shapes. Heather Thomas will teach you how to use them properly by explaining what all of the different hash lines on them are for as well as the diagonal lines.

Long Rulers

One of the common types of quilting rulers is the long ruler. Previously, they were made anywhere from 3 ½” to 6” wide and in several different lengths. They now make this quilting ruler up to 6 ½” wide, making it much easier to cut both strips and blocks. No matter what width your long ruler is, it will still have the same markings. Heather explains that the grid lines on the ruler mark an inch while all of the smaller hash marks are for other increments.

While some of those increments might be labeled, like the ½” mark, others will not be, so it is important to either be able to visualize what the other marks are or be able to count them. Heather also shows that there are diagonal lines on long rulers as well. These lines can be used to cut 30, 45 and 60 degree angles. Heather shows how to line up your fabric along these lines to give you the angle that you want.

Square Rulers

Another common type of quilting ruler is a square ruler. These rulers come in all different sizes, depending on what size of square you are wanting to cut. While you can have a different square ruler of each different size if you want, Heather shows how you can quickly and easily cut many different sizes of squares with one larger ruler by utilizing the center diagonal line on a square ruler.

Selecting the right quilting ruler depending on what you are making can help save you time and money. Once you figure out what type of quilting ruler you are most comfortable using you will find that you can do most of your cuts with just that one ruler.

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15 Responses to “How to Use Quilting Rulers Properly”

  1. Sandie

    Great video. I am a newbie on rulers, I have several .Does it matter which side for a left hander which I am compared to a right hander of the ruler ??

    • Deb Flug
      Deb Flug

      I thought I knew every tool. Learned a lot and I have not used my big square ruler to trim blocks. Well, I will now. Thank you.

  2. Joan

    Wow – I thought I knew my rulers pretty well, but I never knew the great purpose of the diagonal on the square ruler. Very informative video (PS I love all the lessons you do)

  3. Pat Cottle
    Pat Cottle

    Thank you so much! I was using my ruler just because of its length. I knew how to use it for simple cutting but always wanted to know how to use the angle lines. Wish I lived in the USA for quilting purposes.

  4. Sharon Simpson
    Sharon Simpson

    Brand new to quilting very little sewing 45 yrs ago. Cutting is my biggest challenge. Hard time squaring material. I know there are easier ways. Looking forward to all the information I can have. I know how to read the rulers measurments just not how to use them to their full advantage.

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  5. Jenn

    Good info if you can get thru the duplicating in the video multiple times. Hard to understand due to this.

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  6. Cassie

    I just have to say how thankful I am for this video! I am a nurse and decided to take up quilting on my days off to keep my mind busy apart from the stresses we are currently facing. As someone that knows nothing about quilting, I have been watching many videos but this is the first I’ve seen about all those lines on my ruler – and it really makes so much sense now! I knew they had to have a purpose! Thank you thank you!

  7. claire ross
    claire ross

    many thanks for the explanation as i am newish to the magical world of quilting. best wishes to all

  8. Kathryn Krieger
    Kathryn Krieger

    Thanks great suggestions didn’t realize that sq center line
    I do have a problem hearing you sometimes you are okay and then not I don’t know what I can do
    I really don’t want to use ear plugs
    Just a note