Heather Thomas

How to Make Accurate Cuts

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Duration:   5  mins

When it comes to cutting fabric for quilting, one of the most important things to have is consistently straight lines. Heather Thomas show you how to achieve this, whether you measure your fabric using ruler grid lines or cutting mat grid lines.


With so many different brands, types, and styles of quilting rulers and mats available on the market today, it can be difficult to know what is the most accurate to use. Heather shows a variety of different rulers and mats and explains how no matter which one you choose, the most important thing to ensure is that you are cutting straight lines. She then cuts a strip measured at two inches based on the mat grid lines and another cut at the same width based on the ruler grid lines to compare the two. Both come out at the same width, which shows that it is not necessarily important to use one set of grid lines over another. Heather explains that it is more important to use what is comfortable for you and what gives you consistent results.


One thing that can help you achieve consistent results when using quilting rulers and other quilting ruler accessories is using accurate technique. Heather demonstrates the proper hand position to use when holding a quilting ruler, which is with a cupped hand rather than a flat hand. Using a flat hand has a higher tendency for the ruler to slip leading to an inaccurate cut. When using a cupped hand, you can also move your fingers more and use your pinky finger to help hold the ruler in place. Heather demonstrates how to do this. Using this proper cutting technique is not only a good way to achieve consistently accurate cuts, it is also a safer way to use a quilting ruler and rotary cutter.

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One Response to “How to Make Accurate Cuts”

  1. Cindy

    Thank you for the tips on holding the ruler down and keeping the cutter straight. That will Ben very helpful.

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