Are you a beginner quilter looking for the best quilting rulers to start your journey? Look no further! This blog post explores quilting rulers that are suited for new quilters. With the right rulers for quilting, you can easily make precise cuts to complete your quilts confidently. Read on to find the best quilting rulers for beginners (and beyond)!
Why Do We Need Quilting Rulers?
Fabric and quilting rulers are versatile tools used to measure and cut fabric, mark lines, and make precise cuts at different angles. They are particularly helpful for complex patterns and squaring up quilt blocks to achieve consistently-sized blocks that fit together perfectly.
Fabric rulers and templates are designed to make quilting projects more manageable and precise. Quilting rulers come in various shapes and sizes, each with unique shapes and uses. Together with a rotary cutter and a rotary cutter mat, they’re essential for an enjoyable sewing experience.
Since cutting fabric is integral to quilting, having a few basic quilting rulers is essential for beginners.
Best Rulers for Beginners
Creative Grids 6.5″ x 12.5″ and 2.5″ x 6.5″Quilting Rulers
If you start with just two rulers, our recommendation is to go for one large and one small ruler. The Creative Grids 6.5″ x 12.5″ Quilting Ruler is a good all-around quilt ruler that works well in cutting Fat Quarters (18″ x 22″ pieces of fabric), and it’s small enough to fit on most cutting boards. We love the clear markings and the non-slip gripper on the bottom of Creative Grids rulers that provide stability when cutting.
For the small ruler, the Creative Grids 2.5″ x 6.5″ Ruler is our favorite. The smaller size makes it easy to use for a range of cutting, and it’s perfect for drawing lines on half-square triangles. Plus, it’s pretty cute.
TIP FOR NEWBIES: When you’re just getting started, pick up some basic rulers that go with the pattern you’re working on. As you make more quilts, you will naturally collect more rulers as you need them for different quilt design.
Creative Grids Perfect 10 and Perfect 5 Rulers
The Perfect 10 Ruler is a fantastic option if you prefer a simplified ruler that’s easy to read. You can cut popular “pre-cut” shapes like 5″ squares and 10″ squares. We love it for Layer Cake-friendly patterns like those in the Perfect 10 Quilts Book by It’s Sew Emma!
The Perfect 5 Ruler is the Perfect 10’s little sis’, also, with its own book of inspiring Charm Pack quilts, The Perfect 5 Quilts Book. You can even use the ruler to make your own Charm Pack by cutting around the edges of the ruler.
Both rulers feature a design that easily glides over fabric until pressure is applied. Then, the exclusive Creative Grids gripper holds the material securely in place, eliminating slipping and miscuts. With the Perfect 5 and Perfect 10 rulers, beginners can confidently enjoy a seamless cutting experience!
Creative Grids Quilting Square Ruler Set
This set includes five rulers ranging in size from 2.5″ square up to 6.5″ square, which are common units and block sizes in quilting.
Specialty Rulers for Confident Beginners
If you’re a confident beginner and you’re interested in some specialty rulers for your sewing room, check out some of the options below. These rulers are designed for specific purposes and can help you level up your quilting game.
Stripology XL Ruler
The Stripology XL Ruler by G.E. Designs is a game-changer for quilters who want to cut fabric fast! Stripology rulers have a unique design that makes cutting multiple strips at once fast and effortless, and they come in several sizes. It makes cutting strips a breeze and ensures they are cut perfectly every time.
These rulers are for special shapes and blocks. This category includes rulers for tumblers, curves, Dresden Plates, flying geese, half-square triangles, triangles, scallops, and more! There’s pretty much a ruler for any quilt shape you can think of! The Double Tumbler Template by It’s Sew Emma has two shape options on it, and you can see how it works in the How to use the Double Tumbler Video Tutorial.
The 30-degree Starburst Ruler is another example of a shaped ruler. This one is designed for creating unique and intricate starbursts with ease. The angles are marked clearly, making it easy to line up your fabric and cut precise pieces every time.
Free Motion Quilting and Longarming Rulers
If you’re using your sewing machine for free motion quilting, check out the Scallops & Waves Easy Peasy Quilting Template by Fat Quarter Shop. To use the ruler, position the template on your quilt top and trace the desired side with the marking tool of your choice, then re-position and repeat. Quilt over the lines as you would with straight line quilting. Templates like this can be used on a home machine and also by longarmers. We have many specialty longarm quilting rulers.
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Quilting rulers are essential tools for any quilter, whether you’re just starting or have been quilting for years. We hope this list of quilting rulers for beginner quilters has helped guide you to the tool you need.
Remember, there are many specialty rulers to explore, and each one can bring something new and exciting to your quilting projects.