After participating last year in Bonnie Hunter’s “Good Fortune” Mystery Quilt, I KNEW I needed a better, quicker way to cut strips. Yes. I own a laser. Yes. It is amazing for cutting fabric. BUT… sometimes it takes longer to set up to use the laser than it does to use a ruler and rotary cutter. Last year my main problem was that my ruler was old and awful. I loved that ruler when I bought it 10 years ago, but the markings had become very hard to see, and it was beginning to slide around even though I was keeping part of my ruler hand on the table, using a sharp blade, and all the other things you are supposed to do.
I had been hearing good things about the Creative Grids ruler’s gripping capabilities, so I purchased a 24” x 6 ½” standard straight ruler, and loved it. After seeing how well those gripper dots work, decided to take the dive and buy the Stripology ruler and it has not disappointed! The one I purchased is the CGRGE1, which has printed measurements for 14” x 20”. This ruler has 14” slots in ½” increments that you insert your rotary cutter into to cut strips. I was able to fold the width of my fabric to fit within the 14” and line the fold up with a horizontal line to make sure it was straight, and quickly cut multiple strips without moving the ruler.
The very best part is that lines of Creative Grids gripper run between each and every slot, so this baby does not go anywhere.
I have to admit there was a small learning curve at the beginning. I found that I had an easier time getting my 60 mm rotary cutter into the slot (there are teardrop shaped cutouts to get the blade started) than my 45 mm cutter, and this is a flexible acrylic, so you have to be a bit careful not to cut the ruler itself. Having said that, the first couple of cuts I had to fuss a bit, but it quickly became routine. I have not regretted this purchase at all! This made the cutting for Bonnie Hunter’s Frolic Mystery SO much faster! https://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/frolic-mystery.html You can also cut diamonds, etc, using the angled markings on the ruler and cutting in the slots, but I have not done that yet, so I can not comment on that aspect. Maybe later!
I considered one of the die machines to cut with, but I do not need another machine on my limited table space, and those dies really add up money wise. I found this to be a great alternative and easy to store. I did not mean for this to sound like an advertisement, even though I am adding an affiliate link to it so you can see for yourself. I am just really loving this ruler!
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