I am happy to say the hourglass quilt is all quilted.  Yay! Now it is waiting for the binding, something I hope to sew on today. Since I have to make the binding, I thought I would tell you about a new ruler I recently purchased.

I am usually one of those people that likes to make do with what you have, because let’s face it – if we’re not spending money on tools that means we can buy more fabric, right?

I also think that having the right tools makes any job easier, faster, and more efficient. Here’s the ruler I bought:

Stripology ruler

It’s called the Stripology Ruler by Creative Grids. I never would have seen this ruler and thought this is something I have to have. But I saw the shop owner of a local quilt shop using it and asked for more info. She gave me a demo and I was sold!

Let me show you.

First, you fold your piece of fabric in half – selvege edge to selvege edge – then in half again, selvege edge to fold. (I usually cut off the selvege edge first but I wanted you to see how my fabric was folded.)

Fabric folded for binding strips

Next, you lay the Stripology ruler on top of the fabric.

Stripology Ruler ready to cut strips

The ruler has black and white lines to line up the fabric with. Because there are dark and light lines, you can see them on any color fabric you are using. The bottom fold of fabric is lined up with the bottom white grid line. Here’s a better picture:

Stripology Ruler ready to cut binding

See how the fabric is even with the white line? Now, there are slits in the ruler. You just place your rotary cutter blade in the slit and cut your strip. How cool is that?

By making the first cut on the “0” mark, any uneven fabric on the edge is squared up.

Rotary cutter with Stripology Ruler

I have been using a regular 6″ x 24″ quilting ruler to cut strips with from the day I began quilting. What really sold me on the Stripology ruler is the non-slip back. This ruler does not move on your fabric. My strips come out perfectly straight every single time. And, I can cut multiple strips in seconds. It took me about 10 seconds to put the ruler on the fabric and cut the strips. Wham! Binding is ready to be sewn together and put on quilt.

This ruler doesn’t only do strips. You can cut squares by cutting the strip, rotating the mat and cutting again to end up with multiple squares. Again, in seconds!

Binding Strips

Do you need this ruler? No. Will it make your quilting life easier? Most definitely, if you cut a lot of strips and squares. You can even cut diamonds – there are markings for 45 and 60 degree cuts.

I will admit it’s an expensive ruler. But it was worth the cost to me for two reasons. First, it saves me so much time and second, my strips are always straight. When using a regular ruler to cut strips, I always ended up with the ruler slipping just a bit no matter how careful I was or how much pressure I put on the ruler.  I even have grippy things (technical term) on the back and it would still move. I can say I don’t have that problem with the Stripology ruler because it simply does not move!

I know this sounds like an advertisment for Creative Grids and I don’t mean for it to. I just really like this ruler and wanted to share it with you. This is my own opinion of this one ruler and CG has not asked me to write this. Heck, they don’t even know I own one of their rulers! Of course, the best news is that I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to finish up the hourglass quilt this week, and that is news that’s worth celebrating! 🙂

Linking up with WIP Wednesday and Late Night Quilter.