Ruler dislike!

I have the cutest ruler by Omnigrid. It’s 4″ x 8″ and I’ve had it for simply AGES. I went to trim some squares, using the 45o angle to centre the half square triangle. It just wasn’t working for me. Then I looked at the ruler … the 45o line ends up 1/4″ from the corner. Now, if I were to use this ruler, I would have to move it 4 times to get it correct. Not happening.

I pulled out my 6″ x 12″ Olfa ruler and look where the 45o angle is … right in the corner. I’m a much happier quilter!

I’ve looked at my other rulers, including a 2.5″ and 6.5″ Omnigrid square rulers, and the 45o ends in the corners! Is it me, or is this weird?

A Finish

That’s right, I have a finish! Finally! This one has been slow to be finished. Mostly because I’m working on secret projects! This is a UFO that was started at a Wild Rose retreat in 2013.

A friend and I both bought the Fons & Porter magazine, Scrap Quilts, and decided that we would both make this quilt. I started it. Then, it sat for awhile. I’d take it to another retreat, make a few blocks and then it would sit awhile longer. Finally, this year, I decided it was time to get this one DONE!!!

It is a lot smaller than the one in the magazine … but it is done! Mine is 41″ x 52″. The one in the magazine is 68″ x 86″. The blocks are small, 3″ finished. Bonnie Hunter has a similar FREE quilt, Hidden Spools, that has blocks a little bigger. Plus I don’t think they waste as much fabric. In this block, the little corners are squares that you sew down and then trim. Wasting the corners. (And way too small to save for bonus triangles!)

Here’s a close-up of the wild or graffiti quilting. Can you see flowers? Swirly feathers? hearts? McTavishing? Teardrops? Ferns? Pebbles? And likely another motif or two. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and Glide thread “wheat” to quilt this one!

The border:

Design Wall


My next UFO is this Charming Bag. I bought the charm pack at a retreat. Another retreater talked me into it! Of course she finished her bag … I got the clasp inserted and the straps cut. Sheesh … I thought I had more done on this bag. Well, it is now my newest UFO project.


Nothing being quilted at the moment.

Stash Report

The Scrappy Repro took 6 yards of fabric … all from my stash.

SS yellow
  • Fabric Used this week      6 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       277 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      50.5 yards (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                    260 yards
  • Husband’s purchases: 11.5 yards

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

  • January – Sept: 260 / 274
  • 30 min days/  Oct:   18 / 18
  • Total days in 2020: 278 / 292
  • Percentage = 95% 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Scrappy Repro: Quilt and bind √   done
  2. Work on November IB challenge √   done
  3. Get Irish Units completed on Morewood Mystery √   done
  4. Complete From the Heart project √   done
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.   √   done

This week’s list:

  1. IB November: Sandwich
  2. Work on Secret projects
  3. Work on Charming Bag
  4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.  

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    


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34 thoughts on “Ruler dislike!

  1. I always think I am going to do graffiti quilting and then I chicken out! Yours is wonderful. Unlike your poor ruler. I wonder how that can even happen. Thanks for linking to Clever Chameleon.

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    • Hi Dione!
      OK … no chickening out … the challenge is on! Next time you have a quilt to quilt and no idea how to quilt it – you MUST do graffiti quilting! 🙂 You’ll love it! 🙂


  2. Interesting – I had to go look at my 6×12″ ruler (Fiskar, not OmniGrid) and its 45 is nowhere near the corner. The 30 degree line is at the corner, 45 degree at the 5″ mark, and 60 degree at the 8″ mark. So at least it’s far enough off to be noticeable, and are even numbers to add on all 3 angles. And why I keep the painters tape handy so I only need to do math once.

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  3. How disappointing that they let that ruler get through Quality Assurance! Ugh! Too much money to spend on such a lame ruler. Love your finish and the close-up of your border. Thank you for that!

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  4. I have a ruler from a well-known company that I loved, until one day I realized the markings were blurred in one area. It wasn’t worth my contacting them, so I just replaced it with another brand. With Omni, you might want to send a photo to customer service – maybe they’ll replace it. It is definitely a mistake on their end!

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  5. Hi Gail! What the heck??!! I have that ruler . . . I’m going to have to remember to look at it. That is NUTS. I think they should send you a new ruler – that’s obviously a misprint or reject. Cripes – good thing you noticed that. Congrats on finishing that UFO and your quilting looks fabulous. I love the border treatment – it looks pretty spiffy and really give the whole piece some movement. Yippee to a nice finish! You’ve also had a fabulous week with all those checkmarks! Thanks for linking up today! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. You mentioned the Wild Rose. Was that in Orting, WA? If so, my quilty group sure misses the shop. Wed had our retreats there as well for a number of years. It was sure sad when it closed Nice job on your finish.

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    • Hi Tammy,
      Yes, Wild Rose was in Orting! It was a dangerous place to retreat … going down the stairs in our slippers and visiting the shop for EVERYTHING we needed and a LOT of things and fabric we didn’t need. So many good restaurants and a wonderful bakery within a few minutes walk! I know our group was VERY sad when it closed! We now go to Over the Rainbow on Camano Island … well we did before Covid hit!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


    • Hi!
      I have a few Creative Grids, but find I need to think a lot and be aware of the ruler position … I do like Olfa, but at the moment I am not impressed with Omnigrid!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  7. Love the quilting on the graffiti quilting on your scrap quilt. I have the same 4 x 8″ ruler that I use frequently. I’ll have to look at the 45 degree angle to see if it hits the center of a corner. Wow! You’ve gotten 16 UFO’s done this year. And you still have two more months.. You GO GIRL!

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    • Thanks, Bonnie! Each project gets done exactly the same: one stitch at a time!
      I do have high hopes for completing 16 UFOs this year! 🙂 I’ve obviously slowed down since June!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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  9. That quilting looks so fun!! I can just see the SMILE on your face as you quilted it reflecting back! Truly great stuff!
    As for the rulers – I have some rulers where the 45 degree isn’t even close to the corner. Obviously not intended for trimming HSTs. That 1/4″ would be easy to mess up a lotta blocks if you’re not paying attention. I love LOVE my bloc loc rulers for HSTs…cannot beat ’em IMHO. 😉

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    • Hi Terry,
      I just KNEW you’d like the graffiti quilting! It is a lot of fun and certainly NOT boring to do!
      I’ve never tried the block loc ruler … one day …
      Happy Quilting, Cuz! 🙂


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