Here's a look at my pile of rulers I'm using right now as I quilt. The noise my sons make as they paw through their Legos has nothing on me at the moment. It's like a pile of crystals in the sun from my window.
The turquoise gems in the center are DIY handles. You can't pick up the ruler with them, but it's a little something to keep side to side motion reduced. Plus they're pretty. Pick them up at any craft store. I found these in the scrapbooking section.
I was out of town Friday and my inbox filled up with comments and questions on the TrueGrips post and giveaway. I'm going to try to answer some of them real quick.
First, if you want to get in on the giveaway, click on the link above and leave a comment or email me. Make sure you're not a no-reply commenter or leave me a way to contact you. Sorry, US residents only.
The giveaway is for the TrueGrips, not any rulers.
You don't have to have any extra grips on your rulers in my opinion IF you use good quilting gloves and use your fingertips to anchor the ruler. But they do help. There is always the risk of ruler creep.
There were a lot of questions about the class I'm developing. The samples are the same for an in-person class as they would be for an online class. A Craftsy class would be a blast, wouldn't it? I would love to do one. But most of you know enough about the internet to realize that if I was working on one, I wouldn't be able to tell you anyway.
I will offer up that I'm willing to do a little travelling for a good sized class. I live in south central Virginia and am about 2 hours away from Raleigh Durham and Greensboro which is do-able for me. This is a bit of a niche technique so it's hard to get a good-sized group together at this point.
There were a lot of comments from people who were thinking of dabbling with rulers. Let me just say: Dive on in! Yes, rulers can be quite the investment, but they don't wear out and you can do a lot with just a good straight ruler and a curved ruler. Such a great technique for beginners and experienced free motion quilters alike. For beginners, the rulers take out the anxiety of "Where do I go next?" For experienced quilters, they can help you develop a frame work that let your skills really shine.
By the way, you'll notice my advertisers on the sidebars of my blog. Their support helps me keep going with this blog. Please check them out, in particular TopAnchor Quilting Tools and Sew Steady. Sew Steady is the distributor for Westalee ruler feet and rulers in the US. They have a dealer locator on their site.