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Date: 5/6/13 11:39 PM

My son and his fiancee requested a quilt for their wedding July 27th.

I was so excited I designed and started sewing based on a 3" square....only now that I am to the point of squaring up those 3" squares..

I find there is no such thing as a 3" square ruler!!

At least not one I can find. I tried the LQSs and the web.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 5/7/13 0:40 AM

Try Marti Michell's products. She may not have a 3" ruler, but she sells lots of templates including basic geometric ones.

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Date: 5/7/13 2:43 AM

Thank you for that suggestion. She has 2.5" and 3.5" (and many larger sizes and different shapes) squares, but not a 3".

I think I am going to have to make one.

Wish me luck!

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Date: 5/7/13 3:46 AM

Fiskars 3-inch x 18-inch ruler

This isn't 3-inches square, but it is a 3-inch wide ruler, as opposed to 3 1/2-inches, which is much, much more common.

If nothing else, it's something to start with to create your own 3-inch square ruler. I don't know anything about what it costs to fabricate a custom ruler, so cutting up an existing ruler may or may not be cost effective.

Omnigrid makes a 4-inch square and a 5-inch square ruler, but not 3-inches - only 3 1/2-inches.

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Subject: Help Finding a 3 square ruler Date: 5/7/13 3:48 AM

You don't need the exact size ruler, just one that is larger rather than smaller. Trim two sides, then turn it around and trim the other two. As long as you line up your block design with the appropriate lines on the ruler, you should be fine. A rotating cutting mat helps if you have one.

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Date: 5/7/13 11:03 AM

This is what I use to square up ALL blocks up to 12 1/2. This is not the exact one I have but mine is just like it. I use it all the time.

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Subject: Help Finding a 3 square ruler Date: 5/7/13 11:50 AM

when I'm cutting shapes from scraps (where it's not possible to make strips line up the straight of grain because you want the most out of the fabric at all costs, I take a bit of carstock and cut that into the square dimensions I want. For instance, I needed to cut a lot of 8inch squares out of irregular fabrics so I made an 8inch bit of cardstock, traced on the fabric around it, then cut it out.

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Date: 5/7/13 8:56 PM

I think it is more accurate to square up with a larger ruler than one the exact dimension of the block unit. Otherwise one has to line up the edge of the square to the edges of the ruler on all sides at once. It is easier to see the edge of a square under a ruler than it is to see it at the edge. I think because of the thickness of the ruler. I did buy a cute little 2.5 inch Creative Grids ruler just because it was so darn cute but I have not used it yet. I find the 4.5 or 6.5 much more useful when cutting small units

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Date: 5/8/13 1:46 AM

So many excellent suggestions.

In the end, I cut a 3" square out of gridded plastic.

I am almost embarrassed to explain how I use the square. All the "real quilters" will be laughing.

It is not for cutting. It is for tracing.

The pattern for this quilt is Ohio Star and it uses double HSTs. I am sure others are able to get the HST units to the exact right size - I cannot.

So, I purposefully make the HST units larger than they need to be - and the using the clear square, line up the diagonal seams and draw the square directly onto the back of the fabric.

I also draw squares on the back of the plain squares.

Line up the corners of the drawn squares - pin - and sew. Sort of paper piecing without the paper.

It works for me.

Again thanks for all the suggestions.

Picture of the self-made square and the first (of 25) blocks:

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Date: 5/8/13 8:29 AM

The last time I needed a square ruler in a size I didn't own I used some really heavy template plastic (from Nancy's Notions) and made my own size. One thing though, the template plastics are not as hard as rulers and WILL cut if you're not quite careful. Optimally, I'd prefer a real ruler if I were cutting a bunch of squares so I'd probably do as another poster mentioned and use a slightly larger square as a work-around.

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