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How to Square Up & Keep It Square the Super Easy Way Using The Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit & Connector

Square Up & Keep It Square Combo:

Helps you square up your fabric the Super Easy Way,

And Keep It Square.

Lining up to a Fabric Guide keeps the fabric square as you cut.


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First, Square Up Your Fabric the Super Easy Way.

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Squaring up is much easier when your ruler doesn't slip.

Peel crystal clear Grip Strips (11¾” long) off the brown backing paper.

1) Slide the Connector up to one edge of your 12" ruler, so iit's butted up against the black alignment tabs & Lip Edge.  

2) Slide your 24" ruler against the edge of your 12" ruler & the edge of the Connector. Then press down on the suction cups.

3) Align a line on your 12” ruler with the folded edge.

4) Hold your 24" ruler in place, and grab the end of your 12" ruler & pull up to remove it and the Connector together.

5) Your 24" ruler will be aligned with the grain line of the fabric as you trim off the raw edge.

6) The newly squared up edge will be on the same side of the fabric that you'll start cutting strips from in the next step.

Next, Upgrade Your Rulers to Keep It Square.

Cut Faster, More Accurately and Keep the Fabric Square As You Cut.

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Everything you need to Mistake-Proof & Slip-Proof
your 12” & 24” regular rulers.

Also works on 12½” & 24½” rulers.

Six crystal clear self-adhesive 11¾” long Grip Strips to slip-proof your rulers.

Two Stretch and Clip-On Fabric Guides with super tough, stretchy bands to mistake-proof your rulers.

Two 5”x ½” self-adhesive
Guide Lock Strips for your 24” ruler.

Peel & stick Grip Strips on your 12" & 24" rulers.

Peel crystal clear Grip Strips (11¾” long) off the brown backing paper.

Guide Lock Strips keep the long, 24” Fabric Guide, from shifting in the middle no matter how much fabric you are lining up to.

Attach them underneath your 24” ruler, and the 24” Fabric Guide will stay perfectly straight on the line you set it to no matter how much fabric you line up to.

If you get a new 24” ruler or have more than one to begin with, you can get extra Guide Lock Strips here.

The Fabric Guides include, built-in super tough stretchy bands.

They ensure the Fabric Guides line up straight on the measurement line you want, down the full length of the ruler.

2) Stretch the Guide and slide the other hook straight onto the other end of the ruler.

1) Slide one hook onto one end of your ruler.

3) Once attached, you can slide the Guide to the measurement line you want.


Grip Strips and Fabric Guides are the same thickness.

With Grip Strips on your ruler, everything will be level
and just a little pressure will lock your ruler in place while cutting.

More About Grip Strips

You want Grip Strips on any edge you’ll be cutting on.

On rectangular rulers like a 6” x 12” or 6”x24”, you definitely want Grip Strips all along the edge you’ll be cutting on so it will solidly grip your fabric right where you are cutting.

You’ll also want Grip Strips all along the opposite side so everything is level and it will grip you cutting mat solidly locking your ruler in place when you cut.


You will usually cut on all four sides of a square and on all the sides of a template, so you’ll want Grip Strips on all the edges.


On a template like this, you’ll usually never cut on the short edges so you only need Grip Strips on the long, wavy edges


Attach Grip Strips right up to the edge for a nice clean cut.

Attach Grip Strips all the way up to the edge of your rulers or templates so there is no space between the edge of the Grip Strips and the edge of your ruler.

 

You want Grip Strips to solidly grip your fabric while cutting so you want them all the way up to the edge.

If you don’t put them all the way to the edge, your fabric can shift and ripple a little as you cut.

Yes They Are.

If you don’t get them right on the edge the first time, they peel off easily without leaving any residue.

If they aren’t all the way to the edge or a little beyond it, just peel and adjust.

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More About the Quilt Ruler Connector.

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Easily Align and Connect Your Rulers.

You want the edge you'll be cutting on to be perfectly smooth after connecting your rulers.

The Quilt Ruler Connector has Alignment Tabs and a Lip Edge that make it easy to align and connect rulers that are the same width, so the edge you cut on is perfectly smooth.

You need a 24" long ruler to cut the full width of fabric but it's always sticking out of the top of a bag if you need to take it to a class.

With the Quilt Ruler Connector you can take two 12” long rulers, that will fit in a small bag or even in the case with your sewing machine, to a class or retreat and then make a 24” long ruler when needed.

You can also connect them side-by-side to cut wider pieces or even as a corner square to square up your fabric.

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Guidelines Rulers are also connectable. Click here to see the Guidelines 2-Ruler Set.

1) Slide the Connector up to one edge of the first ruler, so iit's butted up against the black alignment tabs & Lip Edge.

2) Slide the second ruler against the edge of the first ruler and the Lip Edge. Then press down on the Suction Cups.

Note: For best results, make sure the surfaces of the rulers are clean and moisten the suction cups.

The full width of fabric folded once is about 22", so you'll need a 24" ruler to cut strips. Rather than taking a too-big-to-fit 24" ruler to a class or retreat, you can take two 6"x12" rulers and connect them end-to-end.

After cutting the strips, you can take the rulers apart and use one 12" ruler to cut the strips into squares.

It will be much easier to get accurate results if you first Slip-Proof your rulers with Grip Strips.

Sometimes a 3-Foot Ruler is Just What You Need

It’s ideal to have a 3-foot long ruler to cut bias binding strips. But carrying or storing a ruler that long would be a major hassle.

Just connect your 12” and 24” rulers end-to-end, and you'll be able to cut on the diagonal across the full width of fabric folded once to cut bias binding strips.

You can even connect two 24" rulers end-to-end to make a 4-foot ruler to square up the edges of a large quilt.

With just two 6"x12" rulers and a connector, you can cut pieces up to 12" wide.

The example below shows cutting a 9½" square.

Whatever measurement you line up to on the second ruler, the entire width you'll be cutting will be that measurement plus the 6" of the first ruler.

To cut wider pieces from the full width of fabric folded once, you could connect two 24" rulers side-by-side or connect a 12" & 24" ruler as shown below.

This will work as long as the fabric is accurately squared up to start with. Check out the section below: "Make a Corner Square to Square Up Your Fabric the Super Easy Way".

A big, perfect right angle is just what you need.

Make a corner square with your 12" & 24" long rulers.

If you have two 24" long rulers, you can make an even bigger corner square.

You'll have to cut around the 2" Lip Edge on the Connector.

Check out the Multi-Width Connector to make a corner square using rulers of different widths.

Then, slide the rulers up, keeping the edge aligned, until you can cut the unfinished portion.

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If You Need the Suction Cups to Hold Longer, Get Them Wet

If the surface of your ruler is clean & free from scratches

Suction cups work by creating a vacuum when you press them down. They will stay attached until air leaks in.

That's why you want to make sure your ruler is clean and free of scratches so it can create a tight seal.

If you put a drop of water on them, the water will keep air from leaking in until it completely evaporates. With a drop of water on them they can hold for several days.