Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Tidbit - Creative Grid Rulers Video Support

Creative Grids Rulers and The Quilt Asylum were "born" around the same time, and we have stocked CG rulers from the very beginning.

What makes CG rulers different from all the rest?  First, each ruler has specially built-in gripper dots to minimize slippage on fabric.  Second, each ruler is marked with easy-to-read black and white markings.  Let me tell you, once you start wearing bifocals, these easy-to-read lines are a bonus!  Third, each basic square and rectangle ruler has the Turn-A-Round feature - turn one way to utilize the 1/2" markings for 1/2" cutting.  Turn the other way to cut whole inches or 1/4" or 1/8" increments.

Here's the video for the basic 6-1/2" square ruler which discusses all these features.

Do you see the scan tag in the upper left hand corner of this ruler?
Checker now prints a Microsoft Tag on each ruler so you can scan it with your iPhone ir iPad to watch a video demonstrating how to use the ruler.   You can get this free mobile app at  Some of the older stock of CG rulers have this tag on the printed instructions for specialty rulers, but now all of the newly manufactured rulers have the tag printed directly on the ruler surface!  This is great if you just can't remember exactly how to use a particular tool. 

If you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can visit the Creative Grids website at: to view the videos. You can also print instructions for any ruler and see quilts made with them.  Simply select 'Find Products" from the homepage, and search for your particular ruler.

Julie Herman (of Jaybird Quilts) has begun designing patterns to use with the Lazy Angle Ruler as well as her new Hex N More Ruler, both manufactured by Creative Grids.  Julie is now including scan tags on her patterns which link to tutorials on her blog!  So now you have instructional support for not only the ruler, but for the pattern as well!

I think it's great that technology that was once intended for personal communication is now being used to assist me in a craft that I love!

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