Draft Patterns and Templates with ease using the fast2mark Quilter’s Rulers

National Sewing Month 2013Hello – my name is Allison Rosen and I am delighted to be here on behalf of C&T Publishing, the home of Stash Books and FunStitch Studio!

In November, we are debuting a ruler duo named  fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers that have a beveled edge to accurately measure, mark & draft for perfect patterns & pieces every time.

Created by Mary Knapp, the author of Star Quilts, these rulers have been designed for accuracy every time.

Star Quilts by Mary Knapp for C&T Publishing 
I have been bitten by the paper piecing bug big time and love using the freezer paper paper piecing method (let’s call it FPPP for short, OK?) combined with these rulers to achieve great results!

 The inspiration for this project came from the block above (hint: this block is from the book Modern Blocks!)

 With the fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers in hand, I started drawing lines on the paper side of the freezer paper.

 The width of the ruler seemed like the perfect way to easily measure and draw out the block.

 For the FPPP method, you need to pre-score all the lines you draw.

 Make sure you pre-score the line all the way across the paper. Above, these is a drawn line, so that’s a definite place to pre-score.

 In this photo, you can see that I extended the scoring line right across the page.


 And then you look at it again, and sometimes you just have to make a design decision (and yes, in this case, a time-sensitive decision!) and cross out some of the lines to make it simpler for this method. (note: I have done really complicated patterns with FPPP and it holds it own quite well!)

 see ya’ later alligator.

 Fabric! I chose a Jelly Roll from Eric and Julie Comstock (aka Cosmo Cricket) called ‘Baby Jane’

 I divided them up by color.

 Red in the center just felt right! The freezer paper is shiny side up and the fabric is laid on top with right side up.

 Use a pres cloth to secure the fabric to the shiny side.


 Fold back on the line between #1 and #2

 The freezer paper that was ironed down releases quite easily so you fold it away.

 Flip the whole thing over, and lay down the fabric for position #2 with right sides facing.

 At the sewing machine – use a teflon presser foot so that it doesn’t get stuck on the shiny side of the freezer paper. (trust me). And then you sew just NEXT to the paper, going only through the fabric.

 Flip open, press.

 Trim down the seam allowance to 1/4″ for the next seam in position #3.

 I love how flat it lays down!

 Now fold the freezer paper away again, take it back to your sewing machine, and once again, sew just NEXT to the paper.

 Time to add #4.

 Peel back the freezer paper. Trim the seam allowance.

 Add the next piece of fabric – again right sides together.

 Sew – flip open, and press.

 And just keep repeating these steps until you have sewn all the way around.

 An in progress shot.

 Everything is sewn, and now you trim!

 I like to use the add a quarter ruler.

 The trimmed block.

 And from the back.

 And now for the absolute best part of freezer paper paper piecing!! You just life off the whole piece – and you can use it again! No tugging out little papers!

 So about the fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers — a couple of things to note. The measurements start in from the end – see above, where I’m pointing to? I thought that the edge was a 1/4 inch mark at first, but it is actually better than that! It is moved in a little so that you always know where to start and where to stop the pencil, pen, etc.

 No more sliding off the end of the ruler with a curve. arg.

 A beveled edge to keep your pencil close.

 But a perfectly sharp edge as well.

And see? I told you that the freezer paper could be used more than once! I did 3 blocks with just one sheet and it’s ready for more!
Whew! That was fun!
A huge thank you to Moda for allowing us to post this information about our upcoming fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers! Look for it in November.
We will be giving away one of our fast2mark 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers to one lucky winner! Since this is a pre-release item – you will receive your prize directly from C&T Publishing as soon as it is available!
To enter please leave a comment telling us your favorite measuring device!
You will have until September 30th at midnight to comment. All winners will be randomly selected and announced on Moda…The Cutting Table Blog on October 2nd.
Make sure to visit the blog every day for the opportunity to win each giveaway!”

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150 comments on “Draft Patterns and Templates with ease using the fast2mark Quilter’s Rulers

  1. Susan Smith says:

    This looks like a great technique! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Laura Fedewa says:

    This looks great! I am pretty new at all of this but my favorite measuring tool so far is my 4 1/2″ square ruler. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. llavmc says:

    My favorite measuring device is my Tucker Trimmer that I use for half square triangles

  4. scottylover says:

    My favorite is my 6″ square up ruler. When I use it, my blocks turn out more true to size.

    Sandy A

  5. Karen says:

    Thanks for the neat paper piecing technique. My favorite measuring device is my 6″ square olfa ruler-at least it’s the most used in my sewing room. Thanks for the chance to win this ruler that just might become my new favorite.

  6. Deb says:

    What an interesting technique! Thanks for sharing! Since I am fairly new to this my favorite measuring tool is my Creative Grid rulers! I always use those!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. karen says:

    I am totally going to try this freezer paper technique & I would love to try out this ruler!

  8. Bonnie says:

    My favorite ruler is my 18″ one – I use it all the time! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. I love my trusty 1″x12″ ruler – perfect for cutting small pieces!

  10. Fran says:

    My favourite ruler is my 6 I inch by 12 inch rectangle, it’s the one I use the most. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. sunny5597 says:

    Currently my favorite ruller is my Quilters Rule Square – Block Lap Board. It measures 12 1/2 x 12 1/2. Thanks so much for the great tutorial and your giveaway 🙂

  12. Monica says:

    I have three rulers that I use for everything…a 6 1/2″ square, an 8 1/2″ x 12″, and an 8 1/2″ x 24″.

  13. Lisa Marie says:

    I love the Tucker Trimmer for trimming HSTs to the exact size needed.

  14. JoanG says:

    My favorite ruler is my 8.5 x 24 inch ruler. I use it all the time. This was a great tutorial on a different way to paper piece. I’d love a chance to win this new ruler set.

  15. Kim says:

    My favorite measuring device is a 6 inch drafting ruler. I use it to both draft blocks and to paper piece.

  16. Rosa says:

    Great tip.One of my favorite ruler is 2″x11″ ruler.

  17. bluebear says:

    Oh no, something else to try! I don’t have many different measuring tools so would say my favorite right now is my 6.5″ x 24″ ruler.

  18. Kay says:

    This looks great, thank you for sharing. my favourite is my 24″ by 6″ ruler, I use it all the time for my edges and cutting strips.

  19. Kim M says:

    I use my 6″ by 18″ ruler the most so far!

  20. Heidi says:

    My favorite measuring tool is probably my 8 1/2″ x 24″ ruler. I use it all the time!

  21. As a newbie my tools are limited so far. I use the 5″ square ruler when possible, but for most cuts I end up using the 6″ x 18″. Would love to add this to my small collection.

  22. Wow. This looks like such a great product. I can’t wait for it to come out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Gloria says:

    At the moment, mtfavourite measuring device is my 8½ by 24½ inch ruler.

  24. share53 says:

    Love this new ruler. I think my favorite ruler is my 6″x24″ ruler. I use it all the time.

  25. Jeanie says:

    This looks great…. love the block you made! I love my older than dirt 12″ squaring ruler. I’ve had it since the 80’s and it’s still my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. paulette says:

    BRILLIANT!! I love this way of PPing!! The freezer paper is actually your sewing guide! Love it!! My favourite ruler (so far) is the June Taylor in the groove ruler…can’t remember the exact name of it but it is great! Your rotary cutter fits right into the groove. Thanks for the chance to win this little gem!! Looks like a winner!

  27. Linda says:



  28. M.W. says:

    I use my 6×24 the most but have since purchased a 3 x 18 and use that alot too.

  29. Gill says:

    This technique looks great fun!
    My favourite measuring device is my tape measure – I always carry one in my bag!!

  30. debbowers says:

    Very cool and a great tutorial too! Thanks.

  31. mary mahoo says:

    My fave measuring tool is my 5 inch square. Great PP tutorial!

  32. Great tools and great tutorial! Thanks!!!

  33. Trudie says:

    Love the tutorial. My favorite ruler is the 3″ X 18″, I use it all the time. I probably need a new one I’ve used it so much.

  34. Perry says:

    I think this ruler has just become my future favorite measuring device, lol. My favorite one right now is a flat see through 6 inch clear ruler by The C-Thru Ruler company. I use it for all close measurement.

  35. Melissa says:

    I have a 200″ measuring tape that I use for EVERYTHING!

  36. BJ Coleman says:

    Like you, I have fallen for the foundation piecing style of quilting. There’s something about the excitement of final outcome that is always a sweet surprise! Would love to win the rulers!!

  37. LeAnne says:

    Love this method of paper piecing. Hate ripping off the paper.

  38. Jacklynn says:

    My favorite measuring device is my 6 by 24 inch ruler. Thanks for the give away!

  39. Wow ~ thanks a bunch for the chance to win these awesome new tools to make paper piecing so much fun! 😀 I love my Creative Grids Quick Trim Ruler. It’s a great size to keep near the sewing machine.

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

  40. Nita says:

    I have no idea what brand ruler I use…I bought it at my very first quilting class in about 1993!

  41. Anita says:

    My 6″ x 24″ ruler is the one I am using the most.

  42. Pam says:

    6×12 but really it is whatever ruler I am using at the time.

  43. Sandy D says:

    My favorite is my 81/2 x 24 Omnigrip ruler. It has the extra width that I so often need.

  44. KT says:

    Tie between my dressmakers tape on my 6×24…it depends on my project!

  45. Ann in NC says:

    I like to draft patterns,so this ruler would be terrific! The add a quarter is a perfect measuring device for foundation piecing. I need to try your freeezer paper method! Easy removal of the paper woudl be a big improvement!

  46. Chiska says:

    My favorite is my 5 X 24 ruler. Thanks for the chance!

  47. Have to say I love a 12 1/2″ square ruler. This is a great technique!

  48. GranChris says:

    This looks like fun. I would like to try something new so I will have to give this a try.

  49. I love the add a quarter for my paper piecing.

  50. ellen says:

    My ‘go-to’ rulers are the 6×12 and the 12″ square. All the angles you need are on the 6×12 and the square to square off your fabric.

  51. Rose Smith says:

    What a fantastic technique! I haven’t been brave enough to try paper piecing yet, but feel more confident having seen this.
    I use my 6 x 24 rectangular ruler the most when measuring.

  52. Right now, since I am “into” paper piecing also, I am enamored with the Add-A-Quarter ruler for trimming seam allowances, but I also have always loved Omnigrip rulers in all sorts of sizes. But these two new measurers look really interesting!

  53. Nana Jo says:

    I love the Lazy Girl Flying Geese 4×4 ruler. It is marked so that you know exactly what two sizes of blocks to cut to quickly make 2 fying geese in no time.

  54. I use the add a quarter ruler all the time, since my favorite piecing method is foundation paper piecing. I am going to try the freezer paper method today. Thanks for the tutorial.

  55. This looks really neat!! I am a newby so I don’t have alot of rulers but I do like my 6×24 ruler. Thank you for sharing.

  56. I’m fairly new to paper piecing. I’ve only made one whole quilt using this method. And THAT was an adventure lol. I had to read this twice before I actually understood it. (so I’m a little dense) Looks pretty interesting and paper pieces!!

  57. Marie Chat says:

    Thanks for including your FPPP method and demo. I’ve never used that for PP, so think I’ll try that next time! My fave rulers are both my 6.5″ square ruler when I’m working with blocks, and my 6.5″ X 18″ ruler as project gets bigger. I’d love to work with this new ruler. Thanks!

  58. Jennifer says:

    Well, I think this would be my favorite, if I owned one!

  59. oops I got all carried away with commenting on the blog I forgot about the question lol. My go to ruler is my 6″x24″ but I’m seriously looking at the one that sharpens the blade when you use it

  60. Nanasneedles says:

    I love Deb Tucker’s tools — always perfect — I look forward to winning this new ruler and on my birthday.

  61. BryeLynn says:

    I love this method of paper piecing because you don’t have to tear away any paper – but you definitely have to use a teflon foot. My go-to ruler is my 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 big enough for just about everything. I am an OMNI grid user, the old yellow ones. I try to always use the same brand/type so the marking always match.

  62. Laurel says:

    I have an 8 inch by 1 inch ruler which has a 1/8 inch line on one side and a 1/4 inch on the other. There is also a 1/2 line down the middle. I find myself grabbing that yellow clear plastic ruler all the time.

    These rulers look really interesting. Love your demo of freezer paper piecing!

  63. Kerry Young says:

    My Favourite measuring device is my trusty tape measure which I have had forever. I have since bought new & longer ones but they are just not the same

  64. Nancy in IN says:

    Looks great. I use my 2.5 and 3.5 square rulers the most for cutting up blocks. I make a lot of half square triangles.

  65. Debbie says:

    My favorite is my 18″ ruler. Thanks!

  66. Cindy says:

    My favorite ruler is my 6×11, but now I’m into paper piecing, I can’t wait to see these, and hope they aren’t too expensive???

  67. BizyStitches says:

    my favorite ruler is the 12-1/2 by 12-1/2 ruler. I seem to grab it most of the time. Thanks.

  68. Judy Balek says:

    I just learned this technique this last winter. I used it to make my Dear Jane blocks. Love it. I have two favorite rulers my 6 1/2 ” x 24″ and 3″ x 24″. Thanks for the chance to win this new one. I think it will help with the Dear Jane blocks.

  69. Donna Phelps says:

    This technique looks like the easiest ever.With this ruler, you cannot lose.Rulers will always be my favorite notion,especially ones that make the project easier.

  70. Sue says:

    Every post i see something new and exciting. i continue to learn tips and tricks. I mostly use the 6×24 because until this month blog, I didn’t know what to do with all the rulers. Thanks

  71. Michele T says:

    Well I’ll be… that is the niftiest tool and I want to thank you for the step-by-step!!

  72. Vicki H says:

    My favorite ruler is 6 x 24, it works well with my mat.

  73. My favorite ruler is the 6×24.

  74. Kathy says:

    Wow this looks great. My favourite (or more to the point, my only) ruler is 12.5 x 12.5

  75. LJ says:

    I’ve always rather liked paper-piecing but I’ve not seen this method with freezer paper. Love how you can reuse it and the rulers worked so well for drafting the pattern. I’m going to give it a try.

  76. Debbie says:

    My favorite ruler is a 6×18 clear ruler. Easy to read and just the perfect size for cutting.

  77. Rhonda Davis says:

    Since I’m very new to quilting I’d have to say that my most used measuring device is the 1″x6″ or the 4″x4″ ruler. I’ve been working on two quilts that have 3″ squares and HSTs. Thanks for the chance to win these rulers!

  78. Joan H. says:

    My 3.5″ x 24″ and my 6.5″ x 12″ are my favorites rulers. Thanks for the opportunity to win one that may just be my new favorite.

  79. Cecilia says:

    My 6 1/2 x 24 inch rulers are my favorites. I love your paper piecing technique, no more small pieces of paper to pick out. The ruler looks great,too. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  80. Gina S. says:

    My cutting ruler with the lip onit for my mat. Thanks for a chance to win.

  81. Laura B says:

    I like my long cutting ruler with markings at every quarter inch.

  82. Janarama says:

    My favorite is the 8.5 x 24.

  83. Barbara H says:

    I love my square rulers to make sure I am consistent!

  84. JANET says:

    Love my 16″ square ruler! Love your block. Thank you for the idea.

  85. luv2quilt says:

    I use the 6″ x 24″ ruler a lot! Although I use the square ones as well. Love the freezer paper trick! I’ve used the perforating the lines first technique but I’m definitely going to try this.

  86. Kathy Sue says:

    I love my “add a quarter” 12 inch. kathleen dot lutz at doh dot state dot nj dot us

  87. Margy Mc says:

    My fave ruler is my 6×24. Would love to try these great sizes also. They look like fun! Thanks for the chance!

  88. I have a 2X18 acrylic ruler that I use a lot plus a 6 1/2 inch square. I definitely like your new rulers with the beveled edge. It will be so much easier for accurate measuring.

  89. justasiam says:

    I use my 6 x 24 rectangular ruler the most when measuring.

  90. Sharon Dawn says:

    My favorite is a 6 X 14 ruler with grids and 1/8″ marks included. Such a handy piece!

  91. Colleen says:

    My favourite is my 6 1/2 inch square ruler.

    To bad your ruler doesn’t have inches on one side and cm / mm on the other. Sometimes the metric measurements are really handy for drafting.

  92. Mom C says:

    This looks great! I use my 6″ and 12″ squares a lot and my long 6″ wide ruler. Thanks.

  93. Patty says:

    My favorite is my 6 1/2 X 12 inch ruler. It seems to be the first one I grab when ever I need a ruler.

  94. KMSC says:

    My favorite ruler is my 6 x 12″ omnigrid ruler, although I use several different sizes of rulers and love them all!

  95. Linda says:

    So far, my favorite measuring device is the first ruler I ever purchased. It is an O’Lipfa ruler. It’s 4″x 24″. I would like to make my new favorites your lovely new rulers… 😎

  96. Lisa Rogers says:

    I just purchased last week the add a quarter ruler. I tried it and love it. I’m sure my daughter will use it and it will end up at her house. Oh we’ll! I need to buy two of everything. Thank you for the chance to win!

  97. My go-to ruler is the 6×24″ that I use for everything. But I’m thinking this might bring me more accuracy with smaller pieces. Great job, Allison!

  98. sandra says:

    Can’t live without my 6 x 24″ ruler. Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. Margaret says:

    I love this technique. My favorite ruler is my 6×12. Thanks for the tutorial.

  100. I can’t live without my “square-up” ruler!

  101. Jennifer says:

    I love my 12″ square ruler! Thanks for the chance to win.

  102. Donna W says:

    This is a great technique. Thanks for the tutorial. I like my 6 x 12 ruler. I also like my 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 ruler for keeping things in check while I am piecing

  103. Deb says:

    I love my 6″ square ruler for small projects and my 3″ x 18″ ruler for bigger projects. I would love to try one of these!

  104. Paula says:

    Love this ruler!!!

  105. Margaret says:

    I love my 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ Creative Grids ruler.

  106. My favorite is my 4 1/2 & 6 1/2 square rulers.t Thanks for the giveaway.

  107. My fave is my 6×12 Omnigrip.

  108. MoeWest says:

    I’ll have to give FPPP a try. I’ve done PP in the traditional way. I usually measure with my quilting rulers.

  109. Allison C says:

    I like my 12.5″ square ruler the best

  110. lisa cox says:

    I love my easy angle ruler!

  111. Andrea Boltz says:

    I’m pretty new to quilting, but my 4 1/2″ ruler is my favorite!

  112. Michele says:

    Looks interesting and different.

  113. Shirl says:

    I make smaller quilts so the 4 1/2 x 12 1/2 is my favorite ruler.

  114. Rose says:

    Easy peasy – Bloc Loc 4.5 inch half square triangle tool. Love your paper piecing tutorial. What did you score the paper with, just an ordinary stiletto?

  115. I can’t wait to try this technique, it looks very easy and saves all that ripping out.
    My favorite measuring device is an index card. All the lines are exactly 1/4″ apart. I can keep one in my purse all the time and I can make notes of them if I want to.

  116. Elizabeth says:

    My favorite is my square ruler, but I had no idea there were so many options out there.

  117. Judy1522 says:

    My favorite measuring devices is my 8.5″ X 24″ ruler. Great tutorial.

  118. Deb G. in VA says:

    Thanks for the FPPP tutorial. I’ve heard of FPPP, but never knew how to do it. My favorite rulers are my 8.5 x 24 and 4 x 6 rulers. Thanks for the chance to win a fast2mark ruler!

  119. shawn says:

    That looks like a great ruler, thanks for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  120. Lisas Mom says:

    My favorite measuring device is my 6.5 x 18 creative grids ruler.

  121. My favorite tool to measure with is my 2 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ ruler. It’s the perfect size to fit in my hand piecing bag and love it for when I need to measure more than one inch by whatever. Looks like two neat rulers and would love to give them a try.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and the chance to win.


  122. Sarah says:

    My favorite measuring device is my 24×6″ ruler.

  123. Melissa says:

    I love all of my rotary cutter rulers. I think I’m turning into a ruler addict. I just bought a 9.5″ square one this week.

  124. Lisa Rogers says:

    I love my 24 x 6″ ruler. After reading all these new blogs it looks like I need to go on a shopping spree and get a bunch of new rulers etc. to try out. How exciting. Thank you for the chance to win!

  125. GO STARS! says:

    I’ve got many rulers but my favorites have been the square rulers – I have a 3 1/2″, 8 1/2″, 12 1/2″ and a 16 1/2″ that I use all the time. This looks like a great technique to use.

  126. Dawn White says:

    My favorite measuring device? For small things, it’s my old (and I do mean old) metal seam gauge. But I also use an assortment of acrylic rulers and cloth measuring tapes. And now I see there are more rulers I absolutely must add to my collection! Thanks for the chance to win.

  127. Tracy says:

    I use my 6 x 12 the most.

  128. Looks like fun! I couldn’t live without my 1st ruler… 6.5″ x 24.5″ by Creative Grids.

  129. Jeanne Gwin says:

    Your tutorial was great, I will try it for sure. Would love to get better at paper piecing as I have a couple of intricate quilts I want to make. Hopefully your trick is just what I need. My favorite tool is my 1/4″ ruler, how did I ever survive without it? 🙂

  130. Unknown says:

    My new favorite tool is a pleated ruffle maker! I’m addicted to new tools!

  131. Pat says:

    Wow – thank you for a great tutorial on your rulers. My favorite ruler would be a six inch ruler as it is always in my sewing kit.

  132. I’ve just been doing some paper piecing. I need to try this method – looks like this tool would be helpful for sure

  133. Lynne says:

    My favorite is my add-a-quarter ruler.
    Thanks for the great tutorial.

  134. Beth says:

    This freezer paper technique looks really easy. I love that block. My favorite is my 6 x 12 ruler. It’s just the right size for me & I can take it to all my classes without having it stick out all over. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  135. Ellee says:

    My 6″x12″ ruler is my favorite. — soparkaveataoldotcom

  136. Debbie P says:

    My 6 x 24 ruler is my favourite tool and constantly use it. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  137. mabear says:

    My favorite ruler is the 6×24 I cut lots of strips

  138. kbo says:

    I too like many use the 6″ x 24″ ruler. These new fast2mark™ 6″ & 18″ Quilter’s Rulers would be another great tool to have in my sewing arsenal. good tutorial ion the process.

  139. batgirl says:

    I like my 6″x 24″ ruler also. Thanks for the paper piecing tutorial. Very nice block. I will try your method. thanks for the chance to win

  140. Amy says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this tool before it is available! This seems like such a great thing to use!

  141. Heleny25 says:

    I really like my june Tailor Shape cut slotted ruler to cut strips, but I am always open to try new rulers. 🙂

  142. auntie says:

    My go-to ruler is my WOF 6×24, but I have LOTS of them. Would love to try this one — looks great!

  143. ShelleyJo says:

    I am just getting started in quilting and have not found a favorite yet!

  144. Peggy says:

    Way too hard to answer this question. I am the ruler queen! I have so many…normal ones and all kinds of specialty rulers. I have none for paper piecing and this sounds like a great method to try. Thanks for the chance to win.

  145. Mary says:

    Wow! This looks really fascinating & fun to try.
    My favorite ruler is my 6″ x 12″, its what I use to cut just about everything.

  146. Connie says:

    My favorite ruler is my 6 x 24 but this sounds really neat!

  147. Ruth B says:

    My favorite ruler is my 8 1/2 by 24″ but I have several others that I love as well. You can never have too many rulers!

  148. Carla says:

    Hope to try your rulers for multiple quilts waiting to be made.

  149. cindy says:

    I hope to try this technique. Thx for great tutorial. So glad you are back podcasting and doing all this other great c&t projects.

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