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Hex N More and Sidekick Rulers

National Sewing Month 2013

I’m Julie of Jaybird Quilts the designer behind the Hex N More and Sidekick Rulers. Today I’m here to tell you a bit more about my rulers. I released the Hex N More last year and just released the Sidekick one month ago.

The two rulers allow you to rotary cut a variety of shapes from strips for fast & fun quiltmaking. They can work independently or as a pair.

The Hex N More cuts 4 shapes in 4 sizes. Hexagons, Triangles, Half Hexagons and Jewels.

The Sidekick cuts 3 shapes in 4 sizes. Triangles, Half Triangles and Diamonds.

The Sidekick Ruler also has its own hashtag printed directly on the ruler.
Here is a screen shots from Instagram on my iPhone of #SidekickRuler. I love seeing what quilters make with my rulers and patterns & hashtags make it so easy to follow along!

Both rulers come with full color instructions just like my patterns.

Currently I have designed 10 patterns using the Hex N More.

Currently I have designed 3 patterns with the brand new Sidekick Ruler.

I also have a few new patterns in the works that will be released at fall quilt market using the Hex N More and Sidekick Rulers!!

Last year I showed how to cut a Hexagon with the Hex N More. Today I’m going to show you how you can cut Triangles, Half Triangles and Diamonds all from one strip of fabric with the Sidekick Ruler.

1. I started with a 3 1/2″ x WOF strip. Align the Sidekick Ruler as shown and trim fabric on the right to create an angled cut.

2. Rotate fabric strip 180° and align ruler as shown. Cut on right side to get a diamond.

3. Continue working your way down the strip cutting diamonds with no waste.

4. Next up is the Triangle. Flip the ruler towards you and align as shown. Cut to create a triangle.

5. Flip the ruler back up to cut the next triangle. Repeat to cut as many triangles as you need.

6. Last is the Half Triangle. Align the ruler as shown and cut to create a Half Triangle.

7. Rotate the ruler back 180° to continue cutting half triangles.

8. The result is all 3 shapes from one strip. The Sidekick can cut shapes with 1″, 2″, 3″ & 4″ finished heights.

9. To cut left & right half triangles at the same time you will want to start with two layers of fabric wrong sides together.

10. Square off the edge and remove the selvages.

11. Rotate the fabric strip 180°  and align the ruler as shown.

12. Cut along the right side to create and left and right half triangle.

13. The result is that each cut creates mirror image half triangles.

I’m excited to share my new patterns with you soon at Fall International Quilt Market!


We will be giving away a Hex N More Ruler and a Sidekick Ruler to one lucky winner! To enter please leave a comment—tell us which of the Hex N More or Sidekick patterns above is your favorite and why.

You will have until September 30 at midnight to comment. All winners will be randomly selected and announced on Moda…The Cutting Table Blog on October 2. Make sure to visit the blog every day for the opportunity to win each giveaway!

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382 thoughts on “Hex N More and Sidekick Rulers

  1. I’m lovin’ the Hex and More ruler. Once I saw a few of the patterns (Rock Candy & Candy Dish in particular), I realized that this ruler is almost essential in a quilter’s collection.

  2. Love Northern Lights! I live in Morthern Michigan where they are absolutely beautiful. The quilt/pattern is georgous and would make a great way to allow me to see them daily.

  3. I love Rock Candy because it reminds me of my childhood and summer vacations. We always seemed to go somewhere fun that sold rock candy. That was my favorite thing to get because I didn’t get it at home.

    Sandy A

  4. I have your hex n more ruler and just love it. Would love to have the Sidekick too. My favorite pattern is Tiny Dancer. I just love how it flows together.

  5. I love Toes in the Sand – it looks very intriguing to make and it turned out beautiful! I have seen the hex ruler before but did not realize how it worked. Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. I love Toes in the Sand – it really plays with the variety you can create with the Hex-N-More ruler. LOVE this ruler – can’t wait to get the Sidekick!

  7. I love Science Fair, it is simple and stunning at the same time. I also like that you get to see it made up in 2 different colourways. Thanks for an amazing giveaway. Crossing fingers and toes for this one.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

  8. Why do I have to pick just one? They are all so pretty. My choice would be Lotus. I saw Julie’s actual samples recently and love the pattern.

  9. I love toes in the sand , just a real fun quilt . These rulers look wonderful and I can see would save a person a lot of time . Thanks for the chance ,

  10. Northern Light is my favorite because it is modern and simple and also because also because I live where I can see the northern lights 🙂

  11. I like the toes in the sand pattern.
    Love the design and appreciate the
    idea, of showcasing the different
    ways the ruler, could be used. Thank
    you for the chance to win.

  12. I love these rulers and they really need to be I’m tool box. My favorite pattern is the Candy dish. Love how different it looks when the lights and darks are switched.

  13. I love the sidekick ruler! I was thinking of buying one, but winning would be awesome too! Also, seaside is such a fun chevron pattern – would love to make it. 😉

  14. I just love Rock Candy they are so colorful and pretty. I could see these all over the house on tables, dressers, you name it. They would also be great gifts. Sure hope I win cause I have 2 quilts to make that I need both these rulers for diamonds Hexis and triangles.

  15. I like the Lotus pattern – you can highlight one or two large scale prints and the triangles can coordinate to that. I like the large blocks also. Thanks for the give away!

  16. I have a hard time deciding between Rock Candy and Snack Time. I love the hexies created with Snack Time–great illusions! And I love stars, and Rock Candy shines. (the quilting is just adorable on the pattern quilt photos, too!)
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  17. Just one? No No No, give me Lotus, tiny dancer and seaside. I am currently doing the toes in the sand BOM and love it, the fabric choices for this from the fat quarter shop are perfect.

  18. I really like the Northern Lights because of it’s bold simplicity. I’d like it in warm colors too, like fire and lightning. Thanks for the giveaways!

  19. i love my hex and more ruler, and the new one looks fun too. i’m really liking Toes in the Sand and am building up the fabrics to make the quilt.

  20. I honestly can not pick just one so here are my top 3…….Jawbreaker, Candy Dish, and Tiny Dancer. The Hex n More ruler is on top of my Christmas list this year. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

  21. Lotus is wonderful–the blocks have great impact, and I can imagine the different “personalities” that different fabrics would bring.

  22. Man! What a tough question!!! I guess if I could only pick one it would be Toes in the Sand. I see it as a BOM and great teaching quilt. I like Northern Lights too because it’s so wonky and has interesting movement. Then there’s Tiny Dancer. I like that one because it has that tessalation feel and I love tessalating designs. Would love to win a set of your rulers to play with :-).

  23. I needed these rulers last week…maybe I wouldn’t have wasted 10 FQs 🙁 oh well… Live and learn as they say! Loving all those patterns but my favorite is Giggles!!!

  24. I love my hex n more ruler. I made Tiny Dancer for a friend’s new baby, and then used the extra strips left over to make a table runner, using six half hexagons to make each of the three hexagons. Turned out great!

  25. Toes in the sand is the coolest pattern. Not only is it modern, but a BOM as well. could try all the different techniques/cuts with the ruler

  26. Rock Candy would be my choice with the SideKick ruler. I love the hex shape and I would make it in bright solids or a Christmas print. Love Tiny Dancers as well. Too many choices! Great giveaway and thanks.

  27. I am about the most “traditional” person you will probably meet – but I would definitely give “modern quilting” a whirl if I won these rulers!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  28. Tiny dancer just popped out as i scrolled thru them, i am not sure if it was the color combo or the design would love to try your new rulers out at this time do not have them thanks fopr the chance to win

  29. These are all such nice patterns it is hard to choose but I keep going back to the Northern Lights as I like that zig zag look and the use of solid colors. Great rulers! Hope my Quilt shop gets them soon.

  30. The Wonton, Lotus and Candy Dish pillows are my favorites. I’ve been looking for a quilt that would appeal to my 16 year old granddaughter. I’ve been doing so much with reproduction fabric the past couple years and she is not into history at this point in life.
    I’ve got to get your rulers, I hope I’m the winner.

  31. My favourite is Rock Candy. The size is very ‘doable’ and would make great gifts. It’s unusual, but I think it would appeal to everyone.

  32. I’m torn between Northern Lights and Snack Time. I like the rainbow effect in Northern Lights–and I also like the contrast between white and bright colors in Snack Time.

  33. “Snack Time” is my favorite pattern, it’s just so cheery!

    By the way, I love your Hex N More ruler! I just used it for making the shapes of the foliage of the trees I’m making for blocks. So handy for so many things. Thank you!

  34. I love Rock Candy….I want to make a quilt for my bed with this pattern!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    I have several of your patterns….just need the rulers!! 🙂

  35. How can I choose just one? I want to make them all! I like the different options you can do with the rulers. I no longer buy things that are a single use ruler. Good product.

  36. Julie’s patterns are understandable, accurate and clearly written and illustrated. I so appreciate her efforts! And her rulers make it so easy – thanks Julie!

  37. Whichever ruler will help me make the “Seaside” quilt is the one I would like to own! Thanks for the opportunity and creating rulers to make beautiful projects!

  38. I love your jawbreaker pillow! It provides a great way to showcase leftover bits of cherished fabric in a stylish way. What versatile rulers! Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. I haven’t used either ruler, but I have been itching to use the Hex n’ more ruler to make either Candy Dish, Toes in the Sand, or Tiny Dancer for a while now.

  40. I love all the patterns, but especially Science Fair. It brings back good memories of all the science fair projects my youngest had when he was in school. I also appreciate the tutorial, since sometimes I’m not sure I can figure out how to use new rulers. They both seem easy so I can hardly wait to purchase them.

  41. It’s hard to pick a fave with so many outstanding patterns! I’ll pick Science Fair since I’ve always loved hexies. Giggles is a close favorite due to the unusual setting of the diamonds. They are both great modern versions with traditional shapes.

  42. All the projects are wonderful, but when I came to “Giggles” it made me smile. I would love to win and have a blast playing with all the ways to cut fabric. Thanks.

  43. Snack Time is my favorite!!!! Love it!!! I can see it in solids, or batiks, and even 30s fabrics!!! So many options that will have so many different looks!

  44. Oh I love the Northern Lights pattern with the Hex and more ruler. So sophisticated and graphic. I adore the Seaside pattern with the Sidekick ruler. The pattern looks like an accordion fold book. How fun is that?
    thanks!
    Christina in Cleveland

  45. I love snack time and rock candy. The colors are so vivid and exciting. I would be so excited to win your rulers. They would make cutting so much easier. Thank you for the giveaway.

  46. I like Science Fair best, both because the name rustles up all kinds of childhood memories, and because I think it would make an exquitite honeycomb/bee quilt, done in yellows and golds and creams.

  47. I love rock candy. The shape is a complex star. I’m a big star fan. I also love that they are made from little diamonds, so cool. I loved rock candy as a child, so the name doesn’t hurt either =)

  48. I love Science Fair and Lotus – I purchased both of those patterns. I have not yet made them, but can’t wait to do so. I love seeing your booth at the shows, and love to see young people getting into the quilting world! Good Job Julie!

  49. I’d love to make the Rock Candy topper. I have it saved in my Etsy faves to buy very soon! Winning these would make it a no-brainier. I’ve seen some on Instagram using your hash tag chart (thanks for that!). It made it so easy.

  50. The Hex and More ruler is loads of fun to play with! I am anxious to try the sidekick ruler. Since I have made/or making a couple of the hex and more pattersn, I will pick Rock Candy and Giggles for your new ruler! Keep up the good work! Can’t wait to see your new things for market.

  51. Hex N More would be my first choice for ruler. I have your Traffic pattern on my to do list, but see several others here that could hel keep me out of trouble over the winter months.

  52. Your patterns are so neat! Really beautiful! My favorite is Rock Candy. I love it because it reminds me of a blooming flower. Thanks for a great giveaway.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

  53. Really as I was sliding down the screen as each design was displayed I was thinking THAT one was my favorite! Since you asked though for one – I’ll pick Science Fair. It has a lot of space without a design that would be fun to FMQ! Thanks!

  54. How can I choose one favorite among so many? Let’s say Toes in the Sand, since I’m working on the Block of the Month right now. Thank you for a chance to win!

  55. Love what youve done with Lotus, both the colourways and the design layout.
    I tried earlier this year to buy a HexnMore online but never did manage to get the link to accept my Paypal and was really disapointed to find nowhere in the Uk that sold them for you either?
    I looked at Knitting & Stitches show in Harrogate, Yorkshire last winter too but was disapointed not to find the HexnMore there.
    If I dont get luckjy this time, I will try again but I know I tried 3 times and the link given from your blog, hadnt allowed me to both order and pay : (
    These look such useful additions to a stitchers life!

  56. I’d love to make the Toes in the Sand quilt, I’m fascinated by triangles but not yet had the courage to sew with them!
    Thanks for the chance to win

  57. I love quilting rulers! I am always looking for new tools to make my quilting projects faster and better. These rulers belongn in my collection. My favorite pattern is Snack Time! I love the shapes along with the bright colors off set with white. It is simply stunning!

  58. I love the hex ruler. Makes things look so simple to do! I also love the candy dish pattern.
    Truthfully, I love all the patterns shown. I’m going to have to find time to just play again!

  59. My favorite is the Rock Candy because it reminds me of looking in a kaleidescope. ( I hope I spelled that correctly!) Thank you for the chance to win one of these fabulous rulers!

  60. I have loved the Toes In The Sand pattern since I first saw it, in fact, I just ordered it and the Hex n More ruler last week! I could sure use the Sidekick ruler though!

  61. I love Northern Lights. I have been wanting to do this quilt for sometime. It’s the colors and the zig zagginess that I love. I have gone to the quilt store and I have had the Hex n More ruler in my hand. But I put it back in hopes of getting it for my birthday. 🙂

  62. I seem to be on a pillow kick lately and I am loving these pillows! Jawbreaker caught my eye right away with the hexagons. Love them!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  63. Tiny Dancer and Candy Dish caught my eye. I like the interest in Tiny Dancer. Would love to try the rulers. Thank you for the giveaway and for your pretty designs.

  64. It is hard to choose one as they all have so much visual appeal…I might start out with something small like Candy dish, Jawbreaker, or Rock Candy (is there a theme here?)but sometime I would love to take on Tiny Dancer – I saw one done at my LQS and it is stunning!

  65. I love Northern Lights! It showcases solid fabrics as well as makes the eye roam around the design. Hope to win one of your Sidekick rulers – have already purchased the Hex N More and LOVE it! Bethbin AL

  66. That’s a hard choice. I love stars so the Rocky Candy really appeals to me but I also love the movement in Tiny Dancer. I also love Jawbreaker. I haven’t made anything with hexagons so the pillow would be a good beginning piece to try.

  67. I like science fair… not sure why. Maybe because I have a little boy and there don’t seem to be as many patterns for them? Maybe because science is as important as art, and this marries the two in a very light hearted way!

  68. I love Candy Dish, followed by rock candy: can you sense a theme here? Those rulers look fantastic: I’ve been looking at them for the last year!! Thanks for the chance!!

  69. I already have Northern Light and the Hex’n More ruler; I can’t wait to start on that one. I want to make Rock Candy also with the new Sidekick ruler

  70. I actually like them all! These patterns are so modern and cool! My absolute favourit is the Northern Lights Quilt though! The colors are stunning and I love the wonky zig-zags! Great work!

  71. I can’t make up my mind between Lotus and Tiny Dancer! Lotus looks exotic and the colours and quilting are fantastic! Tiny Dancer makes me feel happy and no one would believe it was made from half hexagons. It looks too complicated!!

  72. Just bought the Hex N More ruler, going to use it to make a quilt for my step mom for christmas, would love to have the sidekick as well. Love all the quilts on the website, Beautiful! Great work!

  73. Pick a favorite? Now there’s a challenge. The best I can do is to pick 3. Giggles- I like all the smiles I see. Toes in the Sand- Learning to use the tool and not be bored with the same block over and over. Northern Lights- Patterns that can be pieced with solids and not look pieced are hard to find. Great to find tools that can do more than one thing.

  74. Tiny Dancer is probably my favorite. I love the spinning look of the quilt and it makes me think of my tiny granddaughter who loves to spin and dance.

    Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win these rulers.

  75. Northern Lights! It has such a dramatic effect just like when viewing the Northern Lights.
    Thanks for promoting your products for newbies like me to find!

  76. I love Northern Lights! The potential color choices and combination of free motion quilting is mind boggling. It has the potential to look like a tiered garden, a mountain range,a troposphere, stratosphere or mesosphere.

  77. Wonderful variety of designs and your directions are very clear too. Since you ask for just one favorite, I’m drawn to Toes in the Sand. I like the variety in the design pieces and the spaces with the alternate blocks – good way to show off some FMQing. Thanks so much for putting my name in the hat for your drawing!

  78. I just love these patterns! Can’t wait to start Toes in the sand and finish up science fair. THe new one giggles is perfect for the birth of the up coming TRIPLETS! (Perfect name for baby quilts as well).

  79. It was really had to select which one I liked best they are all great, but if I have to select one it would be Snack Time. I love the colors it is so cheerful.

  80. I love all the patterns!!! But one of my favorites is Toes in the Sand. I love how you can change it up by changing the colors or which styles of triangles you use. 🙂

  81. I love giggles….which I bought…I also bought the Hex N’ More….if I was lucky enough to win, I’d give the extra Hex N’ More to my quilting friend who moved to Florida!!! Love these!!

  82. I love Rock Candy! By the way, love the Hex N More ruler — I bought it while traveling at a lovely quilt shop in Morgantown, WV. So happy to see the patterns and even more ideas for how this great tool can be used. Would love to have the sidekick too!

  83. These ruler/templates look great! I have been bitten with the hexagon bug and would love to try these. I especially like the Tiny Dancer pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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