My Favorite Things: Creative Grids Itty Bitty Eights Ruler Designed by… ME!

Hey everyone! How’s your day going? Mine is going fine, and quickly as usual. It’s another busy day here at PG which means I’ve been stuck inside most of the afternoon hard at work in front of my machine (then again, is it really “stuck” if you love what you’re doing???). Despite being somewhat confined indoors, I’m surrounded by big, beautiful windows that let in a ton of light and allow the glorious sunshine to fill up The Gathering. I’ve gotta say it’s really nice to see! Even though the robins are officially back (I’ve heard them in woods but have yet to actually see one), spring isn’t quite here yet so it’s nice to have some tangible reassurance that it’s actually on the way. I just heard it’s going to be snowing again by the end of the week so I will certainly take this short-lived bout of nice weather while I can! I’m beginning to think that if Mother Nature had her way, we’d be giving spring and summer a miss and be getting ready for fall all over again… Sheesh!

Speaking of snow, I was doing some brainstorming earlier and was thinking back to how we’ve done certain things in the past – particularly around Christmas time – when I used to talk about what I refer to as, “my favorite things.” These “favorite things” of mine included different sewing notions and quilting hacks that I feel like at this point in my quilting career I simply can’t live without, and think you should know about too. Unfortunately, I got away from doing that last year since we opted out of celebrating our usual 12 Days of Christmas like we have in the past. In my brainstorming this morning I realized I really miss talking about the little things that make me happy in my quilting life, so I figured now is a great time to reawaken that idea. My goal is to feature one or two of my favorite things each month so that I can not only share the tricks I find to be efficient and time saving, but also to get feedback from all of you on what you think of them as well. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

So without further ado, let’s get this party started with two of my all-time favorite Creative Grids rulers that I just so happened to custom design! If you know me at all you know I have a special place in my heart for mini quilts – to the point where I actually have an entire wall of them on display in my home sewing studio. They can be fun projects if you want to make a quilt but don’t have the time, space, or need for a large one. Mini quilts also use a lot less fabric and allow you to put a dent in your scrap stash and make great heartfelt gifts when you’re in a time crunch. You can’t go wrong with mini quilts!

My 3″ x 7″ and 6″ x 6″ Itty Bitty Eights Rulers by Creative Grids are perfect for working with small pieces and little blocks because as you know, precision really is key with mini quilts! These slick rulers clearly mark each 1/8″ so you’ll never wonder if you’re measuring 3/8″, 5/8″, or 7/8” ever again – now we can see. Mystery solved! Not to mention, all the lines are dashed so you can see your fabric at all points of the ruler. You’re welcome!

I designed the 6″ x 6″ and 3″ x 7″ Creative Grids rulers specifically for mini quilts but they are also super useful when cutting mini pieces or sub cutting larger pieces for other projects. Like all Creative Grids, these nifty rulers slide easily over fabric until pressure is applied. Then, the exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!

I use the 3″ x 7″ ruler the most when I’m making a mini quilt because I like how it fits in my hand, making it so much easier to wield around those mini pieces. Remember, accurate cutting is CRITICAL with minis because just a thread can make a huge difference in a 1/2″ finished square, or a 1/4″ inner border, so these rulers can be a huge help.

Like I said above, even if you only make a mini quilt here and there, these useful rulers will not be sitting around collecting dust in between projects. They come in handy in all sorts of situations where accurate measuring is important. Want them for your own sewing room? Get yours by clicking the button below!

For more favorite things from me, Jess, Vicki, Gloria, Luke…and whoever else decides to grace us with their presence, tune in to watch us LIVE tomorrow on STITCH with Lisa Bongean at 1:00 CST by clicking the STITCH button below! Don’t forget – Sue Spargo will also be making a special guest appearance to spill the beans on the magic that’s been happening over at The Gathering for the last couple of weeks. You’re not going to want to miss it! See you there! ~Lisa

27 responses to “My Favorite Things: Creative Grids Itty Bitty Eights Ruler Designed by… ME!”

  1. Pamels Avatar

    I have both and love them.

  2. Shari S Avatar
    Shari S

    I have always loved Creative Grid rulers. And your small ones are the bomb

  3. Jan Doyle Avatar
    Jan Doyle

    I have both of these rulers. Love them

  4. Joyce Jensen Avatar

    Those two sizes (6×6 and 3×7) are my favorites and I splurged and got the 15 inch Square XL, another good size to have. It’s so handy to have the eighths marked.

  5. Annie Bartus Avatar
    Annie Bartus

    I absolutely love your Itty Bitty Eights rulers. I use them every time I’m cutting something small! I also highly recommend your Charming 5 X 15 Itty Bitty Eights ruler!

  6. Jeanne Fuelling Brown Avatar
    Jeanne Fuelling Brown

    Thank you for the itty bitty eighths rulers! They sure make quilting easier.

  7. Charlene Morris Avatar
    Charlene Morris

    Wow more snow!! I get so jealous of that snow. Sewing and baking on cold days are the best. In Georgia we have lots of sunshine but cold nights(good to snuggle with dog and cat)

    I get the quilt subscription box(oh I love this box) so I am doing all the projects. I will have a mini wall very soon. The small projects just get those creative juices flowing. See you tomorrow.

  8. Ann P. Avatar
    Ann P.

    I love your Itty bitty rulers. The dash lines help alot with accuracy. My eyes aren’t what they used to be. Can’t wait for Live With Lisa. Want to hear what you and Sue have been up to.

  9. Deb Worthman Avatar
    Deb Worthman

    Love my 6×6 itty bitty ruler.

  10. Donna Schulz Avatar
    Donna Schulz

    The Itty Bitty rulers are wonderful! Love miniature quilts too.

  11. usairdoll Jodi Avatar
    usairdoll Jodi

    My friend and I took a two day class with Sue Spargo several years ago, great fun!!

  12. Linda E Avatar
    Linda E

    Woo Hoo, so glad you are doing your favorite things again! I always loved that part of December! Thank you, thank you!
    I have your itty bitty rulers, love the markings, makes cutting and measuring so very easy!

  13. Dianne Avatar

    My American Gatherings quilt won first place out of twelve quilts in the large pieced category at a local judged show. Thank you for the quilt a long and for the 1/2″ hst. That pushed my quilt over the top! The show was dedicated to veterans with over twenty Quilts being presented. My donation of another quilt was presented to a Vietnam veteran who flew helicopters.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      That’s awesome Dianne! Have you submitted it to Heidi for our Winner’s Circle? If not, I’d love to blog about it! Send a photo and details including your full name, the quilt name, which show/contest you won, which award and category, and location, etc. to and we’ll include it in a future “PG Winner’s Circle” blog post.

  14. Marsha Avatar

    I especially love the 3 x 7 inch itty bitty ruler. I use it when I trim down scraps for the 1-1/2 and 2-1/2 inch square sizes. Stack up left over strips and cut squares for scrappy 9-patch or 4-patch blocks to use as leaders and enders or sew the strips together if long enough and use the ruler to sucut the units. Love the accuracy. Bonus secondary baby quilts for charity while sewing your projects.

  15. Karen Elene Stephens Avatar
    Karen Elene Stephens

    Must say one of my favorite rulers too! And it always stays out in my workstation!

  16. jzquilt Avatar

    I love my Itty Bitty 6×6! One ruler that never gets put away! BTW the snow continues up here in the Yoop too! 18 inches coming our way tonight and into the weekend!

  17. Sarah P Avatar
    Sarah P

    I love the small size of the itty bitty rulers, too. It’s much easier to handle when working small.

  18. Cheryl Gherna Avatar
    Cheryl Gherna

    I have and love your 1/8” marks on the itty bitty rulers!

  19. JOANNE HUDOCK Avatar

    I love my Itty Bitty Rulers, I have a quite a few !

  20. alice vail Avatar

    Your “favorite things” reawakening, is a marvelous idea! I love the itty-bitty rulers. Mother Nature seems to be losing her marbles, but being “stuck” in your sewing room, would be a blessing.

  21. Lisa Mikel Avatar
    Lisa Mikel

    I love your rulers!

  22. Brenda Avatar

    I use them often. Love having them when needed. Great for using up smaller fabric pieces.

  23. Audrey M Avatar
    Audrey M

    So enjoyed today’s pre-St. Patty’s Day “Stitch with Lisa Bongean” very much. The interviews with Sue Spargo and her students were wonderful, and the show ‘n tells were inspiring. Definitely adding a future class/retreat at the Gathering to my bucket list. Thank you for sharing!

  24. Sharlene Andoe Avatar

    Thank you, Lisa for continuing your “favorite things”! The detailed information about your itty bitty rulers is nice to know! I don’t think I have either of these rulers I need to check my rulers again! I have some scraps that need to be cut and organized when I can! Have an AWESOME day, Lisa!

  25. Barb Avatar

    Tips and tools have been a huge help to my learning as a self taught quilter. My Itty BittyEighth ruler is my go to . I have both sizes but the square is my favorite !

  26. lee Avatar

    My go to rulers! Love Creative Grids!

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