Shortly after I started quilting and adding to my collection of quilting "tools," I discovered Judy Martin...and her ruler. It was THE perfect ruler. THE perfect size, 7x 19 inches. After I had been using it awhile, she mentioned in her newsletter that it was not economically feasible to have more rulers produced, so when her stock was gone, it was gone.
Eventually rulers do wear out from overuse. Some of the markings have faded. Both of my two remaining rulers are knicked in a couple of places (which now in turn knicks my rotary blade), and one of them is a bit warped (my advice? Don't leave rulers in your car on a hot day...)
Then when the "Cutting Edge" started making the rounds of blog land, with its blade-sharpening cutting edge, I thought I had finally found what I was looking for. It was 6 1/2" by 18 1/2", a size pretty close to "perfection."
....and this charm pack called "Sweet Hearts" by Deb Strain and Arrin Turnmire for Moda could be coming your way. It has the cutest fabric, lots of pink, white and red. Perfect for Valentine's Day. I'll pick a winner on Friday morning.