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Quilts from* On-Point Patchwork

*by Donna Lynn Thomas*

Ever passed on a pattern because of on-point units, blocks, or borders? If there’s a math-related puzzle that’s plagued quilters since quilting began, it’s how to set quilt blocks on point. Perhaps you’ve heard of the quilter’s magic number: 1.414 (more on that number here). If you want to design quilts on point, that magic number works great for figuring dimensions for diagonal quilt patterns. But trying to slice fabric to 1/16 or 1/32 of an inch isn’t easy with a rotary cutter. Cutting gets fudged. Pieces get tugged. As a result, sewing gets less and less precise—while the expletives grow surprisingly on point!

Ten-time author and self-proclaimed math geek Donna Lynn Thomas recently completed what most of us would consider a daunting mission: to find out how to set quilt blocks on point—precisely—with rotary equipment alone. Her new book *On-Point Patchwork* and her new Omnigrid On-Point Ruler help you create on-point quilts with no templates and no math—just a swish of your blade. Today Donna is here to dish about the inspiration behind her latest book, and to offer a peek into what it’s like to design quilts with the help of a mathematician’s mind. She may call herself a math geek, but we’re calling her the Patchwork Professor. Thanks for being here, Donna!

Geek alert! Yes, I am one of those rare birds who loves math and geometry. I was also one of those annoying students who used to ask for more proofs and theorems for homework—hey, they were fun! You can see my love of geometry translated into the 14 quilts in *On-Point Patchwork*. I love piecing and complex-looking design, although that doesn’t necessarily mean I love complex construction. I’m not totally crazy.

I also love browsing through Barbara Brackman’s *Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns*. I like playing with the cool old designs, making changes here and there, but many of these blocks have plain or pieced components that are set on point inside the blocks. Since mainstream quiltmaking has switched from homemade templates to rotary cutting, we don’t make a lot of those old patterns anymore. I’ll explain why in just a bit.

Here’s a beautiful variation of the Variable Star block (left) from one of the quilts in *On-Point Patchwork*. How would you go about strip piecing and making the nine-patch units in the center of this block with a rotary cutter and ruler? Regular rotary rulers cut pieces to measure evenly from side to side. With on-point units, such as this nine patch, the pieces must measure evenly *on the diagonal*, not side to side, because the diagonal measurement is the one parallel to the edge of the block. In this case, each nine-patch square must measure 2″ diagonally if it is to fit inside the 6″ block center.

You can calculate the diagonal of a square, but in most cases it results in measurements of 1/16 or 1/32 of an inch. As much as I love numbers, I don’t love measuring 16ths of an inch accurately with a rotary-cutting ruler. That’s just setting me up for a day of easing, stretching, or fudging when I assemble on-point blocks and borders. Who wants to do that—or the math?

Back in the dark ages when templates roamed the earth, we made any shape we wanted in absolutely any size. If you could draw it, no matter what size or dimension, you could make a template. We weren’t restricted to side-to-side measurements like we are with rotary cutting.

It dawned on me that we needed a ruler that could cut shapes that measured differently than regular rulers. In addition to side-to-side measurements, we needed even diagonals. Enter the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler.

Let’s go back to the Variable Star block above. We want those squares to measure 2″ on the diagonal. Easy!

1. Cut strips using the 2″ mark on the On-Point Ruler.

2. Cut the strips into squares at the 2″ mark. When sewn in place, the squares will finish to 2″ on the diagonal.

You don’t even have to add ½" for seams—that’s built into the ½" clear margin on the edge of the ruler. In a nutshell, the desired diagonal measurement is equal to the ruler cutting mark. It’s that simple!

Or better yet, sew strips sets for the nine patch instead of cutting individual squares. Cut the segments using the 2″ mark. Make your nine patch like always.

I was so excited about the possibilities for the ruler that I knew I had to write a book full of all the things you could do with it. Besides squares, we can now make rectangles and half-square-triangle units that measure correctly when set on point. But most of all, I wanted quilters to be able to use the On-Point Ruler to design their own blocks, borders, and quilts with on-point patchwork.

In this video, I offer a more in-depth explanation of the ruler.

*View Donna’s video "How to set quilt blocks on point (no templates, no math!)" on YouTube*

See if you can find the on-point patchwork in these quilts:

I can’t wait to see what you make. I know MY mind just keeps racing with ideas for new blocks and quilts. Where’s my sketch pad…

Donna, thanks for showing us that math wizardry isn’t required to make on-point quilts!

You can find Donna online at donnalynnthomas.com.

**How’s your quilt math—A+, average, or completely absent?** Share your score in the comments

*On-Point Patchwork*and the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

**Comments are closed for this post.**

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Ele, who writes:

“My math ability has gone on an extended vacation and I’m not sure if it will ever come back. I love quilting books and I love quilting tools, and I have a lot of both, but another of each never hurts. Would love to win the book so I can use some of those luscious patterns. Thanks for the effort to come up with the book and the ruler.”

Ele, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

I wish I could say I had had scored higher than average in math but no, it was always hard to get through. Hence I became a writer instead. My son, now an engineer, loves the challenge of cracking a mathematical puzzle, so much so, I question his genetics. Thanks for an opportunity to win the ruler that would make my life easier.

—Colleen Gander on November 12, 2013My quilt-math is horrible!! I shy away from some patterns because of it! I find this ruler fascinating and I am in awe of people who "get" the geometry in quilting!

—M Nichols on November 12, 2013Finally someone who has made the math simpler! Thank you!

—Patty Hammond on November 12, 2013I love geometry, but not rotary cutting on point pieces. I cheat and use templates!I know I’ll be asking Santa for this ruler!

—Therese on November 12, 2013*hangs head in shame* I’m absolutely average. This ruler could be my knight in shining amour!

—Melanie Varela on November 12, 2013I have to say A-. I love to solve a quilting math problem, but I am also fond of good and simple solutions!

—Anita on November 12, 2013I think I was afraid of math. I liked it through about 8th grade, then the fear factor set in; In college I only took what I had to; but I can say that the knowledge of math I did retain has helped in quilting. This ruler and book are the perfect items to increase what my confidence could be in the quilting world.

—Donna on November 12, 2013I’d say I’m average at quilt math. Not a total dunce, but not expert either.

—LeAnne L on November 12, 2013Love it and the quilt that I made using the On Point Ruler! Thanks Donna!

—Kim P on November 12, 2013Would So Love to try this!

—Saundra on November 12, 2013I was a math major–love to see it applied

—Kathy Gant on November 12, 2013I’m average would love to have this ruler.

—Cherrell Robinson on November 12, 2013How wonderful for use math challenged people. I love quilting but hate trying to spend hours to figure things out, I just want to cut and sew. Would love to win the book and ruler to help me go through some of the stash I have.

—connie on November 12, 2013I love math and did pretty well in school (I stopped at calculus however), but I make a lot of quilts. These great patterns and a cool new tool that make the cutting quicker would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

—Amy F on November 12, 2013Wow….you make it look so easy! Math was, and is, never my best subject. This book will certainly help!

Thank you for the giveaway

Claire

—Claire Currier on November 12, 2013askmcv@yahoo.ca

I would love to improve my quilt math since I am more inclined to enjoy piecing quilts. Quilting is really all math and to simplify the mystery of piecing is terrific.

—Susan Stone on November 12, 2013Thank you

My math quotient? Depends on the day and what I’m doing. A new ruler? Oh, yes. And I have to chuckle. My geometry teacher…well, he wasn’t very nice to girls. I laugh every time I use skills I learned in his class in my quilts.

—Claudia on November 12, 2013When I was in high school, I always got A’s in math. Now that 30+ years have gone by, I would probably give myself a B-!! Love the patterns!

—Darlene B on November 12, 2013I score and A+ in math but I don’t mind having someone else figure it out for me in a book either.

—Wanda on November 12, 2013Ok not sure how I ever could quilt – when I failed math miserably – along with spelling – My math and spelling together couldn’t reach F- so I need all the help I could get – thank goodness for spell check and rulers that do It all for you!!! and I great at picture reading and all the guides on the seing machine

—Sharon on November 12, 2013My Math skills may be above average, but not my cutting skills when I need 1/16″ measurements on my rulers! I can figure the math but usually I end up doing odd sizes by paper piecing. It is accurate, but it wastes a lot of fabric and is time consuming to remove the paper when there is a better way! I wish I could attend a workshop on this ruler to make the learning curve a little less steep.

—Judi on November 12, 2013Quilt math??? uggg I wish I could say I am good at it and rate an A+, however – truth be told I need all the help I can get. It is horrible to have to ask the grandkids to help me figure things out – I have no shame in asking, just great embarassment. Math… it it my pariah. :/ Thanks for the chance of help. 🙂

—Angy on November 12, 2013I can do the math and have created my own on the fly on point settings, but it would be fun to see and try this method!

It looks like it would be faster than my version.

—Caryn on November 12, 2013My math was always good til I wanted to set on point. then… I just wing it.

—Sue D on November 12, 2013When I have tried anything on point it’s usually hit or miss with a lot of tears. Thanks for a chance.

—Diane H on November 12, 2013I have always loved the look of on-point quilt blocks but looking is as far as I got. As has been mentioned 1/16 or 1/32 is too much of a fussy cut for my comfort zone. This book has beautiful quilts and the ruler is already added to my ‘wish list’.

—Lynn on November 12, 2013I am also a bit of a math geek. At the same time, I appreciate efficiency, so if someone has a better way to get things done than doing all the math, then I’m all for it! Looks like a great book and ruler, thanks for the chance to win!

—Lisa Marie on November 12, 2013Math nerd here! My son just started algebra in school this year, and I’m having a lot of fun helping him out. If he says he has math homework, I rub my hands in anticipation, and he looks at me like I have a third eye sprouting on my forehead. What’s his problem? lol! That said, even I have had my on-point nightmares. Yes, those 1/32″ cuts are a real pain! It’s too bad, since I really love a lot of on-point patterns. This ruler and book will really help speed up the process of making a lot of these projects. Yea!! 🙂

—Meredith Miller on November 12, 2013With a degree in math and civil engineering, I would have given myself an A in quilt math. Now I’m just shaking my head asking why didn’t I think of that!!!! Way to go Donna!

—Paula on November 12, 2013I always loved math, but it has been a very long time since I studied it in school! LOL. I would LOVE to win this ruler and book and make one of the beautiful quilts shown!

—Debby Lehman on November 12, 2013A+. But this would be so much easier!

—Pam Smolek on November 12, 2013Sigh. My quilter’s math is in the basement, knowledge-wise. I have told people to pay attention in geometry, and algebra classes. You DO use it later in life, especially if you are a quilter. Although, fractions I can do, and decimals. So there’s hope for me yet!

—Gail Wood on November 12, 2013I just started quilting, so I’m going to say I’m absolutely absent, I tried to convert a pattern from a 6 inch to a 12 inch block recently, I thought doubling everything would work….well it didn’t! But it was a good learning experience 🙂

—Carlye on November 12, 2013I would say I was average at quilt math. Thanks for the great giveaway.

—Christine M on November 12, 2013Well, my math is fine but haven’t put it to good use like Donna. Thanks for the tips!

—Deborah on November 12, 2013My quilt math is average but could be A+ with this ruler, I’m sure

—Joan H. on November 12, 2013I’d like to think that I am above average, but then there are times I totally mess up.

—Vicki H on November 12, 2013Math skill a+ – my craft group comes to me to help them figure our math problems in qullting or sizing any type of pattern to fit different types of crafts. Always love to learn new ways to figure out things.

—Dawn on November 12, 2013I’m average on quilting math. This ruler would certainly help in that department, and provide incentive to try more one point quilts.

—Susan on November 12, 2013Thanks for a chance to win!

completely absent, this would be great for a math-challenged person like me!

—marybeth P on November 12, 2013Love the math (but would be happy to win and avoid it). Once made a quilt with baskets set "on-point" and a border of HST’s that the teacher said would fit because they were made from the same triangles as in the baskets. BUT the border triangles were set square with the border and the triangles in the baskets were on-point. I tried to explain to the teacher that the reason they would fit, was because 5 triangles were used in the block and 7 in the equivalent space in the border (7/5= 1.4), but I was (not too politely) told that they fit because they were the same triangle!

Judy Morin

—Judy on November 12, 2013threadlady@bellsouth.net

I’m pretty good with the standard math involved in quilting. I gave up templates long ago in favour of rotary cutting.

It’s the patterns that get into 1/16″ and 1/8″ that rattle me.

Those are very lovely quilts. Would love to win this book.

Thanks for the lesson and the opportunity to enter the contest.

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—B from Canada on November 12, 2013This ruler is going on my Christmas list for sure. I need all the help I can get.

—Sandy K on November 12, 2013It has been decades since I took geometry and found that out when I tried to make a large square in a square. Finally got it done but the points are missing on most of the inner square – needed to add to the dimension for the seam line. Oh well it for the back side of a quilt. This book would be a great help and I know Donna is the one to teach it – took her hand piecing class.

—Cindy Wienstroer on November 12, 2013No math required? Hey, I’m all over that! The quilts are gorgeous. My math skills are at or slightly below average when it comes to quilt calculations. When I have to do ’em, I get brain overload!

—Susan Mulvihill on November 12, 2013I would say I’m an A. I’ve always loved math! I would really like to try the new ruler.

—Shari K on November 12, 2013Zero, completely absent! I’d be interested in the ruler for sure!

—Deb on November 12, 2013Probably better than average, but I never made an on-point quilt. I’m a very new quilter, and I’d love to try this method!

—Diane on November 12, 2013I’d say C- for the math – would really find this prize useful!

—Karon Henderson on November 12, 2013I always loved Math in school-everything but Geometry, which I could never wrap my head around! I’d be lost in quilting without the directions and the fractions figured for me! For this reason, I have avoided setting blocks on point (except one quilt, where they ended up on point accidentally :-). Long story!)

—Karen on November 12, 2013I’m pretty good at math, generally speaking that is, but when it comes to quilting, that is my "don’t tax the brain" time so I think that ruler is just what I need. Too many wonky, should have fit blocks in my "I’ll figure something to use them for" drawer! Imagine the quilt tops I could make with ease and little to no brain power involved!

—Paula on November 12, 2013My quilt math is about average … not an A+ but not absent, either. But I also depend on my calculator, and an old setting-triangle chart I’ve used for years …

—KrisTX on November 12, 2013Donna’s new book and the On-Point Ruler look fantastic, great patterns and real help for busy quilters !!

Yipee! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks so much, Donna.

I’m a B+ at math – it’s not my favourite part of quilting, but I can do it. ;o)

—Katherine on November 12, 2013Oh my oh my! Totally absent regarding math – I can use all the help I can get!! Thanks Donna for the new information you’ve shared with the rest of us challenged math people!! Love your Quilts!! Vicky

—Vicky Petry on November 12, 2013Numbers are definitely not my forte. Never have been, so I use whatever tools I need to get the job done. I’m off to check out Donna’s video.

—Jan on November 12, 2013I’d say about a B-… I’ve had a few mathematical mishaps, but have figured it out in the end with not too much unsewing or waste.

—Regina on November 12, 2013Math average I guess…..The ruler and book would be a great addition to my quilting aids.

—Judy Williams on November 12, 2013I think my love of math & problem solving are the basis of my addiction to piecing quilt blocks. I would rather choose a ruler over a template to cut shapes, and enjoy the challenge of re-scaling patterns to get a different size. Getting the right triangle size is sometimes a ‘work in progress’, so Donna’s new book and ruler would be great learning tools for me. Thanks for this nice summary of her techniques.

—Susan on November 12, 2013My math abilities are average, so I really appreciate the Donna’s ingenuity in designing this ruler to make on point construction easy-peasy

—ShirlAnn on November 12, 2013I’d say my score is passable. I have only tried patterns with step by step instructions. I would love to learn new skills!

—Denise Cabral on November 12, 2013My math is just average and I hate trying to figure things out. I love anything that makes it easier. This looks like a great way to simplify things. Thanks.

—Susan Griffith on November 12, 2013I would say a "B+" but we all have those days where we cut and think, we should have "measured twice".

—Dee on November 12, 2013I would say I’m just a little above average in math. I love working with numbers but having a ruler that does the math for you would save so much time….I could make more quilts. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to win this ruler and book!

—Sheila on November 12, 2013Donna is a genius! Her explanation makes a lot of sense to me. I did fairly well in math for the basic stuff, but never to got into geometry or calculus or anything that advanced

—Marilyn Snow on November 12, 2013I would love to win this book and ruler and make a bunch of on point quilts. thanks for the chance to win!

I was always good at math in school – thanks to my Dad. In algebra and geometry he could look at a problem and give the answer; however, when it came to going through the steps I needed to show how I got the answer, he couldn’t always do that. Quilting has not been a problem for me but why have to go through all the math if there is an easier way. This technique sounds interesting.

—Kaye Morgan on November 12, 2013Was good in math in high school and got A’s in geometry, but that was 40+ years ago and my old brain isn’t very good at math anymore. This ruler would be wonderful.

—Liz Dyer on November 12, 2013Love math and problem solving but when quilting new tools are great aid.

—Janice Fesperman on November 12, 2013I hate to admit it I’m average. Oh the joy of having a tool to help solve it so easily would be awesome!

—Cindy on November 12, 2013My math score is somewhere between average and absent. 😉

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

—Barbara McDonald on November 12, 2013I am fairly good at math if it pertains to something I want to do !

—chris on November 12, 2013I am real bad in math and the on point ruler would make life so much better.

—Gina on November 12, 2013my math it terrible – looks like I need the book and the ruler!!

—Nancy on November 12, 2013Hi,average at Math;don’t like numbers!

—Linda on November 12, 2013I find that I need to do a "little figuring" with my Quilt Projects though! Thanks for sharing a great giveaway!

My quilt math is an average-.

—Kathy B on November 12, 2013Wow… what a great book and ruler. My math ends at knowing the number of strips to cut when binding a quilt! Thanks for a great giveaway.

—Dianne B on November 12, 2013My quilt math skills would be average, I think. I can do the simple calculations and figure how to make it work when I am dealing with simple ratios. I would welcome a way to simplify more complex calculations. This book and ruler look like a great idea. Thanks Donna for working this out! Those who loose sleep working out the tools and methods to make the difficult easier to achieve rank number one in my book.

—Loretta on November 12, 2013I’d say I’m not an expert nor am I clueless when it comes to math. But I do like to figure it out with my own methods. Even though I went through college algebra I’d say I’ve lost most of that…not very applicable to everyday life….

—Debi Haupt on November 12, 2013I must rely on my rulers, when it comes to cutting and as for math – bah humbug!!!! This ruler would be such a help and the patchwork on point new pattern book – I must buy this! Done, it’s already at the top of my Santa list and hopefully Santa will be reading cause I have been a very good quilter this year!!!! Thank you for this opportunity.

—Mitts McMaster on November 12, 2013I would consider myself average in math. I work at it until I get it. I am a hands on and then it clicks. This tool would be a great plus to my template collection. thanks, Lanette

—Lanette Powell on November 12, 2013My math skills in school were greatly lacking. Now that I’ve been out of school for ?? years, they’ve gone missing!

—Cindy Dahlgren on November 12, 2013I am an almost completely absent. I manage to make blocks that are about the size I need, often because I make them larger and trim them to size. I like on-point settings and have worked hard to find directions for using them. I try to keep the directions where I can find them when I need them. I think on-point settings for some blocks are more interesting than straight settings. The book and the ruler will be a nice addition to my collections.

—Nancy on November 12, 2013My quilt math score is completely absent! This book and ruler look like it would make setting on point something I can do and which I have always avoided because of the math!!

—Barbara Pricola on November 12, 2013F- Wish I had known about this ruler when I was in Houston two weeks ago. Could have picked it up at the Omnigrid booth.

—Anne Wawrzyniak on November 12, 2013Math is not a problem for me, but this ruler looks like a brain saver! That on-point math,a squared plus b squared equals c squared, gets a bit messy! This is a ruler I need to add to my collection! And the book, too.

—Jean Blythe on November 12, 2013I’m another geek that likes math and geometry. That ruler would still be a wonderful tool to have

—diane on November 12, 2013Retired math teacher. But would still love the ease of using the ruler along with the inspiration from the designs in the book.

—Barbara M on November 12, 2013Back in highschool (a very long time ago) I loved math and was quite good at it, even the advanced math courses. But like so many things; if you don’t use it, you lose it. Looks like this book and tool would help all of us who have "lost it" or who just never "got it"!

—Elizabeth P. on November 12, 2013Oh, my! I only took General/Comsumer math in school! It never mattered until I got into quilting. I LOVE complex looking quilts, but sadly my lack of math skills makes it almost impossible. My husband is tired of my asking for his help in figuring out my quilt "problems". Please come to my husband’s (and mine) rescue!

—Sarah Evanko on November 12, 2013I get by with the math that I know, so I guess I’m average in that respect. Thanks for having a great giveaway. That ruler sure sounds helpful, and the book would be lovely too!

—Susan Stanton on November 12, 2013I was good in math at school but for some reason quilt math always stumps me. thanks for the chance to win this.

—Margaret Schindler on November 12, 2013A in math, but while getting a bit older, not so much anymore. This ruler and book look very interesting, and I love the quilts. I’d very much like to try this new technique.

—Annette on November 12, 2013Math and me do not mix, my eyes start to glaze over if I have to work something out LOL. Thanks for the giveaway.

—Sunnybec on November 12, 2013I love what this author has done and she likes MATH!! My daughter and her best friend have a nickname for me that came about because I am always calculating yardage or what size to cut the blocks or how to get the most cuts from a fat quarter – that nickname is ‘Sheldon’s Mom’. If you are not familiar with the Big Bang Theory sitcom (I wasn’t until I watched an episode) then you may have that same puzzled look my husband gets when Kirsten (the friend) uses it at our house. I love it, Math Rocks!! and so does quilting- now if I can get my sons to manage their money as good as my daughter does who hates math.:)

—Mary Jordan on November 12, 2013Math has not been my strong point and I love anything that makes it easier for me especially in quilting so I would love to win the ruler and book. It would make my quilting life so much easier and give me the inspiration to try those patterns that need math to succeed.

—Betsy Hubbell on November 12, 2013Geometry was not my strong point. You make it sound so simple!

—Anita on November 12, 2013Like Donna, I love math and geometry! That is one of my favorite things about quilting.

—Julie in GA on November 12, 2013Oh boy, math and I are deadly enemies. I could really use this ruler and book!

—Judy on November 12, 2013I’d say my math is above average ‘most’ days, however, having a tool to complete my projects without having to ‘figure’ out all the dimensions would be wonderful on those ‘other’ days!!! 🙂 Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

—Terry on November 12, 2013I’m very, very ordinary at math. I love all the new tools that are designed to make my quilting life a lot easier as I especially like on point quilts. Blocks set on point are a favorite of mine so it’s a giveaway I’d love to win.

—Ina Anderson on November 12, 2013I love math! I love rulers! and I love quilts with on point settings! Would love to win book and ruler!

—Kathy on November 12, 2013Boy oh boy. Next to none, I’m afraid. When math comes into the equation, my brain shuts off.

—Nita on November 12, 2013I can multiply large numbers in my head and can usually figure out the math needed to make my quilts, but I tell people I’m bad at math. 🙂 The quilts in this book are very fun and pretty!

—Jill Ellis on November 12, 2013Completely absent!! Which is actually a bit humiliating considering I am a Mechancal Engineer! Somehow I am able to easily master advanced calculus and yet I find myself totally stumped when trying to do quilt math! Pathetic, really. So I could really use this book & ruler!! Lol! Thanks for your great blog and resources!

—Christa Dunn on November 12, 2013I would give myself a B, probably. However, considering I spent 30 years teaching, that’s pretty pathetic!!!

I do pretty well with graph paper and figuring out block sizes, sashings, borders, but when I try to do on point, I am absolutely dumb-founded. I even have trouble putting it together when someone cuts them out for me!!!! I don’t know if there’s hope or not.

—Karen Pollard on November 12, 2013Depending on the day and the hour, my maths is average to non-existent

—Kerry Grose on November 12, 2013I used to be fairly good at math, but now my brain refuses to cooperate in that area of problem solving.

—Therese on November 12, 2013I’m probably A- in quilt math, but your ruler would make me an A plus. Hope I win!!

—Bea on November 12, 2013My math skills are variable — sometimes I can’t even measure correctly, while other times I am quite competent. The result is that I don’t trust myself, do a lot of second-guessing, and make more mistakes in the "checking" process than in the initial math needed. I had a lot of trauma in my life when I was supposed to be learning this stuff — I think, as a result, I learned on some days and not on others, and was confused often, and now it is just like that for me as an adult: variable, confusing, frustrating. I really appreciate charts with built-in accuracy!

—Carol Barringer on November 12, 2013trying to do a quilt pattern should not be that hard.. way to much math for me

—kim smith on November 12, 2013My math skills are average but this ruler would improve that!

—Sheryl Miller on November 12, 2013I am absolutely pathetic and it really holds me back in my quilting. That ruler sounds wonderful!!!!!!!!

—Louise Cross on November 12, 2013I want to quilt, not go back to HS math class. So this ruler sound prefect.

—Kim Waknitz on November 12, 2013When I began quilting I took lessons and we had to start with graph paper and enlarge each square we had to do. It was a learning experience. The on point ruler would have helped.

—darlene on November 12, 2013I think I am average, so there is hope for me. Thanks for having this giveaway….I would put the book and ruler to good use.

—Ann Dunn on November 12, 2013Probably slightly above average, but I love new tools & rulers, & a book that tells me what to do!

—Jeannine on November 12, 2013I was always OK in math at school, but sometimes quilters calculations just get the better of me and I will cut larger and trim down to size. Great idea Donna.

—Yvonne on November 12, 2013I’m just good enough at math to make my head explode when I can’t quite get it. Thanks for creating products to keep my head intact!

—Marie P on November 12, 2013Though I do not shy away from doing the math, templates are challenging for me. The ruler seems to help for consistent cutting of pieces. The pattern book looks something new, exciting and inviting.

—Sue on November 12, 2013Math and I parted ways when numbers became letters. I need much more than a hint and a nudge so this book/ruler set would be SO very welcome.

—Shari W. on November 12, 2013I have a quilt top I named "Pointless in Seattle". I can’t do math, so I asked my two friends for measurements to trim my blocks so I could set them on point. I got two different numbers. I went to my hubby who

—jami price on November 12, 2013is a furniture builder, his number agreed with one of the friends. I cut the blocks to that number and then points where cut off! I should have listened to the other friend and they would have been right or I should have learned math better so I could do the calculating myself. Thank you to writing a book that will help me and a big Thank you to Omigrid for the ruler, Bless you both.

My quilt math score is between average & totally absent!! Your ruler sounds like a wonderful idea for people like me!!

—Debbie R on November 12, 2013Quilt math is not at all hard to me, but I still say it’s about time someone made a ruler like this!

—Sharon on November 12, 2013My math skills are pretty good when it comes to quilting. However, I have never tried an on-point quilt. Maybe the ruler would help me get over the hump and give it a try!

—Hopkins Tricia on November 12, 2013I’ll definitely be purchasing the ruler. While I did really well all through school in math, when it comes to figuring for a quilt, I am an absolute dunce…and I so want to learn how to do on-point quilting. Thanks for giving us dunces some hope.

—Lynda Nunez on November 12, 2013Well,let’s call it average. Have not spend to much time thinking about it and mainly follow patterns…Thanks for a chance!

—Barb in MI on November 12, 2013well, A-. I love to solve a quilting math problem, but I am also fond of good and simple solutions!

—marta on November 12, 2013My geometry teacher was the basketball coach so everything was in terms of arc’s and angles of the ball. I can only make an on point quilt when it is a full pattern. I think this ruler would be wonderful.

—Carolaj on November 12, 2013I guess I’d have to say average! However I’ve just finished a quilt where I added a border on top and bottom and it was 9-patches set on point. Yes I had to figure out the size of the triangles, but it all came out great and I loved it ~ yes I used the 1.414 rule and even found a workable chart. However I’d love to try Donna’s method so yes, I’d love to win! thanks for the offer.

—Marie Chat on November 12, 2013My math skills are somewhat below average- I almost failed Algebra I, but I earned all As in Geometry- go figure!

—Roberta Kennedy on November 12, 2013While my math scores were always at the top, I find a little help is good these days as i get easily distracted–color, patterns, beads, piping and paints oh my!

—Pamela Reim on November 12, 2013I love math also but this ruler is a great idea! thanks for doing it.

—Cindy Balin on November 12, 2013Being average I make over size blocks and then trim as necessary. It would be great to learn the correct method.

—Doris W on November 12, 2013Math has always been my strength so I would consider myself an A. That being said, I welcome Donna’s On Point Ruler and her book. Who would not welcome something to make quilting faster and easier? That means more quilts made, more stash used and more love spread. Thanks Donna, Omnigrid and Martingale.

—Audrey on November 12, 2013I would have to say I am average when it comes to figuring Math Quilting. I can do it but boy does it take time. Thanks for the great giveaway. I am sure this would really help me!

—Renea on November 12, 2013I am not great at math in everyday things but seem to have a little easier time when it comes to quilting math. I definitely need that ruler and book set though. I am soooooo intrigued by the ruler. What a great addition to my must have list. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

—Sandy N on November 12, 2013My quilt math is about average, but can be quite challenged at times. I would love to win this book and ruler. Looks fascinating Thanks for the opportunity to win.!

—Kathy Biciocchi on November 12, 2013I’m average. Just enough to get by. LOL

—Debbie H on November 12, 2013I suppose I’m average. Some comes easily but I struggle in other areas.

—Kathie Fama on November 12, 2013This looks like it belongs in my collection of tools & rulers. Thanks Donna Lynn for the ruler and the beautiful samples. Can’t wait to try it out

My math is average when it comes to on-point. This ruler would be awesome to alleviate some stressful thinking.

—Jane on November 12, 2013I found a perfect solution. While I was adequate at math in school, I just married my math teacher’s son. End of math problems forever.

—Annette on November 12, 2013I’m pretty good at math, but not this good! Thank you for the giveaway!

—Paula on November 12, 2013My quilt math score is about average so this ruler and book would be a big help.

—Linda J Rice on November 12, 2013My math scores were sometimes above average and other times just average and geometry I found to be difficult.

—Judy on November 12, 2013My quilt math score is -0!

—Shelor Robin on November 12, 2013I love the way they can make all these Beautiful cover’s and now u can Win One that would be really cool for some one whom u Love to keep him or her warm when they stay too Cold, My Husband has very Cold feet and he stay’s real cold a lot and it’s hard trying to keep him warm a lot of the times.

—teresa w anderson on November 12, 2013Thanks, Mrs.Teresa w Anderson

Quilt math if I can find a good tutorial is easy. But anything to make it easier.

—Colette on November 12, 2013I love numbers. Looks like fun! Thanks for giving us a chance to win:)

—Marcia on November 12, 2013My math is okay. I can figure how many pills you need or how much in your syringe but figure fabric and squares. No thanks. Guess I should learn at least you can’t kill fabric.

—Sue on November 12, 2013I think my quilt math is average. I can usually figure it out after awhile. But I much prefer having it figured out for me!

—Susan C on November 12, 2013I love quilt math, I love learning a new challenge and find math in quilts fun. I would score myself an A-, I wish I would of taken more math classes in school, as I find it helpful in figuring out quilt patterns. Looking forward to this new book and ruler.

—Diane K on November 12, 2013I would like to learn more

—Hilda Krebs on November 12, 2013I would say I could do the math, but I wouldn’t want to figure out the measuring of the tiny fractions, so give me a B+. Thanks for a chance to win your book. My favorite quilt is Make Me Smile.

—Karen Watkins on November 12, 2013I am average….I would love a ruler that helped me out!

—Cindy on November 12, 2013Quilt math makes me use my brain and keeps me engaged but that’s not to say I wouldn’t use and love the On Point ruler.

—Barb S. on November 12, 2013my quilt math skills are just average. This ruler would make life so much easier.

—nadine on November 12, 2013I consider myself a pretty good quilter, somewhere between intermediate and advanced but I stress over increasing or decreasing block sizes. I say that a ruler like this should be called a stress reliever.

—Debby H on November 12, 2013I sort of enjoy the math part, but the cutting is he hard part– the book and ruler would be awesome!

—Robin M on November 12, 2013I have only made one quilt on point, but the directions were quite easy to follow. I don’t know if I could do it without having someone else figure the math for me, but this tutorial is a big help!

—Sandy A in St. Louis on November 12, 2013In classroom math 44yrs ago it was an A+, but when it comes to quilting, I have no faith in my math skills whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong I can deal with strips and squares(not on the diagonal), but when it comes to any other design element, fogetaboutit!

—Deborah DeBerry on November 12, 2013My math is okay but I think the ruler with the extra half inch is a winner. I hope to win it and the book.

—Polly Blank on November 12, 2013Love math! it’s the greatest but who wouldn’t want to make life easier with a great ruler!!

—Kathy G on November 12, 2013I got a perfect 100% across the board in geometry, algebra I struggled with and when it got to calculus in college I remember at the final exam I gave my professor a home made tee shirt that said:"Newton had his sh_t together" -because I sure did not. All in all – I got the quilt thing down….

—JulesMcTool on November 12, 2013Math can be interesting but challenging when trying to remember all the details. I could use that ruler!

—Marilyn Zearbaugh on November 12, 2013I’m a "math wiz" who has created my own diagonal patterns on graph paper. BUT I’ve never used a rotary cutter ~ this book will help me learn after I go buy one. Thanks!

—Marty on November 12, 2013I use to be able to do math but you know that saying "use it or lose it"? Well, I think that is what has happened to me. So maybe I am a B- or hopefully not less than a C+. Well, whatever I am, this book should be a great refresher and wake up call to my brain. Like the looks of that ruler too. I need to check that out.

—Karen L. on November 12, 2013Yeah, I’m probably average at math, but I don’t enjoy it at all. I’d love to win the book and the ruler sounds like a must for every quilter.

—Sharon Hughson on November 12, 2013I do a fair bit of math in making quilts, but occasionally it’s WAY off (brain freeze???)

—Linda Erickson on November 12, 2013thanks!

I was that math geek too.Geometry was my favorite subject. It helps me easily visualize how a quilt goes together. So far I mostly follow a pattern and haven’t had to use the magic number. I’m sure I could but I’m also a ruler addict. I’d love to play with that ruler.

—Diane S on November 12, 2013My math savvy is "completely absent" and that’s why I so appreciate people like Donna whose share their expertise and make figuring things out easier!

—Karen in Breezy Point on November 12, 2013I’m one of those that measures twice cut once. Would love to try your method of cutting. Thanks for being the math geek!

—Rita on November 12, 2013This is the hardest and most frightening part of quilting for me — the mathematical calculations. I hate to waste expensive fabric. If there ever was a book and ruler that I need…it would be this combo 🙂 If I don’t win this one, will have to put it on my Christmas "wish list."

—Kate on November 12, 2013I was last in a geometry class 45 years ago and I barely passed. I forgot what I learned years ago. This book and the ruler would help me tremendously move from the beginner level of on point piecing to intermediate status. Thanks for these tools.

—Connie on November 12, 2013I’ve always loved Math – but it’s so long since I really used it.

—Linda Fleming on November 12, 2013Now, all my calculations for my quilts are scribbled on a scrap of paper!

Used to think I was pretty good at math, then I started quilting………. that ruler is the greatest idea and the book is a wonderful tool to use to start. Thank you for the chance.

—Judy on November 12, 2013It depends on the day! Some days my quilt math is average and others it is absent! This ruler sounds like it may help me!

—Sherill V on November 12, 2013My math skills are sadly lacking. I could totally benefit from this ruler and book. I would love to win them.

—Bridget on November 12, 2013Yeah! Finally someone has made it possible for me to to put my blocks on point. I am so excited to

—Teddi Robeson on November 12, 2013try the new ruler and book. I’m so looking forward to trying these new methods. Thanks, Thanks. You have made my day–I’d love to win.

!!!THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! I am pretty good at math and geometry (algebra though still makes me ill) but I do have a folder of WANT-TO-MAKE on-point quilts for a reason. Bless you-you have given me new hope……must have…Santa can you hear me?

—nina on November 12, 2013It depends on my day whether my little thinking cap wants to work. Some days are better then others and taking advantage of the "on" days can be beneficial.

—Colette DeGroot on November 12, 2013My math skills are very rusty and the ruler and the book would be greatly appreciated and welcome relief for the piecing of on point blocks. Thanks for the chance to win.

—Dot on November 12, 2013Thanks for making it easier, Donna. I enjoyed math but it was many, many long years ago!

—Barb Peters on November 12, 2013Would love the opportunity to try this ruler with the book.

—Beverly B on November 12, 2013I wish I could say I’ve got quilt math down cold, but the reality is, I don’t. I love the concept of this ruler and have put it on my wish list for Christmas.

—Gina Shelley on November 12, 2013math – ugh. perfect tool for the number crunching impaired

—lavonne on November 12, 2013Quilt math I get an F every time… I try… but some days I just don’t get it .. good thing babies and dolls aren’t picky 🙂

—Carol on November 12, 2013Math grade is a "D" my daughter is a A+, this ruler will save a lot of phone calls, what a wonderful brain you have THANK you for sharing.

—Leslie on November 12, 2013Just average math skills. Would love to try out the new ruler and book.

—Yvonne on November 12, 2013Math has never been a favorite. Yes, I have passed on some patterns due to math fear. This ruler looks great! Hope to use it soon!

—jennifer ward on November 12, 2013My score is completely absent.

—Jeanette on November 12, 2013At least a hundred years ago, I was a member of the National Math Club. Now, I’d much rather have this ruler to do all of the thinking for me! Thanks a bunch for the chance to win! ☺

—Maree on November 12, 2013My regular math skills are an A+, but my On-Point Math Skills are absent!! Love the idea of this book and ruler!

—Cheryl V. on November 12, 2013I am an average plus, not A+. I can usually figure the quilt pattern and size by doing the math, but it would be easier with the ruler.

—Janet T on November 12, 2013My quilt math score is totally absent, nada, zilch, sad, just plain pitiful!! Thank goodness, there are those walking among us that can write books and make rulers for those of us who were not in line when math brains were handed out!!

—Lynn H on November 12, 2013My quilt math score is pretty average I think. Thanks for the giveaway.

—Joyce Mitchell on November 12, 2013My math skills have gone by the wayside! I’m 64 and have a terrible memory any more when it comes to math. This is a lovely book and I sure wish I could buy it and the ruler(fixed income). Just beautiful work! Thank you for your contribution to the quilt world.

—Kathryn Johnson on November 12, 2013Absolutely genius! I see the possibilities and I’m definitely not afraid of math (although I do have my husband double-check me on important things like quilt measurements). On-Point Patchwork by Donna Lynn Thomas sounds like an amazing read filled with beautiful quilts that anyone would treasure.

—Beth Harris on November 12, 2013I used to enjoy the challenge of getting everything figured out…when I was younger :-). Old & wiser, I’m happy to let someone create great tools and put all down in a book.

—Michele B on November 12, 2013I can’t add 2+2 and get 4 without the help of a calculator. This book and ruler would be the best thing since thread on a spool. Thank you for considering my application and thank you for offering such a great prize for us.

—Sharon on November 12, 2013My math skills are A+ IF I’m concentrating. Sometimes I’m thinking of too many things to do and forget to figure in a seam. I’d love to have it all figured out for me in On-Point Patchwork and On-Point Ruler! Thanks for the opportunity.

—Janet in ND on November 12, 2013I’m a little better than average at math but I’m scared to try on-point measurements. I’d love to win Donna’s "On-Point Patchwork" and the On-Point Ruler. They would help me gain the confidence I need to be a successful on-point patchwork quilter!

—Linda Webster on November 12, 2013I’m an A+, being a mathematician, but I’d still like to have that ruler!

—Dot on November 12, 2013My quilt math is average even if I have always been A+ in other areas when math is involved. Thanks for the chance

—Cathie on November 12, 2013Yes to business math……not so great with geometry…….never to old to learn something new!

—Mary Messersmith on November 12, 2013My math is good, as one might expect from a physics major (even one in retirement!). But I am also lazy, so I usually avoid the math by using paper-pieced patterns.

—Lynne on November 12, 2013Sorry to say that I was the one who blew the curve on those tests way back when. I still dearly love numbers and algebra, and have no problems figuring triangle sizes, but a ruler that does the work for you would be delightful!

—Cheryl L on November 12, 2013Did I take math in another life? I must have done that, because I try and get home from a class and say———–what did they say to do??????

—Diane Schwarz on November 12, 2013This would help!!!!

My math skills are average but this ruler would improve that!Thanks for the chance to win.

—Béatrice on November 12, 2013I am in awe of anyone who isn’t totally baffled by "quilt math". Your new ruler is a definite boon for us. I look forward to using it and hope you will choose me as winner of your book & ruler!!!! Thanks so much for being a "geek". ;^}

—Dianna Smith on November 12, 2013I love math but not when it entails 1/16! I would love to win this ruler and book. Such a great giveaway!

—Lori B. on November 12, 2013I’d probably get a C. It took forever for me to calculate the width of a spacer border I needed before adding my on point border to a recent Granny Square quilt I made. Whoever said retirement was easy?

—Chris on November 13, 2013Oh boy, math has never been my strong suit; I love on point but I have not attempted any projects. I’m in for just about any ruler with a specific purpose. I have friends who can just "math" it but not me; I’ll buy the ruler. Thanks for pictures and info.

—Carol on November 13, 2013Cheers

Carol

My math is excellent.It is the cutting of 1/16″ that is the problem.

—Barbara Baxter on November 13, 2013Unfortunately, my math skills are very poor,so this technique and ruler could help me avoid some mistakes.

—Janet G on November 13, 2013I would have to say my math is about average but… I never enjoy it when quilting. This ruler and book would be so much fun and make my quilting life so much easier!

—Merlie Brown on November 13, 2013Talk about being math challenged and I quickly raise my hand — back in the stone age when I went to school only the basics made it into my brain. I really need this prize – hope I win!

Thanks for the opportunity!

—Garnet on November 13, 2013I have not dealt with quilt math that much yet, so I would say I have some, but may not be at average yet. I suspect in regular math I would be average.

—Susan on November 13, 2013I would say I’m average (or somewhat below) due to a traumatic brain injury. I need to see and do a task in order to comprehend. This ruler would help simplify the process for my comprehension.

—Kathie on November 13, 2013I draw out some of my quilts, and math gets …….well……Would love the ruler and the book A B- thanks

—jeanette on November 13, 2013Always had A’s in school but that was the Middle Ages. I really didn’t like geometry because I couldn’t remember the formulas. I can do them but not remember them. Great idea for a ruler to me!

—Patricia Hersl on November 13, 2013The ruler sounds like the one to have.

—Maxine on November 13, 2013I am so impressed with anybody who loves math. Math of any kind makes me completely shut down. I can’t wait to get the book and ruler. Maybe there will be hope for me.

—Diane on November 13, 2013My math is about average. Thank goodness there are people like you to help us!

—Brenda Hulsey on November 13, 2013I will admit math is not my favorite thing to do, so this ruler is just the thing I need to make the beautiful quilts in this book! Love them!

—Penny Simmons on November 13, 2013Math is one of the worst four letter words in my vocabulary. I didn’t quilt for many years because of the math. Now I work around it the best I can, but we sure aren’t on friendly terms. And if things get too much for me, I give one of my kids a call to help. They tend to roll their eyes at me, though. 😉

—Denise on November 13, 2013My quilt math is sorely lacking. The ruler and book sound like great tools.

—Shirley Williams on November 13, 2013Well, I have to admit that I love math. I am an engineer that would still like to solve math problems every day. Quilting helps me use math skills but your method does make things easier. I am not good at cutting 1/16 inch either, so I just cut larger and waste fabric. Thanks for your work in this area.

—Elizabeth on November 13, 2013I am a beginning quilter and the math is a challenge for me. I create a design and always come up short on fabric.

—Mike glahn on November 13, 2013Math has always been tough for me, especially in quilting. Your ruler looks great!

—Claire on November 13, 2013Loved math in school, but that was long ago. This is a great idea.

—Arlyce on November 13, 2013When it comes to math; I have a third grade education.

Keep smiling,

—Lynnita Shipman on November 13, 2013Good old, basic math and fractions is what I do best. Any thing beyond that is lost on me. So I guess I need help. Your book and ruler could really help me improve my quilting skills. Thanks

—Marsha Nelson on November 13, 2013I have always loved math, but where geometry was concerned, I always drew a "blank" wall….my teacher even attempted after-school lessons. I think he finally gave up and kindly gave me a "50%" mark so that I could escape the subject!

—Fran Sutherland on November 13, 2013I am anxious to try new block designs and this ruler would be an immense help, I am sure!

A+ in "quilt math", but I love tools that make my life easier!

—Janette on November 13, 2013My math is probably average. I do like to use tools that eliminate the calculations when making a quilt. I’m sure the book and ruler do just that.

—Judy Allen on November 13, 2013Math was always easy for me in school however if I don’t stop and think about it when making a quilt I can easily make a mistake. I love the tools that take the math out of the equation, it makes the quilting much more fun.

—Jill on November 13, 2013Thanks

Blocks on point are so spectacular and I love to see them! Yes, I have made some – exactly by the pattern. Your book and ruler to the rescue so that my husband can stop doing my calculations. I printed the 1.414 explanation but that is still math. Elma

—Elma on November 13, 2013I’m raising my hand to admit that I’m a math geek, too, except for geometry. I hated doing proofs! I like using math in quilting, but I agree that cutting to 1/16 of an inch is not fun. I think Donna’s book and ruler sound like a terrific addition to anyone’s quilt arsenal.

—Annie on November 13, 2013I’m such a beginner at true quilting, even after 30 yrs. of occasional production, that I’m not even aware of the problems of on-point measurements! Thought you just made a bunch of square blocks and sewed them together in diagonal strips. I obviously need this ruler and book. The quilts look deceivingly simple, and are really fun, bright and inviting. But the secret is in the ruler, which I must order to add to my collection of shortcuts and quilting aides devised by people with more vision than mine!

—Rosemary Hop on November 13, 2013I love math but cutting those tiny fractions are impossible. I would love the ruler and book.

—Betty Skillett on November 13, 2013No math skills at all. NONE. My favorite calculator is my husband. He can do math in his head and often hears, "you don’t need to know why, but if this is A long, and this is B long–how long is C?"

—Barbara Graham on November 13, 2013Math used to be a strong point, but since everything else has "dumbed down" over the years, that surely has too, so I hope I’m at least at A-; but shortcuts are welcome, whatever I’m doing, so I’d love this!

—Susan Stefun on November 13, 2013I do okay as long as I pay strict attention which I don’t always do. 🙂 Thanks for the give-a-way.

—Valerie A. Clark on November 13, 2013ABSENT! I have to practice a block about 5-6 times to make sure I get it right before I attempt it for any project. I haven’t attempted any full size quilts yet. I’m just getting back into sewing, period, after a 20-year hiatus, so, I’m taking ‘baby steps’ to get back in practice. I’m starting small, with Christmas gifts to practice my ‘skills’ on. We’ll see how I’m doing after the Holidays! LOL!

—Adrianne McCann on November 13, 2013Hahaha funnny I was an A+ student in school but Donna Lynn you have me baffled but excited!! I love on point blocks and had fun trying to figure out which ones were in the quilts in your book! Can’t wait to try this new ruler!

—Liz on November 13, 2013I can usually figure it out but not with math. I make a template of either paper or scraps to finally get the right size then sew one to see how far off I am. Thank goodness for scraps. I am glad you designed this ruler. I love on-point blocks they set the quilt apart. If I win I can actually use my scraps for quilts!

—robin tuckerman on November 13, 2013My math ability has gone on an extended vacation and I’m not sure if it will ever come back. I love quilting books and I love quilting tools, and I have a lot of both, but another of each never hurts. Would love to win the book so I can use some of those luscious patterns. Thanks for the effort to come up with the book and the ruler.

—Ele W. on November 13, 2013I’m pretty good at math but I’m new to quilting so I’d have to give myself an Average score. I can figure things out, it just might take me a bit longer than some. I love the looks of blocks on point so I’m really interested in the ruler.

—Peggy C on November 13, 2013Math has always been very scary for me–I’m not always confident in what answer I come up with when doing normal everyday math. However, I work in a quilt shop, so I have certain formulas that I figure yardage, borders, binding and backing with that I feel very confident with. I do always go back and do the math twice to make sure I come up with the same answer just to be on the safe side!

—Susan Kellam on November 13, 2013I always stay away from projects that l have to calculate and measure and measure again as l attempted them before with little success and totally frustrated. I always pick easy projects and wish l had the have the skill that other quilters have/ The tip provided makes me want to try again as l would love to be able to work on more complex projects without failing and place the project in my pending pile, which seems to be growing.

—Anne on November 13, 2013I think I’m an A+ math person. In the past I’m sure some quilting teacher told us the 1.414 rule, but it never sunk into my memory bank. Instead, the old Pythagorean theorem has always been my best friend. Starting with the known diagonal, squaring it, and working backwards to find the lengths of the sides has never failed me. However, over the years I’m sure I’ve worked the same problems over and over for different quilts. The On Point ruler would save time even if I have to give up exercising the old brain cells.

—Donna Miller on November 13, 2013Math and I are not friends. Thank Heaven my husband is a math wiz! I still have a couple tops to finish that need more math then I can figure so they are waiting for hubby to help with

—Jen on November 13, 2013I can usually do the math but it makes some projects slow going and challenging, sometimes it take the fun out of piecing! I am all for a better way of doing the math and making blocks that work – thanks for an innovative invention!

—Michelle Pease on November 13, 2013Thank you, Donna Lynn, for making on-point blocks easier to make!! Doing the math is no problem for me (I like it, too), but rotary cutting the fabric with "odd fractional measurements" is the boring part and I usually drop that project and go to a different one. With your new ruler I can now make the on-point blocks easier and quicker. I just love your books–your designs are great and your instructions are easy to follow. I can’t tell you how excited I am to start one of your on-point projects!

—Ann Willliamson on November 13, 2013Love the on-point quilts. I enjoy the challenge and like to play with the math. The ruler would definitely make measuring easier!

—Glennis Zimmerman on November 13, 2013Oh my, I’ve just added your book and ruler to my Christmas list since my math skills with on-point quilting leave a lot to be desired. I usually just cut over-sized setting and corner triangle and trim them down once the quilt is pieced together.

—Amy Cofer on November 13, 2013My Math is fair, I used a calculator my entire working life because I had to balance to the penny. Geometry is zilch, so a ruler that solves that problem would be wonderful. Maybe it would help with the cutting of the blocks for the Farmer’s Wife quilt.

—Connie on November 13, 2013Looks like an easier way to piece blocks on point. No wasting time trying to figure out the math. Thanks for the information.

—Pam J on November 14, 2013I enjoy using math to plan quilts; however, when I explain a math concept to my quilter friends, they frequently respond, "oh, but you are a math teacher". I am excited that there is a new way to help new math challenged quilters make lovely designed quilts. I would love to win a copy.

—Elizabeth on November 14, 2013I too am a math geek, I would love to do some of these projects and use this ruler! Seems much easier then counting the itty bitty little tick marks.

—Taryne Walk on November 14, 2013OMG, I’m not a total failure at math but I did not do well at all. I blame it on going to 6 different elementary schools when you weren’t tested to see what concepts you were missing. I begged my dad so I didn’t have to take Algebra II/Trig. I did squeak through Algebra II if I remember correctly. And, darn if I don’t use some of those concepts today. I would love to win this great prize package. If I don’t I think this may go on my Christmas list! Thanks for the opportunity.

—Bonnie in Va on November 14, 2013I am very good at math (I have been called a geek more than once), but a ruler that saves time is worth every penny. Would love to win this great prize package. Thanks for a great give away.

—Denise Bevard on November 14, 2013Well I like math because it is like solving a puzzle and I love to work on any kind of puzzle but that is not to say I want to solve the puzzle for a quilt. The two should never mix. The ruler is ingenious. It would be wonderful to win the book and the ruler. I am in awe of your talents.

—janette v on November 14, 2013I’m only average. maybe this ruler will change all that!

—Michele on November 14, 2013I’m okay, but I’m a very new quilter, so I’m not sure how I compare to others – probably not as good as those with more experience.

—Karen Cohn on November 14, 2013I loved math, especially geometry! And I love the look of on point blocks!

—Maggie Szafranski on November 15, 2013Watched your video on QNNtv. Love the way this ruler will work.

—EllenB on November 15, 2013As a biologist and a quilter, math is a daily activity. But getting to "cheat", oh…. that’s a whole ‘nother story. I can’t wait to try this new ruler because the quilts are absolutely fantastic. Thanks, from one nerd to another.

—Lisa Lehnhoff on November 15, 2013I would say I am average at math. This ruler looks great and I would love to win.

—Sherril on November 15, 2013Math was a challenge but somehow it always made sense in geometry class. No wonder I became a quilter! I would love to have this ruler in my sewing room!

—Evelyn on November 15, 2013I am A+ at math but don’t always trust myself. I always end up doing the problem and checking and rechecking to make sure I’ve got it right. I’d love to win the new ruler and book.

—Ginger on November 15, 2013My math skills are about average I guess. I still try and do the math in my head rather than use a calculator. But every little bit helps and this ruler looks great. Thanks for the opportunity.

—Barbara Y on November 15, 2013I would say that I am an average at cracking the problem. I would love the ruler and the book. Thanks for the chance.

—Margo S. on November 15, 2013I did not get the math gene, but I discovered I could discern patterns in designs at an early age. This must have led to my love of quilts. I would love to have the book and ruler to help me with accuracy without having to do the math. Thanks!

—Joye on November 15, 2013Math is a subject that I have excell at, however my age group ran to be married at an early age and have a family. I do figure all the math for several of my friends when quilting, so a free ruler and book would be fantastic to show them, all they need is a ruler that does the work for their quilts that are on point. Thanks for the chance to enter and hopefully win!

—Charlie on November 15, 2013I guess my skills are average. I definitely want to get this book and ruler and hope I win.

—Nancy Angerer on November 15, 2013Math? Me??? I don’t do no stinkin’ math!! HA HA!

Sure would love to win this, but more than likely I will buy it!!!

—Sue C on November 15, 2013Thanks for doing this!

I have to say that so far, I have not had problems with the math on any of the quilts I have made. I believe that is due in large to the rulers one uses. This ruler would certainly be helpful. Thanks for the chance.

—Donna Phelps on November 15, 2013Love all your hints, and patterns

—Pat French on November 15, 2013I commented on your web site. Love this ruler.

—Donna Phelps on November 15, 2013Donna – I do have a question!! I watched the video and am SO impressed with the way you designed the ruler!! My question has nothing to do with the ruler, but the fabrics used in the YouTube video you made. I would like to know the fabric collection, designer, and company for the quilt you have at the very beginning laying down. I love the soft colors of it. And the other fabric collection I would like to know is for the one that was a purple quilt.

Thank you ever so much for your time!

Sue, I emailed Donna and here’s what she wrote back:“Hi Sue! I don’t use designer collections—I have a huge stash spanning 30+ years and I like to mix old and new prints together. But, with the quilt ‘Boxes and Bows,’ the first quilt you mention, there is a theme print in the center of each block which is from Moda’s Lucy’s Crab Shack line from a couple of years ago. I think the light dotted print in the border is also from that collection. The rest of the prints and solids are from my stash and from who knows where or when.

In the purple quilt you mention, called ‘Spring Album,’ the border print is a Kitty Yoshida print from her Prospect Park line. I think the stripe and background print are both from the same collection, and the rest of the prints are from my stash. Three prints from one designer is far more than I usually do. I really like to mix it up to make it my own. I hope that helps!”

Sue, thanks for your question!

—Sue C on November 15, 2013—Jenny

Not as great as I’d like. Unfortunately my math skills are lacking. It’s been a while since I was in college.I am homeschooling an 11 year old 6th grader and have to do homework every night before the next days lesson. I hate math. : C

—CindyM on November 15, 2013Good quilt math IQ means I want to use the best tools for the job. I’m asking Santa for the ruler and this book for Christmas.

—Laura on November 15, 2013I am mathematically challenged!! This would be a HUGE help. Thank you for the chance. Best of luck to everyone…

—Jackie Hale on November 15, 2013Have taken a how to use the ruler class from Peggy Schaeffer, the inventor of the Omnigrid rulers. Still I have a hard time remembering the math, mainly because I don’t use it enough. Full time job and intermittent quilt play time, means quilt math skills aren’t sharp. Any and all books and help are always appreciated.

—Lydia on November 15, 2013Well this is certainly easier than trying to rotary cut dimensions of 16’s or 32’s. It sure makes designs with units set on point much more tempting to do with this ruler! Thanks to Donna and Olfa for once again simplifying our cutting.

—Kathy S on November 15, 2013I would say that I am below average in my math skills. This book and ruler have just been added to my wish list. I need it!!

—Judith Peckham on November 15, 2013I’d say average. I admit I have had to recut things because I didn’t calculate correctly. This looks like a really useful book and ruler, and I like the quilts that are shown!

—Celine K. on November 15, 2013I’m usually pretty good with the math aspects of quilting, but it’s always nice to have somebody else do all the figuring for you!

—Kathy on November 15, 2013I’m not a wiz but it doesn’t scare me.

—Tamie on November 15, 2013I’m an A+ math geek, I love math problems!

—Mary Ann on November 15, 2013I’m average at math, except when it comes to equations–never understood Algebra & the "higher" math (calculus). But business math–wiz!

—Linda on November 15, 2013When it comes to maths, I’m always running the other way unless my trusty calculator is handy. But I guess you could say my maths grade is a big fat F-. If I was lucky enough to win a copy of Donna’s book and her ruler it would help me make any on point quilt in the future perfect!

Donna has now taught me through her video how important maths is when you want accurate fabric pieces. So if I want to make an on point quilt I either need to learnt to do the maths or just simply get Donna’s book and ruler. It’s that simple. Why struggle when it already their and all I have to do is to use Donna’s tools!!!! So thank you Donna for making it so simple and fun. Julie Beard

—Julie Beard on November 15, 2013I feel like I have pretty good math skills, but my quilting math is still being worked on. I love the ruler and book. I am going to have to get it

—Misty Y on November 16, 2013Love the on point look! Hate the homework of trying to figure it out! Can’t wait to try the ruler!!

—Terry on November 16, 2013I would say my math skills is an A. I worked with numbers my entire career.

—knittingdancer on November 16, 2013I don’t mind the math as much as trying to cut the 1/16th of an inch. This ruler looks great, and the patterns in the book are beautiful too.

—Kathleen on November 16, 2013Love math—so, would have to say my math skills are an A. Lovely patterns.

—Donna W on November 16, 2013I’m afraid the math gene passed me by, so I could certainly use this ruler. I would love to make some of the beautiful patterns in the book.

—Geri Running on November 16, 2013I am still fairly new to quilting and learning about on-point blocks.

—Cathy Slabaugh on November 16, 2013My math skills are average, so I think I would LOVE this new ruler and

book! My mind is thinking of the possibilities…wow. So fun!!

My math grade would probably be a C+, because I can do it, I just dont want to, I do too much math in life as it is, being an accountant. Quilting is for fun, not more work. So I avoid the parts I dont want to do, which is the more complicated math parts. Just dont want to be such a perfectionist in this part of life.

—Madeline on November 16, 2013My quilt math is probably a strong B+. I love figuring it out and just like in school I always want to know the "why" behind the rule–why add a certain fraction for hst’s and a different one for qst’s, that kind of thing? This ruler sounds like it would make everything go smoothly and the examples from the book are stunning.

—Beth T. on November 16, 2013I have no talent for maths – I have to get my son to help me figure things when needed so the ruler would certainly be a big help to me. I’d love a copy of the book just for ther Boxes and Bows quilt!

—Lesley Moore on November 17, 2013I love on point blocks, but given a D+ grade math mind that freezes when faced with numbers (give me words, more words!), this ruler clearly is a necessity. Thanks, Donna! I think you’ve saved the day.

—Janet on November 17, 2013I was good at geometry because it was "sort of" fun and I was very stubborn!

All that changed with quilting. Even if I solved the correct measurements needed, the "@*%#@!" rotary cutter and ruler would not cooperate. the fudge factor is great for one’s tummy but not for cutting fabric. Fudging set of an avalanche of even more fudging when piecing, "phooey!"

I would love your book and that magical ruler so I can experience the pleasure of creating an on-point quilt and be able to say, "Oh, it was easy piecy!"

—Crazy Cuban on November 17, 2013i have a hard time with quilt math. which means a lot of seam ripping. great giveaway. babscorbitt@gmail.com

—barbara corbitt on November 17, 2013This ruler is added to my Christmas wish list, as well as the book. You make it look so easy, I can’t wait to try

—Iris B on November 17, 2013As long as I have my cheat sheets, my quilting math is pretty good. But this ruler sounds like it would make things sooo much easier. Would love to give it a try.

—Anne on November 17, 2013hm…. average. Could have done better for sure!

—Marci N on November 18, 2013Wow. I need some help. It’s a good thing I have my seam ripper 🙂

—Allyson D on November 18, 2013Math? Math? UGH! However, I can, if I think long enough, figure out most simple problems. I’d rather leave it to someone else, though!!

—Linda Taylor on November 18, 2013My quilt math varies on the different patterns..Seems like the seam ripper gets used too often. Ruler sounds like it would make big difference making on point quilts

—Carol on November 19, 2013I can hardly wait to try this new ruler. I have always struggled with quilts needing diagonal measurements. This ruler can open a new world of options for me.

—Dawn on November 19, 2013Quilting requires a love of math and art. Both are nurtured by quilt artists/teachers like Donna Lynn Thomas. Thanks for making the math easier! I can ace the math test now and concentrate on the artistry!

—Laurie V. on November 19, 2013