Because a quilting tool that takes math out of the equation is very nice indeed.
Squares on point in borders……… Hmmmm.
YIKES! Does the thought of all that math make your head want to explode? This number times 1.414 plus that number and on and on and on? And then after all that, it still doesn’t fit anyway.
Well, despair no more—the Omnigrip™ OnPoint ruler takes ALL that nasty old math out of the equation and gives us back all those onpoint possibilities. Now you can cut squares that will measure nice and neat across the diagonal so you can set them on point in borders or blocks. Is your brain whirling with ideas yet?
Okay so how does this work you ask. Well, take a look at this pretty little quilt. The onpoint border needs 11 squares that measure 4” finished size on the diagonal to fit its 44” length. That diagonal measurement is all you need to know. 
Using the OnPoint ruler, you’ll cut strips at the 4” mark just like you would cut any strip. Yup—It’s that simple. Whatever you want the diagonal measurement to be is the mark you use to cut on the ruler. Look Ma, no math! 
And when I say no math, I mean it. Not even for seam allowances. This fine tool has a 1/2″ margin all the way around for those 1/4″ seam allowances. So, no math really, really, really means no math. Now, before we chug along any further, take a look again at the grid on the ruler. I’ll bet you’re thinking it looks pretty much like a regular ruler where the grids measure 1″ from sidetoside all the way across the ruler. Well, what makes this such a cool tool is that those grids actually measure 1″ across their diagonals not from sidetoside. Pretty tricky, eh? I can hear your hand slapping your forehead as you realize “Gee so that’s how it measures diagonals!” And that, my dear quilters, is why it says the measurements are nonstandard! 

Zip—Cut strips at the 4” mark.

Zap— trim the selvedges from the strip edges and cut squares from the strip using the 4” mark. 
Bam—you’re done! So, remember, when you want simple squares set on point in a border or a block, decide what you want the diagonal measurement to be. Then cut strips and squares using that same mark on the OnPoint ruler. Simple as Pi. 
The OnPoint ruler was designed by Donna Lynn Thomas because she was tired of the measuring limitations of regular rulers. She was also alarmed at the rate of cardiac arrests in her students when trying to explain the math needed to come up with diagonal measurements.
Find Donna online here or on Facebook as Donna Lynn Thomas Quilter. Also, keep an eye out for her new book, “OnPoint Patchwork,” that will be published in the fall of 2013 by Martingale; it will be loaded with patterns using the ruler.
And if you’re really excited about this ruler and the mathfree opportunities it provides, let us know by leaving a comment below! Donna will be checking in here and will be happy to chat with you.
By kellyquilter July 8, 2013  8:28 pm
Awesome ruler designed by my brilliant friend, Donna Lynn Thomas! Congratulations, Donna! I had the privilege of making a quilt for Donna’s book, OnPoint Patchwork (which will be released fall, 2013). The ruler is a great tool – easy to use with precise and predictable results. Truly a “musthave” ruler!
By KB makes July 9, 2013  2:05 pm
Hey there, Kelly! We’re so glad you enjoy using the OnPoint ruler, and can’t wait to see all the projects in Donna’s new book. Thanks for chatting with us!
By shirleysonshine July 27, 2013  3:11 pm
I have always disliked math, and I love shortcuts and easier methods. This is great.
By KB makes July 30, 2013  12:19 pm
Thanks for taking the time to comment. We know you’ll enjoy using the On Point ruler! Happy quilting.
By litlone July 27, 2013  3:19 pm
I have always had a hard time with math and straight lines, I have bought tons of different kinds of rulers and I never seem to get it right. I will have to look for this one and see if this will make my quilting and cutting easier.
By KB makes July 30, 2013  12:19 pm
We’re sure the On Point ruler will help! Good luck, and thanks for leaving us a comment.