Getting Ready to Add to the Garden and A Question

Yesterday I finished adding labels to two little quilts. The nosegay block I showed yesterday was turned into one of those labels.


I’m almost finished making the little flowers that will be in my tiny garden quilt, so decided I’d better print some hexagons and half hexagons on a green fabric for the leaves and grass around the flowers. In just a couple of minutes I had these .50″ hexagons and half hexagons printed and cut out.


Which brings me to the question. Have you ever tried to remove the little sandpaper circles from the back of a ruler? I have them on a few of my rulers and have found that they’re more of a hindrance than a help, particularly when cutting small shapes like the hexagons. If you have removed the sandpaper dots from rulers successfully, I’d love to hear how you did it.


“Some Bugs Are Good For the Garden.”


Mr. Q.O. captioned this shot of Baxter “Royalty.”  I think he’s right – Baxter is the royalty of the household!

16 thoughts on “Getting Ready to Add to the Garden and A Question

  1. Try rubbing alcohol, but be sparing with it, you don’t want to ruin your grid lines, though I don’t think alcohol will bother them.


  2. Baxter and friends are so cute that I shared your blog with a non-quilting sister, and she enjoyed him very much :-).

    I presume that you are using the Collins “Fabric Grips?

    I’ve never used them so I don’t have an answer regarding their removal; however, if you don’t get an answer from someone else, you could ask abut item # C18 on the Dritz website, as that is one of their brands:


  3. I’ve never used those sandpaper circles, so I can’t help, sorry…..would it be worth while buying a smaller ruler just for cutting tiny shapes? Keep an eye on those bugs, Your Majesty Baxter!


  4. Sorry, never used the sandpaper circles. Perhaps after prying them off, using a baby oil or something like that to take off the residue?
    Those bugs are gorgeous! I’m surprised they haven’t been gobbled up by Baxter and his friends! And his royalty of course rules!


    • Cathi I have removed them using Goo Gone. It is orange and comes in a spray bottle. Just spray on and let set for a while then scrape off and then I sprayed on a bit more to remove the remaining glue. Hope this helps.


  5. I use sandpaper strips – cut a scant 1/4″ wide and set 1/4″ in from the edges, They don’t seem to get in the way and I’ve never had to remove them. I often put them on all sides of a ruler as I don’t have to decide how to pick up the rulers to use them. At 1/4″ from the edge, they “grab” the fabric and allow me to see the edges. Never, ever going to cut a 1/4″ finished strip!


  6. I agree with the WD40 comment. If you can, first peel off the dot and use the WD40 to get off the remaining residue. I haven’t tried baby oil, but I’m sure it would work the same way. Now that I’m thinking about it, even cooking oil (canola, vegetable, etc.) would probably work the same way.


  7. I must agree with you…i do find those sandy little circles a hinderence. U can use a scrapbook fabric for removal of stickers. It works lije a charm. On the end of the bottle it has a little blade that pushes it off as you apply the product. Im not home right now or I would give u the name of it…will post it later


  8. Rubber Cement Thinner! I use it for everything (I used to be a graphic designer, back when we did paste up with wax and (sometimes) rubber cement.) You can get it in most craft stores, some office supply stores and even some “big box” stores.

    I never did find those sandpaper (or even the plastic) “grips” worked for me. They just seemed to make cutting less accurate (because the plastic ones were so thick) or they were always where I needed to see THROUGH the ruler!


  9. I’ve never used (or heard if using) sandpaper before. Sounds like you’ve been given some good advice here though.
    I recently splurged and bought some non-slip rulers. I’ve heard there is a non-slip film that you can buy to use on rulers, you’d cover the whole bottom side of the ruler, and cut it to the right size. That is, of course, if you were any good at covering your books at school without bubbles. Which I wasn’t 🙂


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