How the RuleSteady came about
Hi, We are Charles and Marita, and we are partners in life and in our business - Keep Quilting. We live and operate our business from Carrum Downs, on the Mornington Peninsula.
Charles invented the RuleSteady when he saw how much trouble I was having keeping my ruler still at the end of a cut. His first concern was my safety - that blade is SHARP - he felt my fingers were way too close to it for comfort. I was getting so frustrated. It didn't seem to make any difference how hard I pressed on the ruler; tried crabwalking my hand up the ruler; using different rulers; etc etc; all that happened was that my hands got sore and so did my shoulders - and the ruler was still slipping. Off he trotted into ' The Shed' and 2 days later emerged with the prototype of the RuleSteady.
The RuleSteady has gone through some cosmetic changes in the ensuing years, but it is still significantly the same - it does exactly what it was created to do :
1. It keeps your hands safely away from the rotary cutter blade
2. You don't have to press down hard on the ruler, so your hands/shoulders won't get sore
3. It stops the ruler from slipping - from the 4 1/2" square, up to the 8" x 24" ruler
4. You have excellent visibility and can see your fabric to line up easily - no blind spots
I have received feedback from a plethora of different people
- Textile teachers who can allow their students to cut without fear thanks to using the RuleSteady
- New quilters who (like me) may not have continued as the cutting was just too hard
- People who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel, muscle weakness
- Experienced quilters who like to make their life easier
- Shop-owners whose staff have to cut up kits
.....I could go on, but I think you understand what I'm getting at.
AND never forget - The RuleSteady is an Australian invention, Made in Australia & Owned in Australia
We support local business wherever possible - from the handle of the RuleSteady, right down to the labels and boxes we use.
Some personal history :
I have FSH Muscular Dystrophy, which affects my muscles and leaves me quite fatigued - and mine is not severe. My grandson is only 10 and has the infantile version, which is much more severe. I mention it here as research is ongoing, with some treatments (not a cure, but a help) being researched - maybe in the next 10 years there will be a real breakthrough, but the FSHD society is not government funded, and all of the funds come from the public. If you are interested, or could perhaps help please click here . The app on the home page is the only one in the world where if you make a donation, you can actually track where your money goes - the scientists, the lab, the research - you can see where you are helping - fantastic, isn't it?
Charles and I met in 1982 (that's us on the left). Time ran away from us, and in the next picture you can see me (Marita) with our 5 children. From the looks of the baby, that would have been 1997.
Roll forward, and that next picture is the day we finally got married - November 2010 - those are our children, almost grown up..
Yes, we took a while, my brother loves to tell people it was the longest engagement in history.
In the last photo, that is our wedding day again, surrounded by our families - yes it was only immediate family, I had recently had a significant health scare, and wasn't up to much celebrating - but that was the happiest day of my life.
My quilting journey began when my youngest 2 were in kinder, and I mentioned to a crafty friend that one day I'd like to make a quilt - well, that was the start of it! She quickly took me under her wing, and I remain grateful to this day that she showed me how to have fun and create something beautiful at the same time. My first two quilts were Sunbonnet Sues - for the 2 girls of course, and at that point I had never even heard of a rotary cutter! All of those individual skirt pieces were cut with scissors - oh boy did my fingers hurt.....funny the things you remember, isn't it? Anyway, as you can imagine, I was quite relieved at how much more efficiently I could cut with the rotary cutter, but I had a problem - same as most quilters at some point - I could not stop that ruler from slipping at the end of a cut, which is where Charles' ingenuity came in.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.