We love our Bloc_loc rulers at Modern Makers! In fact, anyone who has used a Bloc_loc ruler raves about them! But did you know it’s a family operation? We asked Michelle from Bloc_loc a few questions, so indulge us while we pay homage to this revolutionary ruler system that gives you unrivalled accuracy.
What is Bloc_loc and how does it work?
Bloc_loc rulers are a range of acrylic rulers that will change your quilting life! We have a patent pending groove in our rulers that lock on to the seam, eliminating ruler rock. The groove slides along the seam to allow quilters to rotate the block without lifting the ruler, allowing for greater accuracy and control when resizing and squaring up blocks.
Ever wondered how to use a @bloclocrulers? Well @jackiegillies decided to do a time-lapse video showing how she trimmed 50 #kiteinasquare blocks! • The ruler has a set of templates for you to cut out the kite and the side triangles that make the square. They are slightly oversized so you can trim with the ruler as Jackie has done here! • The whole trimming process took about 15 minutes. Jackie's right – @bloclocrulers are an absolute game changer 🙌🏽 • #Modernquilt #modernmaker #modernmakersquilt #modernquilting #quiltlove #quilter #modernaussiequilter #handmadequilt #quiltsofinstagram #quiltersofinstagram #calledtobecreative #makersgonnamake #handmadelove #makemodern #handmadeaustralia #handmadeisthebest #creativehappylife #livecreatively #abacusfabric #abmcrafty #sewtherainbow #rainbowquilt #kaleidoscopequilt #alisonglass #sunprintfabric #sunprint2016 #sunprint2015 @alisonglass #timelapsevideo #blocloc • 📹 @jackiegillies
Can you give us the history of Bloc_loc: the people behind it, how long has it been around, how much has it grown?
Bloc_loc Rulers began with Paul and Janna Thomas (my dad and step mom). A number of years ago, Janna told Paul she needed a ruler to not rock or slip and dad went into the garage and returned with a very primitive acrylic ruler – the first Bloc_loc Ruler! Bloc_loc Rulers grew quickly in the USA, being demonstrated at quilt markets all over the country. They then launched the product at the Sydney and Melbourne Quilt and Craft shows in 2013. The Australian sales picked up from this and in 2014 I came on board as the Bloc-loc Rulers Australia branch. We started with the Half Square Triangle Range of rulers and quickly added the groove to many other rulers. Dad and Janna are constantly thinking of how they can make new rulers to suit the needs of quilters around the world. There are currently 86 different rulers, 3 books and lots of individual patterns available.
Which rulers are the most popular and biggest selling?
The most popular rulers are the 6.5 Half Square Triangle and 2×4 and 3×6 Flying Geese Rulers. The most popular set is Half Square Triangle set #2. The newest rulers to hit the market are the Log Cabins.
What rulers do you have in the range?
Our ruler range includes:
- Half Square Triangles
- Flying Geese
- Half Rectangle Triangles
- Kite in a Square
- Triangle in a Square
- Diamond in a Triangle
- Bloomin’ Cog Wheel
- Strip Set
- Drunkards Path
- Log Cabin
…and our Slip Not Range, which are a set of rulers that do not have the groove but instead have a wonderful non-slip backing that is amazing. We will soon just sell the non-slip backing to customers so that they can add it to their own favourite ruler. We are also the only Australian stockists as far as we are aware for the wonderful Bonash Fuse-it powder, previously known as 007 Bond many years ago.
Where can we go for more information?
Our Australian website is www.blocloc.com.au. We are located in Central Queensland, but post to Australia and New Zealand. We also attend the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair every year.