Saturday, June 8, 2013

Don't Try This At Home

There I was, a Saturday afternoon, John Denver singing on the stereo, looking out the window to see our front yard, the room comfortably warm. I was squaring up scraps from the Log Cabin. I was using my 2.5 inch square ruler. It kept sticking to the fabric. When I checked the opposite side I quickly saw what the problem was. More accurately I felt what the problem was. The sandpaper dots I had put on the back to keep it from slipping were no longer sandpaper. They were sticky dots that had lost their sandpaper.

Well, I thought, I'll just use some nail polish remover and take the sticky off. Having had years of experience in getting tape off my dorm mirror, I knew this was the trick to getting sticky stuff off.

Thumbs up if you think this worked like a charm.
Thumbs down hand gesture

(You don't actually think I'd blog about my ruler doing what it was supposed to do, do you?)

Don't answer that question!

Behold and see my ruler!

Everything's gone. Except for the darned sticky dot!

Let this be a warning to you.


  1. I really like Creative Grid rulers over omnigrid. They have no slip dots built right into them and work great. Check them out!

    1. You're so right! They're awesome! This was an original I bought when just started quilting. Once I discovered Creative Grids, I won't buy anything else!

  2. You might try peanut butter to remove the sticky... any oil really will break down the sticky, but pb stays where you put it. Rub it around, then wipe clean and wash off the pb. Good Luck.

    1. Ohhhh, now you come in with your fancy-dancy solutions! I expect you thought I could go out and buy peanut butter. You must think I'm richer than I am! ;-)

      I'll definitely try that "next" time. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Oh oh. I have seen that problem before. I think there are 2 different kinds of nail polish remover - one with acetone and one without. The one without (I think) won't take off the markings. I usually use WD40 on sticky things and then soap and water to get the WD40 off. A lesson well learned.

    1. Well learned, and too late! I do have the acetone type polish remover. I a full strength acetone once. I knocked it over on the bathroom counter. The acetone stripped the stain right off of the wood! At least I knew better than to use that!


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