What did I learn from this experience? First, there are some very helpful and kind people in the quilting community who can zero in on a problem and help make it right. This is one reason I would like to join a guild or find a class to join.
Second, specialty rulers are a pain the dupa! When directions call for a certain brand of ruler that is for a particular configuration, I have to figure out how to comply with the directions without the ruler since I don't have that many. Sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong, like this time.
My QAL and blogging friends Hazel and Lesley brought up the ruler issue recently and it's no doubt that certain of the rulers make quilting easier, especially when it comes to squaring up a patch or a block. http://hazelsquilts.blogspot.com/2012/05/perseverance-good-news.html
But even though I am physically a 21st century person, my quilting mind goes back to women who made quilts, that now hang in museums, using feedsack cloth and I suppose simple templates. I have more tools in my sewing room than those women probably ever saw and yet I don't always have what I need.
I apologize for the venting. As I said I did learn a few things and that's why I like to join qals. Fortunately for me learning is enjoyable. Good thing because I'm always doing it the hard way;-)
Hope your quilting and crafting is going smoothly. If not, I hope you are enjoying it anyway.