Quilting rulers have long been used by longarm quilters to make uniform shapes while quilting, but now, with the advent of the domestic ruler foot, domestic quilters can join in on the fun, too! Amanda Murphy, best-selling author of the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler, starts by showing you how to use 6 basic shapes of machine quilting rulers to lay a foundation for your quilting, then moves on to teaching you 59 different designs. Finish up by following Amanda’s suggestions for filling in the background space with free-motion quilting.
• Basic introduction to rulerwork, with tons of helpful information on using quilting rulers and ruler feet
• Stitch 59 designs using 6 basic quilting ruler shapes, including straight lines, circles, and squiggles
• Combine rulerwork and free-motion quilting with Amanda’s innovative suggestions
5.25" x 9"
Once you master straight-line rulerwork, you’ll be eager to move onto curves. If you have tried your hand at free-motion, you know how frustrating quilting a long smooth curve can be. This is because, at some point, we have to stop and reposition our hands and it can be hard to start again while still maintaining a smooth line.
Curved rulers make maintaining a smooth, long curve much easier. I typically use petal-shaped rulers to execute the simplest of these designs, but you can also use the edge of a variety of differently sized circle rulers to accomplish the same thing. Remember, you don’t have to use the entire ruler’s edge. If the curve fits what you need, you can stitch along just part of the ruler instead.
These designs are quick to quilt, and glorious when accentuated with free-motion. Have fun!
S-curves and spines:
Rope: Rope designs are comprised of a series of S-Curves quilted in a row. You’ll need to choose your ruler based on the scale of the area you are filling. Large S-Curves are good for borders, while smaller ones work well for sashing.
If you find you really enjoy quilting this design, you might want to invest in rulers specifically designed for Rope designs. These tools eliminate the need to switch to a straight ruler to travel from one
Where possible, I hold my ruler with both hands for added stability. Going around a curve while holding the ruler in both hands. I like to have some of my fingers on the ruler and some on the fabric.