Apr 26 16
I haven’t gotten to spend nearly enough time free motion quilting in the last week, so I selfishly claimed some time this afternoon and I’m so glad I did! I had a total blast stitching out this ruler work border design. I stitched it on my Babylock Destiny using the Westalee high shank ruler foot. This design looks quite rich, but if you view it in layers, it is quite do-able. Here were my steps from start to finish: 1. Mark guidelines for the beginnings, endings and middles of each arch. This is exactly how I mark all my ruler-guided border designs: 2. Using a basic arc ruler, create the outer arch lines, then throw in a scant 1/4 inch wide channel. I used Superior Magnifico Polyester thread for the ruler work: (If you look closely, you will see new markings for the beginning, ending, and middle of the next channel, which in this case is 1 1/4 inch wide.) 3. Using the same basic arc ruler, stitch the 1 1/4 in wide channel, followed by another scant 1/4 in wide channel: 4. I swapped to my open toe free motion foot, then stitched the swag design to fill in the wide channel: 5. I changed to a turquoise rayon thread for the next step, only because I am a lover of lots of thread colors in 1 design. I stitched this featherette to fill each lower section, and it combines a couple of different plume shapes: 6. I hyperquilted only the non-traditional plume shapes of each featherette. I just like having a little bling in there: …and here’s a wider view one last time: Can you tell I love ruler work?!