Dec 12 14

Ruler Work on Your Home Sewing Machine-A Video Tutorial

I just can’t stop playing around with these rulers, and feathered wreaths are an easy “centerpiece” to frame with different designs that are based on framework that is easily created using rulers.  Here’s a photo of one I made earlier this week:





The feathered crescent frame that surrounds the wreath was created using The Pro-Echo Medium Ruler set by Stonehouse Quilting as well as the Handiquilter Arc C Ruler Template.  You can find both of them, as well as all of the rulers and templates we currently carry for ruler work, by clicking here.  Here’s a closer shot of the center section so you can see it better:




I’m going to do a blog post next week that shows a step-by-step process of how I created the quilting that came after the ruler work, but Ernie  and I finally shot a video tutorial that shows you just how easy it is to do ruler work if you are a sit-down quilter, and it’s the ruler work that was done on this small wall hanging that’s shown on this video.  If you thought only long arm quilters using a frame system could do this kind of ruler work, you are in for some exciting times!  You can do this on your home sewing machine as long as you have a ruler foot and use rulers/templates that are at least 1/4 inch thick.  The video is at the end of this blog post, but if you’re interested in ruler work, the very best source of info on it for the home quilter is Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures blog which you can find right here.  If you don’t already follow her blog, now’s the time to start!  Now here’s the video; hope you enjoy it!




  1. peggy Says:

    Gorgeous, Thompson!

  2. Peggy Finney Says:

    Wow is all I can say. I am a long way from ever been able to do anything close to this but I get goosebumps when I see your work. Wish I lived around you so I could perhaps take live classes with you.

  3. Amy Johnson Says:

    Nicely done, Patsy! Ruler work is just so darn exciting. Just a few markings and couple of rulers and you’ve got so many design options.

    Thanks for the shout out. So nice of you.

  4. SewCalGal Says:

    Mind blowing. #quiltlove and ideas are now spinning out my “little” creative brain. Thanks for the inspiration. This really helps to clarify what you’ve been up to for using rulers on a domestic machine for FMQ. I’m totally amazed and inspired and want to create. I think the possibilities will be endless.


  5. Linda E in AZ Says:

    It’s great to see that you are having so much fun, Patsy. This is a wonderful step-by-step video on ruler work, so thanks for taking the time to do this for us!

  6. Maga Says:

    Thank you very much for the video – I hope Brother will introduce a foot that will work with the rulers because I would love to have a go at this.

  7. Lisa H Calle Says:

    What a great video! I’ve been playing on my domestic with my rulers as well. Since I am a Longarm quilter there is a slight learning curve but I’m having fun.
    Thanks again for the great video.

  8. Lynette Says:

    Oh, that’s beautiful on the dark blue! The threads just glow. 😀

  9. Lorie Bugaiski Says:

    That was so amazing, I have been trying to use my rulers on my machine, but have some trouble with holing the ruler and moving the material. I think I am pushing down to hard on ruler. I will have to keep trying and play with it. Thanks for the video I learnrd a lot can’t wait for the next one! I also have been playing with my embroidery designs. My question on the embroidery do you put any stabilizer in your center designs!

  10. Lorie Bugaiski Says:

    Also love your design!

  11. Laura Says:

    Ohhhh…the exciting possibilities! Thank you for the demonstration and the inspiration Patsy!

  12. Becki Says:

    Patsy, what are the little squares on the backsides of the rulers? I presume it’s something to give the rulers some “stickability”?

  13. Jean Says:

    Fantastic video, Patsy! Thanks so much. I’m asking Santa to bring me the ruler foot for my machine that you recommended!

  14. Betty Jo Tatum Says:

    Hi Patsy, What a great idea. I called my Bernina dealer to see if they are going to have a ruler foot for us Bernina gals and she said she believes they are working on one but that she would call and ask them. I hope they get one This looks just great. Thanks for leading the way.

  15. Raewyn Says:

    Beautiful, Patsy! Thank you for the video. I haven’t done any ruler work with my Sw16 but am looking forward to playing. You make it look quite straight forward!

  16. Ellie Stratton Says:

    Wonderful work! These are very beautiful designs. You have created a nice video of your work with step by step explanation. Thanks for sharing this amazing video with us.