Feb 25 16

Four Square Quilt of Ruler Work Experimentation

Playing around on quilt sandwiches has always been my best way to learn new designs and new free motion skills, so when I set out to learn some new ruler work skills, I put together many sandwiches that ranged in size from 18 inches square to 24 inches square.  I have now amassed a fair number of them and one can only have so many tote bags and pillows, so I figured I’d make  a couple small quilts with them.  I did not set out to make a quilt-as-you-go quilt and I have to say that this is not how I would choose to work, but I’ve got to do something with all these darn squares!
From another perspective:
This most recent block I finished last weekend was the one I played around with a couple weeks ago but didn’t have time to finish.   This next shot is the full block once it was completed except for the hyperquilting in that final section:
Here’s a shot of the totally completed design after that final hyperquilting was added:
I described how I made the center section earlier and you can see the first post where I described how I made it by clicking here.  This is a shot of where we left off last time:
 I used one of my Quilters Groove Arc rulers to create another layer of framework outside the “star” above:
…and here you can see that I’m starting to fill in the arcs as the pearls are in:
This last shot is a tangential one and I love how it shows of the texture of the quilting:
All I can say is Thank God someone invented thread!  Can you imagine how drab life could be without it?!


  1. Diane Evans Says:

    Gorgeous, Patsy — do you have a tutorial or video for sale that describes your process for joining blocks that have already been quilted? Your seams are perfect.


  2. Maria Gardner Says:

    More great inspiration, Patsy. Beautiful work.

  3. Helen Lee Says:

    Did you use the Westalee circle ruler for the circles?
    I’m just starting my first quilt using the Westalee foot and the arc ruler in the starter set. I have a long way to go to get anywhere near what I see you do but I know from experience that practice makes better (not perfect).