Feb 06 17

Another Ruler Border Design


This was a border design I created a number of months ago and pretty much forgot about.  The framework for this is basic ruler work using arc rulers.  This is what the framework looked like as I was just finishing the skeleton.  I believe I used my PTD arc ruler 8 for this but honestly, any arc ruler can be used to make this type of design:




(I guess this was one step beyond the framework/skeleton, as there is a  featherette inside each triangle zone, but you can hopefully see the ruler work framework.  The original triangle has a 1/4 inch channel followed by a 1/2 inch channel.  If you’ve taken a class w/me or follow my blog, then you know I’m going to fill that 1/2 inch channel with a quilted design.  This next shot shows the 1/2 in channel filled with a row of pearls and the featherette has been hyperquilted with gold polyester thread.  This is a good example of how playing with thread colors can really ramp up a design:




Next, I switched back to my original turquoise thread and added a continuous line of shallow swags along the outside of each triangle zone.  This was done freehand:




I liked it at that point but it needed more “oomph,” so I added the second row of swags:




Here’s what it looks like upside down…kind of interesting to me:




I am wondering 2 things:


-Wouldn’t this be cool is the “empty sections” were filled in with their own design? and


-If you eliminated all the fancy part of what I did and just looked at it as a traditional arched border that has internal swags, what might this design look like with only the lower section filled in?


Hmmm…I sense some play time coming…

One Comment

  1. QuiltShop Gal Says:

    I see endless possibilities for this design. Definitely inspires me. I love the play on light, with the thread color, like candles, or fireworks. But the overall Ruler Work/FMQ design has a gorgeous framework.