Dec 12 17

Ruler Work Winter Course (January 2018) FAQs



I am receiving so many questions about this that I figured the best way to address them was in a blog post.  Here are answers to questions I’ve been asked:


**Where do I go to sign up for this class?  Nowhere!  There is no sign up as I am not collecting names or email addresses or any info on participants.  Just come to my blog (the same address you used to get here today), and you will find the first ruler work lesson on January 1, 2018 and then a new ruler work lesson every Monday and Friday during the month of January, 2018.


**Does this course cost anything?  No, it is completely free!


**Where do I find a supply list?  There is no supply list.  I can tell you that the first lesson will require the use of a straight line ruler (it doesn’t matter what kind of straight line ruler you have as any straight line ruler will work), and the 2nd class will require the use of 2-3 arc rulers, each of which must have a curve that’s different enough from the other 2 that they can be used together and create an interesting set of curves.  Our set of rulers called the PTD Ruler Starter Pack has a straight line ruler and 3 different arc rulers, and you can find that in our online store by clicking here.  HOWEVER, you do NOT need to buy our rulers to do this class!  Use whatever arc rulers you already have at home.  I am trying to teach you concepts and skills and I’m NOT trying to sell you anything!


**Why is there no supply list?  There is no supply list because this course sprang out of my desire to commit to something fun/interesting that would distract me from winter.  This course will help me because it will require me to focus on creating lessons to teach you ruler work skills and concepts, and not on the grey, icy/snowy cold and dreary winter that will surround me in January!  The first 2 lessons are set in stone, so that’s why I can tell you which rulers we’ll use for those lessons.  The rest of the lessons will not be written until January since that’s when I’ll need  a distraction.  In each post, I will tell you the dimensions of quilt sandwich you’ll need to stitch what we’re working on and I’ll give you info about the type of ruler you’ll need.  I’m trying to kill 2 birds with one stone here (helping me and helping you), so I don’t want to spend more time this month working on a project that is deliberately designed for NEXT month!  If it’s important that you have all this info far in advance in order to have all supplies at your fingertips before you begin the course, then check the blog in February when everything will have been written out!


Hope to see you back here on January 1st!




  1. Susan Says:

    I will definitely be here January 1st! I started trying to learn to use my rulers in July but it was a little intimidating so I put them away. I’m glad for incentive to try again. Thanks

  2. Julie Hertel Says:

    I am so excited! Thank you for this – what a great Christmas gift!

  3. Kathy Steigleder Says:

    I’m definitely in! so excited, this will be fun- I can’t wait to see what we all come up with.

  4. Patricia Etheridge Says:

    Thank you for doing this. I am really looking forward to it, Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Lynette Says:

    Oh my gosh! Patsy, I just saw that you’re doing this, and You Are Amazing!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together. It’s gestures like this that kicked off the quilting renaissance of the past 10-15 years.

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  7. Lisa Says:

    Patsy this is extremely generous of you. I have learned so much from your dvds and your blog. I can’t wait to get started. As always you rock.

  8. Shirley Says:

    I learned so much from your excellent dvds. Now I’m looking forward to learning about ruler work. Thank you!

  9. Diane Evans Says:

    As always, your generosity blows us all away. This is so wonderful of you, and it’s going to be so much fun. Can’t wait. Rulers in hand!


  10. Kathy Nanna Says:

    I can’t wait to learn!!!

  11. Barbara Black Says:

    This is great! Thank you so much–I’m following your blog now so I don’t miss a thing.

  12. Jeanne Marklin Says:

    My Q-20 is due to be delivered next week. This is perfect timing for helping me learn about rulers. And a very kind and generous way for you to work away the winter doldrums. I get them too and love being able to focus on something that keeps me in the studio! Thank you!

  13. Tami Welch Says:

    Love your work Patsy! Thank you so much for sharing your techniques. Can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing. Happy New Year!

  14. Judy Says:

    Patsy, you are so gracious to provide this opportunity. Your videos taught me so much when I first started my business. I will definitely be watching to see what you will show us. Thanks so much!!!

  15. Marietta Walker Says:

    I’ll be hanging out too! You are such a dear Patsy. I wish I had not had life interrupted, and I could be hosting one of these by now, but no such luck.

    So I will once again live vicariously through your beautiful work.

  16. Ann Van Zant Says:

    I’m very new to FMQ, so looking forward to this.

  17. Janice Says:

    Thank you! Once again you generously share your knowledge and skills. I’m looking forward to January.

  18. Louann Holmes Says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait for the class.

  19. Sue Says:

    Just wondering who is more excited? You or everyone who is joining!!! I know, I can’t wait. Thanks for all of the knowledge you so generously share.

  20. Nicki Says:

    Can’t wait to get started
    Thank you for this.

  21. Debora Says:

    Patsy – this is WONDERFUL!! only question I have is this for long arm or regular (domestic) sewing machines? I do not have a longarm.


  22. Scottie Says:

    Sounds exciting. Thanks for sharing your talents with the community. I will be setting my calendar as reminder to return here

  23. Karen Says:

    Thank you so much, Patsy!! I have two of your Craftsy classes to do–and I just love watching all of your You Tube videos!! I learn so much from you–and I just LOVE your style!!!


  24. Alyso Wardrope Says:

    So excited to follow this great way to start the New Years

  25. procrastinater supreme Says:

    great! i’ve been procrastinating about which rulers to buy first & researching source for foot for my janome 1600 ..:(( …but i’m wanting yo do this! i love your blog & tho an infrequenr visitor, i’ve learned much to practice what i’ve learned

  26. Anne Dirks Says:

    I’ve watched your videos on FMQ many times. Love them and your sense of humor 😀,. I’ve used rulers some and would like to learn more from you.

  27. Karen S. Says:

    Do you need a special ruler foot?

    I’ve never done ruler work before and am looking forward to your class. Thank you.

  28. Ginny Says:

    I have your books on FMQ your work is outstanding. Thank you so much looking for to the class
    Happy New Year

  29. Ginny Says:

    I have your books on FMQ for feathers. Your work is outstanding.
    Looking for to the ruler work. Thank you
    Happy New Year

  30. Judy Purcell Says:

    At last I can get those darn rulers out of the drawer and learn how to use them. Thank you for this wonderful chance to learn to use them. Happy New Year.

  31. Carol Sierasky Says:

    This is great! I got arc and curved rulers for Christmas and can learn how to use them before I start on my quilt.

  32. Phyllis Fenice Says:

    I have quite a few of your DVD’s. Your work is phenomenal and you’re an excellent teacher. Thank you so much for posting this new FREE class on rulerwork. Can’t wait!

  33. Donna Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing how to use our rulers. Learning to quilt with rulers is my 2018 goal to get through winter.

  34. anita spicer Says:

    Patsy thanks so much for this class. I have bought some rulers but have been having some problems using them. I can’t wait to start.

  35. Marlene Humphreys Says:

    Patsy, I always love seeing your work and am looking forward to this class.

  36. Gayle Williams Says:

    Hi Patsy,
    I came to the Pinterest note that was advertising your ruler class…mainly because we are on summer holiday break. Hope you are safe and well away from the storms I have been seeing on TV. Is it too late to take part in this course? I am a starter on ruler work. Must say if I can achieve half of the standard of your work I would be thrilled. Hi from New Zealand (we did a Europe Christmas trip last year so I know a wee bit about the weather). Thanks Gayle