Dec 30 17

Curved Cross Hatching in a Feathered Wreath and a Reminder

I’ve been meaning to create a ruler work feathered wreath with curved cross hatching and finally finished one today.  Here is a closeup so you can get a better look at the curved cross hatching inside the spine zone:


This is created in exactly the same way you do any curved cross hatching except that the “zone” we are filling with CCH is in a circular layout.  I used my Westalee Circles on Quilts templates to create the ruler work circular zones, then added my inner and outer plumes.  You can see that I’ve filled the inside and outside channels of the spine with a row of pearls (innermost channel) and with the fingertips design (outermost 1/2 inch channel) in the shot below:


If you look really closely at the shot above, you will see tiny tick marks just outside channel filled with peals.  These, coupled with the long soap lines that run from corner to corner and midpoint to midpoint, were used to subdivide this wide channel with arched swags.  These were stitched using my PTD 12 arc ruler:


Do you see small tick marks at roughly 1/4 inch below the apex of each arched swag?  I used them to create a tapered channel inside each arched swag:


We now can begin to work on the zone that will be filled with curved cross hatching!  Remember that in curved cross hatching, you will need to repeatedly make short lines of “backtracking” along the bottom and sides of the zone you are filling.  Because of this, I first used my PTD12 arc ruler to create a parallel channel in the same lavender thread that was use to stitch the circle that forms the bottom of the zone which we’ll fill with CCHing:


As shown above, this is easily done by placing the ruler edge on the previous line of stitching.  Here’s what it looks like at this stage once the entire section was complete:


(I know, this looks a bit weird now, but trust me, it will all work out!)  Next, I used the same PTD12 arc ruler to create a series of 1/2 inch parallel channels across each arched swag.  This is what it looked like once this was complete:


You may be freaking out right now, but I promise that it will all work out!  I repeated the same process except that I placed my ruler along the opposite side of each arched swag and stitched the same series of 1 1/2 inch wide channels.  This completed the CCH’ing and here’s what it looked like at that point:


We’re nearing the end now!  I used turquoise rayon thread to throw a featherette into each empty arched swag, then did 2 rows of echo outlining around the inner and outer plumes:


And last but not least, filled the background with the “igloos” background fill design:


And remember, the great January 2018 Ruler Work Winter Course begins on Monday, January 1, which is the day after tomorrow!  Meet back here for some ruler work fun and chase those winter blues away!!



  1. Louann Holmes Says:

    Beautiful. What is the size of this wreath? Looking forwaed to your class.

  2. Donna Says:

    Would love to do this. Looking forward to branching out!

  3. QuiltShopGal Says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for the great tips. I’m looking forward to your Ruler Work Winter Course kick off tomorrow. #CreativeGoodness


  4. Bonnie Blake Says:

    Hi Patsy, This sounds like loads of fun!! I love ruler work and love your creations, so thinking this should be loads of fun!!! I look forward to the Ruler Work Winter Course and any tips and tricks you’re willing to share. Thank you Patsy!!! and Happy New Year!!!

  5. Lynette Says:

    Patty, I am so grateful to you for all this sharing! I know it takes time to stop and photograph steps, edit pictures, write everything all up. You are The Bomb!!

  6. Kat Scribner Says:

    Thank you for this lesson! Question: Would you consider a quilt border as your ‘built-in’ channel and not have to stitch those horizontal lines first?

  7. Wendy Dyhr Says:

    Hello Patsy, Such a delight to read and practice your exercises. Thank you for your generous sharing. Even though it’s hot here in Oz, nice to hide away and stitch. Loving this.