Quick Peek

May 17th, 2018
I had hoped to finish this rescued UFO last night but it didn’t happen.  I’ll post more photos later once it’s done:

 

More Quilted Ruler Work Swag Border Designs

May 10th, 2018

Can’t seem to stop creating these!  There is no end to how one can divvy up the real estate that lies inside an arched swag framework.  I used my PTD 12 arc ruler to make the initial framework, then threw in a 1/4 inch parallel channel, then a 1/2 inch parallel channel, and then a 3rd 1/4 inch parallel channel:

(Remember, all parallel channels are made using whatever ruler was used to create the original framework, so the PTD 12 arc was the ruler used for all the channels.)  Next up, I threw in a melon shape along the center vertical axis.  I used the PTD 6.5 arc for this, then threw in a tapered channel using the PTD 12 arc ruler:

I then added a featherette to fill the “empty spaces” surrounding the center melon:

…and then I added a row of pearls inside the 1/2 inch parallel channel:

…then finished up with a row of pearls inside the center melons:

I love, love, love designs that merge ruler work and feathers…can you tell?!

Creating Machine Quilted Feathered Diamonds

May 1st, 2018

I think I’ve posted one or two times about feathered footballs like the one shown below:

 

These are created using ruler work, and for feathered footballs, the orientation of the ruler is in the opposite direction as when one wants to create feathered diamonds like the one below:

 

 

(You’ll have to excuse the colors in the above photo.  The background is a nice deep purple, but that was somehow lost in some of the “in-process” photos.)  Anyway, when making a feathered diamond, you need to use a long ruler with a fairly subtle curve.  In this case, I used the Quilters Groove Pro-echo 20 arc ruler, which you can find by clicking here.  The reason you need a more subtle curve is because you’ll lose way too much “interior real estate” if the curve of the arc is acute, and then you’ll be left with nothing to play with once you go to add fill-in designs.  Here’s how to make a basic feathered diamond.

 

Step 1:  mark a large crosshair through the center of your block.  I made small tick marks at 7 inches from center on one axis and 5.5 inches from center on the opposite axis.  I then used my Pro echo 20 arc to create the outermost diamond framework.

 

Step 2:  Add your interior channels.  In this case, I added a 1/4 inch parallel channel, then a 1/2 inch parallel channel, then another 1/4 inch parallel channel.  Using the same ruler, I then added a tapered channel using a tick mark that was placed 1 3/4 inches from the highest/lowest interior apex on the one axis.  Here’s what the empty framework looked like once the ruler work skeleton was complete:

 

 

Step 3:  Begin your fill in adventure!  I began my fill-in work with a new thread color and added a waterfall featherette inside the tapered channel.  Here’s a shot once that was completed:

 

 

I swapped back to turquoise rayon thread and added the “fingertips” design inside the 1/2 inch parallel channel.  Notice that I had to throw in a teardrop in each of the 4 corners of the diamond:

 

 

Lastly, I added an upright featherette inside the center diamond channel, and I used a different thread color (light aqua polyester) for that:

 

 

The shot above is a basic feathered diamond.  This can be converted to a more elaborate feathered diamond by adding plumes along the outer edge.  Because the design is highly symmetric, I felt like my outer plumes should be highly symmetric as well, so I made a temporary boundary line for them using a sliver of soap as shown below:

 

 

(I used my Pro-echo 22 ruler for that soap line, as it is an even more subtle curve than the Pro-echo 20 ruler I used for ruler work framework.)  That soap line is important as it represents the outermost edge of my plumes.  If I can force myself to “stretch” or contract each plume to meet that boundary line, I’ll end up with a lovely tapered featherette along all 4 sides.  Here is a shot of that once it’s been stitched:

 

 

I am a sucker for “empty space” on a  quilt sandwich, so I may end up adding something else…

 

 

More Playing with Arched Swag Border Designs

April 25th, 2018

I hope you’re not sick of these because I’m not!  Here’s another fill design for the last ruler work border design I posted on the blog.  This version is inspired by the fancy scroll work you sometimes see on wrought iron gates:

This design uses the exact same ruler work framework that I started with last time, yet the design looks completely different!  Just as a reminder, here is the empty ruler work framework, taken from my last experiment:

In this next shot, the center channel is filled:

…and in this next shot, the uppermost channel has been filled:

(I hope this is also making you appreciate the power and fun  of playing with thread colors in different sections!)  In this next shot, the bottom most triangle has been filled with a small rust-colored featherette:

And just to impress you with how different this looks as compared to the earlier filled in version of the same ruler work framework, here’s the original option:

Whoo-hoo!  Ruler work rules!!

New DVD-Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter Volume 2 is here!!

April 21st, 2018

The waiting is over!  The second volume of Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter is now available!  How we were ale to complete this project amid all the health woes of our parents is a mystery, but it’s done and ready to find its way into your sewing room!  This instructional DVD shows how to create a variety of arched swag border designs with multiple fill-in options!  Along the way, you’ll also learn how to create curved cross-hatching designs as well as partial curved cross-hatching designs.  All of these techniques make fabulous border designs but can also be used as the building blocks for more complex ruler work designs like my “feathered footballs,” shown below:

 

 

This DVD is a must-have for any quilter looking to advance his or her ruler work skills and/or learn to create innovative fill designs for ruler work frameworks.  All the demos are performed from the standpoint of the sit-down quilter working on a home sewing machine, but this information is great for long arm quilters working on a frame system as well!  You can watch a preview video clip of what is taught on the DVD below:

 

 

This DVD retails for $29.95 and you can find it in our online store by clicking here.  If you’re looking for a great deal, you can buy both volumes 1 and 2 of Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter in one purchase for a 15% discount.  (Normal price if purchased separately is $59.90 but purchased together, the retail price is $50.92-a savings of $8.98!.)  You can find the 2 bundled together for a discounted price by clicking here.

Another new product in the store are 2 new specialty Clarity ruler feet:

 

The Clarity mid/longarm foot fits any mid or long arm machine that uses the Handiquilter handifeet system.  This includes the Babylock Tiara I, II, and III, Coronet, Regalia, and Crown Jewel series;  Huskavarna-Viking Platinum 16; and the Handiquilter Sweet 16, simply 16, Amara, Avante, Fusion, and Infinity.  The new Clarity Slant Shank ruler foot fits the following Singer Slant Shank machines:  1000 (Futura), 1036, 1100, 1411, 1425, Athena 2000 (2000A), 2001, 2010 Touchtronic, 290, 301, 401, 401A, 403, 404, 4552, 4562, 4610, 4622, 500, 501, 502, 503, 503A, 5910, 5932, 600, 600E Touch & Sew, 603, 604, 611, 620E1, 6233, 6234, 6235, 625, 625E1, 625E6, 625E7, 626, 6267, 6268, 628, 629, 630, 631, 635, 636, 638, 639, 645, 646, 649, 6704, 6800 Series, 700, 7028, 7033, 714, 717 School, 719, 720, 724, 734, 737, 740, 750, 755, 756, 758, 760, 770, 774, 775, 776, 778, 8019, 9005, 9008, 9010, 9015, 9018, 9020, 9022, 9027, 9032, 9034, 9110, 9113, 9133, 9134, 9137, 9143, 920-3, 9210, 9217, 9224, 9240, 93220, 9323, 9334, 9408, 9410, 9416, 9420, 9423, 9430, 9432, 9444, 9417, 635E3, 635E6, 635E7, 900-3, 784, 786, 30920, 9440, 640 Touch & Sew, 6740, 9400, 9135, 9123, 9012, 1410, 1050 Futura, 6200, 6260, 266, 411, 610, 766, 729, 725, 721, 746, 708, 706, 431, 626E1, 626E6, 626E7.

These new Clarity specialty ruler feet can be found by clicking here.

 

Also in stock are 2 new machine quilting rulers by Angela Walters.  The first, called “Archie,” is used to make symmetric arches and here is a shot of it:

Archie retails for $21.99 and can be found by clicking here.

Another ruler by Angela Walters is called “Squiggy.”    Squiggy is used  to make serpentine lines and wavy designs.  Squiggy retails for $21.99 and can be found by clicking here.

There are all kinds of exciting new products for ruler work!