by spendlove Moderator 30 Jan 2018

Quilting with rulers. I'm hopeless at free motion quilting so I thought I'd try rulers. They came with instructions to make a case to keep them in which was a sampler of the templates. I'm not sure if I'll ever be happy with my efforts!

For my next experiment, I added a Teflon baking sheet to the bed of my machine and some little bits of shelf liner under the rulers. I only did straight lines this time!
My main problem now is that I stand up to sew so I'm only comfortable when I'm sewing towards myself. (I can't see what I'm doing otherwise!) This means I'm constantly turning the work which wouldn't be possible on a quilt.
Does anyone have any experiences to share?


by muflotex 08 Feb 2018

good job, Sue

if you are looking for "training" angela wolters and gina perkes are a good start and lots of others on you tube if you search for rulerwork.

silianquilt in uk, eingebrannt in germany and westerly design can help you which foot may work on your machine


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spendlove by spendlove 09 Feb 2018

Thank you for this. I have the Janome foot for the Janome rulers. I have watched some video on Youtube, but there is nothing like actually doing it!

by pennifold 07 Feb 2018

This looks amazing, I'm going to have a look at the website Martine posted as I've never heard of this! Also wanted to check it out after seeing your post with your gorgeous jacket! Well done, it's awesome. Love Chris

by crafter2243 Moderator 31 Jan 2018

Sue you did so well considering you just started. Since I donate my quilts I can not afford to send them out for quilting. I bought some rulers and like them, but so far I always looked at a path where I do not have to go backwards and use them mostly on borders or sashings.

by dragonflyer 31 Jan 2018

Another thought...I know there are quite a few quilters who are using long arm rulers with their ruler foot...I have heard they work quite well and there are lots of varieties available...still hoping to find a solution to the skipped stitches when I quilt with these going backward on a large quilt...I need to really ask about that in a forum or send an inquiry to Westalee...

by mops Moderator 31 Jan 2018

I watched a video last week and it looked easy enough, but it's always an expert that demonstrates and mostly on small objects.
I tried to upload the link but that gives an error, it is on the Benina blog, posted jan 19, r
I looked if Husqvarna has a ruler foot as well but can't find any.

I think you are doing well, but have no solution for the turning / working backwards problem. Can you place your machine higher? Or is that a silly question. I like your even length stitches!

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spendlove by spendlove 31 Jan 2018

The stitches are quite even on the spiral square, but they go awry when I do anything curved!
Thanks for the link - I may pick up some tips, but I suspect it will just make me want circle rulers!
I think all rulers are made by Westerlee or Parrs. I've been told that the Janome ones are the former. The foot came with an upgrade to my machine but I've been waiting quite a while for the rulers to appear in England.

by kustomkuddle 30 Jan 2018

From your pictures, it looks as though you are doing quite well! I have read about the rulers, but have never used them.

by rescuer Moderator 30 Jan 2018

I think they look great!
I wonder if a well positioned mirror would help you see without turning. I know it would mess up my brain -- possibly beyond recovery -- to see the work via a mirror.

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spendlove by spendlove 30 Jan 2018

It messes mine just thinking about it!

by meganne 30 Jan 2018

Hey Sue, I was going to suggest you pay a quilter, (LOL!!) until I scrolled down..... your efforts are far better than anything I have managed to do!
Practice makes perfect so they say and you're already off to a great start, so if I was you, I'd just keep practising.
Hugs n roses, M

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spendlove by spendlove 30 Jan 2018

I will be doing - to justify the expense!

by dragonflyer 30 Jan 2018

I have used rulers to quilt on a number of occasions...but I use the ruler foot that came with the set...looks like you are using your embroidery foot (?) instead...Not sure how that would work as the ruler foot has about a 1/4" rise so that the ruler glides against the foot...I do quite well in all directions with smaller projects....HOWEVER, when I try this on a large quilt, I have problems going machine skips stitches and doesn't stitch well...this does not happen on smaller projects...stitches perfectly. I think it must have something to do with the weight of the whole quilt....just guessing. I have been meaning to ask in a forum or send an inquiry to the ruler manufacturer, but haven't yet...It is quite frustrating as on a small project I am quite successful...but not to be on a full quilt..."GRRRRR

spendlove by spendlove 30 Jan 2018

I took the picture before I changed the foot!

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 30 Jan 2018

Ahhh, that makes sense now...I hope you have better luck than I have had with full size quilts...I am still scratching my head...looking forward to hearing how you do with a large quilt...