Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ruler Work




Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures is featuring ruler work for the month of May. I haven't done too much with rulers. I find it takes lots of coordination. You have to keep the ruler in place and continue to sew at the same time. It sounds so much easier than it is! However, I have used straight rulers and found they weren't too bad. In the picture above, I marked the lines using a blue marker but used a long arm ruler as I was sewing. This seemed to work very nicely for me.

 
 
As you can see, I marked my lines and used different forms of free motion quilting in between the lines. I really like this effect. It makes a whole different pattern on top of the pattern created from the fabric which was what I was hoping. My favorite is to free motion quilt but the straight lines also add a bit of dimension.
 


In this last picture, I used a straight ruler to section off my black border. I had planned on free motion quilting in every other section but decided to fill in each section instead. I didn't mark this first. I measured my border and chose to make the sections 2 inches since the border was an even 68 inches. It worked out almost exactly!

That's the extent of my ruler work so far. I'm hoping Amy teaches us some easy ruler work that even I can master! I'm certainly looking forward to it!

8 comments:

  1. I totally agree about the quilting making a whole different pattern on top of the fabric. It really gives it dimension, and you are doing a great job!

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    1. Thanks! Never really sure how it's going to turn out until you do it. I'm happy with the results!

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  2. I think you are off to a great start! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Looking forward to your tutorials!

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  3. I would not have thought to mark and use the ruler. I will have to try that with my wave ruler. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I find marking first and then using the ruler as a fool proof method. However, I did have a few times when the ruler slipped. Guess it's hot a perfect method but close!

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