Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Free Motion Quilting with Rulers: Star Template

It's been a while since I've posted a new video and that's a shame because they've been pretty popular and I've been sitting on this footage for a while. Shame on me.

I'm quilting a six inch star, using a specialty template from Top Anchor Quilting Tools. These templates are so fun as they yield a great uniform shape, without marking.


I accidentally used the template upside down on the anchor post, but it works just the same, though right side up would have allowed me to line up the registration lines on the template more accurately.


I didn't put any sandpaper dots or other non-slip aid on this ruler and had no issues of slipping. Though if I had those dots or in this case "sandpaper anchors" on the template, I bet I would have noticed sooner that the template was upside down!


Aren't these cute? I haven't yet stuck these to my templates, but I suspect that the irregular, angular shape of these anchors will help grip the quilt top better than an equivalent rounded sandpaper dot.

Now I am off to get more quilting done! Gotta finish!

5 comments:

  1. I love the star!! I have been looking for a ruler to do stars on the wounded warrior quilts I make. I learn so much from you. I see ordering the ruler in my near future. =) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This is such a clever tool! I've never seen anything like it, but it sure makes sense. Thanks for demonstrating how it's used. I see it's a little slow, but faster than hand quilting, and much more fun!

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    1. You can get much faster when you don’t have a camera between you and the machine!

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  3. Love these videos that you do ... And you just showed me the best top ever in pulling the thread away a bit before using the scissor button - it's the simple things that make my day! Thank you :)

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    1. Yep, love that trick! Especially since I like to knot and bury my thread tails.

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