Thursday, July 2, 2015

Quilting With Rulers: A Giveaway

I'm working on developing a "Quilting With Rulers" class which means I get to buy more rulers and associated materials. A lot of manufactures are accommodating the interest in working with rulers, whether on a domestic machine, sit-down long arm, or regular long arm systems.

People are always asking about how to move the rulers and the quilt as a unit and I think if you've never given it a whirl, it seems impossibly hard. Truth be told, for the most part if I have my machingers gloves on (I suppose other gloves work too) and my hand positioned properly, I don't have mush slipping.

The BFF ruler from Linda Hrcka at the Quilted Pineapple- Love it!
 But a little extra grip can be handy. I'm not a fan of anything that 'sticks' a ruler to the quilt. I don't want to be hampered when I re-position my ruler.
I like the little cut out on this straight ruler for SID (it also has tiny scallops on the otherside, but I got it for the straight side), but unfortunately, the cut edge doesn't line up with the markings! Hate it!
I liked my clear nail polish and salt trick for non-slip spots, but I heard from a ruler manufacturer that they were a bit nervous of the idea and definitely didn't recommend nail polish remover on acrylic if I wanted to remove it and re-apply.

I picked up these gripper dots at my local Janome dealer, Sew Simple in Lynchburg VA (Where, at my urging we now carry some of the Westalee rulers and feet as well as the Janome ruler foot of course!). They are clear silicone circles made for your rotary cutting ruler. So if you aren't using rulers to guide your free motion quilting yet, you will still find these helpful.


They're around $5.00 a pack and what I like is there is no waste. There's a sheet where the circles are punched out, but the bits between circles work too. Just make sure to place them so the ruler doesn't rock. They're pretty thin so you don't have to be terribly careful with this.

Using some of the cut out bits between circles too.

I picked up an extra pack for one lucky US resident! Sorry, but shipping isn't cheap even for something this little.

Leave a comment on this post, and I'll draw a lucky winner next Thursday, July 9th. If for some reason you can't leave a comment, send me an email (see my about page).

76 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway! Thanks for doing this!

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  2. They sound like just what I need for a couple of rulers I bought to play with! :)

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  3. These are cool, thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I like how you used the whole sheet of true grips. Also, I'm loving learning about rulers from you, I've tried them, but definitely need more experience.

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  5. Will you show us different rulers? I'm very interested to give it a try. Thanks!

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  6. I'll take all the help I can get as I try to become more proficient at quilting. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  7. I keep forgetting to get some so I would love to win these

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  8. I have just begun experimenting with rulers and am finding it not too hard, but certainly not easy (I have a long arm). Would love to try these. Every little bit helps!

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  9. Love that you even used the "scrap" pieces on ruler too! Awesome idea! Thanks for chance to win too :)

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm just waiting for my dealer to get the Bernina ruler feet so I can finally try quilting with rulers.

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  11. Love all you do and blog! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

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  12. Glad to see you back to quilting. I missed it while you were piecing!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  13. Not entering your generous giveaway (I have some True Grips, too, and I like them as well). I'm commenting to say how glad I am you're developing this class and I hope you offer it online. I want to take it!

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  14. These look like they would work great on rulers. Thanks for letting us know about them.

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  15. Would love to try the rulers. Linda
    lindaoquilts@gmail.com

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    1. Linda, the giveaway is for the TrueGrips, not rulers. But you should give ruler work a try!

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  16. Would love to try the rulers. Linda
    lindaoquilts@gmail.com

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  17. Just ordered my first ruler. Can't wait to try it.

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  18. A ruler class for Craftsy? Sign me up!!! This is a great give away, thanks. Boy, you aren't fooling about postage, it's become outrageous!

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  19. Love your blog....keeps me motivated.

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  20. Great idea - thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. Oh how very frugal you are Amy. Use every bit of the True Grips sheet. Just like fabric, we can't bear to throw away any scrap pieces! Waste not ....want not !!

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  22. I am truly fascinated by the ruler work process. Keep up the great hints and tips!

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  23. Amy, do you think you can put the dots on one side of the ruler for when you want grip and flip the ruler over for when you do not? The grips look wonderful! I know silicone is a great "gripper" for many things.
    ~ Christina

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  24. I use these grips on my rotary cutter rulers and they work great. I'll need some for more FMQ rulers so thanks for the chance on this nice give away:)

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  25. Very neat. I've bought the ruler foot from my Janome dealer and ordered a few feet on line.

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  26. I use a grip on my ruler, but would to use these!

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  27. Cool. Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest impact.

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  28. Don't need to enter me, as I have a pack of these, but I had never thought to use them this way. I'll give it a try. Thanks for the idea. : )

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  29. Hoping to find you in a Craftsy Class in the near future. For those of us not near a quilt shop that teach with a lot of guest lecturers, that is the best way for me to catch a class.
    cherib104@gmail.com

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  30. I have just started using rulers and really like them! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  31. I'm always looking for ways to keep my rulers from slipping. I've had the best luck with the clear, textured first aid tape, but these dots look good too--thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. I bought the foot for my 6600 a couple months ago and just a week ago, at the Vermont Quilt Fest, bought a circle set of rulers and a straight edge ruler. I figured that set of half circles could also do duty as arcs/waves. So I'm anxious to try. So now I need no slips thingies too? ha One thing always leads to another. I do have some purple machine gloves I love. I watched you ruler quilt at the Lancaster show in March and got my motivation for all this. So it's TIME I started MY new adventure!

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  33. I am just beginning mqing with a ruler and am intrigued by the dots.

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  34. Love your inspiration for ruler work - it is sooo much fun!! Keep it up - I appreciate any and all hints and tips!!

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  35. Really miss your videos. Would like to have the package of dots and you weren't kidding about postage.

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  36. Great giveaway, I like how you don't waste any part of the sheet and use the bits in between. That is totally something I would do.

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  37. Thank you for a great giveaway! Love your blog!

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  38. I look forward to hearing more about your course, I would love to give rulers a try!

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  39. anxious to see your course. I have bought one ruler and don't know how to use it, made my own straight one and have fun with it, but really need to understand how to use all these rulers I see at the quilt shows. Would love to win your "Dots". And thank you for all your efforts in your blog to encourage us all.
    nadinevining@yahoo.com

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  40. Those sound really useful. I would love to try them.

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  41. It is always a happy moment when I see your name in my inbox--Always know there is a nugget of information that I never knew before! Thank You for sharing all your knowledge!

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  42. I've had my rulers slip - it does not make me a happy quilter!! These stickies look like a great idea.

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  43. Wow, haven't seen these yet. Pretty nifty. I'll have to keep an eye out for them.

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  44. I would love these for my midarm rulers!! :)

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  45. Looks like those rulers would add a fun dimension to a quilt. Tha for sharinga great giveaway

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  46. I have my foot from westlee but haven't gotten to try it yet...too much going on. You keep me inspired. Thanks for the give away.

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  47. Thanks for the giveaway! Your quilting is beautiful.

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  48. HI Amy,
    I would love to win some rulers. They are always good to have around when quilting. Your sampler looks really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ruthq@rogers.com

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    1. Hi Ruth, the giveaway is for the TrueGrips, unfortunately not the rulers.

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  49. These look great - hadn't seen them before. Thanks!

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  50. What kind of Ruler Quilting class are you working on, Amy? An In-Person class, or an online video class? I would love to learn from you. The gripper dots sound like a great help and I would love to try them. If I don't win (I never win!) I'm still going to look for them!

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    1. These samples will be good for any version of my quilting with rulers class. There’s such a demand for learning this technique, I’m sure an online class will happen at some point. I love teaching this technique!

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  51. Amy, I am so glad I found your web page. I have been doing free motion for a long time love it but always thought I could not use rulers until I found you.

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  52. I hope your class will be available online! Would also love to try the True Grips.

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  53. True Grips sound interesting. I would like to compare them to skate board grip tape.

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  54. Looks like something I need to try.

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  55. Love all your posts on rulers! So inspiring!

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  56. I have been wanting to try some ruler work . . . these may just be what I need to bring me from 'thinking about' to 'doing!

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  57. Wow - I'd love to try these! I'm not very good at machine quilting yet, but I keep practicing to get better.... Thanks for such a nice giveaway!

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  58. Thanks for the giveaway ... and your ruler reviews!

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  59. Would love a few rulers to try. Love your posts, keep them coming!

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  60. Those look like to perfect size to avoid blocking the view.

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  61. Wanting to try a few rulers, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. I would love to have some for my new rulers. I'm trying to teach myself to use them and your tutorials are so very helpful.

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  63. I love your blog and the great tutorials! I'd also love some new rulers to use with your tutorials!

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  64. best domestic machine quilting blog in the universe, thank you for all the sharing you so freely give

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    1. Sharon,

      You can’t imagine how well timed and encouraging your comment is to me!

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  65. Amy, Just received my Westalee foot and some rulers to start out with. Can't wait to use them. The gripper tabs I'm sure will be a must have. Good luck everyone! Thank you Amy for all your work and inspiration with the vids!! Kath

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  66. A great giveaway of grips. Would love to try them, Amy. I just bought a ruler foot for my Juki. Got it ordered by a LQS from Sew Steady. Works like a charm. Question - could I use that foot for FMQ? It doesn't hop. Looking forward to your class.

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    1. Yes you can! The visibility won’t be as good as with other free motion feet but certainly can use it. I love that my foot doesn’t hop. You might also need to adjust it higher if you’ve got bulky seams.

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  67. I am new to free motion quilting and just found your videos on youtube. How wonderfully you show just what to do and how to get the best results. I'd love to win and am excited to try the information I've learned from your videos and blog.

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