Monday, August 24, 2015

Available Now! Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine

I'm so excited to tell you that my Craftsy class, Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine, is now available! It is the direct result of nearly 6 months of hard work plus the indirect result of several years of quilting, experimenting, and blogging.

free motion quilting with rulers class

There was a lot of sample making, step outs (projects that were partially done to move the teaching process along), a whole extra set of pieces made for rehearsal purposes, and a ton of writing and re-writing.

Some cross hatching variations in triangles. The ruler on the left was used for some of them, but the other ruler is for a completely different design, a dahlia.

There were tears and doubts too. Could I actually do this? Keep in mind that while my Youtube videos have well received, the only part of me on screen had been my hands.

Free Motion Quilting- Amy Johnson- ruler work class with Craftsy


It was so far out of my comfort zone, but you don't grow unless you push beyond what you've already done. So I pushed myself and I am really proud of the result. It feels strange to say it, but I'm proud of my work. Those who know me, know that I'm kind of self-deprecating (sometimes to an unhealthy level- but I'm working on it) so this is a big deal. I had a lot of encouragement from my husband and kids, some friends (especially the quilty ones), from the entire Craftsy team, and most of all, from my blog readers.

You may not realize it, but all Craftsy classes are shot over a very quick two and a half days after a lot of prep work done at home and via Skype, phone, and email. Then it goes through an extensive editing process. I didn't even get to see my class myself until a few days ago. I've decided that my biggest mistake was that I didn't smile enough.


You blog readers are especially important to this class. Over the last several years you have encouraged me with your complementary comments, your interest in my techniques, and your friendship. You've challenged me with your questions, helping me to become a better teacher. Without a decent blog following, I doubt there would even be a class.


So to thank you for your wonderful support, encouragement, and friendship, I am giving you a link that will take $10 off of my class, Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine. Feel free to share the link with your friends. You have to use the link just above to get the discount. If you go directly through Craftsy, their regular price will apply.

In the class, I teach about the importance of the ruler foot, discuss and show various types of rulers, and demonstrate several different ways of using rulers to guide your free motion quilting (this class applies to sewing machines and sit down long arm machines). I show samples, quilt on camera, and share variations of the designs. It's pretty thorough, but I feel like there's still so much I want to share of this technique!

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You can see this video trailer in better quality on the Craftsy site!

Don't forget that through Craftsy's wonderful platform, you can ask me questions and I will answer them as well as other students may chime in, and you can post projects that you have done using the technique. Your class never expires and you can watch it as often as you like.

33 comments:

  1. Hooray! I just signed up! Can't wait for some time to watch it -- I am so excited. And big thanks for the discount!

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  2. Hi Amy, I just purchased your class from Craftsy!!! Thank you so much for the discount!!

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  3. Hi Amy,
    Just signed up and have watched the first lesson. What a great job you've done! As if it were your tenth Craftsy class, not your first. I've already tried some of your techniques from reading/watching your blog. Thanks so much!

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  4. Looking GOOD Amy. Thanks for the news letter and discount. Have watched first lesson and am so impressed with your Crafsty class. I know what I'll be doing tonight. Going to quilt guild meeting tonight and will tell everyone about it! Congratulations.

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  5. Thanks for discount, Amy! Now it's mine! I've got it, hooray :-)

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  6. Hooray! I own it! And I'm very excited. I've been a little intimidated by my rulers, but just this weekend worked on a simple block with my straight ruler just to get the feel. Although very basic, I was pleased with the results enough to want more! I'm sure your class is awesome and I can't wait to get started. Thanks for the discounted price. XO

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    1. It's not as hard as it seems once you get started!

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  7. What kind of rulers and machine foot do we need for this class and where do we get them? Thanking you in advance.

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    1. Lydia, take a look at my ruler work page here on the blog which will give you a ton of info about ruler feet and rulers. Additionally, there are sources of feet listed in the class materials as well as a template for making a DIY ruler.

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  8. Just got mine! Can't wait to be able to sit down and watch!

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  9. Wonderful news. Congratulations.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  10. Count me in! Can't wait to dive in!

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  11. Is there a ruler foot that works for sure on a Pfaff machine? I don't want to sign up for the class if I can not get a foot that works.

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    1. Hi Liz! Yes! The Westalee Ruler foot and their thinner rulers work well on Pfaffs. The Janome foot has also worked on Pfaffs (Patsy Thompson tried them on several of her machines) but you likely need a thinner ruler like those from Westalee to do any ruler work behind the foot if you've got the IDT system. Though most ruler work is done in front and to the side of the foot.

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  12. Fully signed up, looking forward to finishing work! In hoping I can get a foot and ruler for my husqvarna that is appropriate but I plan to buy a janome in the next 6 months anyway

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  13. any hints on what foot works on a Juki? Holding off signing up for a class until I know I can get a foot that works with rulers.

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    1. There are several sources of ruler foot for a Juki.

      There’s this hopping style ruler foot on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/390582012636?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&lpid=82

      Westalee says their foot will fit Juki. http://blogwestaleedesign.blogspot.com/2014/12/more-on-westalee-ruler-foot.html

      And the Janome ruler foot combination will also fit the Juki, which I think is the low shank type.

      See my Ruler Work page on the blog for more info.

      The most affordable option at this time is the Westalee foot, which is available in the states from Sew Steady and will soon be available through my soon to open online shop.

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    2. BTW, check around on the Sew Steady site, they do have a dealer locator on it. Some have online shops.

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  14. Started watching my class today and really like it. Good job

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  15. Congratulations Amy! I bet this is going to be a fabulous class - you do amazing work and your explanations are always clear.

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  16. I binge watched the entire course last night - I just couldn't stop! And my first ruler arrived yesterday (combo straight and curve). I can't wait to practice tonight. Great class Amy!

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  17. Congratulations, Amy! Your hard work, perseverance, and helpful spirit are paying off. Thanks for encouraging and teaching us new skills.

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  18. I'm so happy for you, Amy! This is a wonderful coup for you, and I know you'll continue to move forward in this avenue. It surprises me that you had any self-doubts. Your YouTube videos and skill are impressive. I have no doubt that quilters who take your Craftsy class will be favorably impressed and learn a lot. I am, just from seeing your work. Excellent job!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I have decided that 44 is way too long to have put up with such a negative inner voice and I'm kicking that mean girl to the curb. (Most of the time anyway) It's been a great journey and I feel like I'm really blooming!

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  19. Hi, Amy,
    I'm new to all of this free motion quilting and I want to take your class on Crafsty but I need to know where to get the rulers and the presser foot I have a Pfaff Creative Sensation. Could you please help me?

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    1. Virginia, for a Pfaff, I'm going to recommend the Westalee products as the IDT system (I think that's what it's called? The upper feed dog thing.) would make it best to have a thinner ruler. With their starter kit, you get the foot and a thinner ruler all in one. There are several sources to buy their products, so do a web search to find the best shop for you.

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  20. Hello Amy.
    you are my favorite on line teacher.I never thought I woould have the ability to do any type of free motion quilting until I bought your class on Craftsy I have watched your video over and over and now I am trying my hand a FMQ. Far from perfect but am having so much fun trying different things. I am making a table runner for my Daughters birthday.. it is all pieced and half way on the quilting. The most important thing I have learned is if you don't try and don't practise you will never learn. I am still trying to do the feathers you make it look so easy but not for me. Hopefully some day I will figure out how to do them thanks again for your class and hope you will have a follow up class soon take care Dottie Smith

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    1. What a fabulous thing to read this morning! Thank you. Just keep quilting, you'll get better everytime!

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