Monday, October 12, 2015

Free Motion Quilting with Rulers Video: Baptist Fan Template Demo

Last week I shot a video demonstration of the TopAnchor Baptist Fan Rotating Template for the maker of these templates at their request. It's a bit of a tricky template for those of us who move the quilt instead of the machine to free motion quilt, but they were getting questions about using it with sit down long arms and since they use the frame mounted variety when developing their templates, they asked me to demo it.



I've told the company that I find it tricky, thus I wasn't sure I'd recommend the template for use with stationary machines, since this design can be done with other methods, but if you did a lot of this design, which is great for a cuddly quilt, you might find it an excellent help.

The closer to the center anchor point, the harder it is to use, but being able to use one template for this design is pretty awesome. If I were to use it, I'd start farther out from the center and if need be, use a different design to fill in the center.

For a frame mounted long arm, I bet this thing is awesome!

Now I'm off to go quilt on my ruler work sampler. I even have the new TopAnchor Celtic Knot template prototypes to play with. I can't wait to get these listed in the shop! I may offer them as a pre-sale option. I started this sampler for my Craftsy class, Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine (25% off discount link there) and it is just ridiculous that I have yet to finish it!

By the way, I totally revamped the shop for easier navigation last week. I'd love to hear what you think of the new design.

6 comments:

  1. Amy, Thank you for your review of this ruler. Please see my blog for a long arm perspective.
    http://karenssewingroom.blogspot.com/2015/10/in-my-humble-opinion.html

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences with it. I have used some of these rotating templates on a friend's long arm and I didn't find I needed to reach under the frame when putting in the anchor post. I don't reach under the quilt on my machine either to pin it, but I do sort of use the table surface as I stick it in (Pinned into my supreme slider a time or two....sigh...lol)

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    2. Have you tried the Westalee circle rulers for domestic machines? They look like they would be much easier to use than this.

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    3. Deb, there are several ways of doing this design and I wasn't really recommending this one for those using a home sewing machine. Westalee has a bunch of circular templates, all of which could be used for similar designs as would other deeply curved rulers. I have not used their "Circles on Quilts" rulers if that's what you are referring to.

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  2. Hello Deb, I found your blog on Pinterest and I am so happy that I did. This particular post looks very much beyond my skills, I have only been quilting for 2 years . . . but once that quilting bug bites you . . . you are a goner, LOL. I love free-motion quilting on my machine( nothing fancy, just a regular sewing machine) and I know that I am going to learn so much from your blog. As soon as I finish typing this I will be hitting the button on Google friend connect and becoming your newest follower. I am totally excited about going through all of your posts . . . one by one and soaking in some of your brilliant talent.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Your new blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie, not sure if you meant to address me or Deb V, but welcome either way!

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