Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Quilting with Rulers

I hosted and taught "Quilting with Rulers" here in my own shop last weekend. It was the first time I hosted my own class in my own shop and it was wonderful.


These four wonderful ladies traveled to my shop from Roanoke, Virginia which is a little over an hour away. As always, quilters are a great group of people to work with. There's always a lot of laughter.

First I talked about the need for a ruler foot when guiding your free motion quilting with rulers. Then we took a break and fitted the machines with ruler feet. Three machines were fitted with the Janome ruler foot combination and one took a Westalee foot.

Then we worked on using basic rulers for straight crosshatching, followed by working with curves. Then I supplied the rulers for an "open-bar" of sorts, giving the quilters a chance to try unique shapes, sizes and specialty rulers without obligation to purchase them.

I love the reach I have through my classes at Craftsy, but there's something extra special about being able to teach students in person, and I'd like to think that quilters enjoy classes in person as much as I do.

Speaking of my Craftsy classes, my students have been posting their own projects using ruler work and I've got to say it's pretty amazing. Below is a selection of several recent projects posted by students.

Photo courtesy of Craftsy and the student who posted it. 

First is a sampler of ruler work practice by Craftsy username DittsMon. I love that she made a practice piece and shared it. Not only did she do the first couple of designs, but also some variations. I feel like I've accomplished my goal when students take what they've learned, tweak it, and make it their own.

Photo courtesy of Craftsy and the student who posted it. 

Barb Lounsbury posted this beauty and the combination of ruler work designs and free hand fills sets this colorful quilt off fabulously. She used a double batting, with wool on top for greater texture with nearly a trapunto effect. It makes that quilting really pop.

Photo courtesy of Craftsy and the student who posted it. 

Craftsy username Schaeferhund posted this striking modern piece. Her quilting is gorgeous and I love how she's integrated ruler work throughout it as well as worked the curved lines and circles from the main part of the quilt into the centers of the borders.


I'm getting ready for our "new owner open house" event this weekend. Most of the 80's wallpaper has been covered by white batting, making for a big design wall. I painted the shelving unit white. It's so much brighter without the country blue.

If you're near the Lynchburg, Virginia area, I'd love to meet you. Maybe you'd like to sign up for a class? Should you like to see my class offerings, visit Sew Simple of Lynchburg's class page. Now, I better get back to work! The to-do list is very, very long.


8 comments:

  1. Well done, Amy! I'd love to take one of your classes in person, but I live in Mississippi, sooo. I've gotten both your Craftsy classes!

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  2. Amy I am so excited that you shared this, I have followed you since those early you tube videos and love to see you succeeding so well with your own shop now. You deserve nothing but the best. I wish I could someday travel your way to meet you and take a class. Best wishes for your continued success.

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  3. Amy I am so excited that you shared this, I have followed you since those early you tube videos and love to see you succeeding so well with your own shop now. You deserve nothing but the best. I wish I could someday travel your way to meet you and take a class. Best wishes for your continued success.

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  4. Amy I am going to take both your Craftsy courses but want to know which one I should take first lol. I love what your doing and hopefully quilting with rulers will help my with my quilting.

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    1. I'd recommend "Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine" first as it goes over the basics, types of rulers, and the basic designs. The second one, "Creative Quilting with Rulers" builds upon the first with how to use basic rulers in different ways to create fabulous designs.

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  5. How fun to teach people in person. I know your reach is better with Craftsy but it's fun to be there as it's happening. Congratulations on both your venues.

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