Free Motion Quilting Video: Quilting Around Ruler Work

I've finished up the sampler block I was working on and as promised, I shot some video of it. I love how this block turned out.

faux trapunto

I wasn't exactly sure how I wanted to fill in around this sashing area. Sometimes when you know a piece is to show your quilting skills, you want to get all detailed and creative with it, but if you go over the top, the buby-ness can obscure the very thing you are trying to show. In the video, I showed a little bit of how I play around with a ruler to help choose a design.

free motion around ruler work

I also show how to tie and bury thread tails and share my favorite new marking tool. My BFF makes an appearance, the BFF ruler from Linda Hrcka, which I will be selling at  Amy's Quilting Adventures.

I'm getting a bunch of rulers from several different sources for my shop and I'm so excited to offer you a place where you can buy an assortment of rulers in one convenient location with my recommendations and detailed descriptions of the products so you're not left guessing. Sign up for my newsletter (over on the right sidebar of the blog) to be notified of the shop's opening and other good info. No spam, I promise. I'm planning on posting no more than twice a month but it will include info included especially for the newsletter recipients.

Have you seen Christa Watson's newly released book yet? Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-foot Wonders to Free-motion Favorites has done so well in just a few days that Amazon is awaiting re-stocking! You can get it through her publisher or a signed copy directly from her. I'll have more on her book when her blog hop starts next week. I've got something special for the 16th!

Now back to my website design and a spreadsheet.....

If you want to learn more about using rulers to guide your free motion quilting, you may want to take my class, Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine on the fabulous Craftsy class platform. That's a link to get it at 20% off.


  1. Hi Amy, I enjoyed watching your video, the resulting block is gorgeous. It will be nice to have lots of rulers in one place, it will make comparing them and deciding a whole lot easier!

  2. Great video! Love the Craftsy class videos! Can't wait for the shop to open!

  3. I'm so excited for your store - what a great resource that will be!!

    1. Thanks, Christa. I hadn’t ever wanted to do an online shop before, thinking there were plenty already out there doing a great job. It wasn’t until I started working with rulers that I saw my knowledge of them across brands would offer something unique and of value to potential customers.