Craftsy has recently released a new class with Angela Walters, which focuses on ruler work (and free-motion quilting) on a domestic machine. I can honestly say this is an excellent class and a “must take” for anyone interested in ruler work, as well as learning/improving your free-motion quilting skills. I also want to clarify, that I have heard from a few quilters who tried ruler work and didn’t like it. If you fall into this category, I can only hope you’ll consider this class before completely giving up on ruler work as it is the best ruler work class I’ve ever seen and well worth the very reasonable price.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you about this new class, as well as how you can win a free spot in this class!
“Quilting with Rulers: Free Motion Made Simple with Angela Walters” is comprised ~2+ hours of lessons, that are well organized into six sections, all of which you can easily start/stop/repeat anytime that works for your schedule. There is also a 15 page downloadable PDF that includes instructions to make an optional quilt, which is a perfect sampler quilt to incorporate exercises taught in this workshop.
Does free-motion quilting make you nervous? Get ahold of your stitches with a simple tool longarm quilters have been using for years — specialty rulers! Designer and Midnight Quilt Show host Angela Walters shows you how to use machine quilting rulers to achieve consistent results, whether you’re aiming for straight, curvy, round or allover designs. With Angela’s expert guidance and approachable style, you’ll gain free-motion confidence and have some fun along the way.
1. Ruler Basics (21:06 m)
Get started as Angela discusses what to look for when purchasing longarm quilting rulers, how to achieve consistent results, plus other considerations like size and thickness. Then she shows you how to set up your machine, install a special ruler foot, and perform basic maneuvers to help you get comfortable.
2. Straight Lines (29:39 m)
Explore a variety of straight rulers as you learn how to use them to stitch in the ditch. They provide a lot more freedom, and require less turning, than a walking foot. After that, Angela shows you how to quilt her Offset Squares and Starburst designs with rulers.
3. Serpentine Lines & Waves (20:14 m)
See how to add consistent curves to your quilting with serpentine and wave rulers. Angela shows you how to use the ruler’s markings to evenly echo the lines, use reference points to keep your waves straight, as well as some inspiring design variations.
4. Circles & Curves (24:41 m)
Angela gives her advice on choosing circle rulers. Learn to quilt an all-over clamshell design or allover arc variation. As you quilt your rows, you’ll understand how to use the ruler’s reference points to stay on track. Afterwards, discover a floral design that you can use in feature blocks.
Echoing, or repeating quilted lines, is an easy way to “shrink” sections that need quilting. Plus you can highlight or hide areas of your quilt, depending on how you use it. In this lesson, find out how to use rulers to achieve evenly spaced echoes for both straight and scalloped lines.
6. Ruler Combinations (16:16 m)
Finally, dive deeper into all the ruler possibilities as Angela shows you how to combine different rulers in the same quilting design to create eye-catching effects. Then, learn to create your own custom designs by adding free-motion quilting to ruler-quilted frameworks.
The first section of this class is perfect for newbies to ruler work quilting, but also a great way to broden the skills of those who may have some experience with ruler work too! Angela shares insights about her collection of rulers, to give you tips on what you want to look for when buying a ruler (e.g. shapes, marking, size, etc). She also shares insights about feet for ruler work, as well as tips for holding rulers while quilting on a domestic sewing machine.
I like how Angela shows you how to create the motifs in this class, often being able to do so with rulers that you may already have. She also shows how to keep that point of contact with your ruler foot and your ruler consistent, with tips for working on the inside vs outside edge of a ruler, repositioning your hands when working with rulers, how to travel, to fit a ruler design which may extend out past your design space, to add free-motion quilting designs to areas created with rulers to hide quilting you may not like, or to enhance it. Simply stated, this is the most comprehensive class on ruler work I’ve seen!
I love the look of combining ruler with with free-motion quilting, as a filler.
I also love the look of combining a variety of motifs using rulers, on a project.
While you can learn thru this class
by way of practice sandwiches, the sampler quilt pattern that is provided is a perfect way to capture and showcase what is covered in this class. And, I truly think it creates a lovely quilt that you will be proud of.
I hope you can see why I recommend this class
as a “must take” for anyone interested in learning/improving their skills with ruler work!
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?
Angela generously offered a free spot in this new class, as giveaway. If you are interesting in winning such a class, use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. The only required entry is to use this form to share why you want to win. While it only takes one entry, Facebook and Instagram users have extra options to claim other entries, if they wish:
This giveaway is open up to quilters all over the world. You need not be a follower to enter, but I certainly do appreciate my followers.
UPDATE: As it appears there have been changes and the Rafflecopter tool is not automatically showing the randomly selected winner via their widget, I’m sharing a screen capture (for those that don’t want to click thru the above link to the rafflecopter form that shows this widget.
Congratulations to Allison. An email has been sent to her to notify her, as appropriate.
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