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How to design an entire Quilt with the Ruler set

Today I want to talk about how to design an entire Quilt from scratch with the Silke Touch Creations set of 4 Machine quilting rulers.

 

In this example it is a Mandala Quilt.

As you know the rulers are for Machine quilting, however I also use them to draw and design. I like to get creative and make good use of them, not just on the Quilting machine :-)

 

First grab some fabric to start with. I chose white fabric approx 1 m (1,1/4 yard ) square in size. Half the fabric and then fold it again so you have it folded into a quarter. Crease the lines which will mark the centre lines and divides the fabric into 4 sections when you open it up. 

I mark these lines also with a blue water soluble marking pen. 

 

Next I created circles by using a large ruler. Create the circles as large as you  like. I went for  approx. 35 inches in diameter for the largest and a  approx 30 inch wide circle to create an outer border. I also created a smaller circle around the centre with approx. 12 inches in diameter. I divided the space into 10 sections, marking small spaces around the centre circle for the bottom of the stars. I went for small sized spikes.

 

Then mark the 10 spikes to create the star shape. Use ruler A ,the straight edge of the ruler, to create the line from the centre circle marks to the second largest circle. You could also use the straight edge of ruler C (the largest ruler of the set) to create the straight lines.

I aimed to coincide the tips of the stars with the words in the outer centre. Once marked use ruler B (the smallest of the rulers) and use the oval shaped side to create the shapes in between the spikes, see photo below. I used ruler A to create the diamond shapes in the centre of the arcs.

When quilting the Mandala Quilt remember that the quilting foot on a Longarm machine has a 1/4 inch allowance. you need to take that into consideration when working with the rulers. While you can line up the straight lines with the ruler easily the arcs will be slightly bigger as the mark that you drew earlier. That is not a problem as the blue marker will be washed out in the end and therefore no longer visible. I used ruler D ( the large curved one) to help quilt the large circles.

If you can't shake the niggling feeling that you might have seen the Quilt before that is because it is featured on the front of the Silke Touch Creations box of the Set of 4 Quilting rulers.

The Set of rulers is available via Amazon.com


Ideas for quilting with the ruler set

 I have been asked how I use my Quilting rulers to design on quilts but also to create patterns. So I thought I share with you some ideas. Let's start  with ruler 'A' of the 4 piece set. Focusing on the straight edge of the ruler. The most obvious is doing the 'stitch in the ditch' work on your quilt tops. The ruler can also be used to do the rulerwork on more intricate designs like the half hexies in the photo with the butterflies, it enhances the 3D effect even more. I used it to create straight lines in the half hexies using the 1/4'inch increments to create different spaced lines. Further I use the ruler if I want to fill designs like the circular one and embellish with zigzag or other straight line designs. The ruler is also great if you have lots of negative space like the white space in the last photo where you can get creative and design your own pattern. Generally I also draw my designs often on paper first using the rulers. Drawing designs on paper is a great way to nurture your creativity and also train your muscle memory for longarm quilting. This ruler works for any geometric designs too.

More ideas for working with ruler 'A' of the 4 piece ruler set. This time focusing on the wavy edge of the ruler here are some design ideas. I use the wavy edge to play and embellish like in the circular shape where I used it to create wavy lines. I use the ruler to create spines and vines and enhance them with some freemotion quilting like flowers or leaves etc... see photos. I used the wavy edge of the ruler to divide and design like in the triangular shape. Again I draw these designs often on paper first to see how it looks. Yes I do use a water soluble blue marking pen if needed, especially if I do border designs to mark half way lines or other increments that help to give the design a balanced look.

Next let's focus on ruler 'B' of the 4 piece ruler set and specifically on the curved edge of the ruler. First of all you see two notches for the quilting foot on the side of the ruler, this can be used to help navigate around applique for example. The curved edge I use a lot to create the continuous line design or pumpkin seeds that you see in the photo with the ladybugs and penguin. It is a great and fast way to quilt blocks like the 9 patch block or any triangular shapes. With the ruler you can also create a flower shape as seen in the photo with the circular design or I use it to divide and design and freemotion fill it as in photo three. It is one of my favorite rulers as it is so versatile and handy in size too.

Focusing on ruler 'B' of the 4 piece set, using the oval shaped edge of the template this time. This is great for smaller borders to create a swag design for example. As you can see the ruler has 1/4 inch lines which allow you to create smaller or larger oval shapes and swags. I will show you more of these design opitions with the larger ruler soon. Create geometric shapes or flower designs like in the second photo and embellish it with freemotion quilting. A great way to fill in negative space in a quilt or a quilt block

If you like the tutorial and ideas of what you can create with this 4 piece set of Quilting rulers and haven't got your set yet... You can get it here. Click the link below.
https://www.amazon.com/Machine-Quilting-Acryl…/…/ref=sr_1_4…

Now the focus is on ruler 'C' of the 4 piece quilting ruler set. The C shape of the ruler allows you to create flower shapes, do continuous line or pumpkin seeds and even create circles with a little practice. Each edge of the C ruler has a different sized curve. Using the 45 and 60 degree lines and only half of the curve many more design options become available with this ruler. Again I draw on paper first using this ruler to see how it may turn out and if I like it. This is a great way to practice and nurture your creativity. If I have circular or curved shapes on a quilt top I will also use this ruler to do the 'stitch in the ditch' work or echo quilting around such a shape. the small straight edges on each side of the ruler are useful too, I use them if I have to 'travel' short distances on a quilt to get to where the design continues.

 Ruler 'D' of the 4 piece quilting ruler set  is the largest one in the set. Let's focus on the oval shaped side first. It is great to create border designs like swags and with the 1/4 inch lines marked on the template you can create them in different sizes, stack them and let your imagination loose with some freemotion fillers as seen in photos below. As mentioned a couple of days ago with the 'B' ruler you can do the same just in smaller size... Or you could combine the two ruler sizes and see what you can come up with.
Another option is to create oval shapes by using the ruler horizontally in a border design for example. Stitch one side first, then mirror it. Echo quilt around it and fill it in to your hearts desire. You could also create a chain design with some practice and as always I definitely draw those more intricate designs on paper first.

Focusing on ruler 'D' on the triangular and straight edge side today, this ruler promises a lot of fun and challenges to get really creative. It too has the 1/4 inch lines and 45 and 60 degree lines respectively marked which enables you to create shapes of various sizes. So in its simplest way the ruler can be used to do 'stitch in the ditch' work or creating straight lines like the flying geese in photo 4 or the star in photo 3. But you can also create amazing border designs or just like the oval shape on the other end of the ruler you can use the triangular shape to use it horizontally and create a chain or geometric design like a diamond, again echo it, fill it in with some freemotion fillers to your hearts desire, or use the other rulers like the wavy edge of ruler 'A' to fill the design in. Large Zigzag and chevrons are another option.
You can even play by tracing around the top of the triangle ruler and see what other designs you can come up with. I love to play with this one. And yes draw, draw, draw on paper.

If you like the tutorial and ideas of what you can create with this 4 piece set of Quilting rulers and haven't got your set yet... You can get it here. Click the link below.
https://www.amazon.com/Machine-Quilting-Acryl…/…/ref=sr_1_4…


Machine Quilting Rulers Set of 4 Acrylic Plastic Templates 1/4 inch Thick

 

  • MACHINE QUILTING RULERS, SET OF 4 is a very versatile set that gives you actually 8 Templates as each side of the ruler has a different shape allowing you to quilt various designs like vines, orange peel, arcs and curves, ovals, triangles as well as do Stitch in the Ditch work or straight line quilting. The 4 rulers are safely and neatly stored in the box which keeps it from breaking. It makes it a breeze to take along when attending a workshop. The Templates are 1/4 inch thick and precision
  • NEEDLE STOP NOTCHES AND HOPPING FOOT NOTCH keep your quilting continuous with ease and accuracy. The sewing foot notch on the smallest Template allows you to easily navigate around applique shapes and embellishments.
  • REFERENCE LINES IN BLACK AND WHITE make it easy to see them on solid and printed fabrics. It reduces the need for extensive marking, speeding up the design and quilting process. The markings help with accurate quilting. 45 degree and 60 degree angle lines are included which adds more design possibilities.
  • ANTI –SLIP GRIP MINIMIZES THE RISK OF THE RULERS SLIPPING. A fine sandpaper like grip at the bottom of each ruler aids in reducing the Template from slipping while quilting, providing some additional support yet allowing it to be easily moved when required.
  • PERFECT FOR LONGARM AND SIT DOWN QUILTERS as the size of the rulers allows for easy handling. Multi-purpose templates that allow you to create numerous designs. Practice, play and have fun with these versatile Rulers, it leads to mastery.

 

now available via Amazon

Ideas for Ruler work and working with the Set.