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Working with the Triangular shape of the ruler. I have designed 4 Variations and will show some filler ideas at the end of the entire tutorial. Plus a Bonus idea.
These designs starts at the bottom of the quilt and works its way up towards the top. Something a bit different for sure. You could use them in borders or as background fill in Quilts with large negative space. A Tablerunner created with this design inspiration would look lovely too.
So load your Longarm Quilting machine with the usual three layers and have it ready to start at the bottom. If you quilt on a sit down or domestic and have your Quilt sandwich ready start at the bottom as well.
Start on the left bottom side by bringing up your thread as usual, place the triangular shape of the ruler at the edge ensuring to line up the horizontal line with the bottom edge. I used the entire size of the triangular shape however you can use any of the lines of the triangular shape and make the Triangles as large or small as you wish.
All lined up and ready to go: Quilt around the triangular ruler, take it slow and steady especially around the round top part of the ruler. Place hands close to where you are quilting to steady the ruler. Once the first triangle is done stop the needle in the down position and move the ruler over. Line the ruler up again and quilt the next triangle continue till you finished the bottom row. It is likely that the last triangle will be only partial, this is fine.
The design is inspired by the clam shell design that you might be familiar with. The next step is now to move up one row so to speak. Place the half line mark of the triangular ruler on the edge and ensure that the horizontal black line, lines up with the top parts of the bottom row...see photo below. Keep the 1/4 inch width of the quilting foot in mind when you place the ruler. Quilt around the template, stop with needle in down position and realign the ruler to continue on with the next triangle shape. For easier alignment you can use a chalk marker and use the half mark lines of the ruler. It will make it easier to keep the ruler in correct position. See photo below.
Finish this row and continue on to the next row up which is a repeat of row 1. Again use chalk marks and the half line mark of the Triangular ruler to help with alignment. The half mark line goes through the entire ruler down into the swag shape which helps with alignment. Line the half mark line up with the point between the two created shapes of the previous row. See photo 2 above.
Continue with as many rows as you like.
If you like you can use the opposite part of the ruler, the swag part. I used it in the triangular shape to create a second design which I planned on filling in with some free motion quilting later on. Again line the swag shape up to your liking, choosing a line to create the size of the swag you want. Photo 1.
To create swags in row two start with lining up the half mark line of the ruler with the tip of the bottom row triangle see photo 2. Mark with a chalk marker to make it easier. Go slow when sewing around the ruler.
for this next design start again with the bottom row as in Variation 1.
I have used a red painters tape to help me with the correct alignment of the ruler. The line is easier to find that way.
Once the bottom row is finished create the in between triangular shapes.
Start with lining up the half mark line of the triangular ruler with the edge on the left side. Ensuring again that the horizontal line is lined up correctly with the bottom. Slowly sew around the template. This is not a continuous line design so there will be a lot of starts and stops to create the second triangles. Again use a chalk marker and mark the half mark lines on top and bottom, this will help with ruler alignment in row to and consecutive rows that follow.
add as many rows as you like.
For this design you will need a chalk marker and a long ruler to mark lines.
Create row one the same way as in the other variations.
next use a long ruler ( quilting ruler) and mark 2.5 inch from the bottom up and draw a horizontal line with the chalk marker. This mark will become your new 'bottom line' when you create row 2.
Create row 2 by placing the half mark line of the ruler onto the edge, this will alternate the triangles. Again use the half mark line and line it up with the tip of the triangular shape of the bottom line to create the first shape in that row. There will be starts and stops to create the shapes.
To create row 3 use the tops of row 2 as your bottom line. Once row 3 is sewn, mark another chalk line 2.5 inches above and continue on as many rows as you like. I hope the photos below make it a bit clearer. It is not that easy to describe in words :-)
If you like you can use the swag shape of the ruler and create a second design within the triangles.
for this last variation start the bottom row again like in the previous designs. Once row 1 is done. Mark a horizontal line with a chalk marker 2.5 inches from the bottom up. To alternate the second row start the row by placing the half mark line of the triangular ruler on the edge on the left side of your Quilt and sew the shape. Again there will be lots of starts and stops.
To make things easier once again mark the half mark lines of the shapes in row one to keep accuracy.
Finished with row 2 use the chalk marker and long quilting ruler and mark the next 2.5 inch line from the previous chalk line.
Sew row 3 alternating the shape. Mark the next 2.5 inch chalk line and continue sewing rows as many as you wish. See photos below.
as promised here are some ideas for filler designs. I was inspired by the Jananese style Sashiko. Ideally you want to choose a few of the fillers and use them in a repeat pattern for best effect.
The ideas can be endless so I encourage you to get creative and use your own favorite filler ideas and designs. Enjoy!
Bonus idea to use the triangular ruler.
Today I want to talk about how to design an entire Quilt from scratch with the Set of 4 rulers by Silke Touch Creations.
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.
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
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
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.