I first saw ruler work when I was scrolling through Pinterest for quilting motifs. Many motifs I choose to pin include ruler work. The more I pinned, the more I knew I had to try this myself. Next step, buy a ruler foot and start playing.
Turning a No…
Unfortunately, my machines are old enough that converting them to accommodate the ruler foot required didn’t appear to be doable. That was several years ago. Recently, I looked into it again. Seems my Bernina 1260 could be adapted to accept a ruler foot. Hurrah!
… Into A Yes…
Shopping spree, here I come. I bought the shaft adapter, the foot, and several rulers. That one sentence translates into hours of obsessively perusing the possibilities, especially which rulers to invest in. I opted for Angela Walter’s rulers for several reasons:
- The marking lines consist of alternating black and white dashes. This allows the markings to be seen on light and dark fabrics.
- They have a roughened backside with transparent stickers. The result the ruler is less likely to shift on the fabric. Every teacher recommends doing something to avoid ruler slippage. Yet, most rulers are slippery.
- They are sized for domestic machines. Thus, the ruler fits in the harp of my machine, allowing me a full 360 degrees ruler positioning.
… With New Products and Videos
There are quite a few free tutorials online for doing ruler work. What I had difficulty finding were any that helped with working out motifs. I discovered Bernina has a series of videos, based on a sampler. Perfect.
I bought solid color cotton fabrics in every color Jo-Ann Fabric had on sale, when my children were in primary school. They are now 35 an 39 with children of their own. Time to put that fabric to good use. I used them to make the sampler top and backing. Now that my quilt sandwich is prepped it’s time to start. Sure, I can see a flaw or two, but not bad, not bad at all for trying something new.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.