It’s been a long while since I had a finished quilt to share! For such a tiny little table top quilt, this one has a LOT of background stories to share. Here’s my “Pinwheels and Sunshine” quilt, all sewn, bound, labeled and ready to send:
Did you notice the straight line quilting? If you’ve been following my blog awhile, you know straight lines are NOT my thing. So how did I do the lines above? (I was hoping you’d ask. . .) A couple of weeks ago, I was looking through You Can Quilt It! by Deborah Poole. I wasn’t paying too much attention, since the book seemed geared to longarm quilters; I was just enjoying the gorgeous quilting photographs.
Then a sentence from the book jumped out at me, and I had a total EPIPHANY! She was talking about how the book applies to longarm quilter, but many of the techniques are useful to domestic machine quilter too. Then she started talking about rulers. And ruler quilting feet. Wait, what?!? You can quilt with a RULER on your quilt?!? (I’m pausing for dramatic effect here. You can either be amazed along with me, or laugh at me. I’m fine either way.) Up to this point, I thought professional quilters only used rulers for marking their quilts, and I abhor marking on my quilts. I thought longarm quilters either used pantographs or did quilts completely freehand. But guiding a ruler alongside my freemotion foot? I think I could do that. . .
So I googled the idea, and found Amy’s Freemotion Quilting Adventures. She has a Janome 6600P just like me and does phenomenal quilting. I read through her blog for a couple of hours, and came away with a shopping list. Ruler toe foot, and rulers from Accents in Design.
I won’t say quilting with rulers is easy. But it is intuitive, and a LOT of fun. Here’s a close-up of my first attempt at ruler work:
And the back, with the Accents in Design ruler shown. That white strip is velcro, which helps the ruler hold your quilt. And you use the pegs as grips for your fingers. I really, really love this ruler so far.
To finish off the quilt quickly and easily, I used a label tutorial from Sassafras Lane.
Oh, and the muffins pictured up top? Those are nutmeg muffins. They taste almost like cake donuts, and make a lovely quick breakfast with a cup of coffee. Yum!
And I’m off to wrap up some more quilting. I currently have five quilts that need quilting, so I’m going to get a LOT more practice with these rulers in the next couple of weeks. What are you up to this weekend?