Mar 04 14

Doing Some Simple Ruler Work on my Home Sewing Machine



I am trying to get back to learning more about using rulers on my home machine, so I played around with the front and back of this tote.  These will be used for another sample of the Tulip Tote Bag.   I opted to just use straight lines and for these tote fronts, I used 2 rulers, the short 6 inch Fine Line Ruler and the longer Handiquilter ruler.  I kind of got spoiled by the handles on the Fine Line Rulers so I had Ernie cut  several short pieces of 1/4 inch acrylic rod and then I super-glued them to my Handi Quilter rulers.  You can see that below:



I kept this really basic and just started by creating some geometric divisions in the center section.  I wish I could say this was part of some master plan, but it was all I could come up with on the fly!  Here’s the top once those divisions were in place:



I then used basic loop-d-loop in a line to fill in the spaces.  More and more, I am feeling that fill in work looks better if it doesn’t completely fill in a space and deliberately doesn’t touch boundary lines:



Here’s what the back of it looked like at this point:



My last move was to fill in the rest with a simple swirls design.  I actually switched to a different color thread for this section but it’s so subtle that you barely notice it:



I really love all the texture created by the machine embroidery applique; it makes me want to run my fingers across the quilt.  These shapes are from the Stylized Stems 2 die and the Tulips die:


I have done more free motion quilting in the last 2 weeks than I’ve done in months.  This is really good for my soul and spirit and I need to find a way to be doing more of it daily again.  Who would think that doodling with a sewing machine could be so fulfilling?


One Comment

  1. SewCalGal Says:

    Very effective. I love your use of rulers and free-motion quilting. Inspirational.

    I too think FMQ is good for the soul and spirit. :)
    Hope you have a wonderful day.