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Ruler Work Class 2: Introduction to Ruler Work Blocks - Eugene

Ruler Work - Machine Quilting the Easy Way: Have you tried free-motion quilting on your domestic sewing machine or table-top quilting machine, only to find you can’t move around as “free-motion” as you would wish? Do you want to sew beautiful, simple designs without the expertise required for all-over free motion designs? This class will help you develop a Quilting Library of 12 block designs using the basic Westalee Arc Ruler as you stitch sample blocks. A handout of 50+ designs will be provided for more blocks. NOTE: This class cannot be done with any other foot and ruler - only the Westalee. See Paramount to order one for your machine.

Prerequisite is basic free-motion quilting. Although this method is easier than basic free motion, students need to know the principles of the process, and have taken a free-motion class.

Instructor: Glenda Correll     Class capacity: 6

Pre-class Instructions:

-     Create mini-quilt sandwiches. Cut fabric into twenty-four 10” squares, and make 12 quilt sandwiches by layering top fabric, batting, then bottom fabric. Pin, or spray-baste, each sandwich. Using the blue wash out pen or Friction pen, carefully center and draw an 8” square on the top 10” square for each sandwich (there should be about 1” of margin all around the 8” square). Please be precise. Stitch the lines of the 8" square for each sandwich (use your walking foot). This must be done before class. 

-     Since the ruler thicknesses vary for each machine, it is important to put your name or initials on your specific ruler. Use a thin-line permanent marker to label your ruler, writing small to avoid blocking ruler lines.


-     2 yards LIGHT colored fabric, or scraps. Use plain or solid-look fabric - DO NOT use prints.

-     Low-loft batting such as Quilter's Dream cotton, cut into twelve 10” squares.

-     Isacord 40wt polyester or Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in a color to match the fabric, or it may be 1 - 2 shades lighter or darker. DO NOT use a high contrast color, or variegated thread.

-     1 bobbin wound with thread above.

-     Quilters Gloves such as Machingers.

-     Westalee Sew Steady Ruler Starter Package (12” arc ruler & foot) for your machine shank.  Note: If your Westalee Starter Package does not come with a “Spacing Gauge,” please purchase a Nifty Notions Measuring Gauge.

-     6” x 12” clear acrylic quilting ruler.

-     Helpful, if you have them - 4” 6”, 8” clear acrylic square rulers.

-     Optional:  8-Point Crosshair Rule, if you have one.  Needs to be at least 8 “ square

-     Blue “wash out” (water soluble) marker. Optionally, you may use Frixion pens if you are familiar with them, and wish to use them.

Quilting or Topstitch needles (new) - size 80/12 or 90/14 for Isacord & Aurifil thread.  Please use a comparable size for your machine type.

-     Sewing machine in good working order (cleaned and oiled), with a wide sewing bed/surface or extension table. See note below.


A narrow sewing bed is problematic. Rulers need a wide, flat, platform for support. A Sew Steady table (or something similar) is invaluable for ruler work. There needs to be at least 4” flat space all around the needle for hand and ruler support.


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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.