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Ruler Work Class 3: Blocks and Borders - Eugene

Ruler Work - Machine Quilting the Easy Way: Students who continue the "Ruler Series" will be introduced to additional rulers, beginning with Template Sampler Set 1. In class 3, we will explore the use of these 6 rulers, then move on to develop more patterns for our Quilting Design Libraries. Students will make new blocks plus a border sampler. NOTE: This class cannot be done with any other foot and rulers, only Westalee.

Prerequisite is Westalee Ruler Class 1 or 2, and some experience with free-motion quilting.

Pre-class Instructions:

  • Create mini-quilt sandwiches. Cut fabric into twenty-four (24) 10" squares and two (2) 14.5" X 16.5" rectangles. Make 1 quilt sandwich with the 2 large pieces and 12 quilt sandwiches with the 10" squares by layering top fabric, batting, then bottom fabric. Pin or spray-baste each sandwich. Using the blue wash-out pen or Frixion 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). Stitch the lines of the 8" square for each sandwich (you may use a walking foot). Mark and stitch a "centered" rectangle on the large sandwich that is 12" X 14". Please be precise in all markings and stitching. 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 rulers. Use a thin-line permanent marker to label your ruler, writing small to avoid blocking ruler lines.

  • 2.5 yards plain, light-colored fabric, or scraps, such as muslin. DO NOT use prints.
  • Low-loft batting such as Quilter's Dream Cotton or Quilter's Dream Polyester, cut into twelve (12) 10" squares and one 14.5" X 16.5" rectangle
  • Isacord 40-wt. polyester or Aurifil 50-wt. 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 above thread
  • Quilter's gloves such as Machingers
  • Westalee "Template Sampler Set (1)" for your machine shank
  • Westalee 12" arc ruler that was used in Ruler Classes 1 & 2
  • 6" X 12" or 6" X 24" clear acrylic quilting ruler
  • Helpful, if you have them - 4", 6" or 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.
  • 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 & oiled), with a wide sewing bed/surface or extension table. See note below.
IMPORTANT: 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.