So have you ever made a mistake a quilt? Silly question, right? Of course you probably have……..it’s just a part of quilting.
But have you have made a big mistake when everyone was watching? Or even when it was being recorded? I can say that I have….and to make it better (or worse) it happened on the latest episode of the Midnight Quilt Show……ugh.
Well, I guess it’s a good thing that I am ok with not being a perfectionist. I am also more than ok with sharing my mistakes….it’s how we learn, right?
Before you watch the episode (and my epic mistake), I want to talk a little bit about the quilting.
Over most of the quilt, I machine quilted a wavy all-over design.
I could say that I love the texture it provides for the quilt (which I do) or I could say that it adds movement to the quilt (which it does).
Truthfully, I decided to use this design for a much less artistic reason…..I can quilt it quickly. Hey, what can I say? Sometimes, you just need to get a quilt done fast.
But lest you think I am too lazy, I decided to highlight a few of the blocks with some Dot to Dot quilting for a more “custom” look.
I don’t know if it’s cheating or not, but I used a ruler to help me get straight-ish lines with my free-motion quilting foot.
Machine Quilting with Rulers
Quilting with a ruler is actually much easier than you might think! But before you give it a try, there are a couple of things you will need.
1. A ruler foot
Before using rulers, you will need a ruler foot for your machine. The height will prevent the ruler from slipping over the top of your foot……which could result in a broken needle and possibly peeing your pants (or maybe that’s just me!).
Most sewing machine manufacturers maker ruler feet for their machines. Check with your dealer to see if your machine has a ruler foot available.
2. A ruler
Obviously, you are going to need a ruler……but the sheer amount of options available can be overwhelming. If you are new to using rulers for machine quilting, I would suggest starting with a basic straight ruler that is about the sized of your hand. (I personally suggest the versa tool or the mini scallop ruler)
Straight lines tend to be easier to quilt and the smaller size makes it easier to manage when quilting. Once you get more comfortable machine quilting with rulers, then you can experiment with other, larger rulers.
A Video Tutorial
And, as with the other episodes in the Midnight Quilt show, I have put together some free machine quilting diagrams that you can download.
Well, I can’t stall any longer……it’s time to see my mistake…..I mean “unintentional customization”. Here’s the video:
Happy Quilting! I’ll see you soon, with another episode of the Midnight Quilt Show!