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June 19, 2021
Harness the Power - Beginner Ruler Quilting Are you stalling?... from Living Water Quilter

Harness the Power - Beginner Ruler Quilting

Are you stalling? Have you put off learning how to ruler quilt on your home sewing machine?

I’m happy to share a NEW quilt panel designed for my POWER LINES beginner workshop!  In the workshop learn:

  • Machine setup
  • Basic techniques
  • Straight line and curve designs
  • Ruler quilting block inspiration
  • Exclusive Pre-print quilt panel

Learn and see more ruler workshop options on the Ruler Workshop page.


The workshop uses Westalee Designs 12-inch Arc ruler. Ruler pattern design sheets support live camera demonstrations.  Learn designs, practice and work on preprinted panels in class.

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May 29, 2021
Rulerwork Quilting Triangles! Great quilting designs for half square triangles from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video I am showing you how I quilted Tropical Garden, our latest Stashin’ with Stephanie pattern.

The fat quarter-friendly is packed with half square triangles, and I wanted to accentuate that with the quilting. So I outlined every single triangle with stitch-in-the-ditch and then stitched a triangle through the center of each HST half.

I love the way it turned out. The texture of the quilting mimics the design of the quilt and it’s fabulous. You can watch as I quilt seeing how I move the ruler around to create this texture with minimal thread breaks ...

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April 26, 2021
Homecoming quilt from Quilting and More...

It’s finished! Yay! Homecoming is a design from Lo & Behold Stitchery. I’d previously made another of the designs from this site, and the technique is interesting; different strips are combined in varying combinations and then cut into blocks of various sizes and shapes. It’s not always obvious where you’re going as you’re making the blocks, […]

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April 3, 2021
A Year of Stars with Natalia Bonner from The Quilt Yarn

Have absolutely nothing to quilt at the moment so finished the Mosaic Star for the month of April...I have got Natalia's Companion Workbook which details one of the options for quilting out the stars. For further options you will have to join Natalia on Patreon which I did not do, but obviously there are many different ways of stitching this out.

Anyway, here is my Mosaic Star for April

Enjoyed this one but made a few mistakes, i.e. not stitching in the ditch around some shapes which you can see are puffing up a bit, but otherwise ...

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March 4, 2021
Celtic Shamrocks from Seaside Stitches

 I made a table runner and I'm blogging about it within 24 hours!

  After a successful Celtic applique workshop with Scarlett Rose in January with Ninigret Quilters, I went all in on Celtic! There's a big, beautiful Valentine wall hanging that is on hiatus. I wanted to practice quilting on something less important, so I started this shamrock piece.
I drafted this design in EQ8 by tracing some stock Celtic drawings I found online. The block finishes at 7.5", which was pretty small for those inside loops, even with 1/4" bias. Playing with plaid was fun ...

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Free Motion Quilting Design Perfect for Diamond Blocks! Topographic Lines + Rulerwork Outlining from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s Quilting the Quilt video I show you how I quilted Sparkle, one of our Stashin’ with Stephanie patterns from a few months ago. I used a combination of rulerwork to outline the diamonds, a topographic free motion quilting design within each diamond and swirls in the background.

I love how the rulerwork defines each diamond and the topographic stitch within each block make it look like the blocks are radiating out from the center.

We cover how to do each technique in detail with some play-by-play descriptions so you can give it a try on your own ...

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March 2, 2021
Block #3 of Natalia Bonner's 'A Year of Stars' Quiltalong from The Quilt Yarn

This is Block #3, the Union Star, all quilted out following Natalia Bonner's instructions on YouTube.

Not much to say about this block. Took my time with it and had lots of starts and stops as I did not want to travel in my ditch excessively. Found this quite easy to do but put in a few 'helper marks' to hit the right points and to keep my lines straight. 

Also made a start on the sashing...I think there are two designs that people are using. Well, I went for this diamond shape and quite like the looks ...

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February 26, 2021
Rulerwork on the Longarm Tutorial! Straight lines and diamonds from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video I walk you through the quilting I did on Ladies Chain, our latest Stashin’ with Stephanie pattern.

The pattern was so simple, that I wanted to elevate the quilt with a little bit fancier quilting. So I used rulerwork to create a series of diamonds in the print squares and straight lines in the white background.

I talk you through why I made my quilting decisions, my thread choices (and regrets) and then give you a play-by-play of exactly what I am doing as I am doing it in real time so you can give the ...

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Doodlemania from The Quilt Yarn

It's been a while since I just doodled away on my machine.

Really felt like just quilting out some rulers and just kept going and as you can see it got very messy.
Started off very structured. The centre is done with the HQ Petal Pusher ruler which gives you that lovely floral motif. I then played with Bethanne Nemesh' Lily Line#3 ruler. Lots of nice curves and lots of possibilities to place them. I do need more practice with those rulers to be able to use them more comfortably and make the best use out ...

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January 31, 2021
Easy Star & Loop de Loop Quilting Meander + Rulerwork Tutorial from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s tutorial I give you a play-by-play description as I quilt my latest design Star Sign.

You can follow along so you can learn how this easy star and loop de loop quilting meander, and see how I use it to work around the log cabin areas of the quilt, filling the space evenly and working around the star blocks to avoid getting stuck.

I also show you an introduction to ruler work, which is the technique I used inside the stars to make them pop.

This is the last in our mini series on the Star Sign ...

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January 21, 2021
A Year Of Stars Quiltalong with Natalia Bonner - January from The Quilt Yarn

I am participating in Natalia Bonner's 'A Year of Stars' quiltalong. If you are interested - it is not too late, as the actual quilting has just begun and it is going to be running for the entire year. Natalia is also running YouTube tutorials on how to put the blocks together. I have not watched these as I purchased the accompanying Workbook last year to get going on the blocks as I knew this would take me a long time to piece.

Most of the last week was stitching-in-the-ditch with invisible thread to stabilize the quilt. In case you ...

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December 20, 2020
horseplay from Charm About You

Today I'm sharing another project that ignited my creativity, reinforced my style and encouraged me to push my skills. I am so happy with this finished table runner, which now sits pride of place on top of my fabric cupboard (no longer covered in mess!).

I created this runner in the summer as part of the #justjudecollaborates series of makes organised by Judith Hollies. It's actually made using the Horseplay cushion pattern by talented designer Kerry Foster of PennyDog Patchwork.

The fabric pull took a long time. I really liked the fabrics Kerry used in her original version ...

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September 24, 2020
Ruler Work - from last summer from Bits and Stitches

After watching a several online longarm quilting classes, with iQuilt and Bluprint, I decided to take these vintage UFO pieces and use them as samplers.  Several of these were about using rulers to make the quilting more accurate.  These pieces weren't precious so I was free to just experiment.  I was able to use elements from all the classes on them.

They turned out better than I had anticipated.  I thought I was just playing.  A different color neon trilobal poly thread was used on each.  Size is 20" x 30".

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September 15, 2020
More 9 Patch Ruler Work from The Quilt Yarn

Block 3 and 4 of Natalia Bonner's 9 Patchalong

This one was a beauty...continuous line design, always looks great. Of course, mine was not entirely continuous as I got confused. I am certainly learning a lot in terms of thinking through your stitching path before you actually have a go. I made myself a little folder on the Ipad with these blocks and an accompanying stitching diagram, because no doubt, next time I look at it, I will have forgotten how it goes. 
My accuracy is definitely improving and I am finding the ruler work increasingly easier. The ...

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September 9, 2020
9 Patchalong with Natalia Bonner - Block 1 & 2 from The Quilt Yarn

The 9 Patchalong with Natalia Bonner has started with two blocks this week.

Block 1

Simple curves, love the look and often use this for my baby quilts.  Quilted with the Pro Echo 7 ruler in one continuous pass.

Block 2

This block was hilarious. I was watching the video and following the stitch path, however 2 sec. later I forgotten which way to go. Had to watch and re-watch 2 squares at a time to follow that. Only got the logic of the stitch path for the last 3 squares using the Pro Echo 8 ruler (felt better as ...

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September 2, 2020
9 Patchalong with Natalia Bonner from The Quilt Yarn

So I made a start on the quilting of the 9 patch quilt that we are going to use  for Natalia's 9 Patchalong.

As I am quilting on a sitdown machine I thought it best to put in the frame of the sashing design (this will still be filled in later) and the border scallop before we get to quilt the blocks. This is to avoid the compaction that occurs when quilting...I did not want my sashings to bulge out which would make ruler work more difficult. The design looked easy enough and I thought that I would ...

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August 26, 2020
Finished The Quilting from The Quilt Yarn


Was not as bad as I imagined and only took a couple of days of concentrated effort.

Now I only have to get rid of some of the blue marker lines and then it’s onto the binding...and the next quilt

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August 13, 2020
9 Patch Along with Natalia Bonner from The Quilt Yarn

I am working on my quilt for the 9 Patch Quilt along with Natalia Bonner which is set to start on 1st  September.

Blocks are almost done, now I only have to do the sashings and border, and insert another row of 4in blocks. You could have ordered a preprinted panel from Honest Fabric, but with shipping costs that was not an option for me. Luckily this comes together quickly which was half the attraction. I had been watching Natalia's YouTube series of Let's Stitch - a block a day over the last few months and was impressed with ...

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July 9, 2020
New Living Water Quilter Videos  I am excited to share I am... from Living Water Quilter

New Living Water Quilter Videos

  I am excited to share I am finally making time to record  free-motion and ruler quilting video demos.  I hope they will be a source of inspiration and you will find designs you can use to finish your quilt projects.

The videos live on Living Water Quilter’s YouTube channel.  Please visit the channel and subscribe. Then watch, like and comment on your favorite designs.

BONUS: In every video description box there is a list of quilting and sewing tools used in the video and links where to find more information and where to purchase ...

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June 26, 2020
Interwoven from Quilting and More...

It’s done! Oops — *almost* done; I still need to make and add the label, but the quilting and the binding are finished.

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