I was very lucky recently to win a set of Straight Fine Line Quilting Rulers. Linda from Flourishing Palms hosted this amazing giveaway, sponsored by Carol from Accents In Design. Originally there was a set of straight, which I won, and a set of curved Fine Line Quilting Rulers up for grabs. I was so surprised and happy to have won! A big, HUGE thank you to both Linda and Carol (hugs).
I was especially intrigued by these rulers as they are made not only for long arm quilters, but because of the handles for extra grip, it has made straight line quilting on domestic sewing machine possible too. I was so excited and eager to try them out!
When looking back at my Asymmetrical Diamond Quilt I made last year, I think having those rulers would have made straight line quilting using a free motion quilting foot a breeze. I wish I had these rulers then, not so much for the short straight lines, but for those longer lines.
I love the look of straight line quilting together with some other filler/meander designs.
I even combined quite a bit of straight line quilting in my Summer Solstice Quilt. So there is no doubt how much I like the look of it, and the amount of interest it adds to a quilt.
So today I set out some time to try them out and to play with my new set of rulers. I won a set of 6 inch, 8 inch and 12 inch rulers... I know, LUCKY ME!!!
When visiting the Accents in Designs website, there is a section that discusses the features of these rulers, but if there is ONE feature I love most about these rulers, it has to be the resistance strip on the underside of the ruler. If you have a good enough hold on the ruler it does not glide or slip over the surface of your quilt. Because I don't own a long arm machine I have to do all my quilting on my little Bernina, and that is a huge bonus not having to worry about the ruler moving around while quilting those straight lines. For the first time I got a 'long arm' look on my home sewing machine...
So here is what I did today;
What you'll notice, is that I placed the ruler to the right of the fmq foot. I did start out by holding the ruler in my left hand, but found I had better control holding it with my right. The accuracy of the lines are much more visible in the diamond variation I quilted in the image below. The only thing I had to keep in mind was that the needle (obviously) is not right up to the edge of the ruler, there is a gap... I just eye balled and aimed where I wanted to go. It worked out beautifully!
...and because I just love to free motion quilt, I played around with some designs I was familiar with.
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