Yesterday we looked at my beginner attempts at ruler work. Ruler work is challenging for me and I can only concentrate on it for an hour at a time. It’s too early to tell if I’m struggling because I’m a beginner or because this technique is not one I’ll ever enjoy.
After working on Amanda Murphy’s ruler work project , I let myself “free” to explore the project from a “hand-drawn” perspective. My goal was to stay faithful to the original design, but see how I could do it without rulers. (See my hand drawn version of Lesson One: An Alternative to Ruler Work HERE)
Ruler work does involve some marking, so I allowed myself to use marks for the free motion version as well.
In Area 4, I added the same tick marks to keep the spacing of the darts even. Instead of straight lines, I stitched slight curves and I couldn’t help myself–I added a three loop embellishment.
Area 5 is diamonds. I replaced the ruler work diamonds with a motif from my new book called Deirdre’s Diamonds-(named after my daughter who is getting married this year!) To create Deirdre’s Diamonds, I drew a centerline and tick marks to space the diamonds evenly. The result is not as perfect as the ruler work version, but I like the hand drawn look. (Diamond tutorial HERE)
Area 6 in Amanda Murphy’s project is overlapping circles. I started with two lines in the center–for the overlap distance as well as tick marks for the placement of the circles. Again, I would say this method is not as perfect as ruler work– but easier– and I don’t mind the imperfection.
Area 7 is three circles. The ruler work version required drawing a placement line down the center of the space. For the free motion version, I drew two lines to mark the top and the bottom of the circles. In this case, my hand drawn circles came out better than the ruler circles-but I’m sure with practice the ruler circles would be more precise. The question remains which do I like better????
Amanda Murphy’s quilt-a-long is excellent. Her instructions offered free by BERNINA are very easy to follow. Her project is a great way to learn this technique–at least well enough to find out if we want to pursue it. As many of you have mentioned, there are a sea of rulers out there… the question remains, which rulers do we absolutely need and which ones can we find a free motion alternative for?
What about YOU?
Do YOU enjoy ruler work?
Would YOU rather free motion quilt or use a ruler?
Do YOU have a ruler you can’t live without?
Any other tips or suggestions?
We’d LOVE to hear!
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