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How to choose Westalee Design rulers and templates for quilting designs

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How to choose Westalee Design rulers and templates for quilting designs

How to choose rulers and templates for quilting designs

Ruler quilting is fun and, in my opinion, easier to master than free motion quilting.

Today I am going to be talking about how to choose different rulers and templates for your quilting style. There is a lot of choice out there and I plan to help you narrow down that choice to templates that really suit you.

What makes a good quilting ruler?

Westalee Design templates

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How to set up your work space for successful quilting at home

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How to set up your work space for successful quilting at home

Last time we ticked off the things you need to look for in a sewing machine for quilting your own quilts.  This time we will address the emotive subject of the sewing space.  We have all coveted the beautiful places that people create for their sewing adventures.  I can swoon over these just as much as the next quilter.  But we all know this is not necessarily reality. For one we all create differently, I am a messy thing whose focus remains totally on the task in hand with no regard for my surroundings.  Sometimes when I finish a quilting...

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How to choose a sewing machine for home quilting

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How to choose a sewing machine for home quilting

How to choose a sewing machine for home quilting What is the first thing you think of when you are setting up to machine quilt your patchwork tops at home?  Answer: The sewing machine.  We will start this series of articles with just that. I always say there are at least three ways to quilt your patchwork tops: by machine, by hand and by cheque book.  All are valid and you may use any of them at different times, although hand quilting for me is waiting for my retirement. I was a longarm quilter for ten years before I changed...

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New classes from Hillside Quilting at The Great Australian Craft Show #6

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New classes from Hillside Quilting at The Great Australian Craft Show #6

It was time for me to get onboard with the Great Australian Craft Show (GACS). I created three new classes for the event. The first is one very close to my heart.  It is called "My Favourite Quilty Things".  It is a talk giving information on the quilting notions I use everyday with my quilting.  This is the information I get to give people when I travel to teach classes or students visit my home studio to learn. It was nice to be able to share this knowledge during these difficult times. If you are in the need of new quilting...

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How easy is ruler quilting on the home sewing machine?

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How easy is ruler quilting on the home sewing machine?
Ruler quilting is not new, long arm quilters have been using rulers on their quilting frames for a long time.  What is different now is that, with the introduction of the ruler foot for domestic machines, more people can use rulers in their quilting than ever before.

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