When I first started quilting, I stayed in the front of the machine and did my all over designs freehand. Loved it! My true love was for custom work. Feathers in particular. After hours and hours of practicing both on and off the machine… I had those mastered. I started using templates.. probably the same way other quilters did… I had a straight edge and I would use it to SID (stitch in the ditch). Once I mastered how to hold the ruler there was no stopping me. I LOVE ruler work… you can see it in all of my quilts. I am not alone in this obsession, look at most of the quilts in quilt shows… they have used a ruler somewhere.
Here is one of my first…
I am thinking about remaking this piece. As I would probably quilt it much different now.
If you have been hesitant about trying templates in your quilting….. don’t! They open up a whole other world.
I have a beginner template class…. Totally Template! I will be teaching this class at Machine Quilter’s Expo aka MQX (April, New Hampshire) and Home Machine Quilting Show aka HMQS (May, Salt Lake City, Ut). This is truly a beginner class. You will learn how to hold the template so that the machine moves easily and you get nice straight lines or nice curved lines… Jump on in!
Hope to see you in a class soon.
Quilt on, My Friends!