Ruler Work on Domestic Machines

This is a simple post today.  Ruler work on a domestic machine is growing rapidly in popularity.  Many that have tried free-motion quilting (FMQ) and do beautiful work are incorporating ruler work in their projects, many modern quilters are using only ruler work, and there are many newbies to FMQ that are learning thru ruler work.

I’m hoping you’ll share your experience with FMQ and ruler work today.  Have you used quilting rulers on a domestic machine?  Are you interested in learning/improving your skills for FMQ using rulers??

Here is a video by Westalee that talks about Ruler Feet for domestic machines, which I think has become a favored tool for many:

Here is a video demonstration by Patsy Thompson that shows off some fun stuff you can create with rulers.

Several sewing machine manufacturers have created a specific ruler foot for their brand, but if not, the adapter feet are highly recommended.  I’ve been able to purchase the recently released Bernina Ruler Foot and absolutely love it.


Again, I’d love to hear from you on your experience with FMQ, Ruler Feet, as well as interest in learning about FMQ using rulers.  For those that have been using rulers for FMQ, do you have “go to” rulers, any classes to recommend, or tips you can share?  

Fall Quilt Market – Things Attendees Should Not Miss

Quilt Market is a trade show for those in the business, held twice a year.  It is a great opportunity for quilt and sewing shops to learn about new products and place their orders, as well as learn how to use new products and take professional classes.  It also offers an opportunity for professional networking with others in the business.  Today I want to share some highlights that I recommend attendees to not miss:



Before you go to market, be sure to download the FREE Quilt Market Event App on the App Store of Google Play!


AURIFIL  (booth #1924)

Don’t miss the Premier Schoolhouse Session, Aurifil Unwound! Take a peek behind the scenes of this Italian family company and see their new fine and thin 8wt threads. The first 1300 enrolled Schoolhouse attendees to pick up their printed catalogue will also receive an AURIFIL Swag Bag. Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 AM in Ballroom C at Quilt Market in Houston.




ME & YOU, BY HOFFMAN (booth #1900/01)

This refreshing new brand of fabric, by Hoffman, has their first guest designer of indah batiks, Melissa Averinos who will be in their booth, to show what she has been working on.


MARTINGALE (booth #2126, 2127)

There will be beautiful quilts and other handmade items on display, as well as the ability to check out new books in Martingale’s booth.  And you’ll get a chance to meet the authors of many of their new books.


PATRICK LOSE (booth #1546)

Patrick is introducing new pre-cut assortment collections and new fabrics.


Quilt Market attendees can take a selfie next to this sign and share on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a bundle of this new line of fabric.

ISLAND BATIK (booth #746)

Be sure to check out their new batiks, as well as meet Leah Day, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, designer and teacher.



You’ll find many new creative books in the booth for  Landauer Publishing.  But don’t miss an opportunity to meet Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, designer, author and teacher will be signing books:

  • Oct 29 – 4 to 5 pm Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth
  • Oct 30 – 9:30 to 10:30am Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth.
    You can also find Wendy, Oct 28 – 2:50 to 3:05pm My 2 Cents on Domestic Machine Quilting (Quilt Market Schoolhouse, Room 352A)

LUNCH BOX QUILTS (booth #2437)

Angie has so many creative designs and will also be showcasing new designs at market.

TIMELESS TREASURES (booth #1314, 15)

Be sure to check out all the new fabric lines from Timeless Treasures.  I think they also have the best collection of whimsical prints that I’ve ever seen.  Each line is packed with #CreativeGoodness that would be so much fun to create with.


Don’t forget that there are a variety of excellent classes, for those in the business to help them build their business skills and network.   Check out:


  • #102 – How to develop a whizbang staff, with Bob Negen, WhizBang! Training
  • #200 – Secrets of running a successful business for 34 years, with Anita Covert, PhD and Ann Covert Fuller, Country Stitches
  • #211 – How to create the experience, with Deb Luttrell, Stitchin’ Heaven
  • #513 – Successful retailing is no accident – why some shops fail and others succeed, with Alex Anderson and & Kay Brooks, RNK Distributing/Floriani

For a complete list of classes and events:


Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to check out the new Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen (Sulky Booth #1035, 47).  I predict this pen is going to become very popular, as word gets out for all the creative possibilities you can do with it.  Definitely  check it out at Market.  I’ll also be sharing insights about this pen in the near future.



You can find International Quilt Market at:


I will also be following many on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and blogs, who will be at Market and I’ll share highlights, as appropriate.   I hope you’ll follow me, to learn about new products and more.  Attending Market virtually is not as exhausting as being their.


Do you have a Zirkel ?  If so, I’m curious what you think about it and if you’d give it an positive recommendation?zirkel

The Zirkel’s claim to fame:

  • Repels & separates items to the edge in a fanned out pattern
  • Weight allows it to also be used as a paper weight

I bought a Zirkel last year.  I’ve been on the fence about it and wanted to share my perspective today:

What I like:

  • Nice size (4″x4″)
  • The way the pins spin around, separating from each other.
  • Comes in a variety of colors (Black, Green, Turquoise, Pink, and Purple)
  • Duals as a paperweight

What I don’t like:

  • You have to drop your pins tip down to get them to land with their head of the pin placed outward (I tend to do a light toss of a pin to my pin holder, not arrange a handful of pins before I drop them on the holder).
  • The magnet is so strong, it can easily pick up pins on the sides of the pin holder, as well as the bottom.
  • The strength of the magnet makes me nervous about having it close to my sewing machine, or other electronics, although I’ve not heard of anyone having problems with the magnet being nearby electronics.  Note:  The FAQ on the Zirkel website shows that it is safe around sewing machines.
  • Price vs value proposition (other magnet pin holders, even homemade magnetic pin holders have a better value proposition).  Note:  This is a personal choice.

My conclusion:  A Zirkel magnetic pin holder may be absolutely perfect for you. It just isn’t one of my favorite finds.

For those interested in getting a Zirkel, you can find them in various quilt and sewing stores, as well as online at Amazon and Craftsy.

You can also find Zirkel at:

As previously mentioned, if you have/have had a Zirkel, I hope you’ll share your perspective on this magnetic pin holder, including your thoughts for the value proposition.

Fall is a Great Time to Moisturize – I Use Udderly Smooth, by Redex

I have been a long time user of Udderly Smooth moisturizers, from Redex, and with the arrival of Fall, as well as upcoming holidays, I simply want to heighten awareness of these moisturizers.

First, I want to let you know Udderly Smooth  is made in Salem, Ohio and distributed to 13 countries.  They have a great line of moisturizers, which I have found to feel smooth and non-greasy, as well as not have any annoying perfumes.  They are also very reasonably priced moisturizers.


As mentioned, I have happily used this brand for years.  And, with the arrival of Fall, it just seems like a great time to remind everyone to remember to use moisturizers.


Udderly Smooth also makes for great gifts, even perfect stocking stuffers.



You can find Udderly Smooth products on Amazon.  But many premium quilt shops often carry them.  There are also a variety of retail stores that carry them:  Walgreens, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Rite Aid, etc.  For a complete list of retailers that offer Udderly Smooth products visit: 


You can find Udderly Smooth at:

Block Genius

Today, I’m happy to share insights on an excellent new book, that I believe can help you create endless possibilities of quilted items with #CreativeGoodness.

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Landauer Publishing has recently released “Block Genius” and I think the name of this book truly captures what is inside.



Block Genius: 201 Pieced Quilt Blocks With No Math Charts, by Sue Voegtlin

A block library to inspire and instruct quilters of all levels.

About the Book:

In one volume, quilters will find over 200 classic blocks that they can use to one their sewing skills, in block exchanges, or to create wonderful block sampler quilts.  In this impressive collection, the author organizes the blocks in groups of 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 4 x 4, and 6 x 6 grids with instructions and math provided for 6-, 9- and 12-inch blocks.  This book is a block library that will be quilt shops and quilters’ go-to source for reference, inspiration and instruction.

mosaic-13With the exception of a few that were designed by the author, the block designs are all nearly 100 years old.  Some designs are still sewn to this day.  Others deserve new recognition and use by today’s quiltrs.

  • A browser’s delight:  the photography provides color and fabric-choice inspiration to quilters, and each block’s evocative name recalls quilting’s rich history.
  • Clear instructions and expert advice:  exploded diagrams of each block make construction a snap without special rulers.  Tips on fabric selection, color choice, cutting, pressing, and sewing.
  • No math:  The author provides accurate dimensions for each cut so that quilters can easily size their blocks for 6- 9- or 12-inches.
  • Includes instructions on constructing half-square and quarter-square triangles, flying geese, square-in-a-squares and parallel blocks.
  • Contains No Match Charts for resizing blocks.
  • Four classic to contemporary setting suggestions


About the author:

Sue Voegtlin has been Laundauer Publishing’s photographer since 2008 and has designed several quilts for our books.  She is an avid outdoorswoman and loves outdoor photography.  She is also a wonderful sewer, who began with garments, but graduated to the world of quilting when she came to Landauer, using our books to guide her.

About the publisher:

Landauer Publishing is an independently-owned, award-winning publisher managed by people passionate about books and about bringing high-quality inspirational and creative, techniques and how-to publications to life.  We are all about excellence in content, photography, design, and service to all our customers and to our authors.



This is an amazing new quilting book, truly perfect for quilters of all levels.  With 201 pieced block designs, each in three different sizes (6″, 9″ and 12″), it is an exceptional reference tool and one that can also help you easily create your own unique quilt designs.

The optional setting designs are all lovely, but I was particularly drawn to the Asymmetrical Setting, which I think enables creating stunning designs with a Modern Quilt style.  Possibilities are endless.

You’ll also find great visuals and instructions for cutting and assembly, plus plenty of “Good to Know” tips and techniques.  I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite quilt shop.

maple-leaf-2 Don’t forget that if you don’t see it, you may want to let them know about it.  It is such a new book they may simply not be aware of it yet.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Landauer Publishing, or Amazon.

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

Call For Kids To Create – An IKEA Drawing Competition

Kids 12 and under are invited to enter a Drawing Competition hosted by IKEA, where they draw their own soft toy!


Artwork of 20 lucky winners will be selected by voting, of which 10 will be turned into soft stuffed toys, to be sold at IKEA. There will also be three age group winners who will receive $25 IKEA gift certificates.  Drawings can be submitted online or in store, but need to be submitted by October 30th.


For more info on this challenge:

#EQ25 Celebration – Tutorials, Inspiration, and Prizes – October

The Electric Quilt Companyis celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a bundle of HQ scissors and Light Strip from HandiQuilter.   QuiltShopGal is also helping to celebrate by way of sharing monthly EQ theme posts. I’m also thrilled that several blogging friends are also helping in the celebration, many of us sharing EQ theme tips, tutorials, as well as inspirational projects along the way.

MY TUTORIAL THIS MONTH: An exercise in Color and Design

The Orange Peel design is one that is fun as a traditional 2 color design, planned with 4-6 colors, or completely scrappy.  It is also a fun quilt to make using templates that can be created in EQ7, or acrylic rulers, die cutting machines, etc..    While it is fun to play with color in EQ software, you can also print coloring sheets to color your quilts with colored pens and pencils.


I love using EQ software to help plan out the size of my quilts, audition fabrics/colors, and much more.  Possibilities are truly endless, but today, I’m going to share a very simple tutorial as I simply want to encourage you.  My motto has been “15 minutes per day” and you’ll be amazed how much you can learn.


Many enjoy creating Orange Peel designs with gradient color changes, some with areas filled.  There is no right or wrong, just a matter of personal choice and creativity.  But, the power of EQ7 does make it easy to play and create a variety of design ideas.

While EQ7 comes with an extensive fabric collection, as well as colors, I’m also fond of EQ Stash downloadable fabrics.  And I’m absolutely thrilled that the most recent collection is 100% batiks.  I couldn’t resist purchasing it and creating with it.  Already looking forward to more “play time’ with this Stash collection.


How about creating a Modern Orange Peel Quilt Design ?

Of course, you need to launch EQ7.

From the main menu, click LIBRARIES > BLOCK LIBRARY > EQ Libraries > EQ7 Libraries > 01 CLASSIC PIECED > ORANGE PEELS and click on the “Flower Petals” block.








The Sketchbook will appear and you’ll want to be on the BLOCKS tab.


Click EDIT and you’ll be able to edit this block.


Click on the Color Tab.


Click on the Fabric Sketchbook to select the fabrics or colors that you wish to color your block.  I’m playing with some of the new Stash fabrics, for batiks. And I opted to use some Hoffman fabrics.   Did you know that the Hoffman “PFD”  fabric is a perfect white to use with their batiks?  Same fabric, just not died so your quilt will have a consistent feel to it.  It has become my “go to” white.


Click on the Paintbrush tool and then click on the fabric or color chip that you want to use.  Then you can click on the parts of your block which you want colored, as desired.




Once you have your block colored, the way you want, click the ADD TO SKETCHBOOK button.



How about changing the block design?  Simply click on the EASYDRAW tab.


Click on the Pick Tool.



Click on the arch of one of the petals and press your delete key.  Repeat for the other arch.


Click Add to Sketchbook.




Let’s do more editing to change up this block. Click back on the Easy Draw tab. Click the pick tool and click on another petal and click delete. (both sides of the curve)


After editing this block, as desired, click on Work on Quilt button.



Click on the Layout tab.



I set my layout options as:


Click on Layer 1 tab.




Now we’ll set our blocks on to our quilt top design.

Click on the set block tool



Your Sketchbooks Blocks will appear.


Simply click on the block in this sketchbook that you want to add to your quilt.  Use your mouse to click on the block that you wish to place it onto.

There are many more options that what I’m sharing in this simple tutorial, but you may want to use the Rotate Block tool.  It is easy to use, as once you click to engage this tool you can then click on any block on your quilt layout to rotate it.    Can you guess which blocks I rotated?  If you guessed the corner blocks, you are correct. I only drew one version of these blocks, but using the rotation tool gave me four different versions.



After you get the blocks in your quilt set the way your desired, remember to click the Add to Sketchbook button.  Easy Peasy.  I hope you’ll play with EQ7 and create your own version of the Orange Peel Design.  Again, you can make it a traditional two color design, multi-color, scrappy, or Modern.  Please share a picture of what you create on my Facebook page at:   



And, don’t overlook saving your project by clicking the SAVE icon.




As mentioned, this is a super easy peasy design using EQ7 and a fun way to play with fabrics and colors.  I hope it inspires you to play with EQ7 software.  And don’t forget, you’ll be amazed how much you can learn and how much fun you can have, just spending 15 minutes per day playing.



EQ and HandiQuilters have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a bundle of HQ Scissors and Light Strip from HandiQuilter or a copy of EQ7 this month?

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:


I’m also thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate.  As you may already be aware, many of us, will be sharing a EQ themed blog post on the 10th of every month this year, where you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, as well as hopefully some fun quilty insights, as well as learn about how to win amazing prizes.

Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary.  Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights.  Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Marian of Seams to be Sew.

You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly  #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:

Vintage Sewing Video

quack me ups by quiltshopgal

This video just quacked me up and I wanted to share it with you.  It was created to teach basic sewing and sewing machine use. “This is a very early Centron film… Produced Under the Technical Supervision of Thelma Weddel, Home Economist.” 

If you are having problems viewing this embedded video click this link to view it directly in Youtube:


Aurifil Releases New Thread Collections


I’m excited about the new Aurifil thread collections that are being released this Fall, with more to come at Quilt Market, and wanted to let you know about them.  They should be appearing in quilt shops and sewing centers soon, but as they are so new they may not know about them, so you may want to let them know about any collections you’d like to see them carry, assuming you don’t want them all.  LOL!  

Press Release from Aurifil:


Sue Marsh


Whistlepig Creek Productions founder Sue Marsh is known for her hand-drawn illustrations that reflect a sense of youthfulness, whimsy and fun. She has been creating and sketching characters since 1997 and recently partnered with RJR Fabrics to give her characters new life. Her fun, lighthearted collections of novelty prints appeal to both kids and the young-at-heart! Her debut Aurifil thread collection, Brilliant, is available in both large and small boxes and coordinates particularly well with Geekery (now in stores) and Monster Trucks (presenting at Fall Quilt Market).

Product #: SM50BC12 (LG),
UPC — 8057252106365
Product #: SM50BC10 (SM),
UPC — 8057252106358
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Sheena Norquay


Scottish quilter, designer and educator Sheena Norquay is well known for her natural approach to design. She draws inspiration from the shapes, lines and colors of her surroundings. ”I am also interested in using quilted lines to create graceful movement, sculptural shapes and decorative patterns. Most of the lines are free machine quilted, a technique which is my specialty. It is fascinating how the surface of the quilt comes alive with the quilting.” Sheena is one of our heralded Aurifil Designers and we’re thrilled to present The Beach Collection & The Scottish Highlands Collection.

Beach Collection Product #: SN50BC12 (LG),
UPC —8057252112786
Scottish Highlands Collection, Floss Product #: SN30SH10 (SM)
UPC — 8057252112762
Scottish Highlands Collection, 50wt Product #: SN50SH10 (SM)
UPC — 8057252112779
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Jackie Kunkle


Jackie Kunkel is a Designer, an Educator, a Shop-Owner (Canton Village Quilt Works) , and Author and now an Aurifil Designer. Her debut collection follows in the footsteps of her book, Splash of Color, in which she heralds the use of black & white and instructs readers how to combine a rainbow of bright, saturated colors with crisp black & white prints to make amazing quilts. Her range of 50wt threads is simply perfect to get started on your very own splash of color quilt!
Product #: JK50SC10 (SM)
UPC — 8057252112755
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

2017 Hoffman Challenge Collection


Aurifil is honored to partner with Hoffman Fabrics for the 2017 Hoffman Challenge. This annual contest was created to honor and recognize the talents of quiltmakers and sewists. The 2017 event will focus on Mastery, a brand new collection inspired by the Old Masters era of magnificant artworks created by illuminaries such as DaVinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Rembrandt, and Leyster. The coordinating Aurifil Thread collection was hand-selected to highlight and accentuate the stunning large scale prints. For more information about the challenge, please click here.
Product #: HF5017HC12 (LG)
UPC — 8057252112748
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Heather Ross


Heather Ross 6th collection with Windham Fabrics is Sleeping Porch, printed entirely on cotton lawn. Partner Heather’s signature style of whimsical illustrations with colors that are sure to stand out and quilters are destined to create projects with a wonderfully unique aesthetic. While her collections are often designed with kids in mind, or at least grown-ups who still have a lot of kid left in them, this line was designed with the quilter in mind. Heather’s coordinating Aurifil thread collection is a rich array of 50wt threads, perfect for creating new masterpieces.

Product #: HR50SP12 (LG)
UPC: 8057252112731
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Christa Quilts


Christa Watson of Christa Quilts fell in love with quilting back in 1994 and never looked back! She is now known as an authority on machine quilting and has two recent book releases to support her passion, Machine Quilting with Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting (co-authored with Angela Walters). Christa’s debut Aurifil thread collections pull from her go-to thread 50wt threads in Colors and Neutrals. These collections are the perfect companion for any quilting project!
Piecing and Quilt Collection, Neutrals Product #: CW50PQN12 (LG)
UPC — 8057252106327
Piecing and Quilt Collection, Colors Product #: CW50PQC12 (LG)
UPC — 8057252106310
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Annie Smith


Annie Smith of Simple Arts has been known as the voice of the Quilting Stash podcast since 2005. She is an author, a designer and a Bernina ambassador and is presenting her debut Aurifil thread collection. Love is Spoken Here is offered in two stunning color ways, Summerset & Winterset. Both are full of Aurifil 28wt, Annie’s favorite for machine appliqué and coordinate with Annie’s stunning quilt patterns.
Love is Spoken Here, Winterset Product #: AS28LSHW10 (SM)
UPC — 8057252112724
Love is Spoken Here, Summerset Product #: AS28LSHS10 (SM)
UPC — 8057252112717
Releases September, Ships in October

For those attending Quilt Market, later this month, be sure to visit Aurifil in booth #1924.  You’ll find these new thread collections, as well as other new collections being released at market too!  


 Ok, I’m curious.  Of these new collections, do you have a favorite?


You can find Aurifil at:


When The Unexpected Happens And Life Changes In A Blink Of An Eye

Today I want to talk about a situation where the life, of any of us, can change in a blink of the eye.  Our world, as we know it can shatter quickly.  How do you get thru it?  How do others help? 

Our worldwide quilting community is a group of talented and giving people.  I’ve truly seen miracles happen in our community through the power of prayer, fundraisers to help those in need, as well as words of kindness and encouragement.  PR Angels often help to spread the word, and many find other great ways to help.  We each have a story, but today I want to share a story about an amazing quilter, teacher, and author who could use our prayers, positive thoughts, as well as support and encouragement in so many ways.

Karen Sievert is an Author, Teacher, Speaker and International Award Winning Longarm Machine Quilter.  


Karen is the author of two amazing books:

 “Better Together“, published by Martingale in  2010


Prairie Point Pizzazpublished by Martingale in 2011


This past year Karen and her husband Vince, moved into a beautiful log home in Bailey, NC.   This home was designed with plenty of space for Karen to design and quilt, as well as provide accommodations for 1-6 quilters, in an ideal and tranquil setting for intimate classes and retreats with Karen.  Sounds absolutely inviting to me.  Especially perfect for those that want to learn/improve their free-motion quilting skills to make quilts such as what Karen has:

Besides the move, besides her hectic teaching schedules, as well as working on more quilts to enter into quilt shows, she also had to go thru various hand surgeries.  But she pushed thru it with amazing style and grace.



On September 16th Karen and Vince lost their beautiful log cabin dream home to a fire.  They lost ALL their possessions, including years of making beautiful quilts, as well as her Award Winning Quilts!  Clearly, their life has changed with such a devastating loss.

While positive thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement are appreciated by Karin and Vince, a Go Fund Me program was launched by a friend.  It won’t replace all of their possessions, nor her quilts, but even little donations add up and help.  Here is a link for those that are able to make such a donation:


You can find Karen at:


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