Category: Rulers and Templates

Ruler Work on Domestic Machines

This is a simple post today, all about Ruler work on domestic machines, which is rapidly growing 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?  

Here is a list of previous posts about RulerWork

Hexagon Happenings

Laudauer Publishing recently released Hexagon Happenings: Complete step-by-step photo guide to hexagon techniques with 15 quilts and projects, by Carolyn Forster.  And, I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you today, about this very creative book.

landauerHexagons are a versatile design which I do believe the possibilities are endless.  They have been incorporated into quilting designs for many years, but Carolyn Forster has come up with some really fun new ways to incorporate hexagons in a variety of projects.  This is a fantastic resource book for those that have enjoyed creating using hexies, as well as those that are new to hexies.


about the author

CarolynInWorkroomCarolyn lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.  She started quilting when she was at school and has since been featured in various magazines and she has contributed to a number of published books. Her quilts have hung on display at Quilt Market in the US and she has recently designed projects for Makower fabrics. As a teacher she was inspired to write a book about making quilts and quilting them in small sections to help her students overcome the need to quilt a quilt in one large and often unwieldy piece therefore allowing their quilts to grow gradually and easily. She is also the Author of Quilting-on-the-Go, Utility Quilting and Quilting-on-the-Go Taking It Further.

Insights from the publisher:

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In this book Carolyn Forster takes you through the steps and gives you the tools and techniques for using large shapes to finish large quilts quickly and easily. The basic shapes used in the quilt projects include hexagons, diamonds, triangles and kites. These shapes are successfully created using a basic quilting ruler and the hexagon template provided in the book. Carolyn even provides instructions for calculating and constructing hexagon paper templates allowing you to achieve any desired quilt block size. Complete instructions include how to cut half-hexagons, partial hexagons, diamonds, half-diamonds, triangles and kites using the hexagon template. Techniques include combining hexagons with other shapes, sewing hexagons by machine and by hand, sewing hexagons and other shapes together in rows then sewing the rows of hexagons together. Offering a variety of binding techniques, Carolyn takes you through the various steps of binding hexagon quilts. Helpful tips throughout the book help improve accuracy and gain confidence when sewing hexagon quilts. Projects include 8 quilts, table mat, table runner, bag and pincushion.


Complete step-by-step photo guide to hexagon techniques with 15 quilts and projects.


Instructions are provided for calculating and constructing paper templates to create any quilt block size. Carolyn also includes a variety of binding techniques for hexagon quilts, as well as quilting suggestions.

My Review:

Hexie projects can be made using a variety of techniques, using a machine or by hand.  They also look great with planned fabric and are an fun design to use up scraps.   But while Hexie projects have been around for years, Carolyn Forster has done an excellent job sharing insights on traditional uses of hexies, as well as how modern quilters can also have fun using four basic shapes that make dozens of designs.

Hexies can be cut into half-hexagons, partial hexagons, diamonds, half-diamonds, triangles, and kites with the hexagon template.  And Carolyn provides templates for the various shapes, while showing how to combine hexagons with other shapes; sew hexagons by machine or hand; sew hexagons and other shapes into rows which are then sewn together; and more.


This is a “must have” book for anyone that enjoys quilting with hexies, and an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning how to work with hexies, as well as various shapes of hexies to make spectacular quilted projects, as included in the 15 quilts and projects shared in this book.


All of the projects come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals. They range in size from table runners, to walhangings to full size quilts (e.g. Pincushions and Coasters 7 1/2″ to Granny Mat 21 1/4″ x 20 1/4″ to Flower Garden Honeycomb Quilt 95″ x 91″).


I also like that she included a variety of suggestions for how to free-motion quilt a variety of hexie designs.   And, while the book does include full size templates, Carolyn has created acrylic templates that you can purchase as a bundle with this book (or purchase just the book.

hexagon templates

I hope you can check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but if you do not see it, do let them know you are interested in having them offer this new book in their shop.  Of course, you can also find it online at Landauer Publishing, and more.

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