Quilting with Rulers: Part 2

This is part two of a six-part series from Lori Baker on Quilting With Rulers. In case you missed it, here’s part 1: Adventures with Annie

April 7, 2018

It’s one of those crazy weekends. Our son Zac, his wife Kylie and their daughter are visiting from out of state. And because they live several hours away, we’ve invited the rest of our kids and their families to spend as much time here as they can. That way they can all enjoy Zac and his family. But I won’t be loading anything new on the quilt frame this weekend.

April 8, 2018 (early morning)

I have the next project in the frame. It will be a small table topper. It’s about 30” square.

I made it as a color option for Skittles in the August/September 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The pattern is available on The Quilting Company website. And that issue of the magazine is available in print or digital format.

Skittles quilt


Here is one block of my table topper. I forgot to take a photo before I started quilting so just ignore the quilting lines for now.

My Skittles – One Block

My Skittles – One Block

As I’m reading and learning, I find that the recommendation is that seams in the backing fabric should run the width of the quilt, not the length. So as I put my pieced backing in the frame I made the majority of the seams go crosswise.

April 8, 2018 (evening)

I started quilting. It’s hard for me to decide the quilting design I want to use. I did these overlapping half circles across the top border. Then I quilted the three rows in the triangle.

Skittles — The Beginning

The Beginning

I’m not happy with what I’ve done. I’ve decided to quit for the night and think a while. I need to be more patient. I was in a hurry to get started and I should have thought more. Maybe a good idea would be to draw the quilting lines on the quilt with a chalk marker.

Skittles — Unsewing To Do

Unsewing To Do

And I’m getting a little fussier about doing it right. I didn’t stay right against the edge of the ruler on the square so I simply came back and did a second row of stitching. I’ll take out the row that is wrong when I’m done and the quilt is out of the frame.

And one more observation – I should have used black thread. All of my quilting is going to be on the black background and matching thread would be more forgiving. My crooked stitching wouldn’t be as obvious.

April 9, 2018

I have a new plan. I decided to do a single row of quilting inside each of the squares and the triangles. There are different sizes of triangles so I think that is a good plan.

Skittles — A New Idea

A New Idea

I have a scallop ruler and I’ve decided to try that for the sashing and the borders. I like this plan a whole lot better than the first one. Too bad I’ll have to unsew the first border and the first triangle.

Skittles — I love it when a plan comes together.

I love it when a plan comes together.

I’m pleased and ready to complete the quilt using this plan. The good thing about doing small quilts as I’m learning is that I only have a small 30” border to unsew. I usually make queen-size quilts and the border would be 90 or more inches.

I found a whole group of videos this week; several of them talk specifically about quilting with rulers. Check them out.

Watch for more next week when I hope to have this quilt finished. My plan is to try matchstick quilting for my next project. I’m having fun. I hope you are too.
Happy quilting,

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