Cover quilt and ruler quilting

I have a new pattern in testing, and while the testers are hard at work, I need to finish the cover quilt so I'll have the cover ready when the final revised pattern is released.

I think you can guess that I have been getting to know my quilting rulers.  I planned to quilt this simply and lightly but the rulers took over.  I just love how crisp things look when I can trace instead of quilting freehand.  I also love that I don't have to wrestle the quilt quite as much as when I use my trusty walking foot.  My shoulders are much happier.

Since I took this photo, I finished quilting all the blocks.  Now I need to figure out what to quilt in the borders.  Ideas are simmering, and I hope I end up with a plan that I like as much as the design I quilted in the blocks.

I am enjoying playing with just a few basic Westalee rulers, layering shapes to build up different motifs.  This one uses the Circles on Quilts templates for the circle that I used as a base.  The petals inside and outside the circle were quilted with the 6" spiral from the Template Starter Set.

This wasn't my original plan.  I tried using the circle as a spine for a feathered wreath.

It wasn't bad, but it just seemed to be swallowed up by the piecing, and overwhelmed by the crosshatching in the cream background.  I'm glad I decided to quilt all the crosshatching and let the block ideas simmer while I did that.  My new design seems to have more presence in this block.

For now, it's bedtime.  Maybe I'll have a flash of inspiration for the borders as I drift off to sleep, and if I'm lucky I'll remember it in the morning!


  1. I love the non-feather motif. And admire your skill with rulers. I have about zero patience for them, but loads of respect for those who have, like you, mastered them. And I saw the borders on Instagram - perfect! Will you share what your testers make? It's always fun to see the variety!

  2. I keep admiring your ruler work. I need to try more of this!

  3. Beautiful! I can't wait to see what you do in the borders. ~Jeanne

  4. I love the fabrics you've chosen for this design, and your ruler quilting looks fabulous!

  5. I think your quilting choices are excellent--really nice job of enhancing the piecing without overpowering it. My first machine quilting class from a national teacher was with Karen McTavish, and that was a principle she emphasized--respect the piecing!

  6. Your quilting looks really good, and I'll be watching to see how you quilt the borders. Thanks for your inspiration so much.


  7. I love both of the center area quilt designs. I haven't tried any rulers yet - don't know if I want to or not. Looking forward to seeing what you do in the borders!

  8. That's a very nice pattern, in pretty colors, and your ruler quilting looks wonderful! Again, more encouragement for me, but no action yet on my part. Thanks for all you show us! ---"Love"

  9. Beautiful. I love it.

  10. You NEVER cease to amaze me! I’m loving this quilt/pattern. Your fabrics are gorgeous, and your quilting is perfect.

  11. What a pretty quilt!! Best of luck on putting the finishing touches on the pattern.

  12. It looks great - the quilting is perfect!


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