Friday, May 15, 2015

More Ruler Work

I've continued playing with my Westalee rulers.  See here and here for previous posts.  

Note I've been using the Westalee ruler foot and not the freemotion foot that comes with my sewing machine.

Trying the set of 4 feathers rulers ranging from 2" to 5".

While you could just pick up these rulers and use them I found watching (and sometimes rewatching) the Westalee video sped up the learning process quite a bit.  

No marking of the individual feathers is required however having a basting line or marking straight lines on either side of the feathers helps to keep the feathers uniform and straight.

Straight line of feathers using one sized ruler.


Wavy line with different sized feathers using a combination of rulers


Attempting curved cross-hatching using the Westalee straight and curved ruler.

I'm getting used to the edge of the ruler not being where the stitching line will be but 1/4" in from that.  This catches me out when I'm getting to the end of a shape and need to line the ruler up - it is too easy to line the edge of the ruler up with the point, start sewing then realise you're not going to end in the right place! 

Still working on getting the stitch length even and better start/stops ...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Palm Beach

During our recent holiday to Australia we spent a couple of hours at Palm Beach, north Sydney.  

Palm Beach is one of the locations where the Australian TV programme 'Home and Away' is filmed.  Nothing happening the day we were there.


 Walked up to Barrenjoey lighthouse to enjoy the 360 degree views. 

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Barrenjoey Head

view towards Sydney

a local fishing

sunset at Palm Beach

We had tea at a nearby beach and then drove back into Sydney in torrential rain!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Anzac Day 2015

Some images of 2015 Anzac commemorations at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington ...

More information and links here.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ruler Work

Back here I posted about using the Westalee foot and rulers for freemotion quilting on a domestic sewing machine.  

I've been trying the Westalee 'Circles on quilts - wreath 16' ruler.  At the narrow end of the ruler there is a pin hole, a drawing pin is inserted from the back of the quilt and the ruler is placed on the pin.  One segment/shape is stitched then the ruler pivoted so the next segment can be sewn.  Finally joining up in a wreath shape.

ruler, centre pin


What I learnt:
* stabilise the area to be quilted first by stitching in the ditch.  Basting with safety pins isn't a good idea as the pins get in the way and the ruler doesn't cope with them nearby or underneath. 

stabilising in the ditch


* extra flat space is required so either use the sewing machine in a table such as a Sewezi or an extension table for the machine.  Having a reasonable amount of flat space is needed.  

* use the Supreme Freemotion slider as the under side of the drawing pin will get caught between the machine and the insert thingy.
slider on my sew ezi table


* the screw on the foot does need to be tight - interesting things happen if it comes undone.

* if there are any whoopsies stop and unpick.  If you keep going it probably won't meet up at the end leaving the wrong sized space for the final segment. 

* check that there is enough space on the quilt for the completed pattern before starting to stitch.   I didn't do this and was stitching across the batting. 


This did have a happy ending as I realised that the pattern was quite interesting so stitched over the unpicked shapes but within the star.
partial stitching

I then needed to repeat this on the other star and realised that I could stitch until I reached the outline stitching of the star, backtrack, turn the ruler stitch the next segment.

Now to fill in the rest of the space and work on getting the stitch length even ... 

See here for Westalee's video for using this foot.