Totally Templates

I was able to take another longarm quilting class at Quilt Odyssey with Lisa Calle. I’ve been using templates with my Gammill machine for a while but I knew I would pick up good information in the class.

Lisa has developed some very interesting rulers with a grove that allows the hopping foot to ride along one side to quilt a line, then you shift the ruler to quilt a parallel line next to the first line, very straight and accurately. 

My friend Christine was my quilting buddy. Christine is fearless. She has the new Bernina Q20 sit-down machine. It’s a hot technique in quilting now to use rulers on domestic sewing machines and sit-down models. It is different to hold the ruler and move the fabric, as aposed to moving the machine head. There were several quilters in class that wanted to learn sit-down techniques with rulers.  

Cindy and Karen were excited to practice with the straight and circle rulers. I wish Lisa had let us try out one of her Quilter’s Groove Rulers. She has excellent videos on her website with tutorials. Lisa was a good teacher and I’ve never had this in class before– she brought a Kuerig coffee machine and served us all coffee!

Unfortunately I don’t have the quilter’s name, but I loved this small landscape quilt at the show. My friend Karen is creating a quilt for her home in Colorado featuring aspen trees and another quilter wants to make a quilt with birch trees using the Quilting in Layers technique. I love tree quilts! 

I am off to Milford, Pennsylvania today to speak to Milford Valley Quilters, with a workshop tomorrow. If you are in the area, come and join us. Gotta get packing now. 

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  1. Christine says

    I hope to try the curved ruler today. Pics to follow. Have fun in Milford. Is Gary making the trip?

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