Do I know how to use them? Nope! I have been intrigued by the concept for a while and then saw a demo at the Sydney Quilt Show a while back. I was sold. Above is the Basic Set you get when you by the foot attachment for your machine. What they didn't tell me is that my Bernina needs a special attachment for the foot attachment. So it took a while for that to materialise.
At the same time as I bought the rulers, I bought a slippy mat which adheres to the bed of the sewing machine table and the slippery surface eliminates the drag when you are free-motion quilting. The product is called "Sew Slip II". It is totally removable and doesn't leave a sticky residue on your sewing surface. You store it rolled up so it doesn't take up much room.
I bought both the rulers and the mat at the same time as the rulers from Punch with Judy but they are available all over the place,
When my Bernina attachment finally arrived, I set everything up to have a play with my new rulers.
It all got a bit wonky at the end, but overall I was relatively pleased with the first attempt. Here it is warts and all.
I need a LOT more practise. LOL
I needed to quilt my "Green & Blue Should Never be Seen" quilt. (You might remember I showed you that one under construction here).
So I put aside the rulers and took out the other new toy I have. This is a weighted ring that you use to help keep the sewing area flat while quilting. I bought that on my trip to the Newcastle show a month or so back.
When it was demoed the lady said I needed to hold my thumbs in like so, as I'm quilting.
I struggled with the hoop. Basically I think the problem was that I was quilting a fairly large design. It would probably work better if you were doing denser quilting. Bottom line is that the jury is still out on that one. I stopped using it after a while and just went back to my bad habits.
Anyways, this quilt was stitched in the ditch to anchor the blocks, and free motion quilted in a free hand orange peel design. I use that design a lot and quite like the results. These are some of the better orange peels. LOL
So. All done and dusted, and it has gone to Stitching Hearts already.
An altogether happy little quilt which came together nicely. And we found the best backing for it! It will do to keep someone's knees from freezing.