C&T Publications sent me their latest releases to review. I was super excited to see this book, The Ultimate Guide to Ruler Work Quilting by Amanda Murphy. I have long wondered how longarmers and domestic machine quilters hand holding a ruler and running their machine. I have tried a time or two with rulers and I’ve had no luck. I was hoping this book might give me a few good tips and I might try again.
I have to laugh. I am not at all on the forefront of what is going on it quilting. I don’t claim to be and don’t want to be. So here’s what I learned while writing this review. I must be under a rock.
The same week this book came I got a message from Whittle Fabrics in my email and they had THREE different lines of fabric all from Amanda Murphy.
Yep…I was under a rock and was not at all keeping up with the quilting world.
To prove my point even more…a flyer came in the mail from Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids….look who their featured teacher is.
Can you believe that I had no idea who this person was and now I had seen something about her three times in the course of two days?
This is the description of the book….
“Use quilting rulers to their fullest
Straight lines, curves… there are rulers for every kind of quilting! Amanda Murphy shares an in-depth guide to everything you need to know about rulerwork quilting on both domestic and longarm machines. With recommendations for choosing templates and feet, this technical guide is great on its own, but also makes the perfect sidekick to Murphy’s popular Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book. Plan your quilting to perfection and learn to combine rulerwork with free-motion quilting. Watch your quilting aesthetic begin to evolve; helpful photos show you how to execute quilting designs with basic straight-line and circle rulers, as well as specialty shapes like waves, clamshells, and feathers
Become a rulerwork expert! Achieve the quilting you want every time
Work on your longarm or domestic sewing machine, with troubleshooting and ergonomic tips for each
Buy the right rulers and feet, plan the quilting, and execute rulerwork with finesse“
Well that sounded amazing. I hope it wasn’t too good to be true.
She is an author, fabric designer and teacher, I better take the time to check out her book. Well the first thing I noticed. She has her own line of rulers….You can see them HERE.
The book is really interesting. Many of the pictures in the book are like the ones you see below….
There is a nice picture of plain fabric with her using the ruler. There is a nice explanation of how to use the rulers and the different looks you can get from each ruler.
It’s awesome if you have her rulers…if you don’t, I think you could apply some of the information to your own rulers but not all of it.
She does tell how to achieve the look whether you are using a dometic machine, sit down machine or a long arm.
One problem with the book is that the examples that are shown of finished projects really don’t show the quilting. There is no pattern for the placemats below…but more importantly, I cannot see any of the machine quilting. If the book is about machine quilting, I think it would be beneficial to see the machine quilting.
This project is better…still not the best. I can see it some spaces, but can’t in others.
I wish they would have had projects made from solids and the quilting done in white or a noticeable color.
After checking it out this is the conclusion I came up with. To best use the book, you need her rulers. If you want to invest in the book and rulers, you can use it with any machine.
For me…this is not my thing. I am not patient enough or find enough joy in working so meticulously. I’ll edge to edge and fudge my custom quilting. One time someone suggested I do long arming as a business. NOPE. That isn’t for me at all. I’m pretty content with a stipple. Of course I admire quilting like this…
but if I want that done, I’m sending my quilt to my friend Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations. She did this quilt, our “On the Bright Side” Quilt…and if I need fancy custom quilting done, I’m paying the money and Carla is going to do it. Seriously…I have no patience or time to do that. It’s one of those things I wish I did…but I don’t. The beauty of aging is knowing that about yourself.
Do you like custom quilting with ruler work? Do you do it yourself? How do you get your quilts quilted? Curious minds like to know….