There have been several commenters asking about the ruler I used to create the grid pattern on the sampler quilt I’m currently working on. The ruler works with both DSM (domestic sewing machines) and mid/long arm machines. Rather than the machine following the edge of this special ruler, there is a slot that accommodates the FMQ (free motion quilting) foot allowing me to move both the fabric and the ruler in a straight path to create the pattern. The “Line Tamer” can be ordered (among other places) on-line at Four Paws Quilting. It does get some getting used to but the results are well worth the practice. It is, also, wonderful for those times when SID (stitch in the ditch) is needed.
When it came to doing the narrow green border on this quilt, I first measured the width of the border. It measured 2”. I, then, went to the corner of one side and began to place marks 2” apart on both sides of the strip (dots opposite each other). The reason I did it this way is that the resulting grid would be in the correct proportion to the strip/border piece. Starting at the corner, I began to diagonally connect alternating opposite dots. The complete grid requires a second pass to finish the diamond. When stitching both my hands are gently pressing down on the ruler and (using 2 or 3 fingers) pressing on/moving the quilt. In the above photo I show only my left hand (right hand is taking the photo!!!) but normally my right hand would have a similar position on the other side. Firm, but gentle, downward pressure is required as the fabric is moved. Pressing down too hard will result in wrinkles/puckers being stitched or total body fatigue after a while (ask me how I know this!!!). The dots in the photo are some sticky spots that help with traction while sewing. There are additional laser line markings on the ruler that help with alignment when needed (vertically, horizontally and diagonally). This purchase was definitely one of the better ones. I hope this answers some of the questions that have come up.