Ruler Quilting 101 – Block Two

This week we are making Block Two of a Ruler Quilting Sampler quilt. It is not nearly as involved as Block 1 was. block2

Here are the particulars:

  • RULER: 2 1/2″ Circle Ruler (finishes as 2″ circles)
  • LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: 101, Beginner Ruler Quilting, some experience Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)
    • circles
    • orange peel
    • clamshells
    • corner flowers

Here is a picture of the rulers I have: circle rulers

  1. This is the 2 1/2″ circle ruler in the Westalee (Sew Steady) starter kit. It is 1/8″ thick and has the option of inserting a puzzle ‘key’ to close the circle.
  2. This is a 2 1/2″ circle ruler by Teryl Loy Enterprises. Mine is 3/8″ thick; it also comes 1/4″.
    • Markings: Both rulers have identical markings – horizontal, vertical and diagonal. The Westalee ruler has one additional marking to show the center of the puzzle key. You will notice I have more grip on the thicker ruler. It follows the markings – not sure yet if I should have done that.
    • What I like or dislike about this ruler: There really wasn’t anything I disliked about this ruler, although its use is more limited than some other rulers. You definitely need all the markings.

Step 1: Make the basic markings on your quilt sandwich

  • Mark your 18″ square, lines A1, A2, A3 and A4. (same as Block #1)
  • Mark the 4 lines that are 3″ in from the seam allowance, lines B1, B2, B3 and B4. (same as Block #1)
  • Mark the mid-point on all 4 sides. Draw a line from C1 to C3; for C2 and C4 you just need a small mark. C1S1

Step 2: Make 3 rows of circles along the line you drew from C1 to C3, starting at the seam allowance (SA) line and ending at the SA. The first row will be the middle row with 9 circles. Repeat for Row’s 1 and 3 on either side of the middle row (I left one circle off at the beginning and end of each row).

My method is taken directly from Teryl Loy’s video. (orange peel video). It is done in a row of half circles in a figure 8 going one direction, and then the other half done going in the reverse direction.

If you with to use the key provided in the Westalee kit, you can make individual circles, but you will have to bury threads OR travel over existing threads to the start of the next circle.

Note: The paper diagrams for this block were drawn with the 2 1/2″ circle ruler but stitch out at 2″ so the paper diagrams look slightly different than the quilt block. This should not affect the end product since pencil drawings are only used to indicate the stitching flow.

Step 3: To make the orange peel, you simply stitch another 2 rows of circles that overlap rows 1&2 and rows 2&3.

The ruler markings will really help you keep the circles centered. C1S3

Step 4: To make clam shells start with your C2 mark and measure 5″ to either side in order to determine your starting point. Make 5 half circles on the first row, 4 on the next, 3, 2 and then 1. This paper chart shows the flow, but for simplicity purposes it only shows 3 rows. Repeat at the C4 mark.

Step 5: Make a flower in each corner. Start where the B lines cross, and make one circle going each direction. Travel half way up any circle in order to make the center circle.

Step 6 (Optional): To define the 3″ border (so that this block is consistent with all the other blocks), I went back to the straight ruler and stitched a short straight line along the B markings, where there wasn’t a circle. C1S6

That is it for Block #2! Next week we will use the 13″ arc ruler to produce this block:block3


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1 Response to Ruler Quilting 101 – Block Two

  1. Marnie Houston says:

    So pretty , i love the circles and spirals. can’t wait to get to try some rulers.

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