Ruler Quilting 101 – Block 6

This was one of the first blocks I designed. It takes a more modern approach – ignoring lines that define the border and corner blocks. It is not difficult, just a little more involved so the instructions are a little longer than normal.

Once again we are using the 12/13″ Arc ruler. This is the 4th block we have made using this ruler, which shows just how versatile this ruler is.


Here are the particulars:

  • RULER: 12/13″ Arc
  • LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: 101, Beginner Ruler Quilting, some experience Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)
    • cross hatch kite, square
    • leaves, border of inside square
    • cross hatch mountains, border
    • gentle waves, border
    • surf wave, border
    • vase, corner
    • spider, corner

Step 1: Make the basic markings on your quilt sandwich

  • Mark your 18″ square (these will be your seam allowance lines), A1, A2, A3 and A4.
  • Mark the 4 lines that are 3″ in from the seam allowance, lines B1, B2, B3 and B4.
  • Mark the diagonal lines from B1 to B3, and B2 to B4 (C1-2)
  • Find and mark the center of your block (D)
  • Find the center of each B line, top and bottom (E 1-4)
  • There will be a few additional markings that we will mention as we get to them. A6S1

Step 2: Stitch all your B and C lines. A6S2

Step 3: Start by making one of the larger circles (outline of the surf wave). Using E1 & E2 as a guide, stitch from one seam allowance to the other. You will need to move your ruler as you go. I did that at the C line. After you do the first row of stitching, make a row of echo stitching 1/4″ outside your initial row. A6S3

Step 4: Make another large circle using E2 & E3 as your reference points. Make a row of echo stitching outside of this semi-circle as well. (note: the picture shows the needle on the inside of the curve but that is not where you want to stitch. You want to stitch on the OUTSIDE of the curve, with the ruler positioned on E2 and E3, as shown in the picture)A6S4

Step 5: Stitch the other two semi-circles from the seam allowance of E3 to E4 (just to the B line, not to the seam allowance this time) and then continue to the seam allowance of E1. Repeat the row of echo stitching. You now have your center kite.

Step 7: Starting at E1, make leaves along all the B and C lines. There is no extra markings involved; simply follow the arc of your ruler from one point to the next (green lines). You will end back at E1. Reverse your direction in order to start Step 8. A6S7
Step 8:
 Make 3 leaf shapes in the border area from E1 to E4, and on to the corner (yellow row). This forms the first row of your gentle waves. Travel 1/2″ and stitch your next row of waves (brown row). Follow the diagram shown. Reverse direction and stitch the third row of upper waves (pink row). A6S8
Step 9:
 Make the lower waves in the same border area (black line). Start with one at the seam allowance (AB line) at corner #2. Stitch one arc to match E4 at the seam allowance, then stitch another to AB at corner #1. Start again at the other AB line of corner #1 and stitch to the semi-circle line under E1. Make another 2 rows above this line of stitching, 1/2″ apart. A6S9
Step 10:
Make flower pots in corners 1 & 2, following the diagram shown. A6S10
Step 11:
Next, let’s finish the large circle we started with when we were making the leaves. It is the border area between E1 & E2, including corner #4.
This is a simple swirl design. It starts where the circle meets A (seam allowance) and always stitches to and from BB. Feel free to ‘eyeball’ the space between your stitching lines. A6S11
Step 12:
To finish the border section, make 3 mountains. Start with finding the mid-point between E2 and BB, between BB and E3, and finally, between E3 and BB. These will be your 3 mountain peaks.
Start stitching at E2 on the A line, stitch up to F1 and back down to AB. Make one row of echo stitching 1/4″ from the first row. Then complete the inside with cross-hatching. Repeat for the other two mountains. A6S12
Step 13:
We are down to our last corner. Find the center of the square and make a spinning design from corner to corner and from the mid-point of each side. A6S13

Voila! We are done! This will be my last block in the 101 beginner series. I hope that you stuck with me to the end, and that you enjoyed your ruler quilting experience.

Next week I will show you my six block sampler quilt put together. It will be hung in my sewing studio as a visual reminder of the many ways my few rulers can be put to use.

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4 Responses to Ruler Quilting 101 – Block 6

  1. Marnie says:

    Sorry i couldn’t quilt along but really enjoyed reading and seeing how you did it. Very complex quilting with rulers but the outcome is a lot better than FMQ. Can’t wait to try my hand at it,

  2. Sheryl says:

    I really like the design. I enjoyed learning about quilting with an arc ruler.

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