What a great day we had at the Westalee Ruler Foot class on Sunday. As always, these classes start off slowly as everyone gets to grips with a new way of quilting and we sort out tension, needles and any other little problems that may arise.
But by the time we returned to the sewing machines after lunch, everyone was getting the hang of it, the death grips on the templates were being relaxed, the shoulders lost their tension and chatting broke out - always a good sign in a quilting class! :-)
And everyone fired up, beginning to see the possibilities in the sampler set of rulers and how they could be used on quilt tops sitting in the cupboard.
One of the things I love about classes is the way all participants encourage one another and enjoy each other's successes. Quilters are such a special bunch of people!
Way to go, ladies - you did good! :-)
For those of you who have bought the Westalee Ruler Foot and templates, here are some wonderful YouTube resources for you from Westalee:
Using the Sampler Set of templates:
Other important tips:
I have to admit that I'm a huge fan of using the Ruler Foot and templates but one often does have to spend a little while sorting out the tension when using one's sewing machine in this way. It's worth the effort and once it's done, it's done! :-)
With the video clip above, please note Leonie's reference to using a 2nd bobbin case for free motion quilting or for anything for which you may wish to adjust bobbin tension. I found the investment well worthwhile and have dabbed a dot of nail varnish on the bobbin case I use for "fancy work" such as this. So easy to see and then I don't mess with the bobbin tension for my day-to-day sewing.
Your instruction manual will show you where to find this setting. We came across this in one of our classes and having it on causes a real problem.
Did we have fun or did we have fun? Our "Structured Play with the Westalee Ruler Foot" workshop is designed to get you going with the wonderful new Westalee Ruler foot and Basic Template pack.
And boy, did we do just that! There was no stopping these girls and I'm guessing that the machines came back out for more play as soon as they arrived home too!
The workshop has time built in for us to sort out your free-motion tension so
that no-one feels under pressure to perform. And then it's just play, play, play!
The emphasis in this workshop is on learning how to use the tools and sparking your imagination with regards to their use, not about achieving perfection during the workshop. The perfection (tension, stitch length and perfect curves) all come in time with practice and playing. The workshop lays the groundwork for that.
Our thanks in particular to Irene from Statewide next door who rescued a sewing machine disaster by lending Nellie a substitute for the lesson. Thanks Irene - so very much appreciated!
Join me and spend a few hours of structured play quilting with the Westalee Ruler Foot. The photo's shown here were my very first attempts (mistakes and all!) with the Westalee Ruler foot and I fell in love with it immediately.
Friday, 22nd May from 10am - 3.30pm (Fully Booked)
Sunday, 31 May from 10am - 3.30pm (Fully Booked)
Friday, 5th June from 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday, 14 June from 10am - 3.30pm
Cost : $20.00 per person which includes tea/coffee/cake and tutoring. Please BYO lunch.
You will need to have your own Ruler Foot and Template set to participate in this workshop.
Have you always wanted to learn how to use the Westalee rulers? Or bought them and never used them because you can't remember how? (Happens to me all the time!)
Join me in making the initial block in this beautiful quilt and learn how to use those Westalee rulers at the same time. (The quilt measure approximately 50" square.)
And find out why this quilt has such a quirky name. :-)
You will need a Westalee Adjustable Ruler, a Westalee Half Square Triangle and a Westalee Quarter Square Triangle for this class.
Thursday, 2nd July from 10am - 1pm
Tues, 7 July from 6pm - 9pm
Tutor: Kay Bennetts
Cost : $15.00 per person which includes tea/coffee/cake and the pattern but excludes fabric and equipment.
We're having another product demonstration day. Woo hoo! Love these days. Check out the schedule below, decide what you would like to learn more about and come on over to visit! Tea/coffee/cake supplied as always. No charge.
10.30am : Apliquick Rods: Needleturn Applique without turning with a needle! Great new appliqué technique that gives good results.
12.00 noon : The Basic Westalee rulers: Adjustable ruler, Half Square and Quarter Square triangle.
2.00pm : English paper piecing and Sewline Products. The easy way to paper piece!
3.00pm : Photo Transfer Fabric. See how to transfer your photos onto fabric. Lots of ideas on how and where to use these in quilts and projects.
4.00pm : Westalee Epsilon Star setter tool – this ruler makes Le Moyne Stars from 2” to 18” finished blocks in Diamond, Split, Harlequen and Stripe styles.
I'm enjoying my "quilting my own quilts" learning curve but sometimes get frustrated at having to transfer designs (Ms I-want-it-done-yesterday!) onto my quilt top before I can start playing.
Leonie and Bill West of Westalee Design have been working on this challenge for some time and have come up with their composite stainless steel Ruler Foot for domestic sewing machines! The ruler foot attaches to your sewing machine in the same way as a free-motion foot would, but is designed to float just above the quilt sandwich WITHOUT hopping. And that means? Answer: There's no hopping mechanism to get in the way of your hands or impede your vision AND you have more control and ease of movement. I like it!
The Ruler Foot is used in conjunction with a template and the principle is similar to drawing round a template with a pencil - only this time, the pencil is your sewing machine Ruler Foot and you will be moving the template (and fabric) around the Ruler Foot (pencil). Click here to see the Ruler Foot in action. If you can free motion quilt you can use rulers, if you haven't free motion quilted before rulers are an easy way for you to learn as the rulers give you a guide to rest the Ruler Foot against and follow.
There is a whole range of templates to work with the Ruler Foot and the results have been outstanding! Westalee have been working with prototypes as they tweaked and refined the foot to their exacting standards. But now it's ready to go with the first batch expected at the end of January / beginning of February!! I can't wait to get my hands on one of these beauties, a few templates and a little playing time! Ok, a LOT of playing time! :-)
To celebrate the launch of this new venture, Westalee have come up with a few special offers for us all.
Ruler Foot Intro Offer: (until end of January 2015)
This package includes the 1/2" round Ruler Foot, a curved template, a straight template, 2 Ruler Handles and a strip of Stable Tape for your rulers plus instructions. Please specify Low or a High Shank Foot (see instructions below) and your machine make and model. Click here to see how to fit the Ruler Foot and a guide on templates.
Price : $48.00 Pre-payment required.
Click here to order the Low Shank foot.
Click here to order the High Shank foot.
5 Set Template Intro Offer: (limited time only)
Leonie has put together a set of 5 Templates consisting of Spin-e-fex No 1, Spinning Wheels No 36, a 6" Spiral Curve, 4" double sided arc and a 3" Clamshell with 1" on the other side.
This set of templates along with the Westalee Ruler Foot will have you creating stunning designs with your Domestic Machine. Westalee will be doing short videos on each of the Rulers in this Introductry Set over the next few weeks. Please specify High or Low Shank.
Price: $50.00 for a limited time only. Pre-payment required.
Click here to order the Low Shank Set.
Click here to order the High Shank Set.
Stable Tape (Controls template slip) 5 strips per pack : $10.00
Click here to order Stable Tape
Add a Handle (Pack of 6 template handles) : $12.00
Please click Here to order Add a Handle.
Two Handles are included with the Ruler Foot Intro offer and I would be inclined to use them for a while first and see whether I am more comfortable using a handle or not before ordering this pack. This is not a special offer and the price will remain the same.
The Ruler Foot will suit almost all domestic sewing machines such as Pfaff - Husqvarna - Janome - Bernina - Brother - Juki - Singer
Pfaff - most Pfaff machines are Low Shank
Husqvarna - most Husqvarna machines are Low Shank
Janome - have both Low Shank and High Shank machines
Bernina - have both Low Shank and High Shank machines (with Bernina machines you will need a shank adaptor)
Brother - have both Low Shank and High Shank machines
Juki machines - are Low Shank
If you do not know what shank your machine is, all you need to do is lower your foot and then measure the height of the centre of the hole for the screw from the needle plate.
Please note that the Ruler Foot will NOT currently work with the following speciality machines. Westalee are working on a solution and the foot for these machines should be available in March 2015.
Pfaff 1200 Grand Quilter
Husqvarna Mega Quilter
Brother PQ1300 PQ1300 PQ1500S
Janome 1600P 1600P-DB 1600-QC
Singer 2OU 31-15
Babylock BLQP BL500A
JUKI DDL-227 DDL-555 DDL-8700 TL-98E TL-98P TL-98QE TL2000Qi TL2010Q
You are welcome to pop into the shop to order and pay for your Westalee Ruler Foot Introductory offers too. Or click the links under each product to make use of the convenience of our on-line shop. Please select "Download" at Check Out if you are going to collect the product from the shop so that no postage is added. We will contact you once the products are in the shop which will only be at the end of January or beginning of February.
For heaps more information, click here to visit Westalee Designs blog.