It’s Tuesday! Time for another tip! As I have said before, time is money, so it is a real focus of mine to find the fastest most efficient path to quilt out a design. So this motif that I used in the centers of a Bali Wedding Ring Star quilt (pattern by Judy Niemeyer, piecing by Phyllis Holte) was stitched with that in mind. Here is a picture of a finished center…
- Using a curved ruler, I stitched lines 1/2″ and 1″ from the rings, on half of the block (see photo below).
- I stopped the machine and switched from stitch regulated to manual and stitched the circles (see picture below). I find stitching these in manual is easier, and makes rounder circles.
- Then, after switching back to stitch regulated, I snuck up the ditch, and then used the curved ruler to stitch one more curved line, 1/2″ from the last one.
- Then I used a straight ruler to sneak in the ditch around the star point.
- And then stitch the curved lines 1/2″ and 1″ from ring on the other half.
- Like on the other half, stitch the circles and then another curved line, 1/2″ from the last one.
- Now I switched back to manual mode again and stitched some swirls.