I am going through a new learning curve.
I am learning, via a Craftsy class, how to quilt with templates/rulers.
It requires a special foot....which I bought (about $50).
It also requires that you buy the templates/rulers. Which I did two from my sewing place (Pal's in Costa Mesa)...that Casey helped a great deal...bought the foot from him and now that he sells long arm quilting machines, he had the templates.
Oh, let's back up a bit.
You see, a few years ago, some people realized that long arm quilters use templates (rulers) to create some of their designs...and that home sewing machines could do some of that if they had a foot that was the same....hence the special foot.
That foot is a 1/4" foot that follows a template and gives beautiful results....cross hatching, spirals, curves, celtic knots....be still my heart.
I watched a few videos and got caught...wanting....
So, the class on Craftsy went on sale...$20 to learn how to do this new technique.
So, here I am doing my first straight lines...not bad, kinda fun. To do this there are some things to know....you first have to invest $$ on templates and a foot to get started. Pick templates that you are sure you will use first...fill in as you learn and feel comfortable.
Second, absolutely buy the anti-slip sticky things to put on these templates! I first tried without them...uh uh....no working...
Third, be comfortable with free motion first and this is a free motion type of operation. I was....but get used to that first (this should be first).
Fourth, buy "machingers" which are the gloves that help you grip and move.
Fifth, buy the silicone mat that goes on the sewing surface to help the fabric glide. (I had one, but it has seen a better day...)
I think doing a border with curves on a first try was a bit of a big bite for a newbie to this type of work....
Learning curve ahead....that's my motto....but, for exact designs inside of a square of fabric....or later on a border....yes!
I recommend taking a Craftsy class....online classes from them are great...I can still access classes that I took 2 years ago! It's great take at your speed...(in my case until I got the parts)...and review when you are under way....
But....I did finally finish my crazy quilt...well, I am putting the binding on.
I would have liked to do more on the border....and maybe later, I will....for now...it's done.
Have a great evening....