Textiles & Quilting

Ruler Quilting


WED, 25 May 2022

9:30 – 16:00

Learn to set up your sewing machine for ruler quilting to create multiple quilting designs.

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You will learn how to set up your machine for ruler quilting to enable safe use of rulers.  You will learn how to use the printed lines on the ruler to accurately position the ruler for stitching.  Using one ruler with a straight side and an arc side you will discover how to create multiple designs suitable for blocks, sashings, and borders, as well as stand alone patterns.  During the class you will receive a set of illustrated instructions and create a series of sample designs for future reference.

This workshop is suitable for any level of experience.


About the Day

Ruler Quilting will run from 9.30am until 4pm and includes refreshments throughout the day including fresh coffee, teas and a light lunch.

9.30am Arrival and set-up

9.45am Introduction to rulers and their use.  Start to stitch simple designs.

11.00am Refreshment break followed by trying out some designs.

12.30pm Lunch

1pm Learn even more designs to stitch.

4pm Finish

Essential Information

You will need:

  • Sewing machine with feed dogs down. Sewing machine extension table. If your sewing machine has a stop/start function, please bring your foot pedal.
  • Appropriate ruler foot for your machine, make sure to have the correct foot, do not attempt to use a normal foot. Ruler with one straight side and an arc side (Westalee do a starter set which includes both the foot and ruler)
  • A spacing guide if available.
  • Two or three fat quarters, plain coloured fabric is best. Mark a 2” grid on two of the fabrics, use a watersoluble or frixion pen, then layer with backing and wadding.  Layer the third fabric with the wadding. Do not use safety pins, use either microstitch gun or baste around the outer edges.
  • Thread to contrast with the fabric, you want to be able to see the stitching. Glide thread is great for ruler quilting, but don’t buy specifically. (You might want to bring a selection of thread).
  • Marking pen/pencil 6” square ruler or small ruler.
  • Normal sewing kit, scissors etc.
  • Quilting gloves – machingers are my go to gloves.
  • If you have a slider sheet for your machine please bring that too.

If you have any queries about the equipment please get in touch as we can forward them to Carol for her expert recommendations.

The workshop takes place in the First Floor Gallery space. There is a flight of stairs and no lift access. If you have any access issues, please get in touch to discuss alternative arrangements.

Please note our cancellation policy.

Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Carol Munro

Carol has been passionate about patchwork and quilting for over twenty years and loves being able to pass on her knowledge to others. Her favourite techniques include appliqué and foundation piecing, although she’ll happily work on any technique. She holds City and Guilds Diplomas in both Patchwork and Quilting, and Embroidery. Carol loves free motion quilting, and having discovered ruler quilting several years ago, she will often combine both when quilting her quilts to achieve the desired effect. Nothing pleases her more than seeing students grow in confidence and enjoying new found skills.