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Longarm Quilting with Rulers

on May 19, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilting | 4 comments

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs

This is a small little Christmas Quilt made using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Double Slice Layer Cake pattern. It is a rockin fast quilt tutorial over on youtube. The pattern is already designed to be quickly chain-pieced, but guess what? I serged it; making it in record time, using my Kate Spain Jingle fabric layer cake.*

*This wasn’t a whole layer cake. I had to supplement a few tone-on-tone white fabrics, since the other pieces of the cake are being used in a special project. More info on that later in the year.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs | Serged SeamsWith the top finished I had to decide what I wanted to do about the quilting design. Pack up the car and head out to my folks’ house to pop this little quilt on the HandiQuilter longarm.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs

I convinced myself that I should try to learn more about longarm “ruler work” with my new Quilted Pineapple curved rulers.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs | Curved Longarm Ruler

Rulers seem to be the ANTI Free Motion Quilting. The design is very methodical and measured with exact placements and calculated moves. Turns out… I’m not that calculated. I think people who enjoy spreadsheets would probably be insane with these rulers. I’m not a spreadsheet girl, either.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily DesignsI’m going to name this quilt, in spite of the fabric’s holiday theme, The Learning Curve. I have curves all over the dang place. It seemed like I was on the right track and then noticed the arches were all sorts of varied widths. They overlap. They jumble up. They are chubby and slim. Le’sigh. On the upside, by the last pass on that longarm, the arches started to look alot better.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs

Practice, practice, practice. Ha, and I’m sure a class couldn’t hurt, right? I’m not going to swear off rulers, but they definitely seem to be used with the logical side of the brain. I’ll have to think like that on my next ruler-based quilt design.

Double Slice Layer Cake | Kate Spain Jingle | ReannaLily Designs | Binding




  1. I am just learning to quilt – have been sewing for years, and this year, since I enjoy quilting, have decided that each of my nine grandchildren will have a quilt
    for Christmas. I have a wonderful friend who has been teaching and guiding me.

    Please keep sending me these wonderful quilting ideas.

    Sincerely, Glennas

    Glenna Moore

    May 31, 2015

  2. I think the name of your quilt is awesome! Brought a smile to my face! Well, I think your quilting looks fabulous!! It really is! I know you may think I am biased. I assure I love the design. Practice always makes things become easier. 🙂 2Ps- practice and patience. Your anti-freemotion comment just cracked me up. Trust me you are off to an amazing start!!! 🙂


    October 7, 2015

  3. I love the rulers and hopefully I’ll get the skill. Practice and patience, indeed!!

    Jen Eskridge

    October 12, 2015

  4. Love your ideas


    July 1, 2017

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