A few weeks ago, I looked around the internet to see if any such rulers existed, specifically for domestic machine quilting, and found this website - Accents In Design.
As many of you already know, I'm a drafter. I learned to draw (draft) in the late 1970's the old-fashioned way using tools like these...
So now I'm using tools like these... (Continuous Curve Ruler, and Straight Ruler)
and these... (Quilter's Template Set)
I'll be totally honest and tell you that this is the first time I've used these rulers - or any kind of quilting ruler - and I'm amazed at how easy it is and how well they work. What makes these rulers different is the strip of velcro on the underside of the ruler, to keep it from slipping, and the two pegs on the top of each ruler. This makes the ruler very easy to hold in position, while still being able to maneuver your quilt.
This is the Continuous Curve ruler and there is an outward curve on one side, and an inward curve on the other, so I just flip it around from side to side to quilt this curved line design. (feed dogs are lowered)
There are handy guidelines on each ruler so you can line it up with your seamlines, or any other guides in your quilt. I moved my index finger out of the way in this shot so you can see the guidelines a little better. Even though the guidelines aren't on top of my seamlines, you can still "eyeball it" and make sure that they are parallel to the seams, and the center line runs right through the intersection of seams. This ensures that all the curves will be uniform.
And just as an extra little bit of info - here's how I plan my quilting designs.
I printed an extra copy of my EQ7 drawing for this quilt, then clipped a sheet of transparency film on top. Then I can play around with different quilting designs using a dry erase marker. If I don't like a design, I just rub it away with a tissue or scrap of quilt batting and start again! Then I hang it from the shelf right next to me so I can refer to it as I quilt.
So that's what is on my Tasting Table Today. Time to head back down to my Cotton Cellar to play with these rulers some more. I'll share the finished quilt with you soon, and hopefully have more good comments about these rulers - but so far, I'm very impressed and can't wait to try the rest of them out on my next quilt. If you're interested in learning more about these rulers from Accents In Design, visit their website by clicking here and be sure to watch their videos too. One shows the rulers used on a longarm, and the other demonstrates them being used on a domestic machine.