We at StitchintheDitch work with all Canadians we know through this experience our customers appreciate help and guidance when starting this wonderful new way to Finish their Quilt Tops
As the Canadian Distributor for Westalee / Sew Steady we take our responsibilities very seriously. Nula is the expert and spends many hours chatting to customers. Other staff members are eager to help and will always seek advise from Nula if they have not got the answer for you.
Starting on your own at home or starting in a class situation, you need to have the correct tools on hand. Our Recommendations The Rulerwork Amazing Starter Kit only from StitchintheDitch!
We recommend the Ruler Foot with the Arc ruler ( chose the correct foot for your machine) If you already have a Ruler foot then the Arc ruler is required. Sampler Set of Rulers - 6 Rulers designed to allow use of many techniques and designs for the Quilt top. A Crosshair square - really necessary. The spacing guage Sampler Set book - We have the top Two books available with great instructions on use of the Seven Rulers in the Starter Kit plus how to use the spacing gauge and the crosshair square. Janet Collins brought out the first book several years ago and it is a constant seller. Angela Attwood brought out the Jewel Quilt book end of 2018 and is a wonderful book.
GUIDE TO RULER THICKNESS TO SUIT DOMESTIC MACHINES & LONGARM
3 mm Templates for low shank machines. *DO NOT USE THE LOW SHANK RULERS WITH HIGH SHANK OR LONGARM MACHINES These are on the StitchintheDitch site as " Low Shank"
4.5 mm templates for High Shank machines. These are on the StitchintheDitch site as "High Shank"
1/4 inch (6 mm) Sit Down -Mid Arm and Longarm Machines These are on the StitchintheDitch site as "Longarm" A Few Guidlines From Amanda Murphy
Quilting Order on a Domestic Machine
Quilt all the way around the quilt top, in the area that will be later covered by binding, with long basting stitches. This is to help ensure the backing fabric does not peel away from the quilt sandwich. Continuing on with the same thread, quilt “in-the-ditch” to outline the shapes using a quilting ruler and Foot. Really, I prefer to quilt right along the ditch, a hairline away from the diagonal frame itself, so that the stitches melt into the seam.
Quilt around and inside the pieced blocks. To keep my pieces nice and square, I like to get a little quilting everywhere before I start my denser work with Rulers.