BERNINA Rulerwork Quilt-along Part 1

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Murphy and I’m a Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson for, and a huge fan of, BERNINA. As you all know, rulerwork is all the rage right now. You don’t need to have fancy shapes to do beautiful rulerwork. Basic shapes like circles and straight lines can make a myriad of different designs. One of my favorite things about teaching at many BERNINA stores across the US, is the opportunity to see people discover the creative possibilities rulerwork adds to their quilting arsenal. So I’m grateful for the opportunity to share this knowledge online with the WeAllSew audience.

BERNINA Rulerwork Quilt-along

I designed a Rulerwork Quilt-along specifically for BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog to help you learn some of my favorite patterns. You’ll need a straight line quilting ruler and also a set of circle rulers that quilt 1”, 2”, 3”, and 4” circles. (Both the BERNINA Sit-Down and Frame rulers sets include these shapes.) Here’s a preview of this month’s quilting:

This piece measures 24-1/2” x 24-1/2”, so it is the perfect size on a domestic machine. I used. I filmed mostly on my BERNINA Q24 Longarm (since it is easier to film myself without help) but I’ve also included tips and tricks for domestic quilting. I also used Aurifil’s beautiful new 40 weight quilting thread in a contrasting on some of my white-on-white fabric for Contempo of Benartex so you could really see what I was doing, but if you are nervous about seeing mistakes by all means you can opt to use thread that more closely matches your fabric.

I’ll be posting a video with PDF instructions each month for four months here on the WeAllSew blog. Ready to get started? You can download the first set of instructions here.

BERNINA Rulerwork Sampler Quilt-along Week One

For this post, I’ve filmed a video for the basic layout and each of the first three sections of the BERNINA Rulerwork Quilt-along Sampler. Don’t forget to watch the tips I put at the end of some of the videos especially for domestic machines!

Quilting Area 1 of the BERNINA Rulerwork Sampler

Quilting Area 2 of the BERNINA Rulerwork Sampler

Quilting Area 3 of the BERNINA Rulerwork Sampler

Tips for Rulerwork on a Domestic Sewing Machine

If you would like to see more quilting tutorials, please join me on my Facebook Group, Quilting with Amanda Murphy, and also keep an eye out for me here on WeAll ew!

Happy quilting!

Amanda

50 thoughts on “BERNINA Rulerwork Quilt-along Part 1

  1. Thank you! I was so glad to hear your comment about the lack of lines on the Bernina rulers. Hopefully, Bernina is listening — a few more lines on all of their rulers would be very helpful to the quilter. The lack of lines, horizontal, vertical and diagonal was one of the first things I noticed. It makes the rulers harder to use – more time consuming to stop and apply tape and reapply for all the different increments and the diagonals would really have helped immensely in lining up the rulers, too.

    1. No ruler will have every line you need, so feel free to put in additional lines yourself. Sometimes, when you are beginning, too many lines can be confusing. Other times you want more. You begin to know which rulers would be most helpful to our quilting. People always ask me what types of rulers to buy after a basic set and they answer is that that is really dependent on you and the style of quilts you like to make. For instance, there are some awesome medallion rulers out there but, because I make quilts to sell fabric, I don’t often do large unpieced squares in solids or blenders. Medallions would be lost on the types of quilts I do. But they might be awesome for someone who DOES do that type of thing. You’ll learn what you like as you practice more!

    1. I have practiced a lot, so I can pretty much stitch regulate without thinking about it too much, but there was DEFINITELY a time when that wasn’t true. If you have a smaller machine set it up with the ruler foot and some practice sandwiches and you’ll end up practicing more, just because you don’t have to change the machine setup you have on your 880 for a bigger project. Practice is key for anything that is reliant on muscle memory!

  2. This quilt along is exactly what I need. I’ve been saying I should practice for months and haven’t done anything. Is there an info sheet or do I just follow the videos?

      1. I have tried several times to download the pdf but it will not download completely. I get the picture and that is far as I get. I am really looking forward to quilting along with you. Thank you for your help.

  3. Amanda,
    Wish I could see your additional ruler quilting tutorials, but I do not have (or intend to join) FACEBOOK. Is there another site or web page that I can get your additional tutorials???

  4. i am sewing on a bernina 1130. i’ve had it for years and i love it. recently i tried to buy a ruler foot and some rulers and was told that there is no option for my machine and i would have to buy a newer model. is that the case, or is there a possible solution? thank you for answering,
    shoshana

    1. At this time, BERNINA does not make a Rulerwork Foot #72 for the retired BERNINA models. There are third party options that may be considered, however you really have to be careful. The BERNINA #72 foot has a spring in it, so if you forget to put down the presser foot and you put your needle down, the spring is a safety feature that prevents your needle bar from colliding with your presser foot, which is a costly repair. Third party feet don’t have that feature. You know best how you use your machine, but be aware the BERNINA warranty does not cover damage to the machine caused by non-BERNINA parts and accessories.

  5. pattom
    I would love to participate in the Bernina Ruler Quilt-Along process. I have a personal FaceBook account, but have not had time to use it. I prefer to spend my time with my Bernina 580 and 830. Will it be possible for me to participate and receive the instructions? I have all the necessary equipment but need the lessons and support to launch this new and wonderful process.

  6. I am enjoying your tutorials. I’ve done a few small pieces with the rulers to try and learn them, but your sampler is ideal!

    I have a Bernina 830 and am having problems with the stitches forming when I am trying to stitch backwards or sideways. Is there something special I need to do to be able to do this? Otherwise I have to turn the quilt piece rather that turning the ruler.

    1. If you are using a relatively new needle and are still getting skipped stitches a lot of time it has to do with the foot height relative to the machine bed. The bottom of the ruler foot should just skim the surface of the fabric. It shouldn’t indent the fabric, because then the fabric will be hard to move. But it also shouldn’t hover over the fabric so that there is a gap between the bottom of the foot and the fabric – that will cause skipped stitches.
      If you are using cotton batting you will most likely have her foot in the lowest (or at least lower) setting. Turn the gold dial on the foot to adjust its height. Supreme Sliders can also help by decreasing the friction between the machine bed and the fabric, plus it raises the machine bed height a little. Don’t lower the foot so much that it inhibits fabric movement, though.

  7. Thank you so much for agreeing to present this quilt along. It looks very easy but I know I am going to find getting a uniform stitch length! Practise, practise, practise. I am going out to get some supplies and getting straight into it. Bev Hunt

  8. Thank you for the lessons. I will be quilting and all of sudden the machine jams and I get a thread nest underneath. I have a 790+.
    I have remove the free hand knee lever so I am not hitting it with my knee. Any suggestions?

    Thank you. Penny

    1. I would check that there is absolutely no little bits of thread stuck in the bottom of the machine. Even a little bit can cause problems. I would also check the upper thread – make sure it is seated in the tension disks and it isn’t getting caught around the spool pin, etc. Most of the time those nest happen because of problems with the top thread, even though it looks like it would be the bottom.

  9. Hi, Amanda – I LOVE the way you teach! I’ve done Part 1, Areas 1, 2 and 3 on your Rulerwork Quiltalong tutorial. Where can I find the link to do Areas 4-13?
    Thanks in advance,
    Penny

    1. At this time, BERNINA does not make a Rulerwork Foot #72 for the retired BERNINA models. There are third party options that may be considered, however you really have to be careful. The BERNINA #72 foot has a spring in it, so if you forget to put down the presser foot and you put your needle down, the spring is a safety feature that prevents your needle bar from colliding with your presser foot, which is a costly repair. Third party feet don’t have that feature. You know best how you use your machine, but be aware the BERNINA warranty does not cover damage to the machine caused by non-BERNINA parts and accessories.

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