Blossoms Quilt Sampler with Rulerwork Part 3

Hi everyone,

I’m BERNINA Expert Amanda Murphy and it is time to finish the blocks on our BERNINA Blossoms Sampler! Are you ready? Let’s dig right in.

BERNINA Blossoms Quilt with Rulerwork

The BERNINA Blossoms Sampler

Block 3 of the BERNINA Blossoms Quilt Sampler

Block 3

Block 4 of the BERNINA Blossoms Quilt Sampler

Block 4

Quilting the BERNINA Blossoms Sampler: Blocks 3 and 4 and Free-Motion

Download the PDF with quilting instructions here  

Note that we use quilt around a small circle ruler on block 3. Watch how I handle the small ruler in the video and SAY IT WITH ME: “SMALLER RULERS DO NOT MEAN THAT I SHOULD STOP AND REPOSITION MY HANDS LESS!” If anything you should stop and re-position your hands more because smaller rulers mean less surface area. You might find that you need to slow your hand movement just a bit and make your stitch length a bit smaller to get a smooth, defined curve. Remember, both hands on the ruler and stop often so that you have keep in control of both the ruler and the fabric!

For block 4 we use the inside of one of my Every Oval rulers. Note how much easier it is to quilt on the inside than the outside of a ruler. That is because of the increased surface area. Did you know that some longarms do not allow you to raise the foot? But on a BERNINA Q20 and Q24 you can raise the foot, just like on a domestic machine, so you can use solid rulers without slits. I personally think that it is much easier to quilt inside solid circles and ovals because you don’t get a little dent where the opening is, and we can do this even on the longarm BERNINAs! I bet a lot of you Q20 and Q24 owners didn’t even realize this is a special feature – CELEBRATE THE ENGINEERING GENIUS THAT IS BERNINA!

There are so many variations of designs you can do with oval rulers. I designed the Celestial Lights Ruler Panel and Guide to help you explore Ovals, so make sure to ask for it at your local BERNINA dealer!

The Celestial Lights Ruler Panel, Guide, and Every Oval quilting rulers

The Celestial Lights Ruler Panel, Guide, and Every Oval quilting rulers.

Once you have completed the rulerwork it is time to free-motion behind the blocks.

sampler before quilting the background

My sampler before quilting the backgrounds. Note that it lies flat because there isn’t a lot of quilting in any one place.

You can do the same free motion pattern behind each block or a different one in each. I showed you some of my favorite free-motion designs in the video, but a simple meander or loop design would also be lovely.

Diagrams and variations of the designs I showed in the video can be found on pages 25, 75, 117, and 149 of my Organic Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.

Note that whatever density of background design you use, you’ll have to quilt a similar density design in the border. If you use a tight design in the blocks backgrounds but a looser design in the border you will end up with a wavy border. Conversely if you quilt a really loose background design (or no design) in the block background but a tight design in the border the blocks will puff out and you’ll have a three dimensional piece. I quilted a ribbon design in the border but kept it a similar scale to the other designs so the piece would lay flat. (Diagrams for a ribbon design can be found in my original Free-motion Quilting Idea Book.)

sampler after quilting the backgrounds AND the border

My sampler after quilting the backgrounds AND the border. Note that it lies flat because there is a similar density of quilting everywhere.


This giveaway is now closed, thanks to all our WeAllSew fans for entering. Congratulations to our winner, @kell!

Time for the giveaway! What kind of quilting projects would you like to see BERNINA and I explore next year on We All Sew? Comment below for a chance to win a copy of all my patterns for my brand new line of quilting cottons for Contempo of Benartex – Crescendo! If you love these fabrics, please ask your local shop to order them through Contempo of Benartex and join us in my Facebook Group, Quilting with Amanda Murphy, where we’ll have some fun sew-alongs this fall!

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the blog by Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

Good luck!

Amanda Murphy patterns for Crescendo

My new patterns for my Crescendo line of fabrics for Contempo of Benartex.

Good luck and happy quilting!



Blossoms Quilt Sampler Quilt-along

Blossoms Quilt Sampler with Rulerwork Part 1

Blossoms Quilt Sampler with Rulerwork Part 2

Blossoms Quilt Sampler with Rulerwork Part 3

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14 comments on “Blossoms Quilt Sampler with Rulerwork Part 3”

  • Thanks Amanda and Bernina. Plan to do this project this weekend but the pdf doesn’t work, it just opens a picture. Again, thanks for this beautiful project and I look forward to many more

  • I would love to see your appliqué method and how you incorporate the quilting. Personally I’m excited to work on the Plumeria pattern with your Crescendo fabric line.

    Is anyone else having problems downloading the PDF for part 3? I’ve tried my phone and Mac both and it’s not loading. Is that a product of all the schools being on the internet this week?

  • The PDF is working now. I am a beginner machine quilter, and am enjoying your Thankful Thursday videos in your Facebook group, as well as the Blossom Sampler here on Weallsew. I just got your Skyscraper quilt pattern and would like some ideas about how to machine quilt this style of quilt.

  • I am excited to finish my Blossoms quilt. I particularly love the white fabric for the 12″ blocks. It reminds me of icing on a cake, so pretty. I enjoy the tutorials on the Bernina site. I’m so new to ruler work I’m not sure what I would like to see next Amanda, but I’m sure anything you teach will be informative. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

  • Thanks Amanda and Bernina!

    A quick note for earlier posters, the PDF works for me, so I’m hoping that the link was update so you can download it now.

    I am new to machine embroidery, so I am interested to learn about how to mix applique and quilting. I am also interested in incorporating machine embroidery on quilting projects; specifically, how to plan the work of these projects.

  • Thanks for all the work you do in teaching us. You’re fantastic! Would like to see some work with the wave ruler and also ideas for around applique.
    Wanted to tell you my dealer is actually carrying your Harvest fabric, even tho they’re strictly machines and accessories, for your next big Facebook event!

  • I love a sampler quilt and it would be a great opportunity to learn new quilting motifs. I love a combination of ruler work and free motion, but I have difficulty applying them to blocks! I don’t know what to use where! I enjoy watching your videos and have learned so much already.

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