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Ruler work on my Singer 15-91

This is my setup for free-motion quilting on Priscilla, my 1948 Singer 15-91:


There are a couple of details to point out. I use a hopping large open darning foot. This foot has a small bar that sticks out toward you at the top- above the small screw that tightens the needle in place. Every time the needle goes up and down, that screw lifts the bar (and consequently the foot) to make a hopping motion, which makes it easy to move the fabric when you are quilting free-motion designs. I added rubber bands around my small screw to thicken it so that my foot hops higher 🙂

Here is my original ruler work setup:


The Westalee ruler foot does not have a spring and does not hop. The ruler foot has to easily glide over the fabric so that you don’t get a crooked line when you go over a seam. Therefore, you have to push up the ruler foot when you are installing it.

The notch on the side of the ruler foot does not rest on the tightening screw- do you see the arched space above the tightening screw? The ruler foot is pushed as high as it will go with my machine- the shank widens above that point and the attachment part of the foot won’t reach to wrap around it.

My Singer 15-91 is a low-shank machine. The low-shank ruler foot is very short in height to accommodate that.  So- when I push it to its highest point on the shank so that it rides high over the fabric and makes it easy to move and manipulate– the tightening screw is now closer to the base of the ruler foot.  Do you see how the tightening screw sticks out further to the left than the ruler foot does? Not a big deal, UNTIL you go to use a ruler– right there! It’s too low to slip the ruler under it- so what can be done?

This is where the heroes at Quilting Delights come in. I explained my dilemma to them and they produced a much smaller tightening screw that fits my machine!

Isn’t that perfect! It works great. I can line up the ruler on the left side and I can use my circular rulers more easily because there is more room under the screw to place my rulers. I might never leave my studio!

Please leave me a comment or tip that you have found to make ruler work easier on a vintage machine!

Happy Free-motioning and ruler work everyone!



April 16, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | , | Leave a comment

A quilt from the Bid-n-Buy Booth!

Every year, at our guild’s quilt show, we have a bid-n-buy booth. All year long, members donate books, tools, UFO’s, and completed projects. Two years ago, I picked up a bag of units and parts- all different sizes- in teals and purples. It looked interesting and it was only $4! After tinkering around with it occasionally (and getting frustrated because nothing fit together and there wasn’t much fabric to go around), I just decided to start making four patches and flying geese.

Bid-n-buy quilt

I quilted it with beige Invisifil on top and Decobob in the bobbin.

I used the Westalee Simple Circles set 1 to add circles in the center cross sashing


Happy Quilting everybody!

April 16, 2018 Posted by | Quilting, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Another Quilt of Valor

Another Quilt of Valor is on its way to a deserving military person serving our country.


A truly scrappy creation using all the great scraps I snag off the free table at my guild.

Happy Quilting!

April 9, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | | Leave a comment

Green and Rose Flannel Charity Quilt



I used Aubrey Rose by Robyn Pandolph on the back and binding.


March 27, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | | Leave a comment

Lauren’s Memory Quilts

IMG_6405Making these quilts involved using many unconventional fabrics! A prom dress, a sweat suit jacket, a sweater, socks, pajamas, tank tops, baby rompers, jeans, and more! Every block had its own challenges- with pockets and labels to add!


The back of the big quilt is flannel yardage. The back of the smaller quilt is the ball gown satin skirt of her prom dress!


Lots of peicing of bias skirt pieces to try and make that lie flat!

Here are some close ups of some of the precious embellishments we added:

March 26, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

FMQ on the Purple Strippy

I started this quilt as a jelly roll race, but I used too few fabrics and all the like-patterned strips were all bunched up beside one another. So I decided to break it up with some shocking green strips- definitely better- not good, but better.


I baste my quilts on the dining room table because I can use clamps to keep the backing and batting straight and prevent bunching or creasing.


I use safety pins for basting. They are easy to place- see my grapefruit spoon???- and easy to remove.


Isn’t this bird on the backing fabric cute? Now to decide how to quilt it.  I want more practice with my circles ruler, but I don’t want to spend that much time on this quilt.


I tried to do the outside circles and then fill them with free motion. It is supposed to be a flower, but it looks more like 4 hearts or a four leaf clover. I need to make it more flowerlike- maybe tomorrow I’ll come up with a great idea 🙂



March 4, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | | Leave a comment

Using up batting scraps-Frankenbatts!

I use Blizzard fleece from Joann’s for my batting. It’s cheap. It has a wonderful drape. It washes up perfectly time after time. It has a consistent thickness from bolt to bolt. It doesn’t get stretched out with handling.  It comes in many wonderful colors and patterns. And it makes easy Frankenbatts- that’s the term my Stashbusters group uses to describe a full size batting made up of many small-sized pieces zigzagged together.

First I lay out my quilt top to see how big I need the batting to be- then I cover it up with pieces until it is big enough. Then I zigzag those pieces together by butting them up side by side. They don’t overlap at all. (There’s a peek of my purple strippy I’m going to be using this batting for- more to come on that tomorrow)

See how nice and flat it turns out? Just like it was one solid piece of batting.

Keep joining the pieces until you have one big piece!

If you only have a small quilt–one you don’t need to baste- you don’t have to zig zag the pieces together. You can just add them to your quilt sandwich as you go along. But if you need to baste before you start quilting, it is much easier to join all the pieces first and baste as you normally would with a single full size piece of batting.

Happy Quilting! 🙂


March 2, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

Black, White, and Red all over

I used to love that joke when I was young. It really stumped me when I first heard it.

I used the pattern in the patterned fleece on the back to make the quilt top-

enlarging the diamonds so that I could have some space for free motion quilting

This one is for sale in my Etsy Shop!!!!

Happy quilting! 🙂

March 1, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | | Leave a comment

Free motion quilting with stencils

I purchased this stencil at Road to California – I think I forgot to put it on my list of goodies I had picked up there… ooops!



I finally had a chance to try it out tonight. I am doing straight line quilting on the patterned pieces- just following the print. But I wanted to do something different in the solid red pieces- so I pounced on the 1″ grid

and simply quilted a freehand arc on all four sides. I think it gives it an extra something to differentiate it from the patterned pieces. Great texture too! I’ll post a photo of the entire quilt tomorrow so you can be the judge. 🙂



February 27, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | , | Leave a comment

Vintage Quilts

My neighbor has some gorgeous vintage quilts that are looking for new homes.


There are even more listed on my Etsy shop so go check them out!

I hope you are having a very productive winter.

Happy Quilting! 🙂




February 26, 2018 Posted by | Quilting | | Leave a comment