My colleagues are wonderful caring people, so each year I show my appreciation by making a Christmas placemat for use at our staff Christmas lunch. Each year new colleagues have a new placemat added to the growing collection.
These ‘Kris Kringle’ gifts have been going on now for nearly 10 years and it’s all down to this wonderful ruler – the ‘Double Mitre Ruler’! It makes mitred corners on small items so easy.
Over time the quilting has changed from very basic beginner walking foot, to free motion pictures, and onto Westalee Free Motion Quilting Rulers for domestic machines.
Here is a centre that looks like a circle of petals done with a gold thread, and in the corners, arcs that ‘point’ to the centre motif. The edges of the centre fabric are blanket stitched with the same gold thread.
For the following year I dug out what I thought was the same centre ruler, and to change the pattern it made.
This is the back which shows the design, along with theme of red thread. A new Cross Hair Square of 8″ was used to mark the rotations for the pattern.
Little did I realise that I had two versions of the same template – this year’s ‘Spinning Wheels #36’ is a ‘squat’ shape. It took some sorting out of the ruler collection (suppose it had to be done sooner or later), to work out that it came from an earlier set of templates!
It’s time to go stitching!
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