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CANCELLED – Ruler Play on Your Sewing Machine with Paula Reid

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ruler Play on Your Sewing Machine with Paula Reid
Have you ever seen longarm quilters using rulers to keep their lines straight while in free motion? Or maybe executing curves and circles without having to draw on their quilts? Now there are feet and rulers for domestic sewing machines to do this technique! Spend an entire day with ruler work expert Paula Reid and your sewing machine to master all the basics.

Class Fee: $99, lunch included

We don’t actually make a project in this class… we learn the amazing techniques and do some practice sewing. This piece is an example of what you can make after taking this class!

Supply List:

  • Westalee Sew Steady Ruler Foot (includes arc ruler) and Sampler Template Set 1. Both of these items come in low and high shank so make sure you purchase the correct foot and ruler set for the machine you will be bringing to class.
  • Rulers may be pre-ordered through your dealer to purchase the day of class.
  • Thread that will blend or contrast with your practice pieces
  • Water soluble marker, such as Mark-B-Gone Ruler for marking orientation lines; I used a 3”x18”, but anything similar would work
  • Every student MUST have an extension table for their machine. It’s impossible to do this work just over an accessory box (most of them curve and then the ruler wobbles) and even worse over a freearm. Different types of extension tables are available… talk with your sewing machine dealer about the different options.

For each practice piece, you will need:

  • 2 fat quarters fabric in a medium value color, either solid or tone on tone. Using fabric with a medium value color will make it easy to see your orientation markings for accurate ruler placement. Once you are comfortable with the techniques and ruler usage, then you can bring out all the wild things!
  • Batting, also fat quarter size; wool, cotton, bamboo will all work. High loft poly batt is not desirable in that it will push the quilt too high, interfering with the ruler process.
  • Preparation before class would be to make a practice sandwich by either spraying with temporary adhesive spray or pinning with safety pins.
  • Plan on having at least two practice pieces assembled; if you are a fast stitcher (you know who you are!), plan on making 3-4 pieces.


The more of these classes I teach, the more feedback I get back from students that using a slider sheet on their extension table really helps them to move the fabric sandwiches easily while doing ruler work. These sheets are tacky on the back to adhere to your extension table and slippery on the top to help your fabric move. They are easily removable and reposition-able without leaving residue on your machine or table, you can purchase it in class.

Meet Paula Reid…

Often described as an “artist with a sewing machine”, Paula Reid is a custom heirloom quilting specialist.  She has vigorously attacked the stacks of tops residing in many quilters’ homes, thus freeing them from accumulated guilt and allowing them to purchase more fabric, books, patterns, etc. to use up all that extra space in the sewing room! Find Out More About Paula HERE


June 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Heirloom Creations
3800 S Western Ave
Sioux Falls, 57105 United States