• Inspiration Projects,  Sew Steady,  Video Tutorials

    Circle Sewing – Holiday Ornament Tutorial With Donelle!

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to get started on those holiday decorations! Last Tuesday we had a Facebook Live holiday ornament tutorial with Donelle McAdams. Not only does Donelle show you how to make a cute ornament using our Circle Sewing Tool, she also demonstrates how to apply our Universal Grid to your table. In case you were busy stuffing your turkey and missed it, we thought we’d repost it here for you to enjoy at your leisure!

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Enchanted Embroidery

    We’re back today with more embroidery inspiration!  Once again, Donna McCauley has worked her magic with Westalee Design rulers on an embroidered panel.   She started with this elegant reindeer:

    Using the Janome Ruler Work Kit designed by Leonie West of Westalee Design, Donna created an enchanting background for this magical creature.  The templates used were the Simple Pointed Oval and the 8″ x 3″ Straight Ruler.

    Donna use an aqua thread that matched the embroidered portion of the panel.  Most of the pattern was created using the Pointed Oval Template.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed these embroidered inspirations!

    Donna McCauley is a Westalee Accredited Teacher and owns and operates DONNA McCAULEY QUILTING. Her focus is primarily on education related to various sewing and quilting techniques, and she especially enjoys Ruler Work.

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Plumes With Pizzazz!

    We all know how much Westalee Design rulers & templates can enhance our quilting, but did you know they can take your embroidery project to a whole other level?  Donna McCauley, a Westalee Accredited teacher, shows us how with this gorgeous project she calls “Plumes for Sarah”.

    Before it was quilted, the embroidered panel was quite pretty, as you can see here:


    However, by adding some quilting, the panel is transformed! 

    Donna quilted it using only the 6” Spiral template from the Westalee Design Sampler Set, and a medium gold-toned Isacord embroidery thread.   Donna finished her panel by binding it in a beautiful gold fabric.  If you want to try this yourself, Donna said your thread selection is very important.  Have you used your Westalee Design templates and rulers on any embroidered projects?  If so, we’d love to see them!  Send your pictures to info@sewsteady.com.

    Donna McCauley is a Westalee Accredited Teacher and owns and operates DONNA McCAULEY QUILTING. Her focus is primarily on education related to various sewing and quilting techniques, and she especially enjoys Ruler Work.




  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Snowflakes Can Make Flowers Bloom!

    We’ve all heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers”, but did you know that snowflakes can make flowers bloom too? This pretty quilt by Donna McCauley proves it!

    Donna used the Westalee Design oval Snowflake template from their Spin-E-Fex Snowflake Template Set to make fabrics from her stash bloom into hexagon hydrangeas!

    It just goes to show you, snowflakes aren’t just for winter anymore – they’re a year-round occurrence!  We’re giving away a set of these versatile templates on our Facebook page. Check it out here:  Snowflake Giveaway

    Donna McCauley is  a Westalee Accredited Teacher and owns and operates DONNA McCAULEY QUILTING.  Her focus is primarily on education related to various sewing and quilting techniques, and she especially enjoys Ruler Work.  

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Geraldine’s Pillow Project

    A while back, we shared this fabulous pillow by Geraldine Wilkins, the Living Water Quilter, on our Facebook page. We mostly focused on the front of the pillow, where she used the Westalee Decorative Ruler Foot, and also a Westalee Design Spin-E-Fex template to accentuate that striking geometric fabric.

    Today however, since we’ve been posting about the Westalee Design Snowflake Templates on Facebook, we thought we’d talk about what Geraldine did to the back of her pillow. Of course, she used a Westalee Design Snowflake template!

    We love how the quilting design emphasizes the snowflake print pattern, instead of overpowering it. Simple, yet striking.

    Beautiful job Geraldine!  To read more about how Geraldine crafted this pillow, check out her blog post here: Modern Decor Pillow

    Geraldine Wilkins is a Westalee Accredited teacher and enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for quilting. Her blog can be found at http://livingwaterquilter.com/

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Inspiring Mug Mat From Geraldine Wilkins

    Fall is in the air, and there’s no better way to get warm and cozy than with a mug of your favorite hot beverage.  That hot beverage is extra special when you have a beautiful and inspiring mug mat to set it on. Geraldine Wilkins, aka the Living Water Quilter, has crafted a project that fills the bill perfectly.

    Geraldine has created this beautiful mug mat using the June Tailor Quilt As You Go Log Cabin Mug Mat kit,  and some wonderful fabrics from the Island Batiks Fall 2018 collection. What elevates this mat to the next level is the quilting! Geraldine used the Clamshell SOC2-H ruler from the Westalee Design Clamshell Template Starter Set , and the Westalee Design 12″ Arc Template to add texture and interest. For a more detailed look at this project, be sure to visit Geraldine’s blog.

    Geraldine Wilkins is a Westalee Accredited teacher and enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for quilting.  Her blog can be found at  http://livingwaterquilter.com/

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Quilted Placemats With Kate – Full Reveal!

    Remember a while back when we teased you with a sneak peek of a project that Kate Quinn was working on? Well, we’re so thrilled that we can finally give you a full reveal!

    Kate created these beautiful placemats with her Westalee Design Templates, and they are just as gorgeous on the back as they are on the front.

    The base placemats were made with the June Tailor Casablanca Quilt As You Go kit. We love these kits, because you spend less time getting your project together, so you can spend more time using your Westalee Design templates to take them from really cute to really amazing! Kate also used YLI Machine Quilting variegated cotton thread, Hoffman Batik Solid for the backing, blue fabric from Wilmington Prints, red fabric by Henry Glass and Co., and a few fabrics from her stash.

    Scroll through the gallery below to see these beauties up close!

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    Kate is an amazingly talented quilt designer that also does custom long-arm quilting. Check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FabriKatedQuilts/

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Spin A Web With Westalee Design’s Spin An Echo Template

    On Monday, we shared a video from Leonie West of Westalee Design that demonstrated the versatility of their Spin An Echo Templates. Today we’re sharing a fun quilted project for Halloween from Pam Varner, a Westalee Accredited teacher, that uses the Westalee Design Spin An Echo Template #1.










    Pam has created two videos that shows you how to complete the project:

    In addition to the Spin An Echo Template, Pam also used several other Westalee Design tools for this project:

    We hope this inspires you to get out there and start spinning!

    Pam Varner is a Westalee Accredited Teacher and has a wonderful blog, My Sassy Notions.
    Be sure to check it out!
  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Turning Over A New “Leaf”

    Our Inspiration team never ceases to amaze us with their wonderful projects, and this stunning Feathered Leaf Centerpiece by Westalee Accredited Teacher Donna McCauley is no exception.

    Donna quilted this piece using two of Westalee Design’s newest templates – the Feathered Leaf Template and the Circle Wreath Feathered Leaf Template.  We love the bows – Donna added them to give her project a festive touch.  We hope these new templates and Donna’s project have gotten your creative juices flowing.  Stay tuned to our  – we may be having a giveaway this week!

  • Inspiration Projects,  Sew Steady,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    We {Heart} Felt!

    We have another fun felt project for you from Geraldine Wilkins, one of our Westalee Accredited Teachers and a Quilting Industry Partner. Geraldine used red wool felt from National Nonwovens for the red hearts, and quilted them with the Westalee Design Hearts-A-Plenty Quilting Template.  She also used templates from the exclusive Janome Ruler Work Kit to quilt the background.









    Want to learn more?  Look for a Quilting Made Easy Party being taught near you – a list of upcoming classes can be found here on our website – Class Schedule.  If you don’t see one listed for your local store, ask them to contact us about hosting one!  We can be reached at info@sewsteady.com