• 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/

  • Make It Monday,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Make It Monday – Westalee Design Circle Wreath Feathered Leaf Template

    Welcome back from the weekend! We have another “Make It Monday” video for you from Leonie West and Westalee Design – the Westalee Design Circle Wreath Feathered Leaf Template. This template was released by Westalee Design a few weeks ago, and it is stunning! Check out the video, then be sure to visit our Facebook Page – we’re giving one away!

  • 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

    Falling For Felt – Pam Varner

    We’re so excited to bring you our first Inspiration Team feature!  This week’s project is by Pam Varner, an amazing quilter.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a fun giveaway courtesy of Pam!

    Pam Varner

    Another month, another Sew Steady challenge. I was sent a collection of Woolfelt by National Nonwovens with the direction: “Fall Themed.” I love that my only limitation is my creativity. For me, Felt always brings to mind applique done by hand. Personally I’m not a fan of doing handwork although I admire projects that use this technique. Autumn is my favorite season and Thanksgiving is on the top of my list of best holidays; so I thought that this challenge would be fun. The problem with felt is that it is thicker than quilting cotton so applique by machine would require some manipulation. Then one day I was looking for something in my kitchen and came across cookie cutters – what if I were to do applique using a cookie cutter method? Flat applique here I come! (Full disclosure: if this technique has been done before, I have never seen it. If you have, please let me know as I’d love to explore more)

    First up, come up with a project. I love table toppers, but often the design gets lost when you start decorating your table. I have a lot of autumn decorations (see above about my love for autumn) and I wanted to create something that could accommodate a centerpiece. Hexagons and equilateral triangles would give me consistent shapes to work with and end up in a somewhat circular finish.

    Next up, cut shapes out of felt. I chose 3 colors to use. I cut my shapes using Accuquilt dies, but any fabric cutting system would work. The key is that the shapes must be identical. Decorative stitching gets the best results when using stabilizers and luckily I had some black cutaway. I tried a couple of quilting/decorative stitches on my machine, testing width and length and eventually settled on a variation of the blanket stitch. It is important to choose a stitch that goes both left and right of center.

    Now for the piecing. I considered using the same flat applique method (yep, it’s officially a thing now) for piecing and want to explore this in the future but didn’t have a stash of felt to pull from. A finished piece using all solid colors seemed lifeless. I found some orange and cream fabric to bring it all together.

    The double edge sword of thinking outside the box is that you don’t know what the challenges are going to be so you don’t know not to try something. Due to the difference in thickness, I choose to press the seams open. When doing this again, I would probably fuse the quilting cotton to something as thick as the felt.

    Time for the quilting (aka the fun part.) I intentionally chose the darker brown for the center and quilting that would make it flat; the perfect place for a vase or other centerpieces. This design was done by using the curved side of the Westalee Design 12” Arc. The method of parabolic curves made with straight lines is as old as art itself; a while back I started experimenting doing this using a curve for class exercises. I like the way the first curve complements the hexagon shape.

    The cream triangles were marked using the Westalee Design 6 Point Crosshair Square. This gave me the intersection of the three points.

    The pumpkins and leaves are my favorite. The pumpkins were done with the Westalee Design 4” arc. The echo side of the Westalee Design Hearts-a-Plenty (from the Quilt Class in a Bag Kit) made perfect leaf veins. Both were done by starting in a centralized location, stitching out and then back to the starting point. Originally, I was going to add quilting to the outside of the fall shapes, but when I saw what I already had, the decision to stop was made for me. This is one of the few pieces I have done where “The quilting made the quilt.”