I wanted to quilt a baby quilt with wavy lines. I tried to do it free motion and I was all over the place. I had to do some "reverse" stitching and start all over again.
Quite awhile ago I bought a ruler and here it sits, never being used, so I dug it out. I used both sides of it and laid it on a sheet of paper the width of the quilt. This was going to be my template for the stitching.
I laid the paper on the quilt and stitched along the edge of the paper........
I measured down 4" from the start of the pattern the same as you would do if you were long arm quilting. I used brown thread the first time
I was reading something just after I had finished this quilt and just before I was going to add the binding. I'm going to let you read the link.
I tried this method......the very last of it.....the corner.....and I think I'm convinced that this is the way to do them all from now on. It worked out beautifully.