Templates.  They can make cutting quicker, less difficult and more accurate.  That leads to much better, more precise piecing… which generally makes for much better outcomes.

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Do you use templates?  Because I discovered to quilt when people have been nonetheless using templates reduce from cardboard and I was enchanted with this amazing new tool referred to as a rotary cutter… I wasn’t a large fan.

Then came Marti Michell’s Excellent Patchwork Templates.  I employed them and actually liked them but for a quantity of causes, I didn’t use them extremely usually.  (But I nevertheless have a large stash of them… just in case.  Be ready, appropriate?)

But there’s no question, templates make so many things less difficult to reduce and piece.  There are also blocks that are significantly far more hard to make without having employing templates.

And they’re enjoyable.

So right here are a couple of the templates and patterns that have discovered their way into the cupboard in my workplace considering that Industry.  (And okay, a few may well have magically appeared on my cutting table at home… just saying.)

First up is the Double-Wide Dresden Ruler from Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson – the sisters of Me &amp My Sister Styles.

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Pretty cute, don’t you believe?

These Impressions Orange Peel Templates from It’s Sew Emma haven’t arrived in the warehouse however but I’m anxiously – impatiently – waiting for them.  I enjoy Orange Peel quilts and playing with testing these new templates will be a best chance to make anything.

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There are 4 superb not-your-Grandmother’s-Orange-Peel styles – Round Robin, Grapevine, Goldie ~ picture fishies – and Jewel.  The quilts are all shown in our Bella Solids so they’re wonderfully colorful and really contemporary.

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I’ll let you know when they arrive.

This template is here now – Olio.  That means “a dish produced with several ingredients”, creating it a great name for a genuinely scrappy quilt made with a stack of charm squares.  A massive stack of them… nearly 500.

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This quilt was created with Pumpkin Pie by Laundry Basket Quilts, Collections for a Cause ~ Preservation by Howard Marcus, Courtyard by 3 Sisters, Gratitude by Jo Morton, Madame Rouge and Ville Fleurie by French Basic, Fern Hill by Jan Patek and Tiny Gatherings II by Primitive Gatherings.

Olio comes with the template included – or you can get just the template.  The piecing is surprisingly straightforward – it will take longer to pull and reduce the fabrics that sew the quilt together!

A single of my objectives for 2017 is to take A Wild Ride with Jen Kingwell.

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(Oops about that glare on the left side.)

Soon after getting numerous requests for acrylic templates to accompany her patterns, Jen has begun making laser-reduce acrylic templates to accompany her great patterns.  Several of the quilts on my “bucket list” are included – Halo, Glitter, Clambake – a pillow – and Steam Punk – this one has been on my list for a extended time.

Of course, Jen had to add a couple of new quilts to my list.  Delilah – a Block of the Month that will begin in 2017.  These are a couple of of the blocks.

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I know what you’re pondering, “…that’s hand-piecing.  Do you consider she’s noticed that?”

I have.  This 1 is hand-pieced as well – Florence.

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Florence was developed and produced by Lucy Carson Kingwell, Jen’s beautiful, talented daughter.

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I’ll let you know if the blocks can be machine-pieced.

A couple of issues to mention about using templates – just in case you have not taken the plunge.  Whilst several templates now incorporate a 1/4″ seam allowance, not all do.  Always check ahead of you start off cutting.

Cutting.  For larger templates that have just straight edges, I use my regular 45mm rotary cutter.  (My favourite is the Olfa Rapid-Modify Cutter.)  But for smaller pieces and/or curves, I favor the 28mm size – the Olfa 28mm Cutter or the Fiskars 28mm Stick.  A handful of pals like the 18mm but I locate it’s a bit also small, particularly if I’m cutting a number of layers.  But that is just me.

A spinning rotary mat is also very, really handy and it comes in two sizes – 12″ and 17″ – and there are a number of manufacturers – Olfa, Fiskars and Matilda.  I use the 12″ Olfa Spinning mat.

And finally, placing anything on the back of the template to decrease slipping will save your fabric, your fingers and maybe your excellent humor.  There are a number of distinct merchandise obtainable including sandpaper dots and Invisi Grip.  There are other choices but I’ve found that employing something tends to make a distinction for me.

So what do you consider?  Do you use templates?

Pleased Thursday!

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