Freezer paper + acrylic edge! It works for ANY SHAPE—triangles, hexagons, anything you can draw or print!
- Have as many as you want!
- They’re free! (Spend the money on fabric instead!)
- If you lose one, you can make another one!
- No waiting to start a project!
In Part 1, we showed you the advantages of freezer paper templates with an acrylic ruler. You don’t need acrylic templates if you have a ruler and freezer paper.
In Part 2, we showed you why I prefer freezer paper templates for fussy cutting.
Part 3 – SIX COOL TEMPLATE TIPS!
TIP # 1 A few quilters asked about the ruler I used in Part 1.
It is an ordinary acrylic ruler but I positioned a strip of colored masking tape on the underside along the 0.25 inch line. Then I turned it over and trimmed off the excess masking tape. You can add additional layers if you prefer.
TIP # 2 So far, just like shapes you would cut with acrylic hexagons, there are no sewing lines marked, but you can add the sewing lines with a thin ruler and a mechanical pencil if you wish.
Whenever you use templates, use ones without seam allowances so you don’t have to sew dot-to-dot.
I position the fabric wrong side up on the ironing board when the designs show well enough for fussy cutting, as shown in Part 2. However, if it is necessary to position the templates on the right side for fussy cutting, you will need to peel them off, re-position on the wrong side and re-press, so you can mark the sewing lines with a mechanical pencil.
That is a little extra work but it is still faster and easier than basting and whip-stitching for English Paper Piecing.
Any shape you cut with FP templates can be used with shapes you print with Inklingo.
Sew by hand or by machine.
This is one of the template tips I shared in the two hour video in Quilted Diamonds 2. The book is $29.95 (including the DVD) but it will save you from buying acrylic templates ever again! Sew by hand or by machine!
TIP # 4 Don’t fuss too much about fussy cutting the designs with mechanical precision!
These examples of Lucy Boston’s blocks are also in the book. They will help you relax.
The charm of some of Lucy Boston’s fussy cutting (above and below) is that there are variations.
If you look at the close-up detail of her hexagons and squares in the book, you will notice the differences. All of the examples in the book have little variations like the ones above.
Lucy Boston was an artist who created exquisite quilt tops with a very limited choice of fabric. She pioneered fussy cutting for the rest of us.
You can see all of her quilts, including ones with fussy cutting, in this wonderful book by her daughter-in-law, Diana Boston.
TIP # 5 I like to store window templates in plastic page protectors, so I can audition fabric in the quilt shop to see if the scale of the design is suitable for the shape and how much waste there will be.
Of course, it is easier and more precise when you print the shapes on fabric (or paper) with Inklingo and rotary cut several layers at a time.
There is also a video for POTC on the Main Lucy Boston Page on the website. (You are on the blog now.)
TIP # 6 Skip templates entirely!
There are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.
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When you can’t use Inklingo, use freezer paper!
Linda & Monkey
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