Have you ever wondered how template quilting is done?
Several quilters prefer this method because just about any quilt can be made by using templates!
It’s also fast, efficient, and can be used for hand or machine piecing.
Today we’re going to go over the process of using this quilting method and give you a free pattern to try it out on your own.
So, let’s get started!
Here is an example of what the free priscilla template quilting block will look like once it is complete.
It’s an easy 8x8 inch quilting block that can be used to make any size quilt you desire.
Just remember that the overall size will be in 8 inch increments.
You will also need to make the right amount of quilting blocks for the quilt you are going to make.
For instance if your quilt is going to be 40x48 inches before boarders are added, you will need 40 finished blocks before assembling the quilt top.
To get started you’ll first need your own copy of this free pattern.
You can get the pattern here:
Items that are also needed to complete this project are:
Once you have the pattern, print it out so you have a physical copy.
When you have the physical copy there is a choice to be made. Either you can use the paper as your template, or use template plastic.
To use template plastic, trace the pattern onto the plastic and cut out your traced design.
This happens to be our favored method because we tend to make more than one block at a time when making a quilt. J
Paper also gets destroyed to easily and is so flexible that tracing around it is a pain!
Have your template in your hand ready to go?
Choose which fabrics will be used with each template.
Prepare your fabric as you normally would.
Place the template onto the fabric and trace around the edge with a pencil, fabric pencil, fabric pen, etc. Anything can be used as long as it won’t stain your fabric.
The design can be traced onto the front of the fabric or the back side. It’s quilter’s choice.
Several quilter’s like to do this to the back side in case the tracing won’t wash out. At least in that instance it will be on the inside of your quilt where it is less noticeable.
If this is what you choose to do, remember that the finished block will be a mirror image of the intended design.
Once all the pieces for your block are transferred to the appropriate fabric it’s time to cut them out.
Decide your route of attack.
Which pairs are you going to put together and in which order.
Every quilter has what works best for them and you will be no different.
Mating two pieces that make straight lines are the easiest and require fewer pins. Curved parts require more pinning and maneuvering as you feed it through the sewing machine.
As you mate and sew your pieces your block will grow.
Before you know it, the block will be complete.
When you have enough quilting blocks made, they can be arranged in whichever way you wish for your completed top.
It may even look something like this:
We hope you enjoyed learning how template quilting is done.
Post it in the quilting forum or contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you.
Until next time.
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