Using Templates for Quilting Blocks

comments (1) August 2nd, 2008     

Pin It

MaryRay Mary Ray, contributor
Love it! 2 users recommend
The template on the left is for hand piecing, the one on the right for piecing by machine.
Hand piecers, dont need to sew from one edge to the other through the seam
allowances, just be sure to do a couple of back stitches at the start
and finish of each seam.
If you are machine stitching and the pieces in the block sit side by side, stitch each seam from edge to edge.
If you are making templates for different shapes, be sure to add seamlines.  You can use these allowances to mark the intersecting points.
The template on the left is for hand piecing, the one on the right for piecing by machine.

The template on the left is for hand piecing, the one on the right for piecing by machine.

Photo: Mary Ray

 

Templates are a great tool for creating a quilt block. You can purchase them ready made in a variety of standard shapes or make them yourself from template plastic (it’s firm yet easy to cut and available in sheets where quilting supplies are sold) or sturdy paper like poster board or cardboard.
Templates may or may not include seam allowances – depending on whether you piece by hand or by machine.

Working with Templates

  1. If you’re a hand piecer, leave the seam allowances off. When you mark the fabric, trace around the template on the wrong side of the cloth with a marking pen or pencil, leaving enough fabric around each piece for a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Then – when you cut – you can “eyeball” the seam allowance (it doesn’t need to be exact) and, when you sew you have the pencil line as a guide. And you don’t need to sew from one edge to the other through the seam allowances, just be sure to do a couple of back stitches at the start and finish of each seam.
  2. When you plan to piece by machine, you need to accurately add the 1/4-inch seam allowance to the template and use a 1/4-inch presser foot or the equivalent mark on the machine as a guide when you sew.

However, when you make templates for a quilt like an 8-point star that has squares inset between the diamonds, be sure to add the seamlines to the templates so you can mark the intersecting points at the corners with a dot. Then, instead of stitching from edge to edge, sew from dot to dot.

I’ll show you exactly how to do this next week.

 

posted in: templates

Comments (1)

nealwood65 writes: Very beautiful blocks.
Posted: 3:28 am on December 15th
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.