Template Preparation

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One of the biggest steps to getting ready for what I am calling my Farmer’s Granddaughter Quilt Along is to organize the templates.  There is a very popular book among quilters right now, which has all the templates on CD, which is quite useful.  However, they print out one per page, which seems to be a terrible waste of paper.  I am not alone in this thinking.

There are several QALs going all over the web for this same project, and one very industrious quilter whose screen name is lizquiltz made a compilation of all the templates, condensing them onto 16 pages.  The only template not included is #10, which is the curved handle for many of the baskets.  But I’m certain I can figure that one out when the time comes.

I contacted lizquiltz and asked her permission to use her templates and to make them available for my QAL.  She gave her consent, asking only that I attribute this to her, which I gladly do.  The file is templates combined.

Here are my steps for prepping these templates:

Materials Needed:

  1. A large piece of cardboard or other disposable surface
  2. Mat board, cardboard, or cardstock, or some other heavy material that can be easily cut
  3. The templates
  4. Rotary Cutter with used blade which you may be considering disposing
  5. Straight Edge
  6. Self-healing cutting mat
  7. Spray Adhesive
Materials Needed

Materials Needed

Step 1:

Cover your work surface with a large piece of cardboard or some other disposable material.  This will protect your work surface from adhesive overspray.

Step 2:

Lay your mat board, cardstock, etc down on the cardboard.  Using a can of permanent spray adhesive, and following the manufacturer’s instructions, spray the cardstock with the adhesive.  Lay your printed template page on the mat board and smooth it out, making sure the paper sticks well to the mat board and that all bubbles are out, so that the paper lays smooth and flat.  Allow to dry for a few minutes.

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Step 3:

Place the mat board on a self-healing mat.  Using a straight-edge and a rotary cutter with a used blade, carefully cut around each template following the dotted lines.

Cutting Templates

Cutting Templates

Once all the templates are cut out, they can be stored in envelopes or zippered sandwich bags or whatever method works best.  I’ll likely put them in zippered sandwich bags, about 10 per bag, and keep the baggies in a small box where they can stay organized but be easily accessed.

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It Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time

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A little over a year ago, I got this wild hair to make ONE quilt for a very special reason.  Everything that could possibly go wrong with a project did.  And yet, somewhere in the journey, I discovered a love of quilting, something my mom and grandmother spent decades trying to instill in me.

So, 13 months later, here I am, having completed a wall hanging, a table runner, 3 baby quilts, 3 lap quilts, and 4 full-sized quilts.  I’ve got another quilt on the machine, as well as some cushion covers.  And I’ve helped 3 friends make 4 different quilts.

In January, I’m going to be leading a Quilt Along for anyone from the MSQC who would like to join me.  The irony of me leading something so ambitious fills me, alternately, with excitement and trepidation.

The purpose of this blog is to (a) keep track of my quilting adventures, past and present, and (b) to upload files that may be needed for my QAL that I’m unable to upload to the forum.

And now… we stitch!

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