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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