I "assumed" that Tap Plastics was nationwide, but, apparently not. Here is
a link to plastic sheets from Tap Plastics - hopefully they have exactly
what you need.
(And I do agree about using the stencil sheets from TSWLTH - I can't use
them either - but I wonder if you could cut 3 - 5 the same size & glue them
together??) Personally, when I just have a couple of pieces to cut, I draw
it with pencil on my fabric & cut on the pencil lines. That has worked well
> I'm trying hard to make my peace with templates, but I have problems
> making pieces with templates. No pun intended. Really. I hate using
> templates. The tiniest bobble when copying the lines ends up magnified
> all over the quilt, in every block.
> I've made good copies of the templates on "template sheets" but every
> time I go around with my ***y tiny little rotary cutter I nick some
> of the template and that's not good. But if I draw around it and cut
> with scissors, mistakes and bobbles are inevitable. And I've tried
> cutting from that clear stuff that the ones you buy are made from, but
> can't do it for the life of me.
> So, any suggestions on how to work with templates while keeping my
> sanity? I really love this block and want to incorporate it into a
> quilt. It's got curves (which I'm fine with) so strip piecing is out.
> I've got to deal with templates.
> I await your collective wisdom. Please.......
I quit trying to use those "template sheets" of thin plastic film that
Joanne's sells. What I have done is gone to a manufacturer of plastic
sheet stock that is used in that industry, and bought some of their
cut off pieces of plastic that is about 1/16" to 1/8" inch thick. I
make my templates out of that stuff. That way the rotary cutter has
something substantial to run against when you place it next to the
template to use it for a guide. I have found that the rotary cutter
can not distinguish between the thin plastic film stock that Joanne's
and others sell. Check your phone book and see if there is any
plastics industry in your area, and call them and explain that you
would like to buy some of their cut offs for use as template stock. I
bet they will be glad to sell you some for cash and not have to send
it to a landfill.