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Templates .....

Post by Leslie& The Furbabies in MO » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 11:14:44



Sunny, my local glass replacement shop (windows, windshields, etc.) will
custom cut Plexiglas, acrylics, etc. for me for a nominal price.  They said
they have lots of quilters who request custom templates.  Give that a try!

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.


Quote:
> It sounds like a winner, John, but  no plastics industries make their
> homes here. Any ideas about suppliers online?

> Sunny

 
 
 

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Post by Dr. Zachary Smit » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 13:34:52



Quote:
> The block I'm wanting to make is the cover quilt on the July/August
> issue of Quiltmaker. Here's a link:http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/details.html?idx=6529
> The curves are very easy to sew. The problem is cutting out 15,000 of
> each piece from the template provided in the magazine (ok, maybe not
> exactly 15,000 but it feels like that). No way can you use a straight
> edge. Someone in my house who I love dearly saw the photo and fell in
> love with the quilt. I want to make one just nap sized. But I have to
> find a better way to cut out those pieces. Oh, and I bought a piece of
> acrylic stuff, but couldn't cut it where it broke in a curve. Very
> frustrating.

> Sunny

Hi Sunny,

The picture helped a lot.  I'm still not sure if the problem is
creating the template or following it.  I like the heavier material
ideas.  Fortunately, the quilt you're making has all circles, and all
the same size.  What about a plate, bowl, pan, can, lid...  Look
around the house for a ready-made template that's the right size.  If
you haven't got one, raid your friends', neighbors', relatives'
kitchen cabinets...

Places that sell drafting supplies (engineering supply outlets, office
supply chains, art supply stores) have circle templates cut out of
heavier flexible plastic in a plethora of sizes.

Doc

 
 
 

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Post by gaw93.. » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 13:40:37


I use fthe clear plexiglas faceshields that I used to have for my
helmet in the oil refinery. Pretty tough and I can use a fine Sharpie
to trace my template, then cut out with heavy shears.

Ginger in CA


Quote:
> 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.......
> Sunny

 
 
 

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Post by onetexsu » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 14:04:35


Leslie, I'm headed to my friendly glass replacement shop first thing
tomorrow.

Doc, the circle is really an illusion. The template is ....
complicated. I'm planning a baby quilt, probably 9 blocks and a pretty
border. Once I get this template under control the actual sewing will
be easy-ish.

Thanks for all the advice and suggestions, and Ginger, if I had ever
worked in an oil refinery I'd be fine, but nobody ever issues face
masks to reporters. Although it would have come in handy a few
times. ;)

Sunny

 
 
 

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Post by Bev in T » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 20:26:52


So, which product do you recommend at that site?

Bev in TX

 
 
 

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Post by Robert » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 21:29:59


My cheap solution: several layers of plastic notebook cover,
superglued together. You can print out a paper template, glue to one
layer, cut out, keep adding layers until it's thick enough to support
a rotary cutter.(Paper ends up inside the sandwich.) 2-3 layers ought
to do it. The initial construction needs some care, but worth it to
get a good template. I use an old cutter blade (at least on the
straight sides). The plastic came on some company prospectuses
(prospecti?) and was pretty hefty to begin with. You could finish off
with a layer of fine sandpaper if you like.
Roberta in D



Quote:
>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.......
>Sunny

 
 
 

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Post by Robert » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 21:43:11


Wow, I understand why somebody would want that!
It's very similar to the "Wheel of Mystery", for which Shar Jorgensen
will sell you her ready-made templates. In case another sort of circle
design will satisfy the lust.

Note the handy free pillowcase pattern link -didn't we have somebody
looking for one recently?
Roberta in D

On Tue, 4 Aug 2009 16:37:08 -0700 (PDT), onetexsun

Quote:

>The block I'm wanting to make is the cover quilt on the July/August
>issue of Quiltmaker. Here's a link: http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/details.html?idx=6529
>The curves are very easy to sew. The problem is cutting out 15,000 of
>each piece from the template provided in the magazine (ok, maybe not
>exactly 15,000 but it feels like that). No way can you use a straight
>edge. Someone in my house who I love dearly saw the photo and fell in
>love with the quilt. I want to make one just nap sized. But I have to
>find a better way to cut out those pieces. Oh, and I bought a piece of
>acrylic stuff, but couldn't cut it where it broke in a curve. Very
>frustrating.

>Sunny