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
>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.......