5 hours ago
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
spring carnival - the templates
I finished my quilt top! It was going to be a huge pillow, but then I thought 'I could turn that into a nice little baby quilt' so I did, by appliqueing a few shapes falling from the bottom (which was previously the side) and I just love how that gives it such a modern feel. So different to this one, don't you think? It finished up at 32" x 42", which is probably the smallest quilt I've ever made, and it feels a little wrong to be so small...and kind of pointless...unless I had a baby (and then it would be perfect), but it's a class sample for the Sewing Summit and therefore PERFECT for stuffing in my bag and carrying around. I just need to get it quilted and bound and it's all done.
A while ago I promised templates and now I'm delivering.
I had these acrylic templates made from 4mm thick acrylic, and they're great. You can see right through them for fussy cutting fabrics, they're so thick and sturdy that you can rotary cut right round them (or use them to draw round - which is what I did, and then I cut out my fabrics with scissors).
They are designed for using with 2" paper shapes (when I say 2" I mean each edge of the shape is 2" - not the width of the shape itself), and have a 1/4" seam allowance all the way round. I like to use a 1/4" seam allowance, it's what you use in regular piecing, both by machine and hand, and it doesn't waste fabric. It's nice and tidy, makes removing papers easy, and helps the finished piece lay flat.
You can buy pre-cut paper pieces from here or print and cut out your own using this site. Spring Carnival uses a 2" hexagon, square and equilateral triangle. The traditional block is actually called Ferris Wheel, I found it in this book (that book is a fantastic source for traditional blocks - it's showing as out of stock on Amazon, but if you can find it, it's worth buying) and loved how I could change the way it looked simply by changing which shape was the 'background'. In this piece the hexagon is the background and the prominent shapes you can see are circles but in the silent cinema version the triangle is, and the prominent shape looks more like a flower. Next up is the square, I'm making a start on that this week.
The set costs $15 (plus shipping) and includes 3 professionally laser cut acrylic templates - 1 hexagon, 1 triangle and 1 square. They are for the fabrics, not for the papers - you would need to get those sorted yourself (using the links above). You can get them direct from my etsy shop.
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