Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I have bought several templates over the years and when looking at my drawer I realized that maybe half are used frequently and the rest have never been used. Sort of like stash busting. Do you use them? What are your feelings, just a rotary cutter and ruler? I use the tumbler template most frequently and must admit saw a video today with a new one that has me ready to reach for the credit card, but it only makes two blocks that I know of at this time. How about os differing points of view.
l've only used cutting templates once. Beth sent a set along with her wwwwrr quilt's row for the 54/40 or fight blocks. lt did make the process easier. l've been quilting 40 yr. We used to make cardboard templates for most patterns. l've resently been making a rocket block for child's quilt using homemade templates, but now l use thin plastic ( cutting mats from $ store). They worked beautifully.l've never made a log cabin,...still on my "to try someday" list.
I saw a recent video where the host place a paper template on the fabric then place the ruler over it to make it safer for use with a rotary cutter - something on my list to try.
I have lots of "tools" in my arsenol. I buy rulers and templates that I can make more than one quilt with, at least three. Since I bought the Accuquilt Go Cutter, I don't use my rulers as much. I do long arm quilt and have three different sets of rulers that look to do the same, but they do have variances in arc, hand holding, lines for making the stitch in a certain direction. Tools are important to create with. My new revelation is "don't buy it unless I am going to use it more than three times." Making a couple of quilts, eh, maybe not. I have so many quilts cut up with those tools that need to be sewn, I am in a traffic jam. If you have rulers that have not been used yet, you best get busy with those. LOL
Now that I back tracked on the discussion, I do not buy many templates. Lots of rulers though.
I just got one of those .25" feet. Has a hard metal piece that holds the material in place. So many of the video folks have them if you watch closely. I paid $12 for it my wife bought the same one for $1 at WISH.com.
Regina,these rulers from Unique design have peg handles and are designed for sitdown midarm & domestic machines. The strip of velcro on the bottom helps them grip ( though be careful near edge where batting is). You need the ruler foot shown. l use these on my Bailey, but also on my Janome 6500 domestic. There are templates shaped in hearts, circles, etc. as well, you need the ruler foot, and the templates must be 1/4" thick or your hopping foot may end up on top, resulting in broken needle & perhaps some damage.