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.
I agree with you. I've purchased two sets of templates for a quilt workshop/retreat. The first was for Storm at Sea. There is absolutely no need for templates to make that quilt. Not only that, it required 3 different sets, which were very expensive; well over $35. The worst part of all of it, is that none of my pieces went together well and wouldn't lay flat despite how careful I was when cutting. The quilt pieces are in the great Zip-loc graveyard and the templates are in my drawer gathering dust.
The second purchase was for a log cabin template. Totally unnecessary. Just measure the strips and start sewing. Wasn't as expensive, but anything not used is a waste.
The one exception is the Dresden Plate template. I do believe it would make it so much easier making the plates. Haven't made it yet, but can't imagine how to cut the blades without that template.
Lots of lessons for what was then a newbie quilter. There will be no more templates for me.
Maybe we should have a discussion group on "how to make a log cabin". I have my way which I have only seen one quilt video use. (sew the cabin to the long strip then cut - never measured a log cabin piece in my life.) You are right about the log cabin template. I must correct myself - I bought a 2.5" wide ruler to cut strips and since so many of the strips wind up on log cabins maybe it was a template.
I would question the integrity of the person hosting the retreat, I mean forcing you to buy a template is just wrong, should have been a choice - imho.
It was a quilt shop hosting the retreat. We knew ahead of time what we were making. Not knowing anything about templates, I was willing to give it a try. Won't make that mistake again.
When making log cabins, I just cut my strips the width I want and then start putting them together. I do square up as I go though.
Love the autumn leaf log cabin,Karen.
CORRECTION: rulers are NOT templates, not even speciality ones. They several more than one purpose and are more often than not reasonably priced.
Marti Michell templates are the ones that didn't work for me. I'll never buy another.