It’s funny – I really do not enjoy piecing! But when I do piece, I like all my points to match up, at least appear to do so. I think it’s the researcher (my job in my former life) in me that comes out when dealing with precision in my piecing.
Yesterday I asked you about your thoughts on template piecing. I appreciate you leaving your thoughts on template piecing in the comment section of yesterday’s post. Quite a few of you have written and asked how I go about doing my template piecing. Here goes…
1. Since 99.9% of my currents quilts are designed on the computer first, I get to print off the templates on paper. Technically I can then transfer the shapes onto a piece of craft plastic. And then, I would use pencil to trace the templates shapes onto the back for a fabric piece…. BUT I am a little paranoid about my pieces not being precise as I would like. You see, it probably doesn’t really amount to anything (I am sure it really doesn’t in the grand scheme of things), but I feel like tracing with the pencil around the plastic template will add just a minutely teensy weensy of excess compared to just cutting the shapes right on the edge of the shape.
So, the very short answer to the question of whether I use plastic sheets to make my templates is “no”. I use the template as printed on the paper, as shown. The picture shows my paper template before the first cut. You will see the actual template shape (solid line), seam allowance (dotted line), and that I just rough cut around the seam allowance.
2. Then, I attach pieces of tape on the backside of my paper template.
3. Then I place my paper template on the fabric that is pressed nice and smooth before hand. The tape will temporarily hold down the paper template while I cut out the fabric piece to shape.
Now, remember I said I prefer to cut my fabric right on the edge of the shape… you see that solid line that is highlighted pink? That is the RIGHT ON edge of the shape with which I will base my cutting. I don’t go by that seam allowance dotted line when I cut.
I line up my ruler RIGHT at the 1/4″ seam allowance ON TOP of the template edge, and cut my fabric piece. In other words, I trust the 1/4″ on my ruler a little more than I trust the 1/4″ printed on the paper. No, I am not saying the 1/4″ seam allowance printed the paper isn’t accurate, but every so often, maybe because of the paper being pull through the printer, I do detect a very very very slight discrepancy. I figure I trust my ruler’s 1/4″ mark when I rotary cut anyway, might as well use that same idea for template cutting my fabrics too.
4. And then, I duly cut my fabric piece to shape (and getting rid of the excess paper from my rough-cutting the template shape).
And I cut all my pieces that way for this particular block.
I make my blocks (lots of them!), and sew them together… and am really happy with these points where the blocks meet!
Please know that my way of doing things is by no means the way to do things. I am definitely interested in your take on things – as we all know, there’s always something new to learn in quilting.
Thanks for stopping by. It’s back to work I go…