I designed a new template “Try it out Design” template. As a longarm quilter, I find that I get stuck on the designing of the quilting that is going to be stitched in a block. I designed my Try it out Design for all machine quilters, not just for longarm quilters.
First I have to decide on a design to be stitched.
Am I going to stitch a different design in every block?
Am I stitching the same design all the way across the quilt, also known as an Edge to Edge (E2E)?
As I am deciding on a design I draw it out on the template. I can tweak the design as I go along, make a mistake…erase it 🙂 and keep on going.
Once a design is kind of settled on, the next is to figure out how to begin the design in the block, work my way around, and if need be, move directly into the next block.
This happens with every quilt. This is why I designed this template. Now, how should the template look? What should the template offer?
I decided I wanted a template that would offer:
-a variety of registration lines for me to use
-different “shapes” such as half square triangle(s), quarter square triangles
-lines so that echo designs or fillers can be drawn (stitched)
-by drawing directly on the template, I can figure out a path to go from block to block, E2E, single block designs, sashing
So, I designed one! My template is 13″ x 17″. The largest section has registration lines from the center out that start out as a 1″ square and go out to a 12″ square. I begin with a solid line for the odd numbers (1″, 3″, 5″, 7″….) and the even numbers are dashed lines (2″, 4″, 6″, 8″….). Next I added center registration lines on the horizontal, vertical, both diagonals, half square triangles, quarter square triangle. Move to the end of the template I divided the remaining 4″ x 12″ area into rectangles divided in half which also create diamonds.
I have a video here for you to watch how I use my Try it out Design, template. All you need is a Dry Erase marker, a Dry Eraser (or soft cloth to clean the board), painter’s tape to add to the outer edge. What is that for? So that you don’t accidentally draw off the Try it out Design template and onto the quilt! You can see in my video how I taped off the edges to prevent me from drawing on the quilt.
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