Because I have two quilts to mark for quilting (both Meringue and its bonus quilt, Garden Peony), and because I seem to be marking quilting lines that use standard quarter circle sizes a lot lately, I decided that it was time to make some longer lasting polycarbonate templates to help me mark quilting lines. As you may remember, I created quarter circle and oblong templates using cardboard when I was marking the lines for Sequenced, the Sesen bonus quilt. The cardboard templates worked for that quilt top but were not something that would hold up well to repeated use.
So my husband pulled out some thin polycarbonate that he had in his workshop and I printed out templates that I could cut out from the polycarbonate. The polycarbonate I’m using is only 0.03″ thick, and you can find sheets of it for sale through McMaster-Carr. The benefit of the thinness is that I was able to use scissors to cut the templates I wanted. Even though the polycarbonate is relatively thin, I did take my time and take breaks to give my hand a rest.
I created quarter circle templates that range from 1″ in radius up to 8″ in radius. Once I had the templates created, I spent a day marking the quilting lines on the Meringue quilt top using my Hera marker following my finalized quilting plan. Note: I didn’t need all of the templates to mark Meringue, but the ones I didn’t use for this quilt will be used when I am ready to mark Garden Peony.
As you can see in the photo above, I marked a bit too far on one of the background lines and marked across the echo curves, but that isn’t a problem. Once the quilting is finished, I’ll be able to lightly mist that section and press out the marked line. The grid lines inside the curve stars are marked every 1/2″ and the background quilting grid is currently marked every 1″.
I’ve been making good progress on the quilting. There are a lot of thread to bury, but it’s nice to sit at my machine for a few hours each day and see the quilting come to life. I’m loving the texture!
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