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Date: 12/18/12 8:45 AM

You know the stencils you can buy for quilting. Like you see for the borders etc. Do you do them FMQ or just straight stitching? I've never used them. I tried drawing lines, circles etc when trying to practice FMQ but I suck at that also.

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Date: 12/18/12 4:11 PM

My philosophy on quilting is to use whatever won't make you crazy at that moment in time.

I also stink at fmq but have been getting a bit better. I like stencils and if I am doing something with fabric I can mark on I will lightly pencil the stencil directly on. I like this cause - hey it's easy and I'm a bit lazy, and I get an immediate sense of how it's going to look.

Sometimes I baulk at buying more stencils - and in this mood and when I first got my HQ I had a burst of energy to practice. I bought on sale a couple of the quilt pattern books. Easy ones. I would trace those patterns on to thin tracing paper I get on sales at dollar store. Pin or tape to quilt and just sew right through it.

I've thought about making some stencils myself from the pattern books for my own use and to save the hassle of pulling out paper but have not yet tried it.

There is a roll of paper by golden threads for tracing. It's good but a bit pricey for practice all the time. The up side of the tracing paper is that you can draw or copy bits and pieces to suit your mood and just practice.

I never end up exactly following the lines, must be left/right brain thing but I'm getting happier with my results

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Date: 12/18/12 5:39 PM

My grandmother used to use stencils in her quilting, and her quilting was beautiful. I think she made her own though.

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Date: 12/19/12 5:04 AM

You can also draw pattern on one piece of thin paper then stack a bunch of papers and sew on machine with an unthreaded needle to perforate all papers - if you want duplicate patterns, which I assume you do as you asked about stencils.
I have come to love the chubby pencils to draw designs and the powder made by the same company to pat the design through a stencil. The powder and the chubby pencil will iron off the fabric saving the need to wash off designs when quilting is complete. I also struggle with fm quilting and have learned to forgive myself slipping off the lines. I also have learned not to use too detailed a design. I tried to quilt little doggies around the border of a baby quilt - made interesting squiggles at any rate

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Date: 12/19/12 11:36 AM

I have done both straight stitching and FMQ with stencils.

For simpler patterns straight stitching works fine, but it is a LOT of work to have to keep shifting the quilt around.

FMQ is much easier.

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Date: 12/19/12 7:36 PM

I saw the piercing tracing paper on a love of quilting episode and thought what a great idea, I used that to make multiple copies of paper piecing pattern. I was too afraid to scan and print on the foundation sheet incase I mucked up the scale. So made copies that way, and it works a treat.

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Date: 12/21/12 1:40 PM

Marcy Tilton does what she calls a "cardiac stitch" which is just dropping the feed dogs and pushing and pulling the fabric in straight lines as you stitch, moving it along. It's really effective and much easier than trying to make smooth curves.

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