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In need of some suggestions dealing with stencils. Have many stencil design books

with great designs in them but I just don't want to make stencils with plastic template

material. Anyone know of how to transfer those designs onto quilt tops thats realtively

easy & quick?

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Comment by Elana Rita on September 7, 2011 at 7:57am

Here's a tip I used while making my Herds of Turtles quilt. I incorporated the

turtle's back design in the border. Made me quilt template as follows:

Traced the back design onto freezer paper, ironed it onto a manilla folder, cut

out. It really worked well. Most times, for me anyway, is if a stencil is needed I

have to order it online & shipping sometimes costs more than stencil; I guess I

should be frugal in keeping a list of stencils I may need for future projects, but

I'm not THAT orgainized, it's enough for me just to find time to sew by machine

or hand. Thank you all of you for being on this site & taking the time to answer my


Comment by Elana Rita on September 7, 2011 at 7:03am

Thanks for all your suggestions. Going to pickup some Glad Press N Seal have been reading in

my quilt books about this as well as on internet. Will look into the paper from Joannes as well.

Do a lot of hand quilting mostly, but will keep these suggestions for future reference. I tried

something from Golden Threads like tull, didn't like. I really appreaciate the help. Thank you all!


Yours in quilting blessings!


Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 7, 2011 at 6:06am
We have been discussing this in the hand quilting group.  One of the members uses Glad Press N Seal, traces the design onto that, it is tacky enough to adhere to the fabric so it can be quilted through.  She says it works with either machine or hand quilting. 
Comment by Denise on September 6, 2011 at 11:36am
I have heard recently about the tulle or netting idea and think that is a great inexpensive tool, I haven't tried it yet but I definately plan to.  The only issue I see with that is that when you don't want to mark because of not wanting to wash it after to get rid of the marker (as in the case of a quilt I am working on right now with embroidery panels) you would have to make sure you can use a marking tool that comes off with the iron garanteed.  Or in the case your markers don't show up very well because of a heavily patterned and or dark fabric used.  Thanks for the tip on the marking pen Arlene I will make a point of picking one up and trying it out!
Comment by Arlene Parker on September 6, 2011 at 7:31am

I use tulle or netting:  I tape it over the stencil design and draw the design with permanent marker; rinse the netting to remove any excess marker ink; then I can use the netting as the pattern and draw it on the quilt.  You can get the netting in a variety of colors and it is quite reasonable though white or cream will usually work; sometimes I use a different color because it will show up better on the quilt fabric. You can cut the netting to whatever size you need for your project.  I keep my stencil designs in sheet protectors in a binder and then put the netting pattern in with the paper design.

For marking quilts I have a great new pen that I love - Pilot Frixon Gel pens fine point or a highlight marker for a wider mark. They come in about 6 colors and are easily removed with an iron.   I found mine at Target or Staples.

Comment by Sue S. / OR on September 6, 2011 at 7:24am
There is also a light paper "Golden Threads Quilting Paper", it sounds similar to what Denise described.  It works the same as Pitch and Stitch, I bought mine at my LQS.  It measures 12" wide by 20 yards and cost $8.98.  I was just reading the instructions on the roll and it says you can layer up to 15 pieces of paper with traced copy on top and pin corners to secure.  Then stitch (needle punch) on machine through the stack with large unthreaded needle.  Pounce the pattern onto fabric using pouncing power for quick and easy marking.  I hope this helps, good luck! 
Comment by Denise on September 6, 2011 at 5:14am
I use a very thin and light paper called pitch and stitch available at Joannes.com  it comes on a roll, is about 8" wide and I don't know exactly how many feet long, but I have been using it for over I year and I still have quite a bit left.  I believe it is only about $9/roll.  I just draw my stencil over trace whatever design out of a book, pin it on my quilt and go to town stitching right through the paper.  Once you are done, you just rip the paper off.  There are no problems with the paper coming off at all, just watch that your stitching lines aren't too close together then you will be picking little pieces of paper off and that can really slow you down.
Comment by Pat Vigil on September 5, 2011 at 10:30pm
I think it depends on the size of your project. Are you going to hand or machine quilt? I think you'll have to trace your design onto your quilt or you can use the cut and iron Madeira stabilizer and trace your design onto that and then quilt or maybe a chalk pounce through a stencil. I've used the Clover fabric pencils and they work pretty good for me. Either way I think you'll be copying and then tracing your pattern. If you find an easier way I'd like to know, Good Luck!

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