Stencils and Hand Quilting with them ~ Tutorial

Today on facebook I posted this picture of hand quilting I am currently working on …

It spawned several comments and questions.. so I thought I would do a blog post all about it to share with you all πŸ™‚

This is the stencil I am using.. I bought it at JoAnne’s in their miniscule quilting section I think…

As you can tell it is a string of butterflies.. πŸ™‚ Β I needed a stencil 3″ wide for this wider sashing on a quilt I am working on…

So try to choose a Continuous line stencil .. most are made that way these days anyway! lol

You can view and purchase templates online and Stencil Company or Stencils International company… or you may find some at Joanne’s and occasionally in quilt shops… but I rarely find anything but most common there unfortunately…

So decide what you are marking with and trace it out on a sheet of paper if the path you should go to make it “continuous” is not obvious…

So above is this stencil traced out with my blue Mark-Be-Gone water soluble pen… with the stencil laying beside it…

See these openings where I didn’t draw??

Those are “legs” and keep the template in 1 piece with giving you the ending of a continuous stitch design…

Here is a close up of the stencil.. check out those Legs! lol

I have only highlighted some of the legs here… but notice the black arrow in BOTH of the above shots.. that makes this one tricky to figure out… so do this..

After you trace your stencil go back with the same device for marking you already used and fill in the “legs”..

Above are my quilting lines to keep it continuous and avoid traveling πŸ™‚

This tutorial was made for some of my fave fb groups… because it was popular there I am sharing with…
Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation.. Needle and Thread Thursday AKA NTT… HereπŸ™‚
Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict (and she really is!!! lol)…. Β HERE πŸ™‚
and Happy Thanksgiving Canada at Kathy’s Quilts… Slow Sunday Stitching … HERE πŸ™‚

Here is a cutie I found in an Australian’s fb page I follow…

You see it is Spring “Down Under”.. their seasons are opposite ours πŸ˜‰

“Charm Dance” ~ Designed and Quilted by Wendy Gontier

Speaking of Australian Best Friends… I have the best one!!! And she recently did a YOUTUBE video about hand sewing down the binding on a quilt… GO HERE >>>> Wendy Gontier Β <<<<< Β To watch it… leave a comment or hit the thumbs up and subscribe to her channel if you like it.. she is an EXCELLENT teacher too!!!
But I loved it and wanted to share it with you all… I do hope the ups and downs of daily life… are mainly with needle and thread this season πŸ™‚

Until my next post.. PINK POST STILL IN THE WORKS!!!! lol

12 thoughts on “Stencils and Hand Quilting with them ~ Tutorial

  1. LA Paylor

    oh that takes me back! I did all hand quilting when I started long ago… used stencils to mark and it was calming. I just did another hand quilted little thing, and it was just as satisfying. Make sure to really wet that blue marker…I had one come back once. LeeAnna

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  2. Anonymous

    Great stencil tut. Butterflies do make for a great border. Love the Australian cutie. Hope to catch the youtube video later.

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