Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 2012 FMQ Challenge

FMQ-Apr-2This month’s free motion quilting expert, Don Linn has provided an excellent tutorial on making quilting stencils.  His technique involves an embroidery hoop, fine tulle fabric and permanent markers to create the stencil.  He suggests using a wooden hoop, but I didn’t have one and my local sewing store only had the plastic variety.  I purchased one and found that the plastic hoop held the tulle just fine. After I made the stencil I transferred the design to my practice quilt block using a green chalk pencil.  Overall, I’m pleased with this new technique.

After I did the practice exercise using the design Don provided, I made a small flower stencil for the quilt I’m currently working on.  This time I used two pieces of cereal box cardboard and cut a 4-1/2" square window opening in the center using an exacto knife.  Then I stretched the tulle over one piece of cardboard and taped it in place with painter’s tape to secure it while I added the second piece of cardboard, sandwiching the tulle in the middle, and then stapled the cardboard together.  I had intended on using glue to hold the cardboard pieces together, but my glue was all dried up.  The end product is a small stencil that I plan on storing in a notebook for future use. 

Be sure to go check out Don’s tutorial at SewGalCal blog.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Sewing!!!
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