Making Quilt Templates


Today we are making a few templates for the Farmer’s Wife Quilt. It really is easy. Just a few supplies are needed. Template material such as cardboard, template plastic, or heavy cardstock. This should be something sturdy to hold up against several uses. Glue, I used Fabric Tac Glue by Beacon. It doesn’t distort the paper like most glues do. A pair of sharp craft scissors not your fabric scissors and of course your printed templates

Supplies are Template plastic, Fabri-Tac, Scissor and printed template

The templates for this pattern come with the book on CD . Just follow the instruction to print them, that came with the book. Be sure that when you print them, that it prints to actual size. Some printers will automatically adjust the image. You don’t want your printer to do that. The results will be a block that is not the correct size . This book also gives permission to print the templates at your local copy shop.

The next step is to rough cut the paper printed template out and glue it to the template material. I used template plastic, but as I stated above you can also use what ever sturdy material you have on hand. Even cereal boxes works well. Let the glue set a few minutes or the paper will slide.

There are two lines on the template a dotted line which represents a cutting line, and a solid line which represents a stitch line. I have chosen to cut the template on the stitch line. I will be drawing around the template and cutting it 1/4 larger then the solid line ( I show this in the next post)

I store the finished template into an envelope that I have decorated with some scrapbook paper. I also created a check list so I could keep track of which templates were done.


The Farmer’s Wife Quilt


I purchase The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book by Laurie Aaron Hird. The book contain response  letters asking the question would you want your daughter to marry a farmer. The book also contains a CD on it are templates to make the 111; 6 inch blocks that are inspired by the letters.

I am going to make this quilt. My goal is to make 1 to 2 blocks a week. (right now there is so much going on it maybe hard to do.) Share my progress here with every week and see how it is going. Today I did some prep-work. I purchased the fabric. I’m not sure I have enough but the quilt is kind of scrappy. I plan on add more from my stash as needed or purchase some more as I find what I like. After all a quilter “can never have too much fabric”. I washed and press the fabric. 100_3036

My next step was to read about the first letter and print the templates needed to make the first 2 block. Yes quilters I am making this quilt by hand using templates. I’ll share how I make the templates in my next post.

Here are some reviews about the book itself. The graphic and diagrams are excellent. The instruction on printing the templates are very clear. If followed you should get good results sewing the block together. The Farmer’s Wife sampler quilt is not a how to make a quilt book. Basic understanding of sewing  quilt blocks is needed.