Whether you know it or not, there’s a pattern written for quilt templates that’s just your style. Maybe you associate template piecing with “the way things used to be”, or maybe you’re a modern quilter who thinks templates are just for more traditional quilts. Perhaps you’re a beginning quilter and you think template piecing is a more advanced skill, or you wonder if templates are just one-hit wonders (spoiler alert: they’re not!).
Well, we’re here to prove to you that templates are for all quilters!
We asked Quilting Company team members to tell us about template patterns they particularly admire, and as you can see, the designs they selected range from traditional to modern, and almost all are beginner-friendly. Still unsure about template piecing? Take a look at this selection!
“I am fascinated by Sprockets, a throw quilt designed by Tammy Silvers for McCall’s Quilting. I’m intrigued by the design because it has a unique modern vibe and I can just imagine my friends standing back in amazement asking the question, ‘How did you ever make that quilt?’”
“I love the graphic and modern appeal of Prickle by Daina Vandeyar. Although it looks complicated, it is constructed with only one 6″ block set on point so it is an ideal project for a novice quilter. Color placement and shifts in value also play a big role in making this quilt so appealing.”
“I’m really loving the look of the Spruced Goose pattern by Nancy Mahoney from Quilting Quickly. It’s made with the Tri-Recs templates. The piecing is really simple, and it’s made using beautiful batik pre-cuts, so it comes together quickly!”
“The simplicity of the design of Sirkel by Daisy Aschehoug is what makes it so striking—four circles on a neutral background. However, the maker can choose to alter the feel of this piece with just a few color adjustments. I’d love to make a few of these and play with value placement!”
“I’d like to take a spin with the Twisted Triangles quilt pattern made with the Twisted Pinwheel Template (which was featured in episode #2509 of “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting”). The possibilities are endless! This pattern adapts well whether you’re planning a quilt that is modern, traditional, monochromatic, or colorful. Another cool idea is to trapunto alternating twists to create some fun, pillowy hexagons!”
“It was love at first sight when I spotted Modern Fans by Suzy Williams in the pages of QuiltCon 2016! Not only is her color palette gorgeous, but I also admire the way she incorporates wonky strips within the precise confines of quarter-circle blocks. For the next couple of years, I chalked this quilt up to cubical eye candy because I hadn’t yet tapped into the hubris required to jump into this project full of curves.
Happily, I’ve just begun working on my own version of Modern Fans thanks to encouragement from a couple coworkers and a sew along for the project run by Suzy. It turns out my fear of curves and the accompanying templates were completely unfounded! It is, in fact, possible to cut out the shapes and keep them organized. Plus, the actual sewing of the curves was way easier than I anticipated. I can’t wait to see this quilt complete!”