Creative Grids Machine Quilting Templates –Part 2 of 3 – Border Curves.
This is the second article in a series that explain how to use templates when doing long arm machine quilting.
Only the sewing foot on the right is safe to use with longarm quilting templates. Because it actually hops up/down, it is called a hopping foot.
What to look for –
As mentioned before, templates must be about ¼” thick. They must also be cut to accommodate the distortion caused by the hopping foot. Look carefully at the cut edge of the Machine Guide. Notice that the curvature at the upper and lower edges is different. The peak has a tighter arc, and the valley has a wider one. This shows how much distortion there is, caused by the hopping foot.
Border Curve Template - 2 pieces
So, if you buy a curved template that looks perfect, it won’t stitch perfectly. Creative Grids has solved that by correcting the cut edge, and providing a two piece border template, which shows the Stitch line placement.
Both parts are used together when auditioning the placement. When the alignment is good, remove the Placement Guide, leaving the Machine Guide where it is. Move the machine into position and stitch!
Other important features include a laser cut with smooth edges, like they had been buffed after they were cut. All outside corners should be rounded so they can’t puncture the fabric. The Creative Grids Gripper Strips are awesome because they prevent the template from slipping when it is being used as a machine guide.
The templates shown are the Creative Grids Sweet Set Border Curves. Although sold individually, there are 4 different repeats in a set. Included in every package is a chart that is used to choose a template repeat which will ensure accurate corners.
The chart suggests which repeat size to use, based on the border measurements of the quilt.
The instructions are easy:
- Mark (the miter lines and border center lines) and Measure (the center line, miter to miter across the top and down the side).
- Look up the measurements, noting which repeats have check-marks. The check-mark means that template will result in perfect corners.
- Choose a template size that works with both measurements.
- Stitch the border curve design. When done, add free motion designs that complement the quilt top and/or fabrics.
For more detailed instructions, go to my website www.PatBarryQuilts.com and download the chart and the instructions.
Here are examples of what you can do with the Creative Grids Sweet Set Border Curves.
Another articles about Creative Grids Sweet Set Concentric Shapes will follow.
Always “checking” for a better way to quilt! Sewlong,
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