Last month I posted about my favourite crazy quilting tools. Today, I am going to share some of my favourite CRAZY QUILTING TEMPLATES.
Through the years I have tried a number of different crazy quilting templates. I have found all work well, it really simply depends on your preference. I’ll focus on two that I use a lot.
Pintangle Crazy Quilt Templates
When I first started crazy quilting, I found Sharon Boggon’s Pintangle blog extremely helpful. At the time she posted regularly sharing a variety of blocks and ideas for seam treatments. Several years ago she introduced her Stitchers Templates. You can create many different patterns to embroider in your CQ projects. They are two sets of 4 laser cut plastic. I like them for the versatility of seam treatments you can stitch. BUT, I really like the fact they are small and easily fit in my needlework kit. They are simple to use, just trace the design and start stitching.
The templates come with an extensive e-book filled with patterns and designs that you can create with the templates. A vast array of possibilities!
Super simple and I use them ALL the time.
Kathy Shaw’s Crazy Quilt Templates
I know some of you will be familiar with Kathy’s website Shawkl. Kathy published a book I believe last year called Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilting. She designed her set of 54 clear acetate templates for marking embroidery stitches shortly thereafter.
Kathy designed these in five transparent and flexible template sheets. They are then cut apart. Each of the individual templates have tiny holes for the needle-up and needle-down positions to create either a seam design or motif. There is a larger hole at the top to accommodate a key ring.
I have used one of Kathy’s templates to stitch the seam treatment shown in my crazy quilt block above. I’ve used a combination of size 8 perle cotton and added some sequins. I’m really happy with how it turned out too!
Kathy also stitched the beaded cabochon in the photo. She used to sell these but I’m unsure if she continues to do so. LOVE it – thank you Kathy.
So where do you find them
I should mention that both Sharon and Kathy have published Crazy Quilting books. I have them in my collection and yes, they are worth checking out!
Do you have some favourite CQ templates?
Hope you are enjoying my crazy quilting favourites series. Not sure what I’ll come up with next but stay tuned.