So today I tried template work on my long arm machine. It's pretty tough - I thought. Maybe I just lack the hand coordination (holding with one, moving the machine with the other). Maybe my template was too big (tried HandiQuilter's clamshell). I know "practice, practice, practice". It's a charity quilt for the children's hospital, so I'm sure it's ok. Had a few shells look a bit wonky. I liked it though because I didn't have to roll the quilt as much as I do with pantographs.
Happy New Year and happy quilting!