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    any of you hand piecers out there remember the metal template sets you could buy with the sand paper on the back?

    I found a whole box of them in my sewing room...must date back to the late 80's early 90's!
    THinking I might get rid of these one day soon!

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    I have a few of them. I love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RkayD
    I have a few of them. I love them.
    are yours that funky gray metal, sort of textured?
    They are sure heavy for as thin as they appear. Make great weights!

    I used to hand piece a lot in Alaska and even taught it in the villages, but here in OK I rarely teach and when I do you can bet it is NOT going to be hand piecing!
    I suppose they could be used for regular piecing, these are for making 12" blocks!

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    what a treasure you uncovered! the nice thing about the metal ones is they last alot longer...my plastic/acrylic templates wear out, the edges loose their crispness...that has never happened with the old metal ones. i wish i still had some of my grandma's old ones...i don't know what happened to them but i bet one of my aunt's just tossed them :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    what a treasure you uncovered! the nice thing about the metal ones is they last alot longer...my plastic/acrylic templates wear out, the edges loose their crispness...that has never happened with the old metal ones. i wish i still had some of my grandma's old ones...i don't know what happened to them but i bet one of my aunt's just tossed them :(
    have some of my granny's old cereal box templates...I keep them in a notebook with the baseball card sleeves...I love to look at them!

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    here is a list of the 12" block templates I have.
    wheels, Star of Bethlehem, windblown square, starry path, monkey wrench, castle wall, broken dishes, royal cross, fairlington square, fox and geese, crossed canoes, friendship knot, clay's choice, twisting star, drunkard's path.

    I googled the name on them which is Roy Daniels-tinsmith, but came up with NOTHING on them.
    Some of these are pretty difficult blocks! Not sure what I was thinking when I bought them!

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    Do they have holes in them? You could string them together and make a wind chime.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew
    Do they have holes in them? You could string them together and make a wind chime.....
    yes, they do....but they are great to use..so no wind chimes yet!

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    They sound like Ardco templates. I love these because the edge does not deteriorate and minimal slipping when tracing. I'm sure other handpiecers would love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDQuilts
    They sound like Ardco templates. I love these because the edge does not deteriorate and minimal slipping when tracing. I'm sure other handpiecers would love them.
    nope, they are not Ardco, I googled them and found out they are a coated metal and have a window. These are bare tin with sandpaper on the back and are solid..no windows!

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