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Thread: Help with a template

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    I have a template that does not include the 1/4 inch seam allowance and its a circle...how do I trace it AND include the seam allowance? I don't get why they would make a template including the seam allowance.

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    don't have answer for you. wonder if you can use a compass? bummer.

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    Other than the 1/4 seam allownace ruler I am not sure how to add, and since its a circle OH MY :roll: Can you find another circle just a bit bigger and use it as a guide ?

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    could you make a new template from this one...adding the seam allowance to the new template?

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    Its some sort of metal and it goes with a square template for a particular pattern. I just bought it at the quilt show and didn't read that part until I got home. I thought there might be a little gadget that you put on your pencil that adds 1/4 inch but heck if I can find it anywhere on the internet.

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    Cut a string 1/4" longer than the radius of the circle. Pin your string at the center point. Hold a pencil at the other end and pivot.

    Here is a ling that shows the radius line of a cirlce so you can see what I'm talking about.

    http://www.mathopenref.com/radius.html


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    I've got to quit posting without my glasses! The typos are getting bad!

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    Circles are the hardest thing for me to sew.. I have parkinson's the stress of keeping the curve causes my hands to shake more.. I miss sewing curves. There are so many new things and .. I would love to finish a Sunbonnet Sue baby quilt !!!

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    I make all of my templates without the seam allowance.. I'm a hand stitcher.. that way I mark the stitching line, then add 1/4" and have a cutting line...
    Easiest way to add seam allowance is to take 1/4" ruler and make a series of dots around the perimeter of the circle, then join them together. you can do this on a sheet of plastic template material and have a new template, seam allowance and all. You can also buy a "flexible" 1/4" strip at LQS for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryanne
    Its some sort of metal and it goes with a square template for a particular pattern. I just bought it at the quilt show and didn't read that part until I got home. I thought there might be a little gadget that you put on your pencil that adds 1/4 inch but heck if I can find it anywhere on the internet.
    Actually, there's a gadjet that holds 2 pencils 1/4-inch apart. Theoretically, at least, you can trace 2 lines at one time. This would work only if the circle is a solid template. Won't work if the circle is cut out of a larger template.

    Is this for piecing or applique? I saw a neat technique on a quilting show where the teacher ironed a freezer paper circle to the wrong side of fabric. The freezer paper edge acted as her guide when she pieced the circle into the background fabric. In that case, there would be no need to mark 1/4-inch seam allowance as the seam allowance doesn't matter much; it is the edge of the freezer paper that matters. The other portion of the freezer paper (the square with the circle cut out of the middle) was ironed onto the background fabric. Just wondering if your templates could have been purchased for that specific technique.

    If the circle is supposed to be appliqued on the fabric, I would just trace the template onto freezer paper and use that to form the circle (a la Harriet Hargrave).

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    The template is for a pattern called circular patchwork, it looks like an orange peel pattern or robbing peter to pay paul. The template has heavy metal with a rough side so it won't slip on fabric. I'll see if I can just use the templates at the size they are ..

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    Trace the template onto card stock or cardboard, or whatever you are using to make your template. Then tape two pencils together, you might have to try different pencils or pens markers whatever to get the leads 1/4 inch apart. Then place ONE of the leads on the line and trace it making sure the other lead is touching whatever you are using to make the template. You will have an exact copy except one will have a 1/4 inch seam allowance! I have done it this way many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryanne
    Its some sort of metal and it goes with a square template for a particular pattern. I just bought it at the quilt show and didn't read that part until I got home. I thought there might be a little gadget that you put on your pencil that adds 1/4 inch but heck if I can find it anywhere on the internet.
    There used to be a rubber thing that held two pencils side by side to add seam allowances. you can probably get the same result by using DUCT TAPE (lol!) or masking tape to hold them together. Worth a try. If you have one of those 1/2" rulers to divide squares into triangles, the center slot is 1/4". You could put your pencil in the slot, and pivot the sides around your circle template.

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    Mark a series of dots 1/4 inch from the edge of the template and then connect the dots or find a plate or lid that meets the right dimensions to trace around. It's amazing how many "templates" a kitchen holds.

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    somewhere i have a tiny medal flat circle with a hole in the center. it's made to go around templates adding the seam allowance.

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    A washer with 1/4" from outside edge to hole edge would work, too.

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    I have that set, I just used a pencil and traced around the template and then cut out both circles. Since the seam allowance is totally on the inside it doesn't show so you can just guesstimate your seam allowance.

    If you are making the small ornament sized one, I did find that it made a better ornament and turned nicer when I used interfacing on one of the circles.

    I just used the square one for pressing. Did you buy the pattern. I have to admit I found it annoying that it came without any directions.

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    If you can't find the doodad nativetexan referred to, get a 1/4" button.
    Butt the button up against the template, put the point of a mechanical pencil into one of the button holes and zip that baby right around the template.
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