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Thread: I Need some help!

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    Hi Everyone!
    First, I would like to say that I LOVE this board!!
    Everyone here is so nice and helpful!

    I am very new to quilting. I just started working on my first quilt ever and I am soooooo excited!!!! :mrgreen:

    I was wondering where I might be able to find some templates to trace for hand quilting. I machine pieced my quilt top and want to try hand quilting to get the feel for it and see if I am any good at it haha.

    My fabric has A LOT of dragonflys on it and also some butterflys and flowers.

    I am preferably looking for a template of a dragonfly with maybe also a butterfly template and a flower or two or maybe a pretty leaf design.

    Here is the fabric I used. The back is the same as the green but in Yellow. And I have turned the green stripes vertical.

    http://www.joann.com/joann/shop/shop...9/369799_p.jpg

    http://www.joann.com/joann/shop/shop...9/369798_p.jpg

    http://www.joann.com/joann/shop/shop...9/362290_p.jpg

    http://www.joann.com/joann/shop/shop...7/365379_p.jpg

    Any comments would be MUCH appreciated. I feel a little lost with all of this but I am excited to take this adventure! :D

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    Check at Joan's. They have quilting stencils in the quilting area. If you can't find what you want there, check in the painting section and in the scrapbooking section.

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    I was hoping for something free as I have a small budget to work with each week and I just spent this week's on the backing and the batting.

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    You can check on the internet for clip art of dragonflies. Then enlarge/shrink them to the size you want. Print them on freezer paper and iron them onto your quilt and sew right through them. Tear them away when finished.

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    and the freezer paper wont leave a film or anything sticky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarpumpkin
    and the freezer paper wont leave a film or anything sticky?
    Not freezer paper. It's used by quilters everywhere for paper piecing.

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    Great! Thank you so much for your help!

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    Your fabric is just gorgeous!! Did you post a finished picture of the top?? We would all love to see it....

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    I havent yet, but I will take a picture when I get home and try to post it tonight :) I am really excited about it! Its my "own design"

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    Not sure if this is something you are looking for or not, but they are free motifs...just look under Free Patterns, then about 1/2 way down the page, there are the motifs. http://www.forestquilting.com
    Hope this helps....starting out can get so expensive :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharonC
    Not sure if this is something you are looking for or not, but they are free motifs...just look under Free Patterns, then about 1/2 way down the page, there are the motifs. http://www.forestquilting.com
    Hope this helps....starting out can get so expensive :)

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!!!! This is totally what I am looking for! Thank you!!!!!! :thumbup:

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    You're welcome. Can't wait to see the finished product :) No pressure, just love pictures of other ppl's work--inspires me to finish my WIPs.

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    Oh I almost forgot, check out your library when you get a chance. They usually have some great books you can check out and (using the freezer paper) you can trace the ones you like.

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    I cant wait to try out this freezer paper method!

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    You could simply trace patterns off your fabric to use as templates and enlarge them on a photocopier, if necessary.

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    I cant believe I never thought of that. I guess I am just too excited!

    That would be a great idea thought because then they would match my fabric!
    Thanx Prism!

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    You know, for a first-time hand quilter, my suggestion is to just do straight lines first. They are much easier than trying to work around a pattern. You can lay some painter's tape (that blue stuff) down on the quilt as a guide; it won't leave any sticky residue.

    You could do all straight lines, or you could do just enough straight lines to make large blocks and then quilt a dragonfly or butterfly inside each large block.

    Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

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    Thank you all for your help! It means a lot to me since I am sort of on my own with this quilting thing here.

    I always seem to tend to go big when trying something for the first time. Bad habit I have I guess haha
    But I think I might try the straight lines first and then the dragonfly thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharonC
    Not sure if this is something you are looking for or not, but they are free motifs...just look under Free Patterns, then about 1/2 way down the page, there are the motifs. http://www.forestquilting.com
    Hope this helps....starting out can get so expensive :)
    I hadn't heard of this site. Thanks for mentioning it. It can be helpful to lots of us.

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    dear i know what your talking about.when you pinch that penny till it yells.
    i make a lot of my own stincles.i looked at your fabric an you could trace one of you dragonflys off your material an either inlarge itwith your computer or make it smaller.if

    hope this comes through
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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy
    dear i know what your talking about.when you pinch that penny till it yells.
    i make a lot of my own stincles.i looked at your fabric an you could trace one of you dragonflys off your material an either inlarge itwith your computer or make it smaller.if

    Thats a beautiful butterfly...Thank you so much!

    I just want to say that I REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate all the help you ladies are giving me!

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    i have you abutterfly under my name so you can use it ok

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    dizzy - what an awesome design - it looks like it's continuous -

    what do we need to do to get your permission to use it?

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    I don't care who uses it i don't mind sharing

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    Thank you.

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