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DebsShelties 10-23-2011 03:30 AM

At a quilt meeting a month ago, stencils were shown, how to use etc. One method was to trace onto paper (a wax type) then sew on the lines. I have been doing that. When I trace the stencil, I use a foam board and sharpies - keeps the ink on the paper.
Something new for me, I am enjoying getting new stencils for later projects.

quilts4charity 10-23-2011 03:48 AM

Great idea, I may give that a try.

Painiacs 10-23-2011 03:54 AM

Like wax paper? How welll wax paper come off? Thanks

QuiltnNan 10-23-2011 03:54 AM

nice tip, thanks

carolaug 10-23-2011 03:56 AM

Do the stitches get loose when you pull off the paper?

AlwaysQuilting 10-23-2011 03:58 AM


Originally Posted by DebsShelties
At a quilt meeting a month ago, stencils were shown, how to use etc. One method was to trace onto paper (a wax type) then sew on the lines. I have been doing that. When I trace the stencil, I use a foam board and sharpies - keeps the ink on the paper.
Something new for me, I am enjoying getting new stencils for later projects.

Interesting idea.
But how do you keep the paper from shifting while you're stitching? Do you iron the wax paper to the quilt top or maybe spray adhesive?

pamelainsa 10-23-2011 04:01 AM

I also use what we call 'grease proof paper'. I trace a design that I want to quilt then depending how many I need of that design I cut my paper to size and either pin or staple it together with the traced design on top. I then sew on the lines with my machine using an old needle and no thread. I then use this as a 'stencil'! The paper comes off very easily after it has been sewn onto your quilt. I normally remove paper whilst watching TV in the evenings!

pamelainsa 10-23-2011 04:02 AM

I pin the design to the quilt using straight pins

DebsShelties 10-23-2011 04:07 AM


Originally Posted by Painiacs
Like wax paper? How welll wax paper come off? Thanks

I think about the same as this gold paper I am using, got it at a local quilt shop.
It's seethru gold color. Maybe I needed to say freezer type paper?

DebsShelties 10-23-2011 04:09 AM


Originally Posted by pamelainsa
I pin the design to the quilt using straight pins

I pin mine to the quilt with straight pins too. I know it seems like extra steps to trace onto paper then pin then sew etc. For me it seems better than tracing the pattern onto the quilt.


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