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Old 08-13-2017, 06:09 AM
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I bought a 4 x 8ft piece of bathroom paneling. Cost roughly for the paneling is about $15.00 or maybe a little more. Maybe you can split the cost between another quilter. The thickness is 1/16th. Don't have to worry about your rotary cutter thru your template. I started out with the paper template Then eventually trace it on that paper thin semi clear plastic. After I cut the paper thin template. I take my template and trace it on my bathroom paneling. If I'm cutting a house shape template. I cut it roughly 1/2'' to 3/4'' bigger with a box cutter. Everything is cut with scissors, until I get to the bathroom paneling. I've done this process for quite a while. Wont go back to using hat paper thin plastic. 1 more thing just curious what have you's done to make your templates. Don-isewman[ATTACH=CONFIG]578781[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]578780[/ATTACH]
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:13 AM
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I use template plastic - I like to be able to see what is "under" the template - I do a lot of fussy cutting.
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Don, that's very clever! I actually haven't used templates in a long time. But that's not to say I never will. Templates are what I started with when I learned how to quilt.
Thanks for the info!
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I hope I did this right. Trying to post to quick post[ATTACH=CONFIG]578782[/ATTACH]Don isewman
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thanks for taking the time to do this tutorial
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:42 PM
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Good idea. I've used plastic lids from tubs of butter, etc. I have some fairly large lids. I cut the edges off and store them stacked. so I always have them ready for use. They take very little space with the lips cut off.
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Great idea. I too don't like the thin stuff.
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:28 AM
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I went to Lowe's and had them cut me a 4.5" square out of plexiglass and I think it was a dollar or so, much cheaper than buying it. My husband has also cut out other shapes from thinner plexiglass and that has worked for me too.
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I've said before that if there is a specific template that makes my life easier as a quilter that I will buy it. Most templates are basic and can be used over and over. But if it something that has set around here for over a year or so I will sell it on Facebook or pass it to a friend.
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I buy plastic placements from the dollar store
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