Teaching Your Templates Cutting Tricks
Our latest book, More Bang for the Buck, published earlier this year, was written to help you get even more value from your From Marti Michell template sets. You may have owned templates before you started this project, or you may have just bought them for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler, but we want you to use them on future projects, too.
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The book includes:
- how to convert quilts with ruler cutting instructions to template cutting,
- clues for determining which template set is perfect for replicating an antique quilt you snapped a picture of at a show,
- why 1.414 should be a quilter’s favorite number
- and so much more.
Ask for More Bang for the Buck! at your local quilt shop or visit our website.
With Belle (Template Conversion Chart #5) we cut the house shape this way:
In Susannah (Chart #8) we cut this shape, and the same shape for Katherine in mirror image:
In Jenny (Chart #10) we learned how to cut parallelograms with a triangle whether you're left- or right-handed (shown here: right-handed):
And, in Ava (Chart #19, download below), there are two cutting tricks. One, typically called the Honeycomb, is similar to the house. It only works with our square templates because of the engineered corners on our squares. They give an acrylic edge to align perfectly with the edge of the fabric square.
It may not seem like a huge trick when the square you need to cut in Ava is a 1-1/2 inch square. It is easy to cut a 1-1/2 inch square with a ruler and if you own Set N, it includes a 1-1/2 inch square template to cut a 1-inch finished square.
However, we loved this trick when we recently needed to cut a 1-9/16 inch square to match the leg on triangle A-7 and a 1-9/16 inch acrylic-square does not appear in any of our template sets. So, it is rather like a trick play in football…you don’t need it very often, but when you need it, you need it!
My Ava Block
Click the link to download the Template Conversion Chart for Ava: