Machine Quilting Stencils

Stencils are wonderful suggestions. They are a quick way to set the style of the quilt top.

If you have ever spent hours trying to pick just the right stencils your quilt tops here are some great ways to make the process easier for you and a lot more fun.

  1. Keep a theme and style consistent with the whole look and feel of the quilt top....consider:

    1. Is it a beach theme, or outdoors, or floral?​

    2. It is formal or casual?

    3. Are the fabric prints realistic or stylized?

    4. Are the blocks traditional or non-traditional?

    5. Are the fabrics traditional or non-traditional?

    6. Are the block randomly laid out or in a regular format?

    7. Will you see the machine quilting or will it blend in with the heavily patterned fabric?

    8. Do you have to enlarge the pattern, shrink the pattern, or can you used parts of the stencil to create even more interest coordinating designs for all areas of the quilt top?
       

  2. Pick 3 coordinating stencil patterns that you feel are in keeping with the quilts overall theme.​

    1. Choose the focus stencil which will be the most noticeable on the quilt and you will really see the quilting, like in a block or border.

    2. Choose a medium size stencil for other areas of the quilt like setting triangles.

    3. Pick a background neutral fill pattern for areas where the quilting is not so noticeable like a geometric to accent the curves of your other pattern choices.

See how many times this one design by Lynda Smith AQS Author of Quilt This! Book has been segmented and can be rearranged  creating dozens of different patterns for blocks, sashings, borders, fills and meanders.

(C) Lynda Smith

Here are a few ideas for using the stencils.

  1. Keep a theme and style consistent with the whole look and feel of the quilt top....consider:

    1. Is it a beach theme, or outdoors, or floral?​

    2. It is formal or casual?

    3. Are the fabric prints realistic or stylized?

    4. Are the blocks traditional or non-traditional?

    5. Are the fabrics traditional or non-traditional?

    6. Are the block randomly laid out or in a regular format?

    7. Will you see the machine quilting or will it blend in with the heavily patterned fabric?

    8. Do you have to enlarge the pattern, shrink the pattern, or can you used parts of the stencil to create even more interest coordinating designs for all areas of the quilt top?
       

  2. Pick 3 coordinating stencil patterns that you feel are in keeping with the quilts overall theme.​

    1. Choose the focus stencil which will be the most noticeable on the quilt and you will really see the quilting, like in a block or border.

    2. Choose a medium size stencil for other areas of the quilt like setting triangles.

    3. Pick a background neutral fill pattern for areas where the quilting is not so noticeable like a geometric to accent the curves of your other pattern choices.
       

  3. Use different parts of the stencils and create new designs to us in:

    1. Spines​

    2. Corner turns

    3. Half-square triangles

    4. Divide spaces

    5. Meanders and Fills

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