Quilting Stencils are great to mark your quilts for free-motion quilting perfect designs. They can also be used to mark stencils on fabric for fabric painting, and much, much more!
I love the Quilting Stencils, by Quiltmaker, from the Electric Quilt Company. They are a standalone software program, but EQ6/EQ7 users can also pull these designs into their quilt design programs. And you can size the designs in just about any size you want.
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Here is a video that shows how to use these designs in the EQ Quiltmaker software (you do not need to purchase other software to use, but you can pull these designs into EQ6/EQ7).
For those using a MAC, or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=11&v=x8VvKDjbu_8
There are many ways to use quilting stencils. Here are some of my favorites, but I'm curious what are yours:
- Using a lightbox, or taping your fabric to a window, place your printed quilting design that you've sized for your project, underneath your fabric. Trace the design onto your fabric using a washable fabric marking pen/pencils.
- Use the transfer technique shared by Don Linn in his free 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Tutorial
- While you can use your open toe or darning foot to free-motion quilt the design from your stencil, you can also use permanent fabric marking pens or fabric paint, to color the stencil shape on your fabric to create a beautiful project.