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    Default HELP! Tips and Tricks for Making Quilt Templates

    Hi, gang. I'm really hoping someone can help me out.

    I have a vintage quilt made by my husband's grandmother. All hand stitched and hand quilted. I want to recreate it and I understand the theory behind making templates, but it is fighting me tooth and nail!

    I traced one of the blocks on tracing paper. Using templating plastic, I traced over the individual pieces. Using a straight edge, I measured out 1/4" all the way around. All of the pieces have at least one 45 degree angle. None of the angles are matching up. Even though all Ive done is move out 1/4", but it's just... off. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong? Thanks!
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    Default Re: HELP! Tips and Tricks for Making Quilt Templates

    Maybe if you can share a photo it could help.

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    Default Re: HELP! Tips and Tricks for Making Quilt Templates

    Here are pics. One of the block, one of the traced block, two of different template pieces.

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    If you can't see it from 50 yards away on a galloping horse, it doesn't matter.

    Follow my quilting adventures at Quilting Foote

    Come join all the fun in our Farmer's Granddaughter Quilt Along!

    Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. (I totally ripped this off from S)

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    Default Re: HELP! Tips and Tricks for Making Quilt Templates

    It looks like a tulip block

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    Default Re: HELP! Tips and Tricks for Making Quilt Templates

    It looks like your 1/4" isn't all around your pattern.

    Look at the yellow area #1 and compare it to #2. #1 is much closer to the area than #2 is.

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    What I would do is trace your design, then lay a ruler with a 1/4" mark along the design line and draw a line. Do this for each side and draw the lines beyond the design so the other lines will intersect. I hope that makes sense.

    But another easy way is to find the name of the block, and search for a pattern online! Good luck. It will make a lovely quilt full of memories.

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    Default Re: HELP! Tips and Tricks for Making Quilt Templates

    In my own opinion, I don't believe that you are going to get exactly the same identical measurements that grandmother used. (I could be wrong) I believe that as long as you use the same pattern and your measurements you should be okay. That is just what I think, if I am making any sense at all. LOL!!
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    Default Re: HELP! Tips and Tricks for Making Quilt Templates

    The problem with making templates from an old quilt is that the fabric has shifted, warped and shrunk a bit here and there, so it isn't going to make it easy.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll try one more time to make templates. If that doesn't work, I'll move on to paper piecing. (ugh)

    FYI, I want to make this quilt for my niece, g-granddaughter of the original quilt maker. Niece is getting married 5/3. So... no pressure.
    If you can't see it from 50 yards away on a galloping horse, it doesn't matter.

    Follow my quilting adventures at Quilting Foote

    Come join all the fun in our Farmer's Granddaughter Quilt Along!

    Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. (I totally ripped this off from S)

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    I know this wouldn't be quite the same but May 3rd....hummmm....how about making this a four square pattern and use 3 snow ball ends to make those points. then a solid piece square to attach them to. I dn't think I'm making my self very clear and I don't know how to attach a drawing.

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    Default Re: HELP! Tips and Tricks for Making Quilt Templates

    I'm not sure I understand what you're saying
    If you can't see it from 50 yards away on a galloping horse, it doesn't matter.

    Follow my quilting adventures at Quilting Foote

    Come join all the fun in our Farmer's Granddaughter Quilt Along!

    Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. (I totally ripped this off from S)

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