The Benefits of Quilting Templates – Free Tutorial

You know the saying, “Measure twice, cut once?” That goes double for quilting. Everything has to fit together just right, or the pattern won’t come out. If you have even a little trouble with measuring and cutting you’ll appreciate this surefire quilted table runner pattern, made even more foolproof with  a pair of multipurpose quilting templates.

Benefits of Quilting Templates

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Quilting templates save time and spur creativity.

1. Templates increase accuracy. The hard plastic is made to measure, holds its shape, and won’t wear out like cardboard.

2. Templates save time. You can cut against the template with a rotary cutter, instead of having to trace and then cut out the fabric with scissors.

3. Templates boost creativity. When you have a sturdy, pre-made template or template set, you’re more likely to try intricate or unique quilt blocks.

4. Templates make fussy cutting a breeze. The see-through acrylic allows you to center your design or feature exactly what part of the fabric you want.

Going in Circles Quilted Table Runner

All you need to make this gem is 30 pre-cut 10″ squares, the Fons & Porter Peek-a-Boo template set, batting, a glue stick, and basic quilting supplies.

quilted table runner
This quilt-as-you-go table runner comes together quickly when you use the Peek-a-Boo template set from Fons & Porter.

Here are the directions, as demonstrated by quilting specialist Colleen Tauke in our Quilting Quickly video.

1. Place the 10″ circle template on top of the wrong side of one of the fabric squares and trace around it using your favorite marking tool.

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Start by tracing a circle on the backs of 15 squares using the 10″ circle piece of the Peek-a-Boo template set. Note the slot in the top of the template.

2. Using the slot in the template and a rotary cutter, cut a slit into the fabric. Repeat these steps on 14 more squares.

3. Place each of the marked squares together with a coordinating unmarked square, right sides together, and stitch along the marked circle. Repeat with all the remaining squares.

4. Use the square template to cut out 15 pieces of batting.

quilt template batting
Use the square template piece to cut your batting mark where to place the square. Affix the batting inside the circle with a dab of glue stick.

5. Place the square template on each of the stitched circles (the side with the slit) and mark the corners.

6. Dab the glue stick inside each of the marked corners and position a square of batting on top, making sure the corners of the batting are inside the stitched circle and the slit is not covered.

7. With fabric scissors, cut away the fabric outside of the circle, leaving an 1/8″ seam allowance. Turn each circle right side out, through the slit. Ease the seam crease out with your fingers until it’s smooth and press.

circles table runner pressing
Turn the circle right-side out, gently pushing the seam smooth with your finger Press.

8. Place the square template on each of the turned and pressed circles (the side with the slit) and trace around it with your marking tool. This will be your seam line.

9. Put two complementary circles together, unmarked sides facing, and stitch along the seam line. Add a third circle in the same way. Make five rows of three and press the seams open.

Assembling the table runner
Stitch three circles together to form the short rows, then stitch the five rows together.

10. Join the rows in the same way as above, but matching up the entire row to the next row. Stitch along the seam lines and press open, so all the seam allowance “flaps” fold toward the center of the squares.

11. Stitch the flaps down as you wish, by hand, with a zigzag or blanket stitch, or with another decorative stitch.

Fun new templates come out all the time. They’re so popular, our friends at Fons & Porter have started a Quilting Template of the Month Club.

Sign up to receive a new template or template set, two or more project patterns, video instruction, and enough quilt fabric to make the small project of the month quilt top and binding. Learn more about the Quilting Template of the Month Club now.

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Cate Coulacos Prato loves fabric, thread, and dabbles in all types of fabric art. As Senior Online Editor for Keepsake Quilting, she welcomes your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and discussion on quilts, quilting, fabric shopping, and the quilting community.

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