I have purchased a few quilting stencils over the years but admit I don’t often use them as they’re often more trouble than they’re worth. My recent experience only confirms my thoughts. I tend towards ‘no-mark’ free motion quilting for a reason, however, on my Camborne quilt I felt something more formal was required. I have one large feather and cable quilting stencil and though it was a bit small I thought I would draw it up in EQ and enlarge it to suit my border. When I bought the stencil some years ago the shop didn’t have the corner stencil available at the time. Anyway off I set to draw it up and print if off in EQ and started stitching away. I knew the shop had the corner stencils available now and thought I’d finish quilting the border up to the corner and then pop down to the shop and pick up the corner stencil when I needed it.
I got the stencil home and drew it up in EQ. I couldn’t get it to work no matter what I did to it. I turned and flipped it but could see there was no way this thing was every going to work. I thought I might have even stitched the design facing out instead of in but I’m still not sure about that, I’m sure I followed the picture on the stencil. What to do, what to do? A couple of disturbed nights sleep later I thought I’d just have to make the best of it and decided to just continue the cable and overlap the feathers to cover the ends of the cables. It works, it may not be a flowing design but it works for me.
This is the original stencil design.
This is what I came up with.