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Rulers or Templates?

Rulers or Templates?

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National Sewing Month 2013

Dear Moda Fans, 

I am so pleased to be a guest blogger at the Cutting Table Blog for the Measure Twice, Cut Once discussion.  Let me introduce myself!  I am Sue Pelland, the designer of the Leaves Galore Templates.  Templates, you ask? 

Why are they Leaves Galore templates and not the Leaves Galore rulers?  My explanation is this: templates are made to cut a variety of unusual shapes, such as leaves, vines, ribbons and flowers.  You know, shapes for applique.  Rulers generally cut traditional piecing shapes such as squares, rectangles and triangles.  Rulers measure things, so you can measure the correct size square, rectangle or triangle. 

Christmas Ribbons,  A Leaves Galore Pattern

My templates allow you to cut curved edge shapes for fusible or hand applique, such as almond shaped leaves or melons (like the center of this Christmas Quilt),  "S" and "Z" curves (that make up the ribbon on this quilt) and beautiful lemon-shaped leaves (behind the poinsettia flowers).  And the best part is, you can cut these shapes with your rotary cutter up to four layers at a time!

Three size templates are available to give quilters a wide range of curves. These versatile tools can also be used for marking quilting designs and cutting serpentine edges on quilts prior to binding.  But they are also marked with ruler markings, so you get accurately sized shapes every time.  So, you get the best of both worlds, rulers and templates in one!

There are so many ways to use the Leaves Galore templates.  I recently wrote a book covering all the different things they can do.  This book is the ultimate owner’s manual for the Leaves Galore templates.

Maybe the best way to describe what the templates can do is to show you a video of cutting with them.  I have five videos on suepellanddesigns.com so you can watch and learn new curved cutting skills.  I also teach you how to use Mistyfuse, and many of the steps needed to make the lovely quilts in the book.

Here is one of the videos so you can see how it is done!  

Once you start using Leaves Galore, you will be hooked!  Then get ready for my new line of templates that will debut at Houston Quilt Market in October.  They will go live on my website the same day as Market, so visit suepellanddesigns.com in October to see what all the excitement is about, or sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when they are released!  New Sue Pelland Design templates mean new shapes for Rotary Cut Applique!  I can't wait to show you all the quilts I have in the works using Hearts and More but in the meantime, let me show you some patterns available for the Leaves Galore templates.

Hope's Diamond, A Leaves Galore Pattern
Melissa's Quilt, A Leaves Galore Pattern
Promise Ring, A Leaves Galore Pattern
Splish Splash, A Leaves Galore Pattern
Eve's Garden, A Leaves Galore Pattern

I will be giving away a Leaves Galore templates to one lucky winner! To enter, please leave a comment and let me know if you have made a quilt using Leaves Galore.  If this is the first you have heard about these exciting templates or if you have them already let me know that too!  

You will have until September 30th at midnight to comment.  All winners will be randomly selected and announced on Moda…The Cutting Table Blog on October 2nd.
Make sure to visit the blog every day for the opportunity to win each giveaway!

Have a wonderful Quilting Day!  Sue Pelland

Sue Pelland Designs
4 Rockdale Hill Circle
Upton, MA