One of the reasons I decided to join in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along is because I knew it would stretch me to use a variety of quilting techniques.
One of my favorite parts in the learning curve so far has been following my friend Lori Holt (Bee In My Bonnet) as she taught us how to draft patterns on graph paper.
Drafting was useful in many of the patterns, but cannot be applied to all.
Some of the patterns require using the templates provided on the CD in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book.
From the CD you can print out all the templates.
!Remember to set your printer on "none" so they come out the correct size!
I keep the printed pages in a file folder.
For my first sample block using templates, I went with the easiest one I could find.
#77 Seasons has 3 common shapes.
Some of the patterns are more complicated.
I'll do those after I've had a little practice.
Once the pieces are cut out, I like laying the sections down on the mini design boards Lori taught us to make.
This provides an organized visual as we sew and press sections together.
One of the nice benefits of the templates are the notched edges, allowing easy line up and saves trimming once sewn.