How to Use Quilt Pounce Pads & Stencils

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How to Use Quilt Pounce Pads & Stencils
Quilts often become treasured family heirlooms. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Quilt pounce pads and stencils are used in marking your quilting design before you stitch it. Intricate quilting stencils are available at many quilting and craft stores, or you can purchase stencil material and cut your own template. The templates are made with a wide enough gap in the material to either draw a line on the quilt with a fabric pencil or pounce the design with the pounce pad.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cut quilting template
  • Pounce pad

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  1. 1

    Place the layers of your quilt together and smooth them out flat. Baste or pin the three layers together in this order: backing, batting and quilt top.

  2. 2

    Place the stencil on the side of the quilt where you wish to stitch. If you're quilting from the back, reverse the order of the backing, batting and quilt top or flip the three layers over.

  3. 3

    Holding the stencil firmly in position, tamp the pounce pad on the stencil and pull it across. You do not need to continuously pounce, just pounce and pull. This will save a lot of chalk, and prevent you from creating a mess. Cover the entire stencil with the pouncing pad powder.

  4. 4

    Remove the stencil and check that your quilting design is clearly outlined. If your outline is not dark enough or light enough to see on your quilt, you may need to prime your pounce pad to get the powder flowing through it, or change to a different colour pounce pad.

  5. 5

    Stitch your quilt along the quilting lines provided by the stencil. Quilts may be machine or hand quilted. If you are hand quilting, a quilt frame or hoop may be helpful. Try using a thimble on the hand you use to push the needle through as you quilt to save your fingers from minor punctures.

Tips and warnings

  • Hand quilting is done with a rocking motion, loading a few stitches on the needle and then pulling it through. A thimble can help to steer the needle in the correct direction. It will also help you to push the needle through the fabric. The thimble can be worn on your thumb or middle finger depending on which direction you are quilting. A thumb thimble helps to stitch directly away from your body, while a finger thimble can handle most other stitching directions.
  • Always test your pounce pad on a scrap of fabric to make sure the powder will wash out.

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