Rulers or Templates?

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

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175 thoughts on “Rulers or Templates?

  1. Wow! I haven’t seen your templates before but I’m hooked. I’m ready to make Promise Ring and Hope’s Diamond. All the quilts are gorgeous and I love applique. I’m heading to your website to sign up for the newsletter.

  2. This is the first time I have seen or heard of this product, so thank you for the introduction. I love, love, love applique and the thought of cutting pieces with a rotary cutter is very appealing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. This is the first time I’ve seen your new templates and I can’t wait to try them. They are so cool and look so easy to use! Thanks a bunch for the chance to win your awesome giveaway! ☺

  4. I’ve seen this ruler in stores and lusted for it, but couldn’t convince myself to buy it. I’m doing a lot more appliqué these days and this would be ideal!

  5. I have seen the template before but I haven’t seen all of the possibilities until now. These quilts and the possibilities are wonderful. I would love to win the template and try a few out. Thank you for the chance. Take care and God bless, Cory

  6. I have never used the Leaves Galore Templates before. This makes me want to make something so beautiful when I see what you have done with it. Thanks so much for your blog post and for giving one of these away. I hope I win. It might be the boost I need to expand my quilting to learning to do curves.

  7. These templates are cool! I saw you demonstrate them at a quilt show and had to have them! I am anxious to try them out! My momn has made a couple of fun things wiht her templates.

  8. I like templates, and this one looks great. You could even use it to mark a quilt top for hand quilting wavy lines. I hope I win, lol!

  9. ohhhhhhhh, I had never seen or heard about these before, but now I know I desperately need them LOL>
    Thank you for a chance to win.
    Dutch greetings

  10. I’ve never seen these before either, but they look wonderful! This has been my year to finally dip my toe into applique – and I can already see how this tool would really help. I want one!
    – sunshdws at yahoo dot com

  11. I have never seen this template before. What a great idea! I love to applique and this would be a fantastic tool to have. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  12. I had seen the demo years ago, but at that time I was not doing applique as much. Now I have a couple patterns I would like to do and your ruler would sure come in handy in making them! Hope I win one! Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. I would LOVE to win one of your templates! I have a couple of your patterns that I’m dying to make, but do not yet have the “leaves galore” template called for in the patterns. Can’t wait to see your “hearts galore”!

  14. I have never made a quilt using the leaves galore template. And this is the first time I have heard of your template. I really like your quilts. Thank you for sharing.

  15. I’m new to quilting so, no, I have not seen these templates before. Would love to try them out…going on my wish list for sure! Thanks for the info and the giveaway.

  16. Very cool template. Honestly, I have seen it but do not own it nor have I used it. I thought it would be fun to use this to do some slash and swap quilting with the curved edges! What do you think?
    ~ Christina in Cleveland

  17. Well, this is the first t I me I’ve seen these templates and they are awesome…love all the quilts you have featured especially Eve’s Garden…it is gorgeous with beautiful colors!!!

  18. Well, this is the first t I me I’ve seen these templates and they are awesome…love all the quilts you have featured especially Eve’s Garden…it is gorgeous with beautiful colors!!!

  19. This is the first time I have ever seen the Leaves Galore Template. You make it look so easy in the video 🙂 I absolutely love your quilt patterns using the Leaves Galore Template. Thank you for the great give-away.

  20. Absolutely love this and would use it. I have not used anything like this before but is a definite “must” for me. Love the quilts and what you do. Going to sign up for your newsletter as soon as I post this. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  21. I am relatively new to quilting, so this is the first I have heard of this. I was wondering how those things were done! Thanks for showing us! I would love to win this!

  22. I have not seen this template before and am quite intrigued. I think this template could also be used to mark quilting lines for free motion quilting. I’d love to own one. Thanks for offering this for a give away.

  23. This is the first I am hearing of your templates. They do look like fun though. I love your Splish Splash pattern. kathleen dot lutz at doh dot state dot nj dot us

  24. I have not made a quilt using your template, nor do I remember knowing about it. I’m going to sign up for your newsletter, I’m excited to see your new rulers and patterns. What a great way to make lots of leaves.

  25. I haven’t seen this before. Your videos are great. I am more of a visual learner so they make it easier for me to actually watch you while you explain and cut etc. I would love to win this and start doing more appliqué. Your quilts are wonderful.

  26. I’ve never seen this ruler before, it looks like there would be a lot of uses for it. I’d love to try it, great video. Thanks for showing me something new.

  27. I have never heard of this great tool!!! Fabulous quilts and I totally love fusible applique 🙂 It would be great to win this cool template, thank you for the opportunity!

  28. Wow! I had no idea how versatile the template was. I’d seen leaves cut before, but that was it. The Promise Ring quilt is so cute. Thanks for the ideas!

  29. I had never heard of your Leaves Galore template. I love Melissa’s quilt! Definitely need to order a template and your book so I can try it out myself and possibly start carrying them in my store. 🙂

  30. My friend bought this but didn’t know how to use it. Since watching your video, I will be borrowing her tool or hoping I win one of my very own! I do traditional applique and this would be so much fun to do this way too!! Thanks!

  31. Have not ever heard of the Leaves Galore but it’s really exciting to see what you’ve done with this particular tool. I’m loving what I’m seeing!

  32. would love to try this as I am not an applique person but I would certainly give it try with the rulers as I have some quilts that need that extra something. It would be perfect! I didn’t know something like this existed

  33. I have seen this ruler demonstrated and it is on my wish list. I haven’t made a quilt with this tool, but I would love too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Sue-Love using the templates!!! I made the mini Melissa’s quilt and have more plans on the agenda!!! Can hardly wait to see the new ones in Oct!

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  36. I love…love appliqué and have never seen or heard of this rotary cutting method. It looks so…simple. Thank you for posting this wonderful resource.

  37. I’ve been staying away from curves. After reading your blog, I guess I’ll start using templates. I hope I win; otherwise, I guess I buy one after October 2nd.

  38. Beautiful quilts using your template. I had not seen yours, but had seen another similar to this one. Yours looks much easier to use however and is definitely the one I want to have. You did a fabulous video showing how to use the template as well. Thank you.

    I have always admired quilts with the black background and vines/leaves around the edges. I really love the look, although I’ve never attempted it myself. I think maybe I might be less afraid of trying using yours.

  39. This is the first time I have heard of your templates, but I love machine and hand applique. I am looking forward to the release of your new templates.

  40. Your quilts are stunning!!! I need to have this tool and the book so I know what to do with it. The results are amazing. I’m so excited about the possibilities!

  41. I have never used your templates but have definitely put it and your book on my ‘must have’ list!! Your designs are creative and interesting and I would love to try making them! Thank you for the great tutorial!

  42. I had not heard of this until this blog post, but it looks very intriguing. I am always amazed at the great ideas that come from the minds of creative folks. I would love to give this one a try.

  43. No never heard of this ruler. When I attended a workshop, I was given a paper template of a wavy border. It was flimsy and hard to use. Like the multiple uses and colorful quilts.

  44. So happy to be introduced to your template, and what a fantastic idea and tool it is! Love the Eve’s Garden quilt…it is beautiful and looks like it would be great fun to make.

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