This Instructable will illustrate how I made a Quilting Stencil at the Techshop, San Jose,CA, www.techshop.ws. Quilting Stencils are used to mark a repeated pattern on a quilt as a guide for the quilter to follow as they stitch a quilt together. The stencil is placed on the quilt and the pattern is transferred to the guilt fabric by one of several methods. It may be padded with powdered chalk to leave a trace of the pattern or marked with a speciality pencil or marker pen. The pattern is lifted and re-placed along the quilt and marked. Lather, rinse and repeat.
The second and subsequent rows take advantage of registration marks in the stencil to align those rows. The registration marks are, in this case, the tips of the top-most loops.