Tips for Working with Quilting Stencils

Jenny Novinsky for The Electric Quilt Company
Tips for Working with Quilting Stencils

Stencils can be found in the Block Library under EQ7 Libraries > 07 Stencils. You can also draw your own stencils on the Block Worktable!


When designing quilts, you should place your quilting stencils on Layer 3 of the Quilt Worktable.

Use the Set Block tool to set stencils on Layer 3. Drag-and-drop makes setting stencils super easy! Any block that you set on Layer 3 will appear as a stencil and can be colored with the Set Thread tool.


Use the Graph Pad above the Quilt Worktable for exact placement and sizing of the stencils.


Try rotating the stencil 45 degrees (below, left) or reducing the size and repeating multiple times in the same block (below, right).


Use the Set Thread tool to make changes to the color, style and weight of the stencils’ thread. Tip: Click and hold on this tool and choose the Spray Thread tool to color all lines of the stencil at the same time.


To print the stencil, click the Select tool and click on a stencil (the stencil will have a green selection box around it). Then click the Print button and choose Block from the drop-down menu.


In the Print dialog box, under Finished Block Size choose Use size from quilt to print the design at the size set in the quilt. Under Printing Style choose Quilting stencil.


Click Preview to see what the printout will look like, then click Print.


Now use the printout and your favorite transfer method to mark the design on your quilt top.


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