Vintage Quilt Templates

A few months ago I bought a lot of vintage quilting templates from eBay.

They are all cut out of cardboard, and have all been well used.  There are some very interesting examples here.

I am finishing up a quilt and needed to quilt the border so I decided one of these would be perfect.  Here is the template and some of the quilting finished.

Here is the front of the quilt

With dark fabric I use a white chalk pencil and mark as I go.  If I mark too much ahead of the area I am quilting all the marking wears off before I get to it.

I should have the quilt finished soon , the quilting pattern is very simple so it goes pretty fast.

After the quilting is done I will have to decide how to bind it.  I might just bring the backing fabric to the front rather than make a separate binding.  I might even try a knife-edge.  I like to vary how I do it. I can never decide which I like best, and variety is fun.

Look for pictures of the finished quilt soon

Happy Quilting


16 thoughts on “Vintage Quilt Templates

  1. Chris says:

    I have several paper perforated quilting patterns my Grandmother had. She cut cardboard templates from them. They are timeless designs and are used by many today. You got a good find with your purchase. I would make new templates off of the old ones and preserve the older ones. Less wear and tear on the older edges. Enjoy them Chris

    • timquilts says:

      Great Idea! I think I will make copies of them and save the old….Thanks!

      • erica says:

        Hi- thanks for sharing your quilts- very inspiring-and as a result of this particular blog,I just purchased a bag filled with cardboard vintage templates which I purchased online. I plan to use them after sewing together vintage quilt blocks also purchased on ebay to make a king size quilt. OH my!!!! Haven’t started yet but that’s the plan!!!

      • timquilts says:

        That is great Erica!!
        I love to see vintage blocks brought to life!
        Very exciting …best of luck with your project!!

  2. glenn says:

    I’m so jealous! Great find. I love your quilt and quilting.

  3. Kristen says:

    Wow, not being a quilter these would not have occurred to me. The wonders of eBay. Do these come up very often? I’m guessing not from the comments. It would be good to replicate them in medium weight plastic so they would last forever, but that might be a lot of work with an exacto knife (but again, I know nothing of this realm).

    • timquilts says:

      I have not seen any of these come up before, but I have never actually searched for them either…these just appeared on another search and I couldnt resist. The seller said they came from the estate of a former quilting teacher. I think I will make copies of them on template plastic , but it will take some time to cut them all out….they are so neat looking I think I should frame them all together and have a quilters art piece.

  4. Karen says:

    Great find!! I have never been a ebay person and have rarely looked at it – maybe I should start looking 🙂

    • timquilts says:

      Maybe I look at eBay too much! but I was glad to find them I wasn’t looking for them but they showed up on a search for vintage quilt tops (I look at the listings for those almost every day) And looked to fun to pass up

  5. LoriD says:

    Love those templates!! I’ve never thought to look for them on ebay:)

  6. kathie says:

    I just love these templates and would have bought them in a heartbeat if I saw them on ebay.
    I own a few metal/tin antique quilt templates and I treasure those. I will do a post on them in a day or two.
    Thanks for sharing and if you ever want to sell these let me know 😉

  7. What a find those templates are! I’ve never even thought to look for those on eBay!

    • timquilts says:

      The templates were a great find.  I have them safely stored now, but I think I might want to display them because they are so great and graphic looking



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