Sharon B’s Crazy Quilting Stencils

Sharon B’s Crazy Quilting Stencils

Sharon B's CQ Stencils in hands

I have a new product to offer people. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your crazy quilt projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily. The stencils are compact in your sewing box so they are easy to carry around. The plastic they are made of is solid but also recyclable and they are manufactured here in Australia. You can find them in the Pintangle Shop

Since they are clear they are difficult to photograph but I hope the image above gives you an idea of what they look like.

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these stencils with other crazy quilters in mind. I have also thought about these for a long time. I think crazy quilters will find them really useful.

The stencils are very easy to use.

marking seam Sharon B's CQ StencilsThe set of 4 stencils are made of a clear recyclable plastic, so that you can position the stencil correctly on block before marking the line using a quilter’s pencil.

Using the stencils is easy. Just position the stencil in place and, holding it firmly with one hand, so that it does not shift, use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the stencil to create the pattern.

using Sharon B's CQ StencilsThis series of photos is a seam I recently worked on one of my blocks. As you can see I could position the heart shape easily.

marking seams using Sharon B's CQ Stencils

This is what the finished seam looked like.

crazy quilt seam made with Sharon B's CQ Stencils

ebook cover Sharon B's CQ StencilsTo get your ideas flowing and to show how the stencils could be used I wrote an ebook and drafted out numerous patterns to give you some ideas.

I am sure once you start using my stencils you will think of many more!

Here is a sneak peek inside the book. You can design your own seam embellishments and I have drafted out some patterns.

patterns created using Sharon B's CQ Stencils

When I designed the stencils I thought in terms of having enough space to tuck my favourite stitches, beads, small floral lace motifs and favourite silk ribbon embroidery flowers into the spaces in the patterns produced.

patterns created using Sharon B's CQ StencilsIn the ebook the patterns are drafted  to scale. This means that you can see what a seam might look like if you traced along the edge of the stencil.

patterns created using Sharon B's CQ StencilsAt first glance many patterns look large but the extra space gives your embroidery room to grow. In some of the patterns I have included space for buttons and large beads to be incorporated as people often get stumped on how to include larger items such as buttons in crazy quilting.

patterns created using Sharon B's CQ StencilsSince the stencils are clear this also makes them easy to flip over and a mirrored pattern. This aspect of their design adds tremendous versatility to their use.

Using the shapes found on the edge of each stencil you can create numerous seam embellishments but a key feature of these stencils is that you will find a number of curves and flourishes, with which, you can build the stems and vines of floral motifs. By using the flourish shapes, the curves of the paisley shape, heart shapes and by using segments of the oval and disk shapes, you can create numerous designs yourself.

using Sharon B's CQ Stencils using Sharon B's CQ StencilsAs you can see with the illustration, I used the edge of the flourish shape to create two soft curves which became the foundation for a little floral spray.

The flowers are buttons and I decorated the stems of this floral spray with detached chain stitch (also known as Lazy Daisy) and straight stitches.

In this sample I used hand dyed perle #5 cotton. As a finishing touch I added a few seed beads and a few small pearls.

I have kept the stencils small so that they fit easily into a sewing box. Anyone who knows me, knows I like things compact.  But also their size means if you are travelling to a workshop or to a local stitching get together you are not cluttering up your supplies with lots of large templates.

I hope these stencils motivate people to discover your creativity.

This is another seam I have recently embroidered using the hexagon shape. Or I should say half of the hexagon shape.

marking seam with Sharon B's CQ Stencils

I traced a line of half hexagons along the seam. I then embroidered them in threaded chain stitch using perle cotton #5. Next I added beads and bead tassels!

crazy quilt block seam embellishment detail

The set of 4 stencils are priced at $30 which includes the ebook of patterns.

You can find them in the Pintangle shop 

This is what they each look like.

Sharon B's CQ Stencils

Sharon B's CQ Stencils

Sharon B's CQ Stencils

Sharon B's CQ Stencils


  1. Hi Sharon, If you’re taking ‘reservations’, please add me to the list. Thanks! These will not just be good for embroidery, I think they will be great for designing regular quilting motifs, too. Especially for small and miniature quilts. OMG, I can’t wait to have them, LOL!

  2. I definitely want to purchase these when they become available for pre-order. Please put me on your list! They are wonderful! Thanks for all you do……

    Clairee Meeks
  3. Please reserve a set of these stencils for me please, if you can do that. I’m very excited to start my crazy quilt and these look like it would be much easier than free handed border markings. Thank you. What a great product!

    Janis Krepcik
  4. J’habite en France en Aquitaine, et je serai heureuse d’être sur la liste pour la prochaine commande de vos pochoirs, je souhaite broder une nappe et ils me donnent des idées de motifs. Merci Sharon, vos broderies sont superbes

  5. Sharon – these look so useful for all sorts of embroidery not just crazy quilting – brilliant idea! Can you add me to the waiting list please? Thanks

    Vicki Parsons
  6. Please put me on your list for stencils- and I thank you for “thinking of me” when you created these! Ha! I’m thinking my embroidery is going to get a whole lot nicer!!

  7. Sharon, I saw the “peek” and then nothing else. Somehow or other I must have missed the announcement of these being for sale. Is there anyway you can make a list of folks who are asking for these wonderful templates for when you get some more in? I would hate to completely miss out. You have done a great job with your idea.

    Jane T
  8. Totally brilliant idea Sharon, please pretty please put me on your list for when they arrive again,as usual I am so slow getting onto the specials I must learn to get my broomstick moving faster huh!!!!! These are such a fantastic idea Sharon Congratulations!!!!!!
    Love n hugs always ya Bear xoxoxoxox

    Belinda Sweeney
  9. Hi Sharon, Please add my name to the list for your CQ stencils and booklet when they’re available. Like ozjane (above) I collect ‘things to make other things’ – the generic used by the crafties in our family is also ‘Stuff’. I feel my first attempt at CQ coming on…..

    Val Edwards
  10. Sharon,
    I would love a set of your stencils so if you are keeping a list of people who want to order could you please add me to it. Your blog is soooo helpful to someone new to learning this art — I much appreciate all the things you so graciously share.
    Linda Hope

    Linda Hope
  11. Hiya! Because the paypal button got removed, I don’t know what the price is! Doesn’t really matter as I *must* have these, but just want to know.


    Tamara Schultz
      1. A wait list is a great idea because then you would have an ideal of how many people would order them. Please add me to the list also. Thank you and love your blog

        Sandra D in Joliet
  12. Now this is a CQ’s dream and tool which is truely needed, but good heavens! I just got your email and your sold out already! I’d say this is a hit! Will be waiting for the next shipment and hopefully I can get a set of them!

  13. Like them and unfortunately I like collecting things to make other things……I think it is called “stuff” but would it not be wonderful if they prompted me to cover a few of those blank CQ squares.
    I love the way dear ol’Paypal ups the price. They always err on the + to them side of the Aussie/US $.
    But on a lovely pouring wet day in Melbourne…..who am I to care.

    1. I’ve never had a problem with Paypal upping the price but never bought anything from overseas. I think there’s an exchange fee for some countries, like 2.50 maybe…could that be the reason? I wanted a set but now I’m leery again.

      Sandra D in Joliet
  14. Thank you Sharon for sharing with us your long thought of dream. I placed my order and can’t wait to receive it. Wishing you much success with your new, creative, CQ Stencils.

  15. Sharon, these look so good – just what we need.
    Solid construction, exact shapes, and small overall size is perfect for us crazies. Thank you.
    I will be ordering as soon as I can sort out the penpal requirements.

    1. HI Jennifer yes the Canada and US are the same from Australia. We have only a couple postal regions Asia, Pacific and what Australia post refers to as ‘Rest of World”

      1. Oh thank you for that answer Sharon! I’m in the US and wanted a set but thought shipping would be outrageous. I think that’s very reasonable. Are they packaged well for the trip? I hope you get plenty next time and I will be sure to order. A great invention!

        Sandra D in Joliet

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