July 17, 2011
On the Mark …some new and old favourites for marking your quilt top
All ready? Get set
or good enough , quilt as desired design.
Tried and true, and some new tools will make the job easier and successful.
You may select a pre-cut plastic stencil,
or create your own.
Manually trace your design as desired.
For a no mark method try Golden Threads
paper . It is a lightweight, semi transparent paper that
eliminates the need to directly mark your quilt top,
and can be done
AFTER the quilt is sandwiched , even after stitch in the ditch stabilizing is complete.
Copy or create your template drawing ,
up to 15 sheets of Golden Paper
needle punching along the lines with 90/14 Schmetz needles and no thread .
Then atatched the perforated sheets to your top with pins ,
or Elmer’s Sticker Dot Stamper.
Quilting through the paper, then tear it away.
, plastic templates and stencils,
may be manually marked and traced onto your top with a number of removable pens or pencils .
The lines erase with heat or friction , on fabric as well as paper!
Great not only for quilting but also sewing lines, applique placement , embroidery designs and sketching.
Ursula and Daphne , recommend tried and true water soluble blue line markers .
We enjoy Clover brand .
Recently many quilters have switched to chalk mechanical pencils,
the best for extra fine lines, and perfect fine detail.
Traditionalists , and those slightly heavier handed like Gordon,
Eco quilters may wish to try Soapstone a safe natural product, ideal for dark fabrics.
Marks are removed by gently rubbing fabric or washing fabric with plain water.
My personal favourite is Pounce .You actually SWIPE chalk through your plastic or perforated Golden Paper stencil.
The marks stay until removed with steam iron .
We recommend a peruse through a good book
or two , before
and load your bobbins –
Gordon likes Wonderful Invisifil bobbin thread- because it lasts soooooo long.
Daphne would love to guide and share all her tricks with you in her August classes
Saturday, August 13, #44 walking foot in the morning
and #45 free motion , in the afternoon
with dogs down, of course.