Today, I thought I'd talk about how I mark my quilts. I don't know where I picked it up...TV or books or something. It all started because I hate to mark on fabric. I've used pencil and templates. I've used chalk and templates, soap slivers, herra marker...you name it, I've tried it. (I'll never forget the night I sat crying, making a paste out of oxyclean and shout and scrubbing it in with a toothbrush to get pencil marks out of my MIL's quilt) But, the method I like best is marking paper and pinning the paper to the quilt and quilting through it. First, it's fast. I can mark one time, use my machine to make copies and I'm done.
One word of caution. Don't draw on the paper with ink or pencil and then sew through that. The ink or lead will transfer to the quilting thread and become a permanent part of your quilt. Yuck!
So, here's what I drew for the borders of the apple themed quilt. First, I drew what I wanted in the border. I only had to draw half of one side and then I'll make 8 copies of that, which will complete the 4 sides.
Then, I pinned this to the top of 8 layers of marking paper. On this part of the project, I'm using the Golden Threads paper because I have it. But, normally, I use parchment paper from the grocery. I have it in my mind that the parchment paper is tougher and less likely to tear, but that's from using the Golden Threads when I was first learning to machine quilt. I might have better luck now, but I think the parchment is great for beginners. I use my sewing machine, without any thread, and I sew along the lines. That gives me 8 perforated copies.
I'll pin the perforated copy to the border of the quilt and sew along the dotted lines. Easy Peasy. The only hard part is getting all the paper from under the stitches. With the parchment, that means tweasers. The Golden Threads might be easier, we'll just have to see. Tiny pieces, the size of a grain of sand, get lodged in the stitches and I pull those out. They'd probably come out in the wash, but why risk it. It's easier just to pull them out as I go.
Okay, so that's my offering for the day. It's Wednesday. I'm going to try to get out of here early and go home for some very relaxing sewing. Maybe. Take care. Lane