quilt marking

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


kwiltmakr said...

I have heard of people doing that but I have never tried it. I have some Golden threads paper I have not used yet. I never thought of parchment paper. It is a great idea and the pen, chalk, pencil thing, I am always so afarid it won't come out and it is a nightmare when they don't. Thanks Lane, now I know I will try it.

Coloradolady said...

Gosh, this looks like a lot of work, and you say easy.....Lane, when you start quilting for the public to have extra money for Sydney's college fund...just let me know....LOL.....I will drive to Austin with my quilts or ship! Your work is just incredible....and beats any I have seen in this area.

Riet said...

What a great idea Lane, it only does not look that easy to me. LOL

Shirleymac said...

Great way to mark Lane. I did use tissue paper a couple of times and it worked but I think parchment paper would be better. Also the ones I did were simple ones, not beautiful ones like yours. I've also used butcher's paper for larger motifs that you quilt around. The wax stays good for about 4 ironings.

Piece by Piece said...

Thanks for the great idea, I have a wall hanging to quilt for my daughter, was going to send it out for quilting, but wanted it to be all of my work. Will try your method, and let you know how it turns out. thanks again.

Quiltluver said...

Sounds like a good idea, except I don't think I'd like to pull all of the paper out. But you obviously do a fabulous job with the quilting you've done so maybe I'll try it. Karen

Nancy said...

I have always wondered if iron-away or wash-away stabilizer could be used to put a quilting design on a quilt, for sewing through. Does anyone know?