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 Marking Quilts for Free Motion by Litup 100

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PostSubject: Marking Quilts for Free Motion by Litup 100   Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:28 am

Title: Marking Quilts for Free Motion
Post by: Litup100 on January 01, 2008, 01:13:06 PM
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I hit upon an idea that is working great.

I have a book of quilt patterns by Cheryl Barnes, but I can't seem to figure out how best to mark the guilt. Well, I was at JoAnn's and chatting with the Husqvarna rep. We were chatting about Pounce powder. I was telling her that I used it and liked it, but the stencils you buy aren't sizable and if you order the ones online where you buy Pounce only, they are really expensive.

Well, we came up with a plan. I purchased just regular template plastic. I used a permanent marker to trace the pattern from the book. I used a #16 needle in the machine and free motioned the traced plastic template. HINT: Put that needle aside for future use. One side of the template will be bumpy from the needle punctures. Place the template with the bumpy side up on the sandwiched quilt top. Rub the Pounce pad gently on the temple. Voila! The quilt it marked for free motion.


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Title: Re: Marking Quilts for Free Motion
Post by: quiltermarynel on January 01, 2008, 04:01:29 PM
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Good idea. I had wondered if that would work.

I generally don't mark quilts at all. When I am doing a feather garland border, however, I want to have the sine curves that are the basis fairly uniform, so I cut a piece of freezer paper the length I want, fold it into the number of waves I want, and cut the shape. I can then iron this in place and sew along the curved side, making the first side of the feather's central vein.


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Title: Re: Marking Quilts for Free Motion
Post by: finisher on January 01, 2008, 05:29:40 PM
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That sounds like a good idea too MaryNel. Once you have the spine of the feather the loops should be fairly easy to do..(can you tell I'm not a machine quilter? :santa_wink:)

I haven't used the pounce powder. Does it stay on fairly well..or does it brush off easy? Maybe you could even take a long length of freezer paper..draw out your long border design..sew through the paper with a large needle and use the ponce powder with it? You could iron the freezer paper to your fabric so it doesn't slip and after marking your top you could roll the freezer paper up and reuse it for another project?It's sort of a combo of both methods.


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Title: Re: Marking Quilts for Free Motion
Post by: TxMaryQuilts on January 02, 2008, 06:36:55 AM
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Wouldn't it be great if we were all just geniuses and didn't have to mark at all! LOL :santa_grin:


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Title: Re: Marking Quilts for Free Motion
Post by: Litup100 on January 03, 2008, 07:13:32 PM
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Okay, there was a flaw in my plan. I only had white pounce and it only shows on the darker fabrics.

New plan. I went to JoAnn's and was wandering around trying to figure out what to do. I found water soluable stabilizer. I traced the pattern I wanted on it with permanent marker. Quilted it and washed. It worked fabulously. This was just on a 10x10 or so test sample. I'm now using it to do a whole quilt.

Now is the good part. I found some on clearance at $2 a roll. I am going to snatch up as much as I can. The stuff from Sulky was around $7 or $8 a roll.

Although it's putzy to trace the pattern multiple times, I can do that during my lunch hour at work. If I don't work on a project like that, I'm just looking at a magazine anyway.
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