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The Art of
Quilt-making, Part 5 --
Marking the Quilt Top
by Mary Asper, Green Mountain Designs
A Seasoned Quilter
Shares Her Tips
In this article, Mary Asper of
Green Mountain Designs shares her tips for successful
quiltmaking. Although it is written especially for the beginning
quiltmaker, even more experienced artisans may find valuable
information. See Part I, Part II, Part
III, and Part IV for more
Make sure the marker you use is safe!
There has been much controversy about which
marker is the best to use for marking the quilt top. Follow these
tips, and you will do just fine!
- Avoid using the fade-away markers; the
ones that you do not need to remove the ink from the
quilt top. These have been known to return as ugly brown
lines on quilts and the lines are not removable!
- If you use the wash-away markers, be
sure to completely wash the quilt with soap when you have
finished quilting. This should avoid any future visits
from unwanted quilting lines!
- To be absolutely safe, mark with chalk
or soft lead pencil.
- My favorite marker is called
the Quilters Ultimate Marking Pencil. This
is a fine, soft lead pencil. I find it very
effective, even for intricate designs.
- A second favorite is Clover
chalk pencils, with changeable heads in several
colors. These contain just a little wax, which
helps the chalk to adhere to the fabric but does
not leave a line once youve washed the
- For small areas or designs (where you
can mark a little quilt a little mark a
little and so on
) use a chalk-filled muslin bag.
These are sole commercially as Pouncers or you can make
your own. Using a quilting stencil, you dust chalk from
the bag over the stencil to mark the quilting lines. The
chalk brushes away quickly, however, so this method is
not for intricate quilting!
- There are products called
Quilt-A-Peels that are stick-on templates for making
quilting lines. They work well unless you leave
them on the quilt for a long time! If left too long, they
leave sticky residue behind. If you use these, stick one
on just before you quilt that area and remove it as soon
as the quilting is finished.
- A few companies now offer a soft,
tearable fabric much like interfacing which is pre-marked
with the quilting lines. You pin or baste this fabric to
your quilt top and machine or hand quilt along the lines
fast, accurate and easy!
Any of these methods will help you
successfully mark your top for quilting.
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