Saturday, April 28, 2012

Marking up a quilt for hand quilting

In small increments, while Maya naps, I have marked up my Dresden Plate quilt for handquilting. None of the stencils I bought turned out to be perfect in size and design so I combined two stencils to get it to fit size on the border. I am using a basic cross hatch design for most of the quilt.

The cross hatch turned out to be more frustrating than I had thought possible. I used a ruler to mark along the edge of the quilt, then connected the markings on two edges to create lines. It takes nothing for it to start looking crooked and sloppy!

Does anybody know how to get the cross hatch looking prefect and at 45 degree angle throughout the entire quilt?

Also, I used my new marking pencil from Sewline with white led. It was the only one I had ( and I have a bunch) that showed up on the dark and coarse Japanese cotton that I used for the background. Does anybody have any experience with getting the white color out of the fabric afterwards if necessary?


  1. I just wanted to say that I love your quilt top, it is original and I think your plans for quilting it fit it perfectly. In the picture your markings look perfect - I think once it is quilted and washed it will be fine. Bernie

    1. Hi Bernie, thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog, and thanks for visiting. I am hoping the white comes out easily as well. Time will tell, and if I learn that it does or doesn't I will post about it.