Top Tips for Marking Your Quilt
Linda Augsburg gets expert advice from Vicki and Marie at Handi Quilter for different ways to mark your quilt tops.
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"Hi I'm Linda from American Patchwork and Quilting and I'm here with Marie and Vicki from Handi Quilter and we're going to talk about marking your quilt tops. Because I'm always impressed with the fact that you all, experienced as you are, still take time to mark your quilt tops, you don't just wing it." V:"I think because we're more experienced we do more marking." L: "And you've got a lot of tools and tips and techniques to show us so let's get started. Now this piece, tell me why we started with this piece." M: "This piece was just a design that we started out with, with the Pro Stitcher, stitched it up, the difference is what we can do with that design. Here is the same design and you add micro quilting to it. So Micro quilting is just small anything that you quilt large you can quilt small, so here's a little stipple down here and here are little pebbles. And that makes the design pop." L: "So the rest of the design that isn't micro quilted really pops up." M: "So it really makes your quilting look good." L: "Now would you mark the micro quilting as well or would you not." M: "No." L: "Ok." M: "Do that close enough." L: "So that's freehand." ?V: "So we started in one of our classes here at Handi Quilter, we started a class because our quilters said we want more, teach us more feathers, teach us more ruler work, teach us more that we can, so we thought let's do a sampler and so that you can learn more feathers and using rulers and that. So we did it on black and gave them a really bright thread, we thought that was just great!" L: "Perfect, yeah." V: "We had tears over that, we really did, because the bright thread really popped on that black fabric, which was kind of fun if you were a really good quilter. But if you're not a good quilter then the mistakes showed a lot more and your retraces. Then we taught the micro quilting, can you see micro quilting in this?" L: "Well, I can because I'm up close, but all this back area is micro quilted and I'm sure from a distance you're not seeing any of this." V: "And it doesn't make this pop any more other than the thread color, it really doesn't, so we thought that really didn't work." M: "So scratch that class, we tried again." V: "And look at the difference, we had nice soft color of fabric and nice soft thread colors so it didn't scream "I made a mistake"." L: "Oh that makes such a difference." ?M: "So some of the same, some of the same rules, so we have that center that they used a template." L: "Okay so it's a little ruler work." V: "They used a template, and they have a border and with that and the border we actually gave them a stencil that all it does is a spine for them and then they learned how to form the feathers and the background stippling makes those feathers really pop." L: "So they got to experiment a lot more with just using that stencil as a base." ?V: "Yes. Then we gave them each a single stencil, that they had to implement somewhere in their quilt, okay so, on this quilt it was placed right there, so repeated around and made a nice motif. And the border, repeated across there, using some ruler work to define it and some micro quilting." L: "And then, so a lot of experience then." V: "Yes, experience, oh boy." L: "No more tears, that's the best part." M: "Options, thread color makes a difference, and this is also another way you can get your design on your quilt, this is golden threads paper that you trace the design and then you can stitch this in your sewing machine without thread then the back side you have those bumps on it and you can place those on your quilt and then use either a blue pounce chalk, there's a blue or there's an iron off which was white." V: "Or you can use different marking tools." L: "So they might use a marking tool with rulers to do some of the dividing lines or to use the plastic stencils." V: "Yes, they really could. Or there's another fun tip to just take netting and you can see how fine that netting is, and then draw your design on the netting and place it where you want it to go, and using one of the marking tools you can follow the lines around it. It kind of makes a dotted line around it with the netting." L: "And I know all of you have a favorite marking tool and they are all different marking tools, you all have different favorites, so do you suggest that people experiment with some different marking tools?" V: "Absolutely. Because there are tools, there are marking pens that you can use for darker fabrics, like the white and that's an iron-off pen." M: "Then there's a wash off marker, so if you're going to get your quilt wet you can use that one. This one lasts a lot longer, this one goes away, this is the air soluble, so you need to be ready to quilt." V: "This one is also air soluble but the thing about this one, will you take the cap off of that one, there are different tip sizes and this one we found kind of grabs the fabric sometimes and is harder to use, so depending on the fabric you're using." M: "Sometimes I want a fine line and sometimes just need a light line." L: "And some people are more heavy handed when they are drawing and some are a light sketch draw. I'm sure there are favorites with everybody." M: "Yes. And it depends on the fabric and the project." L: "Thank you for all of these great tips, now that I know how to mark my quilt, I know my next quilting project is going to go so much better."