Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Quick tip for marking

Today's tip is about quilting designs and marking. You can easily try out different quilting designs with two very inexpensive items. Go to your local Walmart or Joannes fabrics or whatever you have and buy a sheet of clear vinyl and then get a fine point dry erase marker.

Lay the clear vinyl on top of your quilt top. Use the dry erase marker to audition different designs.

If you decide you don't like the design use a scrap of batting to erase the marks.

Try different designs until you are satisfied. Then use chalk, air eraseable, or water eraseable marking pen to transfer the designs to the quilt top.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Working on a Quiltworx pattern

If you have never heard of Quiltworx or Judy Neimeyer, you are truly missing out on something wonderful.  The Quiltworx line of paper pieced patterns is meticulously designed to give even the novice piecer perfect results.

Each step of the pattern is placed in a separate ziploc bag and the paper pieces are each marked so you know exactly what piece goes where.  The cutting directions instruct you to cut strips of fabric in different widths, then divide those into smaller chunks.  Those chunks become your fabric pieces during paper piecing.  Because the fabric is cut into such generously sized pieces, you never have to worry about the fabric being too small to cover the paper.

Here are some photos of the Glacier Star that I am currently working on.  I would love to tell you that this is a quick process, and perhaps it is after you have done a few of these. For me, I have been working on it off and on for months.  More off, than on.