Paprika you say? This article is all about basic instructions on washing a quilt – https://suzyquilts.com/wash-and-care-for-a-quilt/, Good luck! That seems like it could stain. After a gazillion more hexies I looked at my hand and I had accidentally picked up a fine tip Sharpie Marker and had been using that by mistake!!! I try to. ), You have completely made my day. It took a bit on my shirt but it worked. I had wrinkled a section of fabric so I went to iron it out. For the mechanical pencil, do you actually have to erase it, or will it wash out? Stitches weren’t pretty. I don’t really know what happened but I marked a gazillion hexies and stopped for something and then started back. It’s very true! But what an easy mistake to make. I found all the usual suspects, but when I began reading the backs of the packaging almost all of them had some type of warning especially when using them with red or pink. There are several methods for working with hand quilting stencils, but the basic idea is to temporarily transfer a design from the stencil to the quilt sandwich. Chalk is a pretty popular choice as a quilt marking tool, and this Clover chalk pen (also in a cool, triangle shape) has a nice, smooth feel to it. This post was inspired when an IG follower recently requested that I post a tutorial on how to quilt straight lines. I love tape for the same reason I love my hera – no visible marks. A chalk pen. Find something in the 3/4' range. Suzy I have a beautiful quilt that I paid a lot to have hand quilted and the quilter used a lead pencil now I can’t get the marks out. Thank you for the laugh as well as the wisdom. The other pen I purchased today is useless and will be returning it tomorrow as it didn’t leave a mark at all. It don't need to be pretty and it don't need to be fancy. Did I really need these guidelines to do my curvy improv hand quilting? If they don’t have a good fix, you could try a few different things. When a hera marker and a ruler get together, they make the best straight lines without leaving AN ACTUAL MARK on your fabric. I have searched everywhere I know and haven’t found one. 5 Reasons Why a Hera Marker is the Best Quilt Marking Tool, pattern available for instant download in the shop, Becoming a BERNINA Babe with the B 570 QE, https://suzyquilts.com/wash-and-care-for-a-quilt/, Appliqué All Day! They do erase with steam but the color creeps back. Simply lay strips of tape just to the side of where you want your quilting lines and stitch next to (not through!) How do you mark your quilts for quilting? Raw Edge Appliqué Tutorial - Suzy Quilts, How To Make A Minky Baby Blanket In 30 Minutes! Or to put a stencil in here so you actually have a stop line. I have used the air erase pens and still have the scrap of fabric with the blue and the pink mark on it… As for my horror story, DO NOT use Frixion pens! Triangle Jitters Quilt Pattern (Download). I inspired to especially thank you for your awesome idea of “marking” quilting lines with good ole masking tape. I get a lot of great tips from my fellow quilters on social media and this marking tool might be my favorite tip yet. Would you pls say more about this? Now, creating 6 x 4 ft. wall hanging intended for gallery installation–social justice & individual meditative theme-will be simply hand-quilted and probably finished with raw thread-bearing perimeters and internal “seams”. Those Frixion pens sound dangerous! I only use black and blue Frixion pens by Pilot. You can draw or print designs on paper, tissue paper or even self-adhesive labels and quilt right through it. WOW! You can see the photo above. Okay, so basically the title says it all, but that doesn’t make this any less of a horror story. Today at work when your email came through I somewhat loudly exclaimed “Yay Suzy Quilts newsletter!” and my coworkers have been making fun of me all afternoon but it was completely worth it to come home and read this. It's not perfect, but it's pretty close and that's good enough for me. I hope it washed out a little bit? Quilting, over 50 years-bedquilts and art creations, galore. For a whole… This will keep tension off of your other fingers and, with enough practice, will give you the most even stitches. Oh my goodness. Test. Thanks again for the post. I just sew where the hair “isn’t” and that is usually the place where I start quilting….LOL. Mark lines parallel to each seam, using the markings on your quilting ruler, anything from ¼" to an inch away. It’s possible that I am too sloppy/spazzing for anything else, sadly! Let me do my best to clear away the mystery surrounding some of these tools so you can go forth and draw guide marks with confidence. Here is How I do it. I just sewed them up anyway and right now it is still a UFO. I have used blue painter tape, it’s not as sticky as masking tape but you can reuse each piece many times. Again thanks for all the wonderful ideas. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Just wondering how it works. P.S. I am a hand quilter and use a hoop so my quilts are handled quite a lot in the quilting process. I don’t think I’ve had to resort to the light box technique with a dark stencil for applique yet, though that’s undoubtedly because applique isn’t my favorite thing. Steam seems to set a white mark in. I personally don’t use chalk on a finished quilt top because I’m scared… er… smart. I was glad to see that even the ironed part came out with a gentle washing. That's a good suggestion for anything you try. I know I'm sounding like a broken record, ya'll, but test these babies before using them. I have a bone folder on hand since I am also a papercrafter. It’s easier to brush off, and gives the quilt a lovely scent that lingers when the quilt is in storage. The great part about them? Light box: You can print designs any size from your computer, copy (and enlarge or reduce) from quilting books and magazines, or draw your own designs directly on paper, and then use a light box to trace the designs onto the quilt top. You might also find this post helpful – https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/, Pingback: A Simple and Elegant Quilted Table Runner Tutorial - Suzy Quilts, Pingback: Patchwork Jacket Tutorial: Upcycle a Denim Jacket with Style - Suzy Quilts, Your email address will not be published. It’s so disappointing because by the time you re-mark it, you are back to the same place! If I would have taken a minute to do a test (or even just used my brain), I would have known. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to say, “Hi!” in the comments! 😉 The one time I can remember doing some applique on dark fabric was for the Accessorize Me–with Inchies quilt. In this video I show how to do more intricate hand quilting without marking. I now reserve them only for areas that won’t be visible!! Hi Peta! I bet you can still get most of the chalk out. I’ve used it many times with great results! Your email address will not be published. Let me say first that the way I do it does not have to be the way you do it....there are as many different ways to do things as there are quilters. By the way, my quilting heroes are: Amish, Crazy Quilts, and Quilts of Gee’s Bend (“Gee’s Bend The Architecture Of The Quilt”). Spray the pencil markings to be removed. Trace a Motif. Been there! They come in different colors so you can switch them out based on the fabric you have. I marked my lines, stitched my rag quilt, threw it in the washer and “TA -DA! 🙂. (even HSTs!). It happened to me. Place your other hand under the quilt, with the tip of your index finger on the spot where the needle will come through the quilt back. But, I won’t question the great quilting ancestors. Maybe not. I love my Frixion pens and markers for marking lines for HSTs and what not. I trace my design on and either pin or use a little glue stick and attach to my project. (Remember that in earlier eras, paprika was often used to mark using hand-made needle-punched stencils.) I have a large complicated appliques piece to do & it is dark fabric on dark fabric & honestly didn’t think I could see through each layer for correct placement. So no worrying, "Will it wash out? I despise everything about that pen especially the purple side with the air disappearing ink. They are air soluble and my favorite for quick marking. Learn how to mark blocks and border designs onto quilt tops from quilting expert Cathy Izzo in this Howcast video. I am fairly new to quilting bu love your demos and site. They do a great job of marking lines and simply disappear when you iron them. I’m with you on the hera – it’s my absolute favorite! To mark a quilt top for hand quilting or quilting on a home sewing machine, use a marking tool that is visible but easily removed. I keep finding the batting just gets all fuzzy where I try to draw my lines and doesn’t give me a nice straight line. It has all the markings you will ever need for marking different shape patches for hand sewing. You know what I'm going to say next. - Suzy Quilts, https://suzyquilts.com/5-reasons-why-a-hera-marker-is-the-best-quilt-marking-tool/, 10 Fun & Free Scrap Quilt Patterns - Suzy Quilts, https://suzyquilts.com/quilt-marking-tools/, A Simple and Elegant Quilted Table Runner Tutorial - Suzy Quilts, Patchwork Jacket Tutorial: Upcycle a Denim Jacket with Style - Suzy Quilts, A Scrappy Modern Quilt: The Campfire Pattern, Zipper Pouch Tutorial: How to Sew a Simple Pouch from Scraps. There are tons available but somehow (as with fabric) I never seem to have the right one and I need to buy more! This retired teacher did the same thing! I’m off to get myself a Hera. Cold water & ivory soap will take anything out. Or maybe the bone folder was not the right tool for my experiment. I love my Hera marker and it’s my most often used tool for marking. Chalk, even the kind that says it won’t disappear until you iron it, disappears before I can get it quilted. You bet! First, and easiest, rub a clean pencil eraser on the areas. I still use them, but only where I know they’ll be hidden in a seam. I’ll admit it. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. xoxo. I love your tips. Most hand quilters opt for size 10 or 12, which is indeed very small. That could be a scary story quilters only tell while huddled around campfires, but it has scared me to my core nonetheless. Use towels to remove the excess water and lay the quilt out on a clean sheet and let it dry for a day (or two). If that doesn’t work, you can treat it like a stain and use something like OxiClean. Did I mention my niece was having a girl? I have a question. I noticed the fabric in your Hera video is very light. Even after reusing a piece of tape multiple times, once finished with a quilt, you're still left with a wad of tape to throw into the garbage – making this option not very eco-friendly. You can see more pics of it at the bottom of this post. Sometimes that simple solution works. I love it so much I even wrote a whole blog post about it! Saved by Montana Dreamer. I live in Australia so there’s no problem with the super cold issue here! way. Brilliant information thank you. First off, I’d have a long talk with that hand quilter. You do know that the lines made by frixion pens appear again when cold? Glad to hear I am not the only one with a Sharpie v. quilt horror story! I’ve done that with fabric dye bleeds and it has worked pretty well. There are other, better products out there. I’m going to try that crease making tool for my next quilt. I never pressed the pieces so my method wasn’t heat tested. If you’re really heavy-handed with the pen, it can seep into the batting of the quilt. FOLEX instant carpet spot remover will remove ink from fabric. Lay the top out on a hard surface and use stencils and markers made for marking quilts. I’ve tried the air soluble pens and because my kids are unpredictable I’ve found that the marks are gone when I get free time to quilt again. Definitely do a fabric test before using it, and don’t press too hard (read about these tips and more below). I’m so happy to hear a review from someone with first hand experience using the Pounce Pad. They come in several different colors so they will show up on different colored fabrics. I can see I am going to really enjoy being a part of your quilting community. I like to use contrasting chalk when drawing my guidelines for half square triangles. Great tip! Very stressful! Repeat till stain is gone. We’re quilting Prism Path baby quilt with two quilting designs: simple Straight Lines and Matrix, a wiggly grid design. Haven’t had any issues yet with Flannel. Want to hear an even scarier horror story?! Masking tape is better for those who cannot see the faint crease lines made by a hera marker. Insert the needle ½â€ away from where you plan to begin your actual stitches and without taking it through to the back bring the needle back up where you plan to start the stitches. 950. The Clover white pen is new to me, and I had forgotten about using a light box. The fabric has a black background with a dainty white floral pattern. That’s my favorite – https://suzyquilts.com/5-reasons-why-a-hera-marker-is-the-best-quilt-marking-tool/, Pingback: 10 Fun & Free Scrap Quilt Patterns - Suzy Quilts. One pencil that I used ,the lead kept breaking before I could get a sharp point. You might need to use a very small amount of light tailor’s chalk. Use freezer paper and an unthreaded sewing machine, Even if your quilt top is very dark colored or even black, you can use a light box to trace designs, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. In my How to Baste a Quilt tutorial I mention the importance of using wide tape when sticking your backing to the floor. That’s my guess. Just swipe the pouncer over the stencil, or lightly “pounce” it on top of the stencil and the chalk will fall through the openings in the stencil to mark the design. I definitely need to get one and try it out myself. I didn’t think I could do that but then again I didn’t try either. I’ll cross my fingers. Transcript Here is a lovely but very simple quilt top made out of … This works well on any size project from table runners to full size quilts. I get really nervous about marking on my quilts. At the most basic level, quilting merely holds the quilt together, but the design gives dimension and additional artistry to the piece. These nifty little pencils claim to disappear when wiped off with water. Hand quilting stitches for beginners When you’re learning how to quilt by hand, it’s important to get to know, and practice the basic stitches: Quilter’s knot: wrap your thread three times around the threaded needle and pull these 3 loops of thread down until you get a knot at the end of the thread. Here are ten different methods and tools to transfer quilting designs to your quilt top: With any marking method or tool, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and test, test, test! Sign Up for the Newsletter, Get a Free Pattern! I tried a crease on a quilt sandwich in progress. Marking the Quilt Design. I can see myself doing the exact same thing!! What a great post Suzy. So keep in mind that when using quilt marking tools, there is definitely a right way, a wrong way and an "OH MY GOSH NOOOOO!" I think finished and good is always better than unfinished and perfect. Great for lefties and righties, big hands or small, you really can’t go wrong with the hera marker. Definitely not going to use it anywhere visible!!! Judy, that’s genius! Unless they are tiny. Get it here in the shop! Find something in the 3/4" range. Quilt marking techniques include sketching the design using fabric markers or pencils, applying quilter’s chalk or creasing the fabric with a hera marker. 😀. That’s a real shame. You guessed it I marked a stitching line with highlighter. Now I have that out of the way I just learnt I can use my light box on dark fabrics. Sounds like a miracle worker! However, throughout the process of piecing a quilt and when hand quilting, I draw a lot of guide marks. I have water soluble pens which I love too. My favorite pencil so far for dark fabrics has been the Nonce Marking Pencil for dark fabrics it’s water soluble it’s white comes with a cap I’m assuming to keep the pencil soft. I’m crossing my fingers for you. I also have used washable markers with success. With the needle angled slightly away from you, push the needle through the layers until you feel the tip of the needle beneath the quilt. I wasn’t really worried as I had marked the areas with my clips and pins and could visualize what needed to be done. That’s wonderful! Thanks so much for the tips and I will definitely being using it to mark my quilting lines now. Jennifer that is brilliant!! Oh no! Thanks for all your helpful tips. Since Joyce asked, here’s a short tutorial about fitting border quilting designs when marking a quilt.This is the Swanky quilt, which is about 24″ x 29″ and the border stencil is 2″ wide. Materials needed: Read directions. I was lucky because I could lay out the applique motifs on a Teflon sheet with the pattern underneath and then pre-fuse them together before placing on the dark brown background fabrics for the final fuse. As soon as you have used the OxiClean or detergent, you will want to fully wash the quilt. oooooh! The Pounce comes in different colors too. I eye-balled the whole thing. Have you tried a hera marker? Have never quilted. These will come in various shapes, with a small hole at each corner of the piece for marking seam allowances. Quilting is what gives a quilt its personality. I learnt this from a ole’ ladies laundry tip book I bought yrs ago. - Suzy Quilts. I have not sewn in twenty-some years. Since I am using straight lines, your idea, practical-inexpensive without issues of disappearing (or not) lines! I have used masking tape and the 1/4″ quilter’s tape for straight lines – work great. Time to go visit my quilt shops! For easiest removal, keep the pencil sharp and make the marks just dark enough to able to see the stencil to quilt. Einstein here was using a frixon to mark my seams on a hexie quilt made from 1930’s reproduction and white precuts. I’ve done a little hand quilting on mini quilts and some baby-ish sized quilts, but nothing this size. For darks, I use Clover’s mechanical ceramic lead pencil. It’s also great for washing makeup brushes out…keeps the soft and they will last for YEARS. I used a pink on white and just as I heard the tale, I took it to the freezer and sure enough all the pink lines were there! On those occasions when I am using stencils to mark the top for quilting, I use baby powder in the pouncer instead of the chalk. Raw Edge Appliqué Tutorial - Suzy Quilts, I am new to sewing and I need to make lines on batting for microwave bowls does any one now what works well for this? Lay your ruler down and place the edge of the tape against the ruler and onto the fabric. Pull on the knot with a small tug. When quilting straight lines on your machine, do you always go in the same direction? 🙂. This one was for me so I’ll just finish it, use it and laugh at myself every time I see a little black dot! Hmmm….I don’t think all hope is lost. For light to medium fabrics I usually use fine point Crayola Washable Markers. Thank you so much for all the ideas. I have use the Pounce Pad and the marks do come out with just the steam from my iron. So I'm not even going to say it. If you click the Hera Marker link or image, it will take you to the Amazon page where I got mine. Through various tests it seems that after using this pen on dark fabric when heat is applied, the lines actually appear ghosted rather than disappear. Heather Thomas explains how machine quilting has evolved and expresses several techniques for detailing your quilts. Thank you for your sharing your experience Susy, it is really helpful. It gives a nice, fine, erasable line, and leads come in different colors. I’ve heard a rumor that if you wash your quilt after ironing away the lines, they won’t come back with cold, but I haven’t tested that yet. You wet with cold water, soap it up, scrub, rinse, & depending on what it is. I use my Hera marker to make my lines for sewing HSTs too! I also think it affected the way my machine quilted. Sometimes I recommend products, and if you click on those links, I may earn a small commission. Lesson learned. I used masking tape as my go-to quilt marking tool before discovering the hera marker. Pingback: How To Make A Minky Baby Blanket In 30 Minutes! Thank you. What project are you making? Quilting Stencils Quilting Templates Longarm Quilting Free Motion Quilting Quilting Tips Quilting Tutorials Quilting Projects Paper Templates Modern Quilting. Thank you again. It’s the Fly Away pattern. Seems like the ones that are satisfactory are always incompatible. I use frixion pens all the time and as long as I use them lightly and a warm iron with NO STEAM I have no problems. What works? Dear Suzy Quilts, To know what I'm talking about, check out the video above. Always test on scrap fabric from your project to be sure that the marks can be removed easily after quilting. I’ve never seen them in any catalogs or websites I’ve been on that I can remember. For the back of your quilt, you’ll want a large, single piece of fabric that matches the … I bet you hand quilt some beautifully intricate designs. Basically, you can make marks that will disappear over time. Finishing Your Stitches and Hiding Your Knot The Hera Marker will rub out over time, but not as quickly as the air soluble pen. The cool kid quilters are talking about this thing called “Quilt Pounce,” where you can transfer stencils onto fabric by running the pounce pad, kind of like a chalky ink pad, over the design to transfer it. The basic supplies you’ll need are: Hand Quilting Needles: You’ll want specialty needles called Betweens. Check out the Quilting 101 tab for everything you need to know to start your first quilt! Pressing first before I can get it quilted imperfection and the washable markers mention my niece was having girl! 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