I'm having fun!

Ok, so I know I've whined about machine quilting many times. Today I
started and finished the border on the "leaf" quilt I'm making for my future
DIL!
I have collected machine quilting patterns for quite some time, but hadn't
yet actually used one for a project. Now I have!
I found a leaf border motif.
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traced it on to the paper made by Golden Threads.
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I stapled several layers of the paper together with the traced pattern on top.
I removed the thread from my needle on the sewing machine and stitched the
pattern design on the paper.
I separated the sheets of the pattern.
I placed the paper with the motif on my border with the bumpy side
up....(the needle pushes the paper through and leaves a bump on the
backside.)
Then I took a Quilt Pounce filled with Miracle Chalk
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< (half way down the page...only for an example...I didn't purchase it there) and rubbed it over the bumps on the paper. The chalk marked the fabric perfectly. If I needed to remark it for some reason, the chalk disappears when ironed!I found a good speed and rhythm and quilted that sucker! Woo hoo! As soon as I get the binding on, I'll post a picture.
Hey! If I can get something quilted and be happy with it....ANYONE can do
this! I just thought I'd record my steps in case someone doesn't know how
to do this. I've known how for a long time....I just forget to DO it!!!
It's a very quick (the part I like!) and accurate way to mark a quilt. I
did it after it was layered....I think I'd consider it a "mark as you go"
process.
Reply to
KJ
You're an inspiration to me! I keep sending my quilts out, even the baby ones. I'm definitely going to try this technique. I've had the powder stuff and paper for ages, but have been too chicken to try it. Now I will. Thanks. Barb from S. Florida
Reply to
harrythehair
I hope it works for you, Barb. I don't do unmarked free motion very well....I tend to panic. This was not very stressful and I could concentrate more on my speed and stitch length instead of where I was going to go next. I recommend it! Especially for baby quilts...that's a good way to practice.
Reply to
KJ
Hey, Kathyl, GOOD job! It sounds like your pre-quilting organization and preparation really paid off in making it an enjoyable experience. And thanks for including all the steps. I'm sure a lot of our quilters here will appreciate it. (I fly by the seat of my pants for mq'ing! No marking....) Can't hardly wait to see your photos. ;-)
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Okay, Barb and Kathyl, maybe I'll get up enough nerve to try some machine quilting, too. Our quilt makes quilts for CASA (which is court appointed special advocate) for kids taken from their homes and I usually send them out to be quilted but I'm going to get brave and do some of them myself!!
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Donna in NE La.
Great Donna! Give it a try! I have traced on the Golden Threads paper in the past and stitched through it as some instructions say to do. I had a heck of a time getting all the little tiddly bits of paper out from under the stitches. I'm not an even stitcher (no BSR!) so some of my stitches are teeny and the paper is REALLY difficult to get out from those. Plus stitching on the paper makes it harder to control the needle...it seems slippery and you can't see your stitches well enough to get a feel for your foot and hand speed to make them consistent. So using the Pounce with the perforated paper pattern was the answer to some of the previous drawbacks. And the process of perforating the pattern with the unthreaded needle helped to set the pattern design into memory.
Reply to
KJ
Good for you, Kathyl! You do such beautiful work that I'm glad you have found a way of being happier with your quilting. The leaf quilt is so pretty. I am looking forward to seeing its picture.
Very kind of you to set out all the steps to doing this procedure.
I love Golden Threads paper - I just quilt through the paper! but it might be easier to do it this way and not risk the paper getting out of position under the machine. . In message , KJ writes
Reply to
Patti
Okay, Pat on your Hill, you can quilt thru Golden Threads paper and don't have tiddly bits like Kathyl does. You can quilt thru Press & Seal without having tiddly bits like I do. What is your tiddly bits secret??? Obviously you know something Kathyl and I don't know... and we wanna know that secret! VBG
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Tiddly bits (great technical term!) tend to develop when your quilt lines re-trace each other, which happens sometimes when we want to avoid cutting the thread. Or when the design has some very sharp angles so the stitches are almost on top of each other. At least that's my experience. Just MQ'd through some Press & Seal today, a continuous line design that had no backtracking, and it came off with no problem. Roberta in D
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Reply to
Roberta Zollner
Ah well, I only quilt motifs like that, and I have so far not had any tight corners! I've had a few ordinary 45° corners, or perhaps 30°, but nothing really tight. I don't use either of them for free-motion. I don't know if you have noticed with Press 'n' Seal, that there is a definite 'grain' to it. If you pull in the right direction, you can get loads of it off in one go. I always start the removal with a scissors' nick and pull of as much as I can without straining, regardless of where it is coming off from - I don't try to follow the quilting lines at this first stage. Then I'll take the rest off with the help of the scissors or a stitch-ripper hook (I use mine a lot!), following the stitching line. Sometimes there are little bits under stitches, but a quick pull with the tweezers and all that comes off. Mind you, sometimes I see little bits months later >g< when I'd have sworn I'd got every bit! HTH . In message , Leslie & The Furbabies in MO. writes >Okay, Pat on your Hill, you can quilt thru Golden Threads paper and don't >have tiddly bits like Kathyl does. You can quilt thru Press & Seal without >having tiddly bits like I do. What is your tiddly bits secret??? Obviously >you know something Kathyl and I don't know... and we wanna know that secret! >VBG > >Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
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Patti

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