Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Quilting Tip

Have you ever had a quilt top that was difficult to mark? You would either need to use two or more different markers and wonder if they will come out after the quilting is done. Well, here's something to consider. If you know the top will be difficult to mark and you have not bought your backing yet, how about buying either a back that is light enough to mark on with a silver Prismacolor Verithin pencil or dark enough to use a white Verithin pencil? You would do your outline quilting (if there is any) or any quilting in the ditch to mark blocks if you would like to do that; this is done from the right side. Now turn the entire piece over and mark your other quilting designs on the backing! You can easily see the markings and can quilt smoothly and without straining to see the lines. If you mark lightly enough, the marks should have worn off while you were quilting.

And, if you are marking an all-over design, you can just start marking and quilting! What could be easier?

For those of you who are struggling to make your stitches on the back look like the front--here's your chance to practice! Because what you would normally consider stitches on the back are now -- on the front!!!! I love quilting like this and have done several pieces this way.

In these pictures you can see the outline quilting (done in yellow, so all you really see is the shadow) and then the spiral done in a variegated thread.

And here is the final result. I took the picture at an angle so that you can really see the dimension that the quilting adds. I still need to bind the piece, but I quilted it in about a day.

Next post: Who knows? I've been doing a bit of everything the last few days. I just got Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell--unfortunately in hard copy, not audio, so I can only do one thing at a time with that! And it sucks you in at the first chapter. Other authors I have been listening to are David Baldacci, Lee Child, Dick Francis, Anne Rivers Siddons, Clive Cussler, J.D. Robb, Stuart Wood...all excellent to keep me listening and working!
May the spirit of Christmas abide in your hearts all year long. Til next time....


  1. Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for the great quilting tip! Of course, after taking your hand quilting class, I completely understand how to get the stitches on the back (which is really the front) to look like the stitches on the front (which is really the back)! Whoa!

    Do you find it hard to believe that we can't develop a marking utensil that shows up on all colors and yet removes itself completely when we're finished quilting/sewing?? And leaves no residue or chemical in the fabric?


  2. Thanks for the tip! I will try quilting on the back the first chance I get.


  3. Ooooh, we read the same books! I got totally addicted to the audio books from the library this summer but haven't been doing it this winter--must get more!!!--makes quilting so much fun.
    Lurking Linda

  4. geez, now that you say to mark on the back, it seems so obvious! i never would have thought of that. great tip. thanks.



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