What is it about hand-quilting that is so darn relaxing? I am making pretty steady progress on Sue Garman’s “Bouquets For A New Day”. When I sit down to quilt, I am always surprised at how quickly time (and stress!) seem to slip away.
And here is a close-up. I am using a Frixion pen to mark the cross-hatching. There was a bit of a discussion in my Sunday Afternoon Applique Group regarding these pens. I am always careful to test the marker on a scrap of fabric before marking the quilt top.
When my block is finished, I like to give it a warm bath to remove all residue left from the glue, starch and marking pens. Even though I pre-wash all (and I do mean all!) of my fabric in Synthrapol, my heart still skips a beat when I do this!
I am getting ready to start the next block of Sue Garman’s “Friend’s of Baltimore”. My least favorite part of appliquing is the tracing. So here is how I avoid tracing…
First, I scan the patterns and then “reflect” them. Then I print the patterns directly on to freezer paper. When a pattern has lots of layers and pieces, I usually print two or three copies. Here is the original pattern.
And here are the freezer paper copies. If you look closely, you will see that they are printed “backwards”.
The fabric for this block is already pre-washed and has the usual amount of cat hair on it!!
Til next time…
8 thoughts on “Hand-quilting the night away!”
Wow, your quilting is looking so good! Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing your progress! I will have to look into my copy machine to see if it will copy in reverse. Very good point I had not thought of with the starch method of prepping appliqué. So far I have only done it with geometric shapes. Thanks for showing your goodies.
My pleasure! I still have to stop and remember to trace in reverse with this method!
It is amazing how relaxing hand quilting can be. Don’t know why I always seem to put it off! Beautiful work on your quilting and your applique. You always have such excellent tips!
I think if more people hand-quilted, the world would be a lot less stressful!
Your work is so beautiful!
Thank you so much!
Your quilting is beautiful! I also love how hand work makes the stress slip away!
Thanks, Kathy. I checked out your blog. Miss Molly looks like quite the character! I did not realize you are a fellow Canadian!