Thursday, March 26, 2009

Quilt Top Marking Tutorial

I was looking for a way mark quilt tops with quilting designs without directly marking the fabric and came up with this technique which has been working extremely well for me. It utilizes water soluble interfacing and is better than the quilting paper because it tears off more easily and doesn't stress your stitching. Anything left in tightly quilted areas or under the quilt stitching just washes away! I've used it several times now, even on white fabric with white thread, and have had absolutely no problems with anything leaving a mark or color behind on the quilt.


Pinned quilt sandwich
Sulky's Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer (on the bolt, then you can make one piece as long as you need it, and it's less expensive than the packages.)
Crayola Washable Markers, fine point
Straight Pins

1. Pick and scale quilting pattern to size needed.

2. Tape pattern to table, tape stabilizer tautly over pattern.
3. Using washable marker, trace pattern onto stabilizer.

4. Pin stabilizer to quilt top. Remove any basting safety pins and replace with straight pins on top of interfacing as you go along.

5. Free motion quilt along pattern lines.

6. Tear off as much stabilizer as you can. (It will stick to dog and cat noses, so please dispose of it properly).

7. When top is entirely quilted and quilt is bound, wash and dry quilt.


Sophola-fi-fi said...

What a great way to quilt! Thanks Vicki!

Three Kitchen Fairies said...

Great tutorial!! Maybe this will take away my free motion fear. Thanks for sharing!

Ulla's Quilt World said...

It will be fantastic! :)