Machine Quilting, Quilting and the Internet, Quilting tools

You Need What?……For What?

Not having done any machine quilting for quite awhile  I decided to look on the internet for a quilting class.  I found a pretty basic class on the Craftsy website (Fons and Porter).  Ann Peterson’s Beyond Basics Machine Quilting is being featured this month. Not only was I able to get some much needed practice but I also picked up a couple of  tricks to help the process move along a it easier.

"New" Tools of the Trade

I’ve used painters’ tape before to hold the background fabric flat against the table.  I’d stretch the fabric taunt and after pin basting the quilt sandwich the background would always be wavy.  One of her tips is to make sure that the background lies smoothly on the table not taunt. Stretching the fabric so much makes it bounce back to its original shape when you remove the tape and you have a wrinkled mess on your hands that has to be repined.


Another tip is to use a sponge paint brush to spread chalk over a stencil when marking the top for quilting. It’s definitely not as messy as using the chalk in a box.




Stencil Transfer


When I asked my husband if he had these he asked me what I was going to do with them. “I’m quilting”, was my response.  He just shook his head an walked away.  He just doesn’t understand!!!!!!!!!!

There is always time to quilt!
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  • Reply Judy Dings, Saginaw, MI July 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

    OMG…. Finally I see how easy it is to make a quilting stencil. All I have to do is come up with a design in my head, draw it on paper, then punch some small holes in it. Oh ya, then use chalk and a foam paint brush to transfer the pattern to my fabric. I did notice somewhere today that someone used corn starch or flour for dark fabric and cinnamon for light fabrics. I knew it could be something simple. Thanks a bunch!

    • Reply Lucia July 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Chalk does sometimes spread all over and smear – Will have to try the cornstarch and cinnamon to see how they work. Go figure! There are so many household items that can be “dual” purposed into quilting as well as their original use. I have to chuckle whenever I find a new one.

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