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Thread: Cross-hatching

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    Could someone share the finer points of cross-hatching? What degree of an angle to you make it? I'm about to try it on the SB Sue sashing and I don't want to mess it up now! Thank you for any help you can give me. I've done leaves/vines around the frame and sun with rays around each lady. I'm close to getting it done! :-)

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    According to the book The Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide: From A to Z-Hundreds of Tips and Techniques for Successful Quiltmaking (A Rodale quilt book) by Ellen Pahl "The lines have to be marked at a 45 degree angle to the vertical and horizontal lines of a quilt to have a true cross- hatching design." Read Scross Hatching on this page in the book http://books.google.com/books?id=MQn...0angle&f=false (you have to scroll down to the bottom of page 190 for the info) ;)

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    I don't know why it made the page really wide like that. UHG!

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    Thank you so much!! I'm thinking I'll go with the 60 degree diamond pattern as the border is 60 degree parallelograms. I'll start marking it in the morning.

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    I have found that it is super easy to get the lines straight by useing blue painters tape. You can get it in all different sizes and it comes off really easy without using any sticky stuff behind.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I have found that it is super easy to get the lines straight by useing blue painters tape. You can get it in all different sizes and it comes off really easy without using any sticky stuff behind.

    Good luck!
    That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    I have used the blue painter's tape successfully too, and I am rather new to quilting, so....if it works for me, it must be good!

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    I have found it more accurate and less frustrating to either use a stecil (various companies make them) or to
    mark (or dot) all around the edge of the section and then connet the dots across the area. I don't have much success using the gude on the machine foot or tape as the slightest variance can cause the grid not to keep uniform.
    For a square grid on the diagonal I would mark at 1" all around the square or section then connect the dots. This produces a square of about 3/4". I have found it easier and faster to then mark the grid. I have erased too many mishaped grids. You can do the same with diamonds etc. The stencil is, of course, the fastest. They are available in 12" square. Of course then can be used if block is smaller or larger.

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    Thank you. I just received the quilting quide yesterday that I ordered for this. Now that I know the acceptable degree of angles, I hope to have fun trying it out! Have you ordered from the latter store? I've had beyond excellent service from SewersWarehouse, but that one seems a bit cheaper pricewise.

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