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Thread: Marking a Black Quilt Top

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    Roxanne's white pencil comes out nicely. For some motifs, I have ironed on the shape cut from freezer paper and quilted alongside it. It can be peeled off an reused several times. Another way is to mark the motif in permanent marker onto Miracle Film (Sulky has a similar heat-removable stabilizer), and once the marker is well dried, use a temporary spray adhesive to attach to the quilt. Quilt right through the film, and tear it off. I love using white chalk in the Ultimate pounce pad with a stencil.

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    I have used Clovers white pencil, Roxanne's white pencil, and soapstone. All have worked well in small areas, but have no experience with entire quilt. I'm glad to hear all of you that they stay on long enough to quilt an entire quilt. I've found that the white mechanical pencils don't stay on very long but are great for mark as you go.

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    I love, LOVE, LOVE this idea (tho I must admit I haven't tried it yet). Was watching a Quilt Show video today and Ricky Tims was showing his machine quilting tips. Actually he shared this at the quilt seminar in Atlanta too. He drew his design on a stabilizer - affixed to the back of the quilt top -- then used water soluable thread in both top and bobbin. Stitched from the back over the drawn design, removed the stabilizer, made the quilt sandwich, and the design was right there on top to stitch over. When the quilt was finished, just soak in water and all the water soluable thread is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
    For some motifs, I have ironed on the shape cut from freezer paper and quilted alongside it. It can be peeled off an reused several times.
    I have done this but cut the shapes out of contact paper. No need to iron ,and no sticky stuff left behind. I have even machine quilted around shapes...but after I had a bit better control of my machine!
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    I would use an artists light grey watercolour pencil - but I would still check it on the fabric to make sure it came out ok as some fabrics react differently

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsbuffalo View Post
    I have used the little slivers of bar soap we have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I use the Bohin mechanical pencils with the white lead. Never had an issue with these marks coming out. Sometimes a little too quickly but I'm a hand quilter and the quilt gets moved around alot. I've learned to only mark as I go. With ANY of the marking tools that I've used.
    I'm imagining that you are marking after it's sandwiched if you are marking as you go? Any tips on this.

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    Can you stitch thru the freezer paper? Will it tear off easily?
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    I use plain white chalk. Brushes away every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    Can you stitch thru the freezer paper? Will it tear off easily?
    NO, you only stitch alongside freezer paper or contact paper. I've used both.

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