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Thread: Marking the Quilt before of after sandwiching layers?

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    Instructions always say mark your quilt before putting the layers together. I mark prior to sandwiching the layers if I need the light box to mark the design on the quilt, otherwise many times I mark as I go after the layers are put together and as I hand quilt, especially if it is a cut stencil or just straight lines.

    What do most of you do and is there a good reason to mark everything prior to putting the layers together?

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    Well depending on whether you pin or baste it the fabric will not be easy to lie flat unless you mark first. Ask me how I know this... LOL!

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    Mostly I use chalk or dissapearing ink so marking before does not work.

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    After since I generally use chalk pencils or cut stencils and markings would not last anytime at all if I did it before. So mark as I go.

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    Thanks. I think marking after is also fine, unless as I mentioned before you have to use a light box for a certain pattern. I too use chalk which definitely does not stay on, in fact I am constantly rechalking. I have been quilting for years and do both, but was just curious. I think in instructions for new quilters they should mention that you might need to mark after layering.

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    I always mark after. Using disappearing ink or white pencil I have to.

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    i mark my entire quilt before.

    i use ultimate quilters pounce and either i pin baste or load the quilt onto my quilting frame.

    sometimes i do both.

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    I've been marking afterwards, but I'm not that experienced, either. When I do straight line quilting, like cross hatching, I just use painters tape, and reposition as I go. I use air erase pens for stencils, and so far have not had any problems.

    Great topic! Nice to see what others are doing. Thanks.

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    I just recently learned a new way to not NOT mark the quilt top. It's from Charlotte Warr Anderson's new book One Line at a Time. She explains how to use the 8 1/2 x 11 removable labels to put on the quilt and quilt using those as guides. I didn't even know they made removable labels this size. They can be printed on too!

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    I find it easiest to mark before sandwhiching. The quilting lines get destorted once the batting is added. If I am going to crosshatch I just use painters or masking tape. Sometimes I mark as I quilt if it is a very small area and I am using the purple pen.

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