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Thread: Quilt Marking Ergonomics ?

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    I'm working on my second quilt, have the top done, and spent several hours yesterday marking it with my stencil & ruler & sewline pencil... and today I'm a bit sore from how I was sitting, hunched over. What I would like to know is where do you do your marking, how high is your table (if you use one) or workspace, what works for you, what doesn't?
    TIA - Betsy

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    Super Member leatheflea's Avatar
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    I mark on my cutting table. Is there a way you could mark a section, quilt it and then mark and quilt another section. This works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    I mark on my cutting table. Is there a way you could mark a section, quilt it and then mark and quilt another section. This works for me.
    That's how I do it, too - in sections. It's too hard on my back, like you said, for me to do otherwise.

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    Don't forget to take frequent breaks and do some stretches too :D:D:D

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    For detailed work I draw on pieces of Sulky Solvy and pin the pieces where I want them.

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    Depends on the pattern I'm marking. If it's an all-over pattern I generally do it on my cutting table. Otherwise I mark as I go, just put a hard surface underneath my sandwich - either in/out of the hoop. But that's handquilting. Not sure how you'd mark in sections for machine quilting. Just take breaks and stretch as others have suggested.

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    Thanks for the advice. I admit that I get so absorbed in what I'm doing that I lose track of time. It's just so much fun that time flies :)

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