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Thread: marking a quilt?

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    hello,
    I am a new quilter. My greatest difficulty has been in marking the quilt. I followed directions which stated to mark after sandwiching and basting. I have a great kitchen island on which to work. But, when I mark a grid on my muslin squares to offset the applique, the muslim "moves" or "stretches" making the marking difficult (sandwich flat on counter top). I do not know what the problem is - if it is poor quality muslim, the marking instrument (erasable quilting pencil), my method or "par for the course". Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hello, and welcome from Idaho! I haven't marked any of my quilts, but there are a lot of people who can help you.

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    I like to mark mine before they are sandwiched, I think it's easier to manipulate. If your using a stencil at all you might want to invest the $15 in a pounce pad. It has chalk dust in it and comes off when ironed, really easy to use.

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    I would like to welcome you from Washington. :D

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    Hi :) welcome from Minnesota!

    I don't mark ~~ I have a long-arm. :)

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    Hello from Western Mountain Maryland !!

    I mark some,but mostly use design in block or fabric. I do use the pounce pad for some, soapstone on med to dark color & chalk wheels ( blue or white ). I hand quilt & mark as needed in working area.

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    Welcome from Michigan. I mark mine before they are sandwiched, so there is only 1 layer of fabric to deal with.

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    welcome!

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    If you use something to mark that will not rub off easily or disappear, I don't see any reason why you can't mark before sandwiching.

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    Welcome from Michigan

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    Hello and welcome from Nevada!

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    Hello, welcome and happy quilting from Germany!

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    I have used a pounce pad for stencils, I also like clovers chalk pencils, I use those alot, I aslo just got the new Sewline Trio pencil, haven't used it yet though

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    I have wanted to try the pounce technique, but have been concerned that I would end up wiping the markings off as I moved the quilt around and/or accidentally rested my hands/arms on it

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!!

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    Welcome and Howdy from Kentucky!

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    Thank you for all your suggestions and your welcoming. I love quilting and the community that comes with it. :-) I will try the pounce method for my borders and get back to you. For the grid surrounding the applique, oh my goodness, lines, lines, lines...I will just bear through it this time as it is already sandwiched ... next time I will mark before sandwiching. Many thanks again from Florida!

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    Hello and welcome from Argentina! :D

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    Welcome from Michigan.

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    Hello, and welcome from Michigan!

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    Welcome from Chicago! If it makes you feel any better, I've been quilting for 20+ years and marking is still a huge weakness and frustration for me. I've never found a method that doesn't have some drawback. Even basting isn't as bad for me as the marking.

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    I sandwhich my quilt first and then put it in a large hoop. I start in the center and use a stencil and a .5mm mechanical pencil to mark with. Then I quilt that area, move the fabric over one hoops worth and repeat. I quilt from the center out in circles around the center part where I started. Marking has never bothered me or given me trouble with the hoop on. I love hand quilting but in the interest of saving time I am now doing long arm quilting too.

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