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Thread: How do draw a design onto your quilt?

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    Hey everyone! I'm curious how you transfer or draw a desing onto your quilt. Do you use a stencil? How about if you've printed something off the computer; how do you acutally get the design on the quilt? Does tracing work? And with what?

    I've seen some amazing designs on quilt that people have free motioned and i'm thinking i would need a design to follow.
    any help would be great!
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    I usually use a stencil but have been known to draw it on tissue paper and pin that to the quilt.

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    You can also use Gladwrap Press and Seal. It'll stick to whatever you want to trace and then it'll stick to the quilt. After you're through quilting you just peel it back off the quilt.

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    Scissor Queen, what an amazing idea! I have to try it, seems it would be much better than paper, not as stiff.

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    When I first started quilting I would draw my quilting motif on paper cut to the size of the quilt block. Then I would remove the thread from my sewing machine and stitch through the paper on the lines I had drawn. I then had a stencil which I pinned on my quilt block. If the fabric was dark I used baby powder rubbed on the stencil so I could see the lines. If the fabric was light I would use a blue water erase pen. Worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    You can also use Gladwrap Press and Seal. It'll stick to whatever you want to trace and then it'll stick to the quilt. After you're through quilting you just peel it back off the quilt.
    Love this idea, thanks for the info.

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    Have a book of Designs from when tole painting, often refer back to if I need a reminder, can make any size, sometimes just free hand and put together the combo, hang it up and work on somthing else let what I call the back of my mind work on it, most of the time come up w/something workable. LOL... Voices in my head :)
    Do like the Glad Idea Clever Quilters!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    You can also use Gladwrap Press and Seal. It'll stick to whatever you want to trace and then it'll stick to the quilt. After you're through quilting you just peel it back off the quilt.
    I have to try this!! I usually use tissue paper, then pin it to the fabric. Sometimes tiny bits of tissue paper get caught in the thread and I have to fuss to get them loose!

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    If I print a design off the computer, I use an exact o knife and cut out the lines then use a disappearing maker to mark what I am going to quilt, I print it on card stock and sometimes glue that to light cardboard before cutting out.

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    Are you just sewiing over the P&S, then removing it? Can it be reused?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Are you just sewiing over the P&S, then removing it? Can it be reused?
    I just sewed right over the P&S and you can't reuse it. Make absolutely sure you have it all removed before you iron it again!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S
    Scissor Queen, what an amazing idea! I have to try it, seems it would be much better than paper, not as stiff.
    I'm going to have to try Scissor Queens method also. I've always used printer paper. Print or draw my design on paper, then sew right over the paper. It's a B&^%H picking out all that paper, but at the time it was the only way I knew to do it. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    I print off the design I want and trace it onto netting with a permanent marker. I then put the netting on my quilt and draw over the marker with chalk pencil.

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    I have traced over the design on tulle with contrasting permanent marker, then pinned the tulle to my quilt and then traced over my lines with a chalk pencil.

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    I loved the Press & Seal idea too, but I found that if your stitch length is short, the stuff can be darn near impossible to remove and won't come out in the wash. I did some feathered wreaths with Press & Seal and no matter what, particles remained. I would try this on a sample before using it on a quilt you've spent a lot of time on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixfido
    I loved the Press & Seal idea too, but I found that if your stitch length is short, the stuff can be darn near impossible to remove and won't come out in the wash. I did some feathered wreaths with Press & Seal and no matter what, particles remained. I would try this on a sample before using it on a quilt you've spent a lot of time on.
    Thanks letting us know your experience with press & seal. I have this problem with tissue paper, but at least that can be picked out or dissolved in the wash. Since I already experience this with tissue paper, I will likely experience it with press & seal as well.

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    I now use the tissue paper way. At first I used Press and Seal, but found that it really gummed up my machine and it took quite a bit of cleaning to get my machine back to normal.

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    okay so what kind of tissure paper do you use? like regular toilet paper or the stuff that comes in gift bags or what. can you tell i'm clueless? :)
    also what were you gals talking about with the P&S? could you describe your method a bit more??
    thanks so much already everyone! :)
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    Doesn't anybody use pounce and stencils? I am so scared of my first FMQ project, so I bought all the stuff (Ultimate Pounce I think it's called; can be removed with a hot iron). I tried the official-quilting tissue and spent hours picking the paper off the sample quilt - I won't use that again.

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    I trace my QD on water soublable interfacing. Pin it onto the fab and away I go. Found out the HARD way not to sew directly on the ink when quilting on light fab. Ink stayed on the fab. Had to use hair spray and a Q-tip to get it out.

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    could you use press+seal as a stensil? have any aussies seen it on the shelves here?where

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    This sounds like a great idea. How do you get the chalk pencil off? I used one and it seems like the only way is to wash the quilt. No problem with that except right now I'm finishing an oversize king and my washer is not big enough to handle that.

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    I tried pounce and it did not work for me. I used special pencils and they broke all the time and it took hours. Sewing over paper was cumbersome and the stitches did not come out as well for me. Never mind getting that paper from under the stitches. With the last quilt I bought kids washable crayola sharp point markers and drew free hand feathers. I was done in no time and fortunately it did all wash out with the first wash. I did not leave it on for long and I did not iron over it. I am definitely planning to use it again. I enjoyed the freedom of drawing on the quilt and then just sewing over the lines. Besure to try it out on scrap before doing this. Also I did it on a quilt for my DD that is to be used. Something you do not plan on washing would obvioulsy not be suitable.

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    I tried the Press & Seal method once, the "permanent" pen I was using rubbed off on me and then onto my quilt! :( Thankfully I was able to remove the stains! I usually use Golden Threads quilting paper, it works well for me. I also freehand some of my quilting designs directly on the quilt with a fine pencil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabanana
    okay so what kind of tissure paper do you use? like regular toilet paper or the stuff that comes in gift bags or what. can you tell i'm clueless? :)
    also what were you gals talking about with the P&S? could you describe your method a bit more??
    thanks so much already everyone! :)
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    I use the tissue paper that you get in the gift wrap section of Walgreens, Walmart, KMart, etc - the stuff you put in with holiday gifts. If it's wrinkled or creased, you can press it with the iron to smooth it out a bit.
    Trace the image onto the tissue paper and then pin the paper to the quilt and stitch on the lines. I have found that if you are quilting on a light fabric, it's best to use colored tissue paper with the image traced with white pencil as the graphite color will transfer into the stitch holes and the quilting will look "dirty". Darker fabrics work fine with white tissue paper and image in normal pencil. When done stitching, just pull out the paper. For little pieces stuck under stitching, use pointy tweezers to get out.
    If you want to try the P&S, it's pretty much the same technique - trace the image onto the "non-sticky" side of the P&S and then pin onto the fabric, stitch on the lines, and peel off when done using tweezers if necessary. The stickiness of the P&S also helps keep it in place. I used a fine point Sharpie to trace the image - it doesn't smear and also didn't seem to transfer into the stitch holes in the fabric. I just has issues with the P&S gumming up my machine.
    Hope this helps....

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