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Thread: marking for hand quilting

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    I need to mark a quilt for echo quilting...does anyone have an easy method. my DD suggested using the bias 1/2" bar for a guide. I haven't marked a quilt in quite awhile without a stencil. any help?

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    not a clue but love your avitar !

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    I usually just eyeball it if I am echo quilting.

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    Me too, eyeballs look at it so eyeballs can judge it!

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    I use masking tape....comes in lots of different sizes and is reusable.

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    I have a half inch ruler and it has a line down the center. I put the line on the seam and then mark on each side of the ruler. I have a blue marker thing that wipes off with a wet cloth when done.

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    I've thought of masking tape, do you have any residue?

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    I have had residue left on a quilt from masking tape. Believe it or not, I got less residue out of blue painter's tape. I use a small ruler and school white chalk when I echo quilt.

    I want to get a blue water soluble pen soon as I'll be doing more and more handwork and I think I'm finally ready to dip my toes into stencils and other nifty designs.

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    I've thought of masking tape, do you have any residue?

    No, I have not have any problem with residue but I don't let it sit on my quilt for any length of time. If I can't finish the area I taped, I remove it. Painter's tape is good too, but not sure what sizes are available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindar
    I've thought of masking tape, do you have any residue?
    No, I have not had any problem with residue but I don't let it sit on my quilt for any length of time. If I can't finish the area I taped, I remove it. Painter's tape is good too, but not sure what sizes are available.

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    May seem like a silly question, but what is echo quilting?

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    When I echo quilt, I use the open toe foot, this gives you a clear view of the distance between the applique and the needle, then I use the top of the open corner left or right of the needle to just see the edge of the applique and this guides me around the applique.

    If you lessen your foot pressure it helps you move the quilt around easily with stopping every couple of stitches to reposition.
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    The way I understand echo quilting to be is 1/4" away from either a seam or off the edge of an applique. If you make a quilt with all the same size squares, echoing would be 1/4" to one side or the other of the seam. It would make your squares pop out...kinda 3D.

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    That's what I do often, Melissa. I hand quilt so if I stay a good 1/4" away from the seam, it means I'm not going through the seam allowance which plays heck with the fingers!

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    I'd love to see that whole quilt....did you embroidery around the patches???? I went to guild last night and was told just to mark the first line quarter inch and then eye the rest....going to baste it together today. Thanks everyone

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    Okay....that is generally how I hand quilt my blocks. Just didn't know there was a name for it. Learn something new everyday!!

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