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Thread: My quilt is ready to be layered, but,

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    Senior Member susanwilley's Avatar
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    Do you mark the quilt top with a quilting design before you layer it or after?

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    I mark it, if I mark at all, after I have it layered and pinned it. I suppose you could mark it before but would have to be careful if chalk that it doesn't come off during the pinning.

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    I think you mark it before, seems it would be easier that way.

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    I mark after layering. I use a light pencil for my marking and then I wash each quilt when it's completely finished. I recently bought some of the Pilot Frixion pens that were discussed here a couple days ago, I'm going to test them on a bunch of scraps. I'm hoping the marks come out well with an iron because my eyes are getting bad and I can hardly see the pencil marks anymore, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I think you mark it before, seems it would be easier that way.
    I mark before because the fabric can stretch out of shape quite a bit by dragging a pencil across it. If there are pins in my way when I go to mark, I just move them to a different spot temporarily.

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    I mark before layering. It's easier to have a firm surface. I don't use chalks because id have to remarkarbe portions. Instead I choose washable leads.

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    if it is a more detailed design, mark it before. like ND says, much easier on a firm surface.

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    Either/or.
    Both.
    Jan in VA

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    I always mark after layering. I often use needlemarking and the marks come out much better on a softer surface. Because I "mark-as-I-go", starting in the middle of the quilt, I don't have to do the complete markings at once.

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    Thank you everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    I mark after layering. I use a light pencil for my marking and then I wash each quilt when it's completely finished. I recently bought some of the Pilot Frixion pens that were discussed here a couple days ago, I'm going to test them on a bunch of scraps. I'm hoping the marks come out well with an iron because my eyes are getting bad and I can hardly see the pencil marks anymore, lol!
    BEWARE of these pens and noted in another post. They will come out with ironing but will re-appear after cooling down. Sound like they never come completely out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    I mark after layering. I use a light pencil for my marking and then I wash each quilt when it's completely finished. I recently bought some of the Pilot Frixion pens that were discussed here a couple days ago, I'm going to test them on a bunch of scraps. I'm hoping the marks come out well with an iron because my eyes are getting bad and I can hardly see the pencil marks anymore, lol!
    BEWARE of these pens and noted in another post. They will come out with ironing but will re-appear after cooling down. Sound like they never come completely out.
    Thanks Bigsister, I did see that other post on the pens.

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    I was watching Sharon Schambers on UTube the other day. She stated that she marks each block as she finishes it!

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    WOW, before sewing together? Cool, now that would be really easy. That I think I'll do with my next quilt.
    Thanks so much!

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