Here is another repeat blog post from November 14, 2011 where I shared the border marking techniques and tools I used.
Yesterday I showed you the design I am going to use on the border quilting and today I am going to share how I got that design onto the black basted quilt border. I thought about making a stencil but didn’t want the work of cutting all those channels so came up with another idea.I cut a piece of water soluble plastic like material and laid it over the quilting design I had drawn. I don’t know what the brand name of this plastic film is but have had it a long time and think I remember buying it in the machine embroidery section of the fabric store. It is heavier than Solvy, another product that looks like clear plastic and dissolves in water.I marked the design with the Chubby Crayon by Miracle Chalk. It feels like a crayon, marks white marks on fabric or this plastic and the website says has chalk in it too that will disappear with heat from an iron. I don’t think I need it to disappear since I am marking on the plastic but didn’t want to use a regular crayon in case some marks might transfer over to the black fabric.
I used safety pins to attach the plastic to the border, centering it as I pinned. I did remove the hand basting on that black border as I wouldn’t be able to get it out before crossing over it and stitching it down.
I did cut the corner design off and positioned it exactly on the corner of the border as it was just a little off and I can extend the quilting lines to get it all connected I hope.
I have all 4 sides pinned and ready to quilt and am anxious to find out if my “great idea” will turn out like I hope it will. I do have it pinned down pretty flat so hope I don’t get any tucks or pleats. I will let you know how the quilting goes on this border right away and won’t make you wait until the big reveal in May.