Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (220)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the virtual realm of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Here in the South of England we are over our heatwave and we are now stuck with low cloud trapping all the moisture left by several hefty thunderstorms. Although the humidity is high, air temperatures are much more bearable. The difficult weather conditions have made it a testing week for quilt photography. I apologise for the variations in the colours and the graininess of my photos in this post, hoping you will bear with me 🙂

Earlier this week I shared my decisions re. a potentially large UFO. Following on from the encouraging comments left on my Facebook and Instagram feeds I forged ahead with a plan to utilise the thirty-five blocks, making several quilts rather than one large one which would have been too big for me to comfortably quilt. By the end of the week I had used thirty two of the blocks, making three quilt tops and one bed runner!

I feel really pleased to have used just about every inch of the feature fabrics – both left overs and picking pieces out of the remaining three blocks. I now have the dilemma of how to quilt my four new WIPs (I really hope I haven’t created four UFOs out of a single UFO! Eeekkk!) I had thought about adding Dresden Plates to the open areas of background fabric but none of my stash fabrics sit happily with the feature fabrics so I’m set on stitching out some sort of design into those spaces. I have a 10″ stencil that fits nicely. The pattern is a continuous line so I may be able to machine stitch it…

Next issue: How to mark the stencil pattern onto the white-on-white fabric? I gathered my marking tools together and did a fabric test.

Top: Clover Chaco Marker. Bottom: Water Erasable Pen – Medium Tip; Pilot Frixion Ball pen; EZ Quilting, Erasable Pencil.

I left the marks for about three hours before attempting to remove each one as per instructions.

The easiest to remove was the Frixion pen (using a hot, dry iron); the Water Erasable Pen mark could be removed very effectively too but it did involve making the fabric very damp/wet; the grey Chaco marker rubbed away but left a trace (I tried dampening the fabric later and the chalk did disappear); the mark left by the erasable pencil was impossible to remove – I ended up with a yellow smudge, although, in it’s defense, I must point out that the pencil is a few years old so the rubber eraser has gone a bit hard.

Despite the results of my fabric test I’m still a bit nervous of using the dark blue Frixion pen on my white fabric. Watching a review of Frixion Pens by Kim of Chatterbox Quilts has got me a bit more reassured. But I guess I would have to use a wadding with no polyester or scrim if I were to use a hot iron to remove the pen lines after quilting? I’d be interested to learn of other quilter’s experiences with any of these marking tools. Marking fabrics certainly is a thorny issue.

Time for some links into our Worldwide Quilting Community, happy clicking!:

Patty has been making improv curve pieced blocks for a collaborative quilt. She has shared a tutorial showing her method for making ‘Stacked Improv Curves’.

Can you relate to Carole who is having a downer on social distancing and the impact it’s having on motivation and creativity? She suggests switching our mind set from ‘social distancing’ to being ‘distantly social’.

Leanne has just launched a new pattern called, ‘Level Up’. She has used the debut fabric line, ‘Create’, by Kristy Lea to make her sample quilt. The colours are bright rainbow hues with white and navy blue as background.

It’s always handy to have some fabric in reserve. Cynthia shares her ‘protocol’ for purchasing fabrics to add to her stash – particularly fabrics to use as quilt backings, background fabrics and bindings. Building a stash was also the subject of Rachel Hauser’s Quilter’s Color Quest blog post earlier this month. Both Cynthia and Rachel’s posts are well worth a read 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished of Not Friday – Alycia has been pattern testing for Myra of Busy Hands Quilts and share her blue and white finish.

Happy Stitching!


8 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (220)

    • Interesting! Do you mark the quilt top as you go along or do all the marking before starting to quilt? And how and when do you erase the blue marks? I’m wondering if it’s best to have the pen marks on the fabric for as short a time as possible…

      • Most of the time, I don’t know how I am going to quilt, so I mark as I go along. When I am using the blue washout marker, I will spray those marks with water when I am done quilting for the day (not the marks I didn’t get to quilting yet, of course…just the ones that I quilted). I keep a spray bottle of water in my sewing studio. I find the marks distracting when I am trying to decide how to quilt the rest of the quilts. Erasing them away doesn’t have anything to do with keeping the quilt clean. I will wash the quilt when I have finished the whole thing, including the binding.

        I use chalk a lot, so I mark as I go, because the chalk doesn’t stick around long enough to leave an entire quilt marked until I get around to quilting the whole thing. 🙂

        • Thanks Laura, that’s all really helpful. I will add a water spray bottle to my sewing room kit and mark the quilt tops as I go along.

          I wondered about dress makers chalk. I remember Trudi Wood saying it’s her go-to marking tool when I attended one of her machine quilting classes. Ah! Those good old days when we could go to classes… and meet up with friends to quilt!

          • I have always kept a spray bottle of water in the sewing studio because I use it instead of filling my iron with water.

            I use Pounce and Clover chalk wheels. The internet is a blessing when it comes to sharing ideas and techniques; especially since classes are taboo right now!

  1. Oh that was an interesting test!! I use the blue one to the left when I am quilting, but try really hard to not leave it for very long – like mark the row, quilt and spritz…. thanks for sharing your results with us!


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