Nov. 9 … Quilt marking

Every quilter as they are working on a top start to wonder how they wish to quilt whether it is to be machine quilted or hand quilted. I’m a hand quilter so this post will be focused on hand quilting.

First it is important that the top’s seam be ironed neatly ,you don’t want untidy or twisted seams like here as it will not lay or look right when quilted.

You want the top to lay nicely for you.

Then some things to consider.. well let me show you…

Here I wanted a traditional grid but added just a little to the fans to give a lacy fan look…

This bear paw block I wanted to give a soft pad to the bears paw. You can see it a little better on the backside.

Then this broken star quilt had lots of plain open spaces to show off lovely designs..

To make these I use paper with black marker then placed under the fabric. If you have a plain light color fabric you can trace it with very little problem.

The grid work I use a ruler or yard stick.

For a foundation pieced quilt,it is harder to quilt because of many seams, quilting over seams is hard on fingers. The hosta quilt I did has lots of stitch in the ditch work.

To add interest to this quilt , I did rays,and a scribble around the spikes to soften and showcase the spikes.

Sometimes the fabric will give you a pattern to follow

Today I worked on marking this top

I laid some designs on the top for ideas. The top design I think is to large ,the middle is to round it will just be adding more circles, the last one will give it a nice floral design. The rest will not need to be marked as I will do stitching about a quarter inch away from seams in each ring patch.

I use a chalk pen from Fons&Porter and a school pencil for marking.

There are many idea inspirations to be found online,magazines or books. For beginners I would suggest simple work like grid,clam shell or parallel lines not to may twist and turns until you learn how to handle your needle with confidence. Then just be creative ,that’s what quilting is about.😀

If you have a tip be sure to comment to share it.



23 thoughts on “Nov. 9 … Quilt marking

  1. kathyreeves

    Deb, thank you so much for sharing these helpful hints for getting started! Yesterday I picked up my thimble and a big spool of hand quilting thread, so I am now ready for the marking to begin. The embroidered squares had some quilting marked, so I will start by studying that, and then applying the great advice that you and Kerry have provided!


    1. Deb Post author

      Your welcome! I’m confident you are going to make out great with your sewing abilities. Looking forward to seeing how you quilt the top.


  2. automatic gardener

    That was a great tutorial. I have not ventured into hand quilting yet. I consider myself an advanced beginner. Will you show the next steps? Do you use a hoop? How many hours a week do you work on your quilts? I have lots of questions!

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    1. Deb Post author

      I can show you the next steps, after I finish marking the double wedding ring ,I’ll show you how I layer it. It’s not hard. This one I will use the hoop.As for hours, some days I do more than others ,somedays not at all. I probably average three hrs a week.

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    1. Deb Post author

      Thank you! I don’t know about patient it’s just very relaxing for me,keeps me from bouncing in my chair in the evening when the family wants me to join them.😁


  3. blosslyn

    Ha ha never in a million years will I ever be able to do that, its so neat and such tiny stitches, so beautiful. I think that I could manage to machine little squares together and maybe, just maybe, do a little switching in some of the plain squares…..but thats it….I will just watch you make your beautiful quilts 🙂

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