I am in the process of marking a quilt top that my hand quilting class will use in a few weeks for practicing. I thought I might share a few pictures of how I work.
First, here is a glimpse of the quilt top; it is based on an Amish Center Diamond pattern.
Today I created this design for the grey triangles that square off the quilt above (click to enlarge):
I did not design the circle in the top point. That is from a book by Linda Macho called “Quilting Patterns.” I enlarged the design and have used it in several places on the quilt. I added the trailing vines and curls, though.
First, I taped the circular design onto a piece freezer paper cut the same size as the triangles on the quilt. Then I sketched out the trailing vines and curls until I achieved the look I wanted. Finally, I went over the design with a black Sharpie marker.
I taped the design to my LIGHT TABLE in my kitchen. This is a dual-purpose table; it also serves as our kitchen table! The top is glass. Here is how I turn it into a light table; it is very easy and everything I need is in my home.
The table sits where it always sits… in my bay window. There is an electrical outlet directly behind the table that you can’t see in this picture. I grab a little lamp from my bedroom and remove the shade. I put a plastic mixing bowl upside down underneath the middle portion of the table. I set the lamp in top of it to raise it closer to the glass top. Then, I place the pattern on the glass top and tape it down in a few places. I lay the quilt top over the pattern and position it where it needs to be. I flip on the light and then begin tracing. It even works through black fabric!
So there you are… my tip for the day! Now go mark something!
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