Sunday, September 23, 2007

Frustration!

Do you remember me telling you how I wanted to quilt the Autumn Quilt (second one down on the post) with sunflowers and baptist fans...
I was all set to go..I had a simple design of flowers that I had enlarged and then printed as a massive poster on Microsoft Publisher and I had my lightbox all ready to use to draw the outline on the top and then fill in the background with the baptist fans using a cardboard template. Well, I guess I didn't really count on the fabric being so hard to see through, or the marking pencils so hard to see and by the time I had reached the halfway mark I couldn't tell if I was coming or going. So I have bravely washed my top to remove all the markings to start again. I had a friend suggest quilting the sunflower outlines using freezer paper, which I think I might do, but have you got any braining ideas as to how to tackle marking a quilt with so many colours!?


12 comments:

Vicki W said...

Hmm. Cound you draw the sunflowers onto glad Press and Seal(or even tissue paper) and stick that to the top of the quilt, stitch through it. Then chalk the baptist fans after you have stitched the sunflowers? Not sure that would work, just and idea.

CONNIE W said...

Afraid I'm no help with your marking problem but I'm here to offer you a cyber-hug. Hope you can find a simple solution.

Patti said...

Here's an easy way! Use a plain color backing - or at least a backing that you can easily see your marks on, and mark the backing instead of the top. Works like a charm.

Doodlebug Gail said...

I'm no help with your dilemma .... just wanted to give you a (((HUG))) for the frustrations you are feeling.

Shelina said...

You could use freezer paper or press and seal, but I probably would do them freehand. What I did was just doodle on some paper so I could get an idea of what and how I would do it, and then move on to the real thing with a machine. With this many fabrics, your quilting will not show that much anyway, and you'll get a chance to free yourself.
Ooh, I like the marking the back idea too, although I would probably have trouble with lining up everything right.

Mary said...

I'm not sure how much the flower quilting would show on these busy fabrics. I think I would just do an overall design that didn't need marking.

anne bebbington said...

I think Patti has it - especially if you really do want to just stitch them at random all over the quilt - I'm afraid I can't offer any help really as everything I do is totally freehand except Spencer's stars when I used freezerpaper for the heart shapes and the circle for the feather rings. You don't say if you want to machine or hand quilt - if you're hand quilting look at Tonya's blog as she does loads of hand stitched baptist fans over allsorts of combinations of coloured fabrics. If it were me and I were machine quilting I think I'd probably iron on a freezer paper circle for the centre of the sunflower then carefully remove it with the needle still in, quilt lots of little circles in the centre of the circle finishing at an outer edge and then work round the petals next - my first Ostrich (the purple,pink and navy one) has sunflowers on and this is how I did it except I did the initial centre circle freehand - sorry Jane this is so longwinded - I posted about that quilt sometime July/August last year if you want to go back for a look-see. GOOD LUCK!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Sorry can't offer a good solution. I quilt by hand and mark as I go along. I use all sorts of things, ie. slivers of soap, Berol Verithin coloured pencils and fade-away fibre tip pens. Marking the design on the back is a neat tip.

Alisa said...

That was dissapointing... I'm with Mary. I would just do an overall design. The fabrics in the quilt are just gorgeous and don't need anything to make them more spectacular.

Sarah Jayne said...

Have you tried watercolour pencils? The cheaper the better as they wash out easily (but do test them first). That way you could have a real contrasting colour and mark up as you go along. Or I've used one of the |Clover chucka things - the chalk powder - I find the white comes off very easily but stays on long enough. Hoop you find something that works for you.

Screen Door said...

Love the moose....

piecemaker said...

Hi, thanks for visiting and leaving your kind messages, looks like I'm going to be out of circulation for a while, helen