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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Marking a quilt

To be honest, I don't mark quilts.  I don't like worrying that the marks will come out.  I was so happy to discover heat disappearing pens and am using them to mark Felicity's Bear Moose quilt.  Her quilt just has so much open space, and I had these wonderful continuous line machine quilting patterns that are perfect for it.

The marking is slow and uncomfortable.  I do it sitting on the floor because I have pressed the king sized top and don't want to wrinkle it.  I only have one side of the outside border done and am anxioius to get going on the quilting instead of the marking.

I also wanted to show a photo of a hand project I have my eye on.  It is by Crab Apple Hill, and I can hardly wait to gather up white fabric for it.  It involves Crayons and an iron to give it the wonderful colored look.

I am linking up with
Freemotion by the River
Esther's WOW
Let's Bee Social


  1. Wow, that is an intricate quilting design! It will be lovely when you finish.

  2. Little by little, you'll get it done. What a beautiful quilt! Of course you know I'm a big fan of those animals....

  3. Stumbled on you blog today... if you are thinking of using the Frixion Pen, do a bit more research on them... a great blog on it here:, another one here:, one more:, and the last one:

    I use the blue washout and purple air erase markers and have for many years without any issues. I will say that the blue is much more difficult to get out than it was 30 years ago... but that is 'progress'. I also use the Ultimate Quilt Chalk (Iron Off).

    Good Luck!

  4. Beautiful quilting designs, I love them! But for sure it might be easier to mark them! The quilt sketch looks very interesting, what a beautiful idea for Christmas!

  5. ooooo!! Deana, that village tree is really wonderful!

  6. That is some seriously detailed quilting you have planned there! I would not be attempting that with or without marking! :)

  7. Are you quilting with a little machine? I rarely marked anything when I had a longarm, but I can see it would be handy on FMQ. It's going to be great with those borders!

  8. I might have been better off not knowing about the Crab Apple Hill pattern. I love their patterns. Lots of other great projects shown to. I look forward to seeing them finished.

  9. That is going to be so beautiful and what a lot of quilting!

  10. Did you trace all your quilting designs on... I do like the frixion pens and haven't had a problem except for drawing on plain dark fabrics.. sometimes a little pale line was left. It wasn't noticeable after quilting though... I don't think I would use them on a hand heirloom quilt. BUT I make my quilts to use now not hide away for a hundred years..

  11. Hi Deana,
    WOW - that is just fabulous how you are marking the edge of the quilt. I saw the more recent updates of how far you are coming along, but seeing how the border started is beyond cool. I also love the handword/crayon project. I have one to complete (I forgot about it, actually) with a Halloween theme. I don't even LIKE Halloween but fell in love with the witches and the artistic value of the piece. I will love to see more on this project. ~smile~ Roseanne


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