Copyright © 2021 Lori Kennedy Quilts. Don’t pounce…it makes a mess….just rub across it while holding the stencil firmly with the other hand. I’ve thought it myself…but I find it is surprisingly difficult to draw a series of even parallel lines without going askew! Then I refilled it with Miracle chalk which comes off with an iron…so quickly and easily. Heather explains that the grid lines on the ruler mark an inch while all of the smaller hash marks are for other increments. Half yard by WOF or is it a full yard (by WOF)? Worked great and NO tape. But where you start, whether you're starting on a single block or across an entire quilt top, you want to start stitching at the point where you can stitch the longest diagonal line across your block or top. Machine quilting is my passion. It’s easy to get confused if you’re alternating the quilting lines you fill the grid with, so I like to mark some little reminders before I start. The other night I was agonizing over how to stitch ribbon candy around the inner border corner on a quilt I am entering in my Guild’s show. Lori, I wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your tutorials and your books!! Quilting with rulers can seem like a daunting plan. Continue moving down the center line until your first row of lines is marked. But the Mario Puzo reference escapes me…please enlighten me! Repeating this process of starting in the center and stitching outwards until the quilt top is covered in a grid style of quilting. Mark the Quilt Top Mark a square in the center of the fabric. Repeat the process outlined above. Chalk pouncer: Use a pouncer filled with fine chalk (affiliate link) with stencils to quickly mark a design that you intend to quilt right away. I’ve used the white on fleece, in particular, and a few other fabrics with no problems. The wheel tip allows the pen to mark lines quickly and it rolls through the cut-outs in the stencil easily. Use the Clover wheel pen to draw the first set of lines. Nov 23, 2013 - I have had a few questions about How I mark a grid on quilts. (And I have a lot of stencils!). I’m Lori Kennedy, machine quilter, & author from Minnesota. Not sure if it would work well on a big grid, though. 1: Preparing Your Layers Ensure your quilt top is square, trimming down where necessary. For the next few weeks, we are going to add to The Honeycomb to create several gorgeous patterns! "That's right Now we need to draw the lines. HOW TO DRAW A GRID: There are grid stencils available at The Stencil Company, but I usually use my straight line stencil. Thank you for the tip on miracle chalk! I would love to hear others experience with pounce chalk. I recommend marking an 8 inch square, but smaller or larger will work. We all love how grids can look in a quilt and how much visual interest they can add. Quilting on the diagonal grid like this is how I finished my Star Quilt-a-long quilt. Works best on darker fabrics. I have a black light that helps. Coming up with a quilting plan and seeing it come to life is one of my favorite parts of the process. And washing doesn’t always help. You can work in an offset grid pattern for even coverage (Fig 1 below). Repeat the process outlined above. Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt. For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com. FIG. If not, where can I find them as I would love to get one of each to practice my long arm quilting since I’m not new, but need some more practice before offering my services to others. Hi! We'll mark this across." I marked a flannel baby quilt and could not get the marks out. We use a water soluble Use whatever marking tool you prefer. It sounded like the Friday discussion was going to be about chalk marking, but I can’t find it. Next, align one of the cutout lines in the stencil lines along the center line. LOL! It didn’t last for me to complete a small project. I have a couple of different designs in lots of colorways for wholecloth pieces that are great for practicing longarm quilting at Honest Fabric. Good luck with your practice quilting–that’s so much fun! Thank you, Brenda!!! It’s easy to get confused if you’re alternating the quilting lines you fill the grid with, so I like to mark some little reminders before I start. It’s only drawback is sometimes the warmth of your hands can make the marks fade. I have a solution that I mix up in a medicine container & keep on hand: 6 Tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, 2 Tablespoons of water & 2 drops of liquid soap, like Dawn). It also has a lavender color chalk as well, which works well for light color backgrounds. the miracle people got back to me really quick. Thank you for this “recipe”. October 7, 2017 at 10:41 am I decided to let the piecing shapes guide me so I lined up the ruler through the Prism … Fill the square with a one inch grid. So, after seeing a quilt my friend Lucien made, I was inspired to try different ideas using grid lines. 4 is an illustration of the quilt grid of the present invention secured over the top the layer of a quilt such that the openings in the quilt grid indicate location to place quilt ties. Hi Lori! wowie, what a cool chalk pencil. We’re going to explore grid quilting using the walking foot attachment and the four easy steps below. My fabric shown here is 22 x 30 inches–a random size I found in my drawer! I only use miracle chalk and when I looked at their site, I only saw white. I do find that if you have ‘hot’ hands (or arms) coming into contact with the marks, they will fade. The whole process took less than five minutes! For that reason I would mark the new area as we came to it on the floor frame. I start with a wide grid which I quilt. I’ll bet she has some ideas there for Americana. I just marked a line to the left and a line to the right and used a long ruler to connect them. Starting with the backing, lay the Constant handling will wear the chalk off. I’d love to have some ideas on quilt on an Americana table runner. From doodling to quilting, I’m here in my Minnesota studio to help you get quilting. So I emptied the chalk out, disposed of it, washed the pen out and thoroughly dried it. How to Mark a Quilt for Free Motion Quilting I LOVE custom quilting quilt tops. The Clover pen works for slightly wavy lines. The Honeycomb is a very versatile pattern. Perfect Your Skills: Hand Piecing Each month, learn a fun trick or tip to make your quilting easier and more polished! (The grid markings are not shown.). A hera marker is simply a piece I found the pounce powder challenging as well. I don’t recommend marking the entire Honeycomb–too many lines gets confusing. Are you selling those? Quilt along with Gina and build your grid-based skills with this informative and easy-to-follow class. I have a setting triangle ruler here. All Rights Reserved. Check out my monthly newsletter & my articles. But whenever I want a looser, more spontaneous visual impact, I freehand-quilt everything I can. It can be stitched as an all over texture to cover an entire quilt, or it can be used as a pretty focus motif. Since the clam shells are each separated by a white “sashing”, the quilted grid really looks great within each shape. * Your needle will stab the under surface! The fusible grid adds a layer of interfacing that is nice for added stiffness. I marked a grid with pounce powder once and found that it “bounced” off as I quilted. They were all about 1'' … PS…For more  fabulous grid and line motifs, as well as tons of quilting tips and tricks—be sure to check out MORE Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3...and get a free “trick or treat” with every purchase!!! Begin by drawing one straight line across the entire quilt or area to be quilted using your longest ruler. I just used a fabric pen and my yard stick to mark my lines. HOW TO MARK STRAIGHT LINES FOR QUILTING. I also posted a free motion quilting tutorial last week for pebbles and swirls that’s a breeze to quilt! I’ll talk and walk you through quilting a grid inside a shape to create this great effect. The yellow doesn’t always come out. FIG. I like to use Sewline air erasing pens or white chalk. I used the clover chalk pen using the yellow color and I couldn’t get all of the yellow out of my fabric. Is it worth the time you’re going to spend? If you have a long seam line in your quilt, you can use it instead, though you might want to draw the line with white chalk so you can view it more easily. – One advantage of marking a quilt is predictability and visual order, so when these factors are important, or when precise symmetry is desirable, marking is the way to go. Place the But how do you go about actually doing it? Worked great and NO tape. That’s why it’s important to visualize how the grid will look before you quilt it. Thank you. One good option is to go down the middle of each smaller unit as shown on this straight grid: A double line looks good on a diagonal grid too – but you still need to avoid all those bulky seam junctions. Course Curriculum Machine Quilting on the Grid by Gina Perkes-Tidwell Lesson 1. To mark this area quickly, I used a grid stencil with lines spaced 1/2 inch apart. Like Jo, I also LOVE ‘Pounce’ chalk. Eureka! On this mini quilt I sewed diagonal lines in one direction first, and then turned it around and sewed more diagonal lines to make a grid. It is a fabric overlay with holes to mark where to tie a quilt. Cuts down marking time considerably! There’s nothing more disappointing that quilting something up and realizing you can’t really see it, or that it completely contrasts with the feeling of the quilt design. I just finished a larger quilt and used my wood sylus (pointy stick) and a short ruler to mark straight lines as I worked my was along. I use a longarm, so I don’t have the issue of it coming off because of me touching it or it sitting in my lap. However, I didn't mark ALL the lines using the little hashes in the stencil (that's WAY too time consuming!). Map out a rough idea of the quilt and where fabrics will go This is as simple as creating a big grid on a piece of paper, and creating a key that speaks to each fabric you’re using — then, mark each square with a symbol or color Now you’re ready to quilt The Honeycomb or motifs like Dots and Dashes or Snowflakes! This looks simple enough. Leaving a mark of any kind on for long periods of time can encourage it to hang around long after its usefulness has expired. Use whatever marking tool you prefer. Here are some of my best tips for quilting a grid: I really like using grids in smaller projects just because they are less time consuming, but they work great in large quilts too. First, I’d like to review how I mark my fabric. Following this as I have had problems removing this marker from fabric too. Now I “see” why. Cindy Needham has sets of grid stencils on her site that are really nice (different sizes of grids and sizes of overall stencils). Mark a center line, perpendicular to the first set of lines. There are grid stencils available at The Stencil Company, but I usually use my straight line stencil. But I did write them about it, so will be interesting to see if they have it in another color. I just used a fabric pen and my yard stick to mark my lines. And in most cases, that's If you are stitching the Honeycomb motif, you might want to mark the first wavy line. You explain it perfectly and with a photo on page 39!! What brand is it? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Place the stencil along this line and mark. Let me say first that the way I do it does not have to be the way you do it....there are as many different ways to do things Quilting orange peels is a great way to add a fun geometric design to your quilt. Here is How I do it. Hera marker: A hera marker is one of my favorite ways to mark a quilt, with no worries about whether the marks will be easily removed. Or use your quilt design as a guide, placing ties in the centre of blocks (Fig 2) or at corners over seams (Fig 3). A Quilt blog- Quilting Basics, blocks, quilt alongs plus easy sewing projects and free patterns for beginners. You can buy miracle chalk refill powder by itself and I believe a refill bag comes with the pad. Quilt Marking Tool for Tying a Quilt by Christa (Coalville, Utah) Do you have something called "Quilters Companion". To mark or not to mark? Be aware that you may mark up the floor or the dining table. They have tried colors, but they won’t come off easily with an iron, so they have stuck with white. Will it be a good partnership between the quilt and the quilting? Get ready because we are going to fill this up fast!!! Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I don’t have a good solution for that, other than marking with something else. I’m not adept at FMQ (yet? As some have commented above, sometimes the marks are not easily removed. If you’re into videos, I’ve got a handful up- and you can subscribe to my channel to get notified when I upload a new one. The first thing I thought was straight line quilting. I, too, have problems with that yellow chalk Clover marker. I’ve tried all kinds of marking methods (to include colored pencils, slivers of soap, sharpened soapstone). I applied the chalk with a foam paintbrush instead of a pounce pad as recommended by a well known quilting teacher. I had problems when I first tried “Pounce” because the chalk was barely sitting on the surface & then heard that it’s best to rub it over your stencil, which gets it into the fibers of the quilt top. Learn how to mark your quilt three ways with Leah Day. What size will your squares be? Depending on your grid design you may want to draw several lines before stitching. Am I missing something? How to quilt a grid using rulers tutorial, free motion quilting tutorial last week for pebbles and swirls, https://www.honestfabric.com/product-category/by-designer/joannamarsh/. I really like your Instagram (that’s where I found you), and saw that you made this panel and another with stars). The tape is a good idea. Will the grid be on point, or a standard horizontal/vertical grid? Use a ruler base and a ruler foot, and make sure your quilting rulers are suitable for the longarm (1/4″ thick) or the domestic machine you’re using. I mark quilting lines on the quilt top with a hera marker. Do you think the applicator may have made the difference? Apply with a small, soft toothbrush & the marks should come off w/ very little ‘rubbing’. I like using Clover chalk white, and was told to stay away from the yellow. https://www.honestfabric.com/product-category/by-designer/joannamarsh/ I will mix it up today!!! We used our patchwork for a colorful piped pillow with a fold-over back. It’s a little difficult to see on light fabric, but with the right lighting I even use it on whites. To add more lines, simply align the stencil with the lines that are already marked. “Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3” to the rescue! I will give it a try. (It is not good for detailed lines found in many stencils.). I love the clover pen as well and use it all the time, but don’t like the chalk itself. A pleasing effect can be obtained with a double grid – and this can be surprisingly easy to mark. Pounce does come in another color besides white — a lavender blue for light fabrics. Go to the history month by month. thank you for the link, bought my stencil, looking forward to having straighter lines! We use a water soluble pen and marker in the video and will remove all the markings with water after quilting. You might be thinking…why would you even bother with a stencil for straight lines? I agree, trying to get off the grid, too! Plan the direction of your quilting before you start. PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. and more. Mark a center line, perpendicular to the first set of lines. 5 is a flow diagram of the basic steps of a quilt tying method using the quilt grid of the present invention. If you want precise placement, you can mark I know that the pounce chalk comes in blue, but it’s hard to remove, so I don’t use it. It is essential to mark straight lines across the quilt to keep the lines straight. In my experience, solid fabrics show off quilt designs a lot better than busy prints do–and busy prints seem to be more conducive to straight line quilting. Soap slivers were my favorite source of marker until I lost my bar soap user. But, again, testing the markings on scraps of fabric from your quilt before you mark your quilt top can Once you’ve settled on a design, it’s time to mark the quilt. Margo, go to Lori Kennedy’s blog. I have a gray pencil that does a good job, but it doesn’t roll as easily as the Clover marker. We’re quilting Prism Path baby quilt with two quilting designs: simple Straight Lines and Matrix, a wiggly grid design. I like it!! It is so nice to see several quilting designs using one marking technique. They’re a bit more work but can add so much visual interest to your quilts. Patsy Thompson turned me onto using soap slivers to mark lines and stems on fabrics. With this tutorial, you'll learn how to mark a grid and quilt this design. "And you're putting a hash mark that the blue water soluble pen every time you had one on the paper." There are a lot of ways you can mark these designs on your quilt. If stitching straight lines on your quilt intimidates you, we can help! We don’t want a tipsy turvy Honeycomb! Learn 4 ways to mark lines for straight line quilting with a walking foot. ), so haven’t tried it there. I was beginning to think I was the only one and had done something wrong. Last week, we learned how to stitch the beautiful Honeycomb. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I'm going to place my I usually don't mark the whole quilt when marking with chalk. Machine Quilting Basics The 10 x 10 grid is the stencil I use most frequently. Measure out your grid before you start quilting. If not, do you know where I … I had the clam shell panel printed so I could do some fun quilting without having to piece something, and I really like the look of a grid inside each clam shell shape. This can be hard to do sometimes, but it is a really important step. Use it for a purse panel, pillow, or quilt top. Visualize what the finished grid will look like with the quilt. Move the stencil along the center line and create the next set of lines. (Apologies to Mario Puzo.). Lori, how big is your fabric top? (Use any square ruler you have to make it easy!) I then mark a smaller grid in between these lines and then tend to quilt again in between these lines following the lines as a guide Even beginners can quilt a grid with a little planning and patience. I’m so happy I could help! Get a good marking utensil. You can find them here: Introduction 0 Hours 6 Minutes 00:06 Lesson 2. 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