Air erasable pen–or is it
How do you mark your sewing lines or quilt patterns? I have to confess, most of the time for sewing (marking HST or flying geese, for example), I use one of:
-pink pencil crayon (excellent on blue fabrics)
-white pencil crayon (yes, its handy having a 4-year old in the house)
For my triangle quilt top, I tried all of those and couldn’t get a marking that was readable and would survive handling, so I bought this pen. In pictures, you see my dilemma.
And the words return in the freezer, as they should for a heat-erasable pen.
Well, it still didn’t mark very well, so I decided to just go for it without marking. As I quilted each triangle, I placed the end of my thumb approximately where I wanted to sew to, then made a reasonably straight line to that point. Shifted my hands and did the next line, and so on.
For planning my quilting, I like to use a drawing app (Doodletext or Aviary), to test my quilting design. This quilt-a-long was handy because I could “borrow” a picture of a completed quilt top while I was still piecing mine.
Once I got the first diamonds done, it didn’t seem enough so I added the in-between stitching going the other direction. And then I did some more doodling…
(I really prefer to create on the fly in all my quilt-making, just adding fabrics or quilting which appeals to me rather than being locked into a specific pattern).