Friday, June 24, 2011

Ready for the Road..and a tip or 2

Here is a peek at one of the small Red & White quilts I'm making.
It's all marked out, sandwiched together and hooped up for our weekend getaway.
My methods for the creative process of Small quilt making are not for everyone but I thought I'd share a few little findings that work well for ME!

I know that many quilters like to use white/light chalk pencils to mark on red fabrics. However, I still prefer using a blue water soluable marking pen for drawing out my quilting designs. The color of the ink changes to black and I don't have to worry about erasing white chalk (which often leaves smudges elsewhere on my fabric)

Here is another tip for lending a vintage look and softer, subtle drape to small quilts: Instead of cotton batting, I will often use white or cream colored brush cotton/thin flannel fabric. I pre-wash the brushed cotton before using it as batting. This batting substitute works well in preventing quilt stiffness, especially if your quilt has a lot of small/intricate pieces.
As a final note - it quilts up lovely and I really enjoy how tidy my hand quilting stitches look.

I'll be sure share more of this little quilt in a future post.
Wishing everyone in Blogland a Happy Weekend!

every quilt tells a story...


  1. You temptress!! I want to see more. Have fun this weekend!

  2. Have a great time this weekend ! What a tease you are ! I can't wait to see this Red & White quilt . It looks Adorable !

  3. Hope you are having a wonderful get-a-way! We all need them! Lovely seek peek! Can't wait to see more. :) Carolyn

  4. Have a nice time away! I can't wait to see the rest of what you are working on, it looks very interesting!!!

  5. looks great can't wait to see it finished !
    nothing better then red and white! Love 2 color quilts

  6. Your red & white quilt looks lovely :) Thanks for the tip for the marking and the batting. I've used the flannel for my smaller projects in the past, but totally forgot about that till now.

  7. Can't wait to see your red & white quilt finished. You tantalize us with your sneak peek.

    Donna K. from N. TX aka Quilting Bear Gal


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