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...