This quilt is so small, there’s really no excuse to ask anyone else to machine quilt it for me. I’ve decided to quilter-up and do it myself. And I’m using a pretty elaborate quilting plan. Rebecca Segura of Zeffie’s Quilts machine quilted the lap-size quilt this miniature is based on (the bigger version will be in the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting). She designed a custom feathered tree to quilt in all the sashing areas, and I fell totally in love with it. I want the same look on the mini quilt, so first I traced Rebecca’s design, then reduced it to 25% (because the mini quilt is 1/4 the size of the original). Then, I retraced the tiny tree, simplifying the feathers so the mini quilting motif wouldn’t be all thread. Then, I traced it one more time to make my final pattern, adding lines to show placement on the sashing patches. Here’s how all that looked:
Now, how to transfer the design onto my quilt top? First I tried tracing it directly onto test fabric using a fine-point water soluble marker:
Not a terrible idea, but I didn’t like how in some places the ink marks were blotchy. I wanted something more precise. So, I tried tracing onto waxed paper with a fine-point permanent marker, then laying the tracing on test fabric and stitching through the paper:
No, no, no!! This worked well as a pattern, but as the silk thread passed through those black lines, it picked up some of the pigment….if you look at the left side of the photo, you’ll see permanent black marker on my test fabric! I looked at my little quilt top and breathed a sigh of relief that I hadn’t plowed ahead and done this on the real thing. Obviously, I need to use that removable marker, but what will it draw on with precision? I tried tissue paper:
It worked, and the blue lines are safe for the fabric, but the tissue was next to impossible to remove. OK, how about Steam a Seam 2?
Nope. Too thick to remove easily. Vellum tracing paper….that was the ticket!
Worked great on a sample, so I got to work on the real quilt. I pinned the vellum tracing onto the sashing area:
Then I started stitching! Having done so many samples was actually good for my machine quilting skills. It’s coming along nicely.
Just a few more to go, and then I’ll show you the end result. This is so much fun!