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  • How to transfer a quiltpattern
  • How to block a quilt
  • How to baste a quilt

How to transfer a quiltpattern

The pounce powder tecnique

Don't you just love the varity of quiltpatterns you see everywhere in the internet? All the wonderful patterns you collected on pinterest or soemewhere esle. Where the hell can I find all the beautiful templates and stencils?

Here's the answer! Make your own stencil just with a paper, your sewing machine and pounce powder.

Step 1: Preparing your pattern

 

With a little computer work enlarge or shrunk the pattern to the size you need. In my example I made the wreath fit into a 4inch square. Create a frame around your pattern and mark the center with lines crossing and touching the edges. Later this will make it easier to center your pattern onto your quilt. If you want to place it on point mark the diagonal lines. Print out on a usual paper.

 

Note: you will use your pattern mirror inverted. If you care about in which direction your pattern goes you have to mirror it before printing out!

 

Step 2: Punching holes along the lines

 

With your sewing machine, now you can punch a line of holes into you paperpattern with an unthreaded machine. Use your regular quilting foot and a thin needle. Carefully sew along the line. To not distroy your pattern by punching too much holes at one place stop at all the lines you have to travel. Don't travel back like you usually would! Lift the needle and start at the next connecting point of your line.

 

The advantage of this method is that you end up with a continous line unlike a plastic stencil where the lines do have gaps.

 

Here is a picture of the finished paper stencil.

I holded the sheet against the light to show the punched holes.

 

Turned out pretty good!

Step 3: Transfering the pattern to dark fabric

 

This tecnique works for dark and medium fabrics with white pounce powder.

Place your pattern right side down onto your quilt. Now the center mark lines come in handy. You can fold them back on the frame lines and ta daaaa you see your center line on every edge. How cool is that? This was very helpfull to place my pattern onto a square of a star where the starpoints meet in the center of the square.

 

Hold down your paper and make sure it is not shifting. Use your pounce powder to transfer the pattern. Slice over each line first and then pounce to make sure all of the lines have been touched and show off on your fabric.

 

The picture shows the pattern transfered to a medium fabric.

 

All lines are continues and you don't have any gaps.

 

Let's start quilting!

And here is one of 36 stars I quilted with just one pattern I made with this tecnique.

 

Note: Transfer your pattern as you go, don't mark the whole quilt because the chalk of the pounce powder will not stay forever on your quilt.

 

After quilting the powder removes easily by ironing over it or just a moist cloth.

 

Happy Quilting!

 

How to block a quilt

Another story about tape

When I quilted this quilt with parallel lines each 1/2" apart it happend that the quilt stretched so much from quilting that I became wonky borders. It just didn't want to lay flat and I was so unhappy because I worked so carefully in all details and didn't want a weavy quilt as a result.

Wonky borders
Wonky borders

I asked my quilt group about solving the problem and Lana came up with a brilliant idea:

Blocking the quilt

For blocking a quilt it is recommanded to pin it on a designwall but as I don't have a designwall I came up with the following idea:

I stretched and taped the quilt onto my laminated floor. You better get a help for this because you need to stretch the quilt while taping the same time and that is a big exercise. I was lucky to have my daughter here.

The quilt has to be taped very very strong to keep it in place and I used different layers of tape to secure it on the floor.

When you are pleased with the result you are ready to soak the quilt with water. I sprayed it several times to make it really really wet. And I sprayed a last film of spray starch over it.

All you have to do now: wait until it is dry. I placed a fan near the quilt to fasten the drying time.

Blocking the quilt - taped to the floor and soaked with water - just let it dry
Blocking the quilt - taped to the floor and soaked with water - just let it dry

Ta Da! After my quilt was dry it was flat like a flatfish and

ready to square up!

Thank you Lana for the great hint!


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A sandwich for breakfast: How to baste a quilt

A story about tape

Before quilting a quilt you have to put all 3 layers of backing, batting and top together. We quilters call it a sandwich.

 

First you start by cutting your back fabric, each side about 2 inches wider than your quilttop. Well ironed lay out on the floor right side down (!) and start fixing and stretching it with tape on the floor. If you don't fix it, it is very slippery and you might have waves and wrinkles you don't want to see in your quilt later.

Backing: fix your back fabric on the floor with tape
Backing: fix your back fabric on the floor with tape

If you are pleased with your straight and flat laying backing lay out the batting. Make sure you line up the batting with your back fabric.

Second layer: batting
Second layer: batting

If your batting lays nice and flat you are ready to complete your sandwich with the top.

Now you're ready to pin all three layers together.

Third layer: your quilttop
Third layer: your quilttop

For pinning the three layers together you weather need some long pins. Be careful they are pieking! I purchased some pinmoors to secure the tips. Works good for small projects but for bigger quilts I made the experiance that some pins fall out by pushing and poking the sandwich under the sewing machine allthough I fixed them. On the other side they are easy to remove while quilting.

 

What really works well is to use safety pins. Make sure you use some which are slightly curved at one side. Therefore they come up easily to the surface after you catched the three layers of fabrics and batting.


Another opportunity to sandwhich a quilt is the use of basting spray ODIF 505. I use it for flat batting like 80/20. After taping your backing to the floor I lay out the batting over it. Then I roll back the batting half way, spray half of the backing fabric and roll back the batting step by step and carefully smooth the batting to the backfabric. Repeat it with the other half. Repeat the same procedure with the top.

Ta da: Let's start quilting!

Let's start quilting!
Let's start quilting!

 

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