Back in February, I wrote an article regarding the decision to mark or not to mark a quilt before quilting. At that time, I shared three ways that I “mark” quilts without leaving any markings. One of those ways involves copying a design onto tracing paper and then quilting right through the paper. This week, I’d like to share a new version of this technique that I discovered while working on my quilt “Flourish on the Vine”.
The motifs in the middle of the vertical borders include a fairly large section of dark green fabric. With the surrounding areas being heavily quilted, I needed to quilt the green area with equal density – but how?
I decided upon a fairly traditional motif of overlapping circles known as “orange peel”. And these circles, I concluded, would be a mere half-inch in diameter!
Now how was I going to get these circles marked on my quilt? I debated my options, but didn’t like any idea that involved actually tracing or drawing these circles – that would take forever! Since I had produced them on my computer using CorelDraw software, wouldn’t it be great if I could just print them onto tracing paper?
Enter Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper from C&T Publishing. Introduced as a product for paper piecing, it is see-through, it is 8 1/2 x 11″ and can be used in a printer, and it tears away easily after stitching. Perfect! I decided to give it a try.
I printed my half-inch orange peels onto a sheet of this foundation paper, laid the paper over the green fabric, and traced the outline of that section. By cutting out the shape formed by the green fabric first, I could ensure that my quilting stitches wouldn’t inadvertently cross over onto the nearby gold fabric.
I pinned the paper in place and quilted the orange peels right through the paper.
Removing the paper was easy – especially with these two tips. One: run a blunt edge tool over the line of stitching first. I use my Easy Edge Appliqué Tool or you could also try That Purple Thang. This loosens the paper from the stitching and helps lift it off the surface of the quilt. Second: wrap a piece of masking tape around your index paper, sticky side out. This will help pick up any remaining little bits of paper tucked under the quilting thread.