TUTORIAL: QUILT MARKING WITH A BLUE WASHOUT MARKER
- doctor paper, or some other strong paper for design work
- blue washout marker
- stiletto (for sewing - NOT a pair of sexy shoes)
- soft surface, ie. foam, styrofoam, ironing board
- old toothbrush & plain (plain) water
I start by making a design on 'doctor paper' - the stuff on the bed in the doctor's office that you lay on when you go for your bi-annual you-know-what. It is thin, translucent and strong. After all, it can support MY butt without tearing.
I lay the pattern on a hunk of foam (or styrofoam, or an ironing board). Using a stiletto I poke holes approximately every half inch.
I lightly pin the holey pattern on to the quilt top and use a blue washout marker to put little blue dots on the top.
I use Clover markers.
Quilt, using the dots as a guideline.
Remove the dots with a bit of water on a toothbrush. You can also purchase a pen filled with water, from Clover.
As a caution, ALWAYS TEST THAT THE MARKER WILL DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY. I use an inside seam allowance to make a few marks on EVERY different fabric which will be marked. I leave the marks overnight and remove them the next day. If they come out I feel confident to mark a quilt.