Friday, January 14, 2011

Marking Solution

How do you transfer a design onto dark fabric when even a light box doesn't work? Here's what I did. Wanting to transfer my markings for applique placement, I created a stencil.
This allows me to easily see exactly where I am placing my design and mark it. In this case, I kept it a little "inside" my finished design so that I could place my applique pieces knowing that I would not have to worry about any of the lines showing on the finished block

You might think this would be a bit of a pain if you only plan to use the design once, but it is a great solution for doing multiples of applique, quilting designs, trapunto......well you get the idea.

15 comments:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I always used to use freezer paper, cut slightly smaller and ironed on. If I had the need for multiples, I'd staple the sheets together before cutting.
I can see where a stencil would be easier and provide more long term use! (tho that paper worked pretty good in a pinch)
Love the design in color!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Debbie said...

This design is so neat...just love it in color.
BTW....I am just finishing up a journal quilt inspired by your doodles, espeically the feathers. It is my translation in black and white graphic prints. Just want to say thanks.

Melissa said...

I don't think it is such a pain. And the stencil needn't be from plastic. It could be a paper stencil made with a needle and no thread like a quilting stencil. That'd finally give me a reason to pounce something!

Robbie said...

however you did it, your piece is VERY nice!!

Needled Mom said...

Great idea. That is a beautiful design.

Diane J. Evans said...

You have mastered the art of feathers like no other. This appliqué is absolutely wonderful. I keep going to my thesaurus to find more words to describe your art work, Jill. Love these colors -- your hand-dyed fabric, I assume.

What a quilt this motif would make! (You now have your next assignment . . .)

Diane

Jackie said...

That is gorgeous...love the colours!

joe said...

great idea! especially love that the template can then be adapted and used multipurposefully.

your work is outstanding!

namaste'

Ethne said...

I love this and love the colours in your appliquéd piece

Karen S said...

OMG!!! I love this block!

Clare Wassermann said...

simple but clever-a sign of good engineering

Joan said...

THats really beautiful Jill. What did you make the stencil with and how do you sew those beautiful coloured feathers and stem onto your fabric. Your finished piece is so neat.

Teresa said...

What a great idea. And that stencil can be reused for so many other things. Your talent never ceases to amaze me. Carry on!

Quilt Hollow said...

Perfection as always! How's the girls?

Sherri said...

These remind me of the peacock feathers we are working on now. :)

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