Marking a quilt………………..

Always brings up questions. What’s the best tool? Will it be able to be removed completely? Will the quilt need laundering before the markings are no longer there? In the current quilt I’m working on, my marking tool of choice is a bamboo point-turner tool that is normally used in garment construction.

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Yesterday, I had many questions as to how I marked the diagonal “lines” that gave me the demarcations for the leafy feathers that I stitched. I had done some idea sketchings on a photo of the quilt top.


As you may see, in the photo above, I needed a consistent mark to go by when I stitched the feathers, so I used this tool, which works like a hera tool, giving me a “crease” in the fabric to go by. I used the piecing seam as the “spine” for the leaves. I didn’t need to actually draw the leaves as this is a shape that I have in my “memory bank” ‘cuz I’ve done them so many times!


I have, in the past, used this to actually draw on the quilt sandwich to give me a shape to follow. The best part is obvious…….nothing that needs to disappear, be erased or spritzed!!!!

So, the next time you need to mark a stitch area, think about this tool/method. It might just be the perfect solution!!!!!

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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5 Responses to Marking a quilt………………..

  1. ruthiequilts says:

    Great idea! I’ll have to try it…

  2. Raewyn says:

    A friend uses a hera for her feather spines but I’ve not had much luck with it – maybe I don’t press firmly enough (?) so need to have another play. I do like the thought of no lines to erase!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I think it’s one of those tools that a sit-down stitcher would find useful. I “marked” each block with the diagonals as I needed to, pressing the quilt sandwich firmly w/o distorting/stretching the top layer. I don’t know how one would do this on a regular L.A. Pressing firmly is the “key” that I learned when using it in garment sewing (marking darts for example).

  3. mtetar says:

    Yes, yes so true great post. I just thought of this two days ago wanted to put an initial on a blanket I made for grandson. Be a Blessing because you’re, Mtetar

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