When I’m at home, with all my handy “gizmos” within reach, working out fmq designs is quite easy. Of course, I always have a sketch book & pencil but a dry erase board is really nice to have as is a large piece of clear Plexiglas/acryllic to lay on top of the specific area on a quilt top and, with a dry erase marker, sketch out those envisioned ideas. OK, but I’m currently in south Texas and all those things are not at my side. Most of the time my “make do” substitutes come from the kitchen and this time is no exception……………


Yup…..plain old wax paper and a wooden skewer to the rescue! You could use anything that will make a mark on the paper’s waxed surface but a skewer is what I had nearby.

So……..some possibilities……………




A side note….I, also, know that some use a product called “Press & Seal” (plastic wrap) and a marker but that was not in this kitchen and I’m really not a fan of black marker near any of my fabric.

Just my first thoughts but I’ll be “listening” further to confirm I’m on the right track. (And, yes, these textiles before me have always let me know what they preferred!!!! Trust me…….they definitely speak!!!)

Please, come back again to see how this story unfolds……………….

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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22 Responses to Testing…..testing……….

  1. Pingback: Creative Juice #131 | ARHtistic License

  2. My goodness you are resourceful. Am I surprised? No.

  3. Debbierose says:

    Hi Doreen. What a gr8 idea. Now do you sew over the wax paper?

  4. Lynne Stucke says:

    I LOVE that quilting idea — best I’ve EVER seen for a GFG!

  5. witchylin says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention, and you just proved that.

  6. Gwendolyn says:

    What a great idea! I would never have thought of wax paper!

  7. catpatches says:

    Great idea. I’ve always used wax paper as a placement guide for applique, but never thought to use it for quilting ideas.

  8. Jan says:

    Another great idea! Were you really up at 4:06AM? 🙂

  9. Jeanne says:

    You are very resourceful! I think that is a sign of a brilliant mind. Happy quilting!

  10. KerryCan says:

    This is a great idea! It would work just as effectively for hand quilting–I need to remember this!

    • treadlemusic says:

      It was a “light bulb” moment for sure!!! LOL! Amazing what ideas form when faced with very few options. It really does work well for working through ideas and if you don’t like them…..crumple the paper and toss it!!!! So simple!!!! (and cheap!)

  11. This is clever. Very, very clever!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I’m always looking at ways to get directly to the stitching ‘fun’ and these little ‘finds’ are the perfect answer! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! So glad to ‘see’ you!!!!! Hugs…….

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