A friend asked me to make a quilt for her. She had a photograph that she wanted to include in the quilt, but beyond that, she had no idea what she wanted.
I drafted a plan using graph paper and crayons. Yes, my tools were old-fashioned but the result was a modern-looking quilt. Once I had the plan drawn, I submitted the photo to Spoonflower and had them print it on a fat quarter sized piece of cotton fabric.
While I was piecing the quilt, I kept thinking about an article from Machine Quilting Unlimited where Bethanne Nemesh discussed a process she calls mid-custom quilting. In this style of quilting, a simple design that is quick to quilt is paired with another motif that looks much more custom. I searched and searched for that issue of the magazine and could not seem to find it.
One morning, while I was working on the quilt, I got the idea to order a second subscription to the magazine–a digital subscription this time. I thought that way I wouldn’t lose the magazine or forget where I saw a particular design. However, before I had a chance to take action on that wonderful plan…I found the issue. When I saw the article again, I was amazed at how well-suited the quilting idea was for my quilt.
Trying to save time, I decided to mark the quilt on the frame. I thought I was being really smart, and things moved along quickly. I marked the border feathers using a stencil and pounce powder, and I marked the vertical and horizontal lines with a disappearing purple marker.
As I approached the bottom of the quilt, I began to consider how to remove the pounce marks. Typically, they remove with a hot iron. Uh oh! I then remembered that the disappearing ink pen sets permanently if heat is applied. So the only way to safely remove both marks was to soak/wash the quilt. And that’s what I did, and the marks all washed away. But the lesson I learned is to consider carefully before using multiple marking methods on the same quilt.
Here are some photos of the quilt and close-ups of the quilting. I modified the photo to protect my friend’s privacy.