Don’t be afraid of the blue washout marker!

Have you been told by your quilting friends never to use that blue washout marker? Or worse, tried it on your quilt, and then couldn’t get the marks out?? I was gulled into that trap by the bad publicity these markers were getting some years back, too. Now the blue marker is one of my favorite marking tools, and here’s why: Continue reading Don’t be afraid of the blue washout marker!

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Basting Spray?

I get questions about this stuff all the time. You know, I’ve been quilting long enough to have seen the beginning of the basting spray movement. I bought some, I tried it, and I don’t like it. I used basting spray on a small lap quilt project when it was first introduced. It was very simply quilted, with a straight line grid across the quilt that extended into the borders, so it only took me about 6 hours to quilt the whole thing. Even allowing for the fact that in the last 8-10 years, improvements have surely been made to the stuff, here are some things you should think about before using it on your project. Continue reading Basting Spray?