Paisley Pavane, detail by Nadine Ruggles

Marking Quilting Designs on Dark Fabrics with a Lightbox

Marking quilting designs to dark fabric got you down? Don’t despair! Check out this tutorial for instructions and tips to use a light box to trace designs on your fabric, even if your fabric is black.

Transferring quilting designs is quite possibly the bane of my existence. It’s not my least-favorite part of quilting (that would have to be basting!), but it runs a very close second. It’s a different combination of issues and tools for every quilt you make. During my classes, I hear a lot of questions about the best way to mark quilt designs, what marker to use, how to do it, and the list goes on. Everybody wants a quick answer, but there really isn’t one. There is no “one true way” that works best for every quilt or every design when it comes to quilt marking. I’ve tried a few different methods to mark designs on black or dark fabrics when I didn’t have a stencil or the designs were too complex to make one, and so far, I like this one best.

The step-by-step process: Read More

Marking Border Quilting Designs

Since Joyce asked, here’s a short tutorial about fitting border quilting designs when marking a quilt. This is the Swanky quilt, which is about 24″ x 29″ and the border stencil is 2″ wide. For a first try at this method of border marking, use a small-ish quilt, so that the borders aren’t really long. Here’s my slap-dash method for border marking: Read More