Over the past week, I have been working on quilting my Beacon quilt. I really want the quilting to be a part of the story of the quilt, and I selected to use interlocking clam shells in the background. I had in mind that it would look like waves, but my husband and many others have commented that they see fish scales. As all of those things are nautical related, that works for me.
Me being me, I just jumped right in and started quilting my idea. Pretty quickly, I realized that it might be tricky to keep the rows fairly even across the side of the quilt – especially when it starts to become broken by the Beacon points of the design. The quilt was already loaded on my long arm, and I did not want to spend a lot of time marking the quilt. Also: the background is Kona Nautical (aka deep navy blue), and a lot of my marking techniques would not work that well anyway. As I was scanning around my sewing room trying to come up with an idea, my eyes settled on my tailor’s tape.
Knowing that the quilt could not support a lot of weight laying on it, and at the same time I didn’t need to have a “perfect” reference line, I tried draping the tailor’s tape across the quilt top.
As you can see looking down the length of my quilt, it worked pretty well!
As I am working, I keep the tailor’s tape about an inch lower than I want the bottom of my line to be. I am just using it as a reference line for my eye and I don’t want to have to worry about getting my hopping bar too near and tangled up.
Another tool that is commonly used is painter’s tape, but I thought I might struggle to adhere and re-adhere and stretch across the length of the quilt repeatedly, but I definitely think it is a great tool for straight line references when quilting on a domestic machine and a quilt needs to be bunched up. Do you have any creative tools you use for this purpose that I haven’t explored or thought about yet??
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