There are many tools that can be used to mark a quilt but they often have warnings and tales of woe attached to them. Consequently, many quilters don’t mark their quilts at all for machine quilting, instead doing freehand free motion or straight line quilting.
But what if you found a beautiful template or design you want to use? Fortunately, there’s a tool that can mark your quilt without fear of non-disappearing lines.
Golden Threads Quilting Paper is a method for marking quilts that avoids lines entirely. It’s a very fine paper that you sew through, and because it’s so fine, it tears away from the stitching very easily once you’re done.
Part of the beauty of this paper is that you only need to draw the quilting design on it once. Stack several layers of paper under the piece with the design, then sew through all layers with your machine unthreaded. This creates a needle-punched design on several pieces of paper at once.
The following video shows you how the paper is used (with and without pounce – great for hand quilting). We especially like how quickly you can create border templates with it.
Tools that are mentioned are:
- Golden Threads Quilting Paper (in various sizes)
- Iron-Off Chalk Pounce (make sure it’s iron off)
- Removable Glue Dot Applicator (make sure it’s removable – the glue sticks to the paper and peels off the fabric)
You’ll also find a demonstration of this quilting paper in the following video. Sherri Driver shows how easily the paper can be removed as part of her overview of marking tools.
Several other marking tools as discussed as well, many of which can be used with hand quilting as well as machine quilting. She also covers various types of templates and other sources of quilting designs.
This is an excellent video that even experienced quilters are sure to learn something from.