Setting up new projects, part 2

How to decide on a project design when faced with a blank piece of fabric? In this case, I knew it would not involve piecing. I had my colors and fabric and thread. I looked around my messy and crowded studio and had a brainstorm.

These stencils have not been used since I did hand quilting…and that’s been several years ago.

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This is the perfect place to use them! I shuffled through them and found my favorites and spent quite a bit of time laying them in different spots.

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I have a good time using parts of a stencil here and other parts there and creating a unique combination. But for this project, I ended up using a single stencil that has always been one of my favorites.

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And I decided on the blue napkin. Now, what’s the best way to get the design onto the fabric? I don’t like marking if it can be avoided and I have used a tissue paper technique before, so I thought I’d try it again.

Do you remember this?

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Chalk pouncers for stencil marking! Also from years ago…and they get a design on a quilt–or paper, in this case–in a matter of seconds.

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Only problem is that the chalk comes off in a matter of seconds, too, if you are handling your piece while you work. It’s great if your quilt is on a frame, but not so much for what I’m doing here. Anyway–traced onto the paper, paper pinned to fabric and batting and then stitched.

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Sometimes I do this for actual quilting, carefully and nicely. You might notice that I don’t slavishly follow every line! For this project, I only wanted the design basted in. Big stitches are fine. The plus on this technique is that you can get a very complicated design on your fabric quickly, without worrying about removing any marks at the end. The negative is that you have to remove the paper!

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Sometimes it’s a pain to get the tiny pieces from tight stitch areas, but overall it’s worth it!

That’s it! This project is ready to stitch!

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Won’t this look lovely against that plaid fabric?

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This will be a wonderful take-along project. I need to grab a bag, throw in the thread, some needles and scissors and this. Ready to go!

However, this is not the end of this line of work. More to come next time!

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