Have you ever used a quilting stencil before? I have very limited experience with them, but my Journey quilt really wanted a cabled border. I found the right sized 3" cable border stencil and then had to decide how to mark it. I remembered the information on Lori's blog and Lee's blog about the Frixion pens, and decided to try them out.
The Frixion pen was easy to use, just like a regular pen, and the marks showed up well on the fabric. I drew some lines, and tried out the iron to see if the lines actually disappeared as they were supposed to...
and they did!
Reviewers say that the marks reappear if you put the quilt in the freezer or take it outside when it's really cold, but then you just have to reapply the heat to get the marks to go away again. I think I would be nervous to use this tool on a white quilt, but I was willing to try it on this busy print border.
So I took the plunge and marked the whole border. I easily got the hang of adjusting the cable sections to make sure there were whole designs across all sides. I just had to lengthen two of the cables by about 1/2".
And when I made a mistake, I just took the iron to it, and started over again.
Now which thread colour should I use to quilt the cable? I'm thinking pink or green?
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