When I last wrote, this was as far as I'd gotten with my quilt. I discovered a problem when I got to the satin. I used various marking tools on a test piece of fabric and discovered that you can't mark satin as when you get it wet it causes a problem. My hubby suggested I try my iron off pen. Unfortunately that leaves a wet line too and it didn't go away when I heated the satin! So...now what???
So, how did I get here? My friend Lori had the answer. Doctor paper. It's the paper you sit down on at the doctor's office. Essentially, really thin tissue paper. I have a roll I've had for years. Golden Threads paper works well too. You mark what you want to stitch on it and then you pin it to your quilt. Then you sew through it and since it's so thin it's easy to rip away. YES, I did have to pick out some tiny pieces with a tweezers, but since there was no other way it was worth the effort. There were only a few. DO NOT mark complex designs with doctor paper or you will have a ton of tiny pieces to pick out. Ask me how I know....
Here's the tracing and very careful pinning. Fortunately it's translucent so you can see through it okay.
Then you sew on the lines.
Here's what it looks like after sewing.
Then you carefully rip away the paper on the outsides.
Finally, carefully pull off the small strip.
And the final results after all the paper has been removed. Now to fill in the areas. Come back in two weeks to see what's next...next week I'll be doing a fabulous Free Motion Friday post from Houston at International Quilt Festival! I can't wait!