I am going to share with you a method I used to quilt 1/2″ Piano Key border with less marking than I previously used, and the quick corner method I used on this quilt, Fire Island Hosta made by Anne Hall.
Before this quilt I marked every line I quilted on with the stencil in the following picture, from Pam Clark and Miracle Pounce Chalk. I like the Miracle chalk because it literly melts away with heat and stream. To use the a pounce chalk, do not “pounce” the applicator, but rub across the stencil. Previously, I marked these lines across the entire border, so I would keep the lines straight and evenly spaced. I still use the stencil and the miracle chalk, but my method changed.
This is how I proceeded. I am showing the corner method at the same time.
- Mark a diagonal line in the corner.
- I marked with the stencil spaced at one inch, along the edge of where I was stitching (in this case along my feathers).
- With channel lock on, start at the 1st mark and stitch toward the marked diagonal line, stopping on the line.
- Change Chanel lock from vertical to horizontal. Continue stitching to the other edge.
- Sneak backwards along the edge (in this case the feathers), until you are about half way back to the previous line.
- Set channel lock and stitch back to the diagonal marking.
- Change direction of Chanel locks and continue stitching back to edge.
- Sneak down the edge to the next marking and repeat process….
I was very happy with this new method for these reasons:
- Less chalk to mark and remove! Even though this chalk goes on easy and is easy to remove, it is still another step, and as I have said before, time is money…
- By estimating the half way point between the marked 1″ grid, it saves marking a 1/2 inch grid, and it would take a ruler to notice if it happens to not be perfect.
- Chanel locks keep the stitching straighter than any markings.
- The diagonal change in direction on the corner gives fabulous texture!
That’s it folks! Simple and fast….
Till next time,….