Saturday, January 22, 2011

Busy Hand Quilting

I have finished quilting the medallions on my Mary Mannakee and am now working on the grid. The boarder will be last. I thank Janet at Quiltsalot for challenging me to do this quilt. It has been such a learning experience.



When I started the grid, I wasn't excited to use pencil for the markings but I think it was the best choice. I have researched how to remove them in the end. A soft eraser takes most of it off but sometimes I missed the mark and I had to draw again, making them either darker or have an extra line. Do you have any suggestions for treating the marks before washing?

22 comments:

Mary said...

Wow - absolutely beautiful! I always mark with pencil and usually use Stain Stick or some other pre-treatment thing if I'm worried about them coming out. So far - no problem. You did a wonderful job on this quilt. Someday . . . .

Sharon said...

Oh this is looking so beautiful. This is a quilt that's on my bucket list, yours is stunning. Is that reverse applique on the big red/white piece?

Dixie said...

Your quilt is so lovely, and its so nice to see you are hand quilting this hierloom beauty! Really enjoy your blog!

Trudi said...

That's a beautiful quilt,well worthy of your hand quilting! I tend to use watercolour pencils, they wear as you quilt them, and then just wash out!

Cathy said...

Oh Janet this quilt is absolutely divine. Your handquilting is gorgeous. Love that beautiful big red flower in the middle. Thanks for sharing. xo

Janet said...

My goodness, that's looking so gorgeous Janet. Your quilting is looking fantastic. Must get back to that quilt. The recipe for removing pencil marks is 1/4 cup water, 3/4 cup rubbing alcohol and about ten drops of green dishwashing liquid. It's worked for me but I did add more of the dishwashing liquid and a very soft baby toothbrush.

Julia said...

Wow - absolutely beautiful Janet..
Your quiltingreally is the perfect finishing touch..
Julia ♥

Christine said...

Wonderful that quilt is on my to do list for me
LOVE IT

Christine

PatchworkRose said...

Oh Janet Your quilt is just breath taking. Love it, You are such an inspiration. Cannot wait to see it finished.
Enjoy your Day
Cheers
Lynne

Lurline said...

So gorgeous Janet - how much pleasure you will give to people through this quilt for years to come - congratulations!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Crispy said...

Wow Janet, this quilt is stunning!! We had a discussion about removing pencil on a forum and I saved the recipe, which is the same as Janet stated except it was stressed to use a clear dish soap and NEVER use the Dawn brand.

Crispy

Pokey said...

Wow, look how many of us look in on you. Your work always makes the visit memorable, Janet. This is finishing up wonderfully.
I've been a pencil marking person, too. I can see the lines that way, & I appreciate seeing the answer for complete removal of lines by your followers.
Thanks, pokey

Avon said...

Janet,

I have quilt envy!

Barb said...

How lovely! what a wonderful quilt and project. You've done an amazing job - simply lovely!

Kathie said...

just beautiful...
I love the quilting...I have used a baby tooth brush and a little bit of Dawn and water to get out pencil marks
good luck
I am in awe that your almost done!
Kathie

Carol G said...

I concur with all the above admirers. I have just taken a hand applique class with Mary Sorensen but it will take many hours of practice before I tackle a challenge like this.

Janet said...

Your quilting is so beautiful!! This gorgeous quilt is getting better and better with every stitch :0)

wishes, true and kind said...

Your hand quilting is perfection!

imquilternity said...

Oh my gosh....it's absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

Una said...

Your quilt is so, so lovely! I love that/how you quilted the appliqued pieces. Thank you for the inspiration.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Stunning janet! wow! wow! wow!!!!

Every Stitch said...

Just did a google search for this quilt and found your wonderful quilt - absolutely stunning!! I am now a new follower :)
Hilda