Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Transferring a Quilt Motif

One of my souvenirs from Florida this past winter was a Quilt Pounce set.  It reminds me of a chalk board eraser. I wonder if a teacher actually invented this thing?

I was able to put The Pounce to use back in May.


*A Tutorial Tuesday*


I viewed some You-Tube where folks drew the motif on one sheet of paper.  Then layered tissue type paper.

The motif was stitched with an unthreaded machine.
        The reason layers of paper were used, is one sheet was used for each block.  Turns out, I only needed one sheet.  It held up just fine for all the blocks.  I used the Quilt Pounce pad.  You actually don't pounce the pad, but rather rub the eraser type pad that's filled with the powder over the block.  The powder falls through the holes created by the needle. 
        I should note here that using powder is not a new thing.  The generation before me pounced small pieces of fabric with talcum powder wrapped inside.

        Then I used my chalk pencil to complete the lines and make the motif a bit clearer.  

        I didn't mark the whole quilt at one time, but rather as I framed it in the quilt frame.  The pounce powder bounced away as I stitched and I only had to do a bit of rubbing with a microfiber cloth to clear away the chalk pencil marks.

          I didn't freak out if I didn't follow the lines exactly. For me, the chalk lines were just a guideline to get my brain and hands used to making the motif in free motion.
          I admire folks that can make this type of motif without any marking.  One day, after I've done enough of these, maybe I can?  At the least, to just place points that I can "drive to" to make the motif would be nice.
          This is the "Midnight Mystery" quilt I made via Meadow Mist where Cheryl offered a free mystery quilt along.  It was so fun in that you had no idea how it was going to turn out while it was being made from July, 2015 to February 2016.  This quilt was the reason my sewing machine traveled to Florida with me last winter. If you visit the link I just provided, you'll notice Cheryl has another Mystery Quilt starting in July called "Meadow Mystery."
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  1. It turned out beautifully. I've used the pounce before and it didn't show up as clearly as yours. I must not be rubbing long enough.

  2. I want to get into quilting so badly! I'm bookmarking this for when I give it another go!

    Come over to my link party and share this with everyone:
    Hope to see you there!

  3. What a great way to mark your blocks! I have that pounce and.....haven't used it yet.

  4. You are one smart cookie! I would have never thought to do that! Love your quilt! the colors are fabulous, it turned out great!!!

  5. It was great seeing you at Peace, Love, Linkup #013! The next party goes live tomorrow at 6. Hope to see you there!

  6. It's the first time that I'm reading about this technique. It was nice to see how you managed every steps.
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party.

  7. I hadn't heard of using a microfiber cloth to rub away chalk. Great tip. Thank you!

  8. What a great way to mark blocks! I have never heard of a quilt pounce before.

  9. I've been meaning to buy one of those... LeeAnna

    1. You might just try wrapping some talcum powder inside a piece of loosely woven fabric? That's the way my Grandmother's generation did it.


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