April’s project for the Free Motion Quilt Challenge used Don Linn’s method of transferring quilting motifs using tulle as a transfer agent. It worked pretty well except the unavoidable problem when marking-what to mark with.
Don’s method uses a Sharpie to trace your desired motif onto a piece of tulle. Once you heat set the tulle, you then place the tulle where you would like the design to be. You transfer the design by tracing over the tulle, using a water soluble marker. Just to keep it simple I used my lily motif as my focal point.
I don’t have much tulle lying around but being a garment maker, I have buckets of silk organza so I traced my motif onto the organza with a Sharpie. I forgot to heat set my design before transfer and oops-the Sharpie bled onto my finished piece in some areas. Leave it to me to make all the mistakes…!Since I don’t like to wet my work, I chose to use the heat-erase Frixion pen. I tested it first on my fabric to make sure it would not leave a bleach mark (I blogged about the Frixion pens here and here). I still have a lot of concerns about the marks blooming back.
I also tried using Misty Fuse as my basting agent (instead of safety pins)-it worked well! If you’re not familiar with Misty Fuse, it is a very light weight 2-sided fusible without paper backing. It’s like really fine cheesecloth. It has a strong bond, adds no bulk to your work, does not gum up your needle and barely alters the hand of the fabric-great stuff.
You first fuse it to one side using a non-stick pressing cloth-I used Bo Nash’s non stick pressing cloth. I fused the Misty Fuse on my backing and my front, and then fused each of them to the wool batting. It worked beautifully.
I really don’t like to quilt around safety pins so I am always looking for my new favorite way to baste. Misty Fuse is a bit pricey and I need to make sure I don’t lose any of the “puff” of the quilting from the fusing. There is more testing to be done on this in the future for me-stay tuned.Just for grins I used my new motif, hmm think I’ll call it “flutter”, and fluttered the space around the lily motif. Although I loooove the flutter design, I think it competes with the lily and is way too distracting. Perhaps if I had made a pool of some repeating motif around the lily, then the flutter motif would have been lovely. Just continuing the echo did not work well on the long curve of the stem.
It is a challenge so I’m glad that I didn’t commit to do this on a major piece as I would have been disappointed in the final outcome. I do love the flutter and I do love the lily, they’re just in competition in this piece. Any thoughts on how to fix it? I would like to keep the two together somehow, but this way did not work so well.