Speaking of marking a quilt top, my friend Carolyn sent me this great marking tip. Marking the top is my LEAST favorite part of the quilting process. I've used washable pencil, pen and also tape. I've had various problems with each. Here is what Carolyn suggests:
In the past few months, my life has been completely changed by a product designed for children (or, I should say, their parents). For years, my least favorite part of the whole quilt-making process was marking (and re-marking) my quilt top for quilting. The blue marker doesn't show up on dark fabrics. The white pencil constantly needs sharpening and breaks in the sharpener. And both are apt to fade with the excessive handling I put all my quilts through. These are no longer problems for me now that I spent $3 on a set of fine tipped Crayola washable markers. With a set of 8 colors to choose from, I can pick a marker color that will stand out against all the colors in my quilt. I used purple marker on my olive and orange North Wind quilt, for example. The color goes on in a strong but thin line that doesn't falter, and better yet, it stays until I'm done with it. It does not come out during a quick dash through a snow storm, nor with sweaty hands or a humid setting. Yet all of the colors I've tried (including purple, red, orange, and green) come out completely in the wash. Hallelujah!
A quilting detail from Carolyn's North Wind quilt.
p.s. Can anyone tell me why my second paragraph insists on being smaller and scrunched? I've spent almost 20 minutes trying to fix it. grrrrr.