Good Morning, Quilters!
Last week, we learned how to stitch the beautiful Honeycomb. The Honeycomb is a very versatile pattern. It can be stitched as an all over texture to cover an entire quilt, or it can be used as a pretty focus motif.
For the next few weeks, we are going to add to The Honeycomb to create several gorgeous patterns!
I can’t wait!!!!
But we must…
First, I’d like to review how I mark my fabric. It is essential to mark straight lines across the quilt to keep the lines straight. We don’t want a tipsy turvy Honeycomb!
I use three tools to mark my lines:
I like to use white chalk for most of my quilt marking because it is easy to see and easy to erase. When drawing straight lines, the Clover Pen is very quick because it has a wheel at the tip. The wheel tip allows the pen to mark lines quickly and it rolls through the cut-outs in the stencil easily.
STRAIGHT LINE STENCIL
You might be thinking…why would you even bother with a stencil for straight lines? I’ve thought it myself…but I find it is surprisingly difficult to draw a series of even parallel lines without going askew!
The Stencil Company to the rescue!
HOW TO DRAW A SERIES OF QUILTING LINES
Begin by drawing one straight line across the entire quilt or area to be quilted using your longest ruler.
If you have a long seam line in your quilt, you can use it instead, though you might want to draw the line with white chalk so you can view it more easily.
Next, align one of the cutout lines in the stencil lines along the center line.
Continue moving down the center line until your first row of lines is marked.
ADD MORE LINES
To add more lines, simply align the stencil with the lines that are already marked.
The whole process took less than five minutes!
HOW TO DRAW A GRID:
There are grid stencils available at The Stencil Company, but I usually use my straight line stencil.
Repeat the process outlined above. Mark a center line, perpendicular to the first set of lines. Place the stencil along this line and mark. (The grid markings are not shown.)
DRAW A FEW WAVY LINES
If you are stitching the Honeycomb motif, you might want to mark the first wavy line.
The Clover pen works for slightly wavy lines. (It is not good for detailed lines found in many stencils.)
I don’t recommend marking the entire Honeycomb–too many lines gets confusing.
READY TO QUILT!
OOOOHHHH I LOVE a blank canvas!!!!!
Get ready because we are going to fill this up fast!!!
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