I'm flying to Florida tomorrow to help my sister and brother-in-law move onto their new home, a Manta 40 catamarran. (I wrote about the last visit to their house in Pittsburgh here.) We'll be busy cleaning and organizing and, I hope, hanging out together over coffee or wine. Jack already posted a picture of their first dinner aboard, with Izzy the cat keeping watch.
But before departure, I quickly did the Free Motion Challenge lesson for April. Don Linn is the teacher for April, and he demonstrated his method for marking quilting designs. He uses tulle to make a "template" of a quilting design that you then trace onto fabric using your favorite marker. Here are the supplies used to make the template. You stretch the tulle in a quilting or embroidery hoop, place it over a paper copy of the design and trace the design using a permanent marker. Then you place the tulle over your fabric and trace with your favorite temporary marking tool. I use an air erasable marker.
Here is my completed quilting sample. I used Superior Threads Rainbow with The Bottom Line in the bobbin. Although the quilting isn't first rate, I really liked the marking procedure and will certainly try it again.
I know I promised a post about one of the projects I took on our quilt retreat in March. It's coming....after my trip!