Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quilting Foiled Fabric

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This is the red fabric piece I foiled a few days ago.
It looked best set against black border fabric.
Very dramatic...

I decided to let the motifs and angles of the foiled images determine my quilting lines.

I marked straight quilting lines with Easy Mark Chalk.

Most of my quilting is no-mark free motion.
However, sometimes I mark guidelines, especially if I desire a straight line.

Easy Mark Chalk comes in a thin sliver and you can draw a very thin line.

Using a ruler, I followed the straight lines of the foiled grid image across the surface of the quilt with the Easy Mark Chalk.

The quilt top is marked and ready for machine quilting.

I have chosen this gold thread, it is NOT metallic, but appears to be when stitched.

Robison-Anton 24 KT Gold Thread

I machine quilted right on top of the chalked straight lines.

What I love about Easy Mark is it stays in place. It is NOT chalky, and does not bounce all over the fabric when you sew over the top of it.

You simply iron the Easy Mark Chalk with an iron and it disappears!
That is the very best part of this product.
Very easy removal.

IMPORTANT: Use Parchment Paper or a Teflon Pressing Sheet to iron over the top of the foiling.

No More Chalk lines

I quilted straight lines to follow the foiled grid lines.
I quilted swirls to match the foiled swirls and the curved pattern in the red fabric.

I found a video online that demonstrates how to do the swirl quilting like I did on this quilt. CLICK HERE to view the video.

Allowing the motifs and fabric design to determine your stitching....

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

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  1. Oooo! I love the swirly quilting! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

  2. Your pictures and directions are crystal clear. Thanks so much!

  3. This might sound did you foil your fabric? The Easy Mark looks like a thin chalk tool used to mark your lines....nice product. But I don't know how to get foil on your fabric.

    Thanks a million.


  4. Hi Kelly,
    If you check back to my first posting on can see the products I use and a I briefly explain how I use them.
    Click the link below to see this posting:

    Basically you need glue to foil. Jones Tones Foiling Glue is my very favorite......mainly because it dries quickly.
    Some of the other foil glues take hours or even overnight to creative juices can't wait that long.

    You Tube has some great tutorial videos on foiling.

    Have Fun!