Thank you Don Linn for providing your expertise as April's teacher for Sew Cal Gal's 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge.
As I have been quilting for a long time, learning Don's stencil method had me feeling like an old dog learning a new trick. Generally, I do not mark my quilt tops. I very much prefer practicing the design on paper then drawing the design with thread directly on the quilt. I've had limited success by tracing the design on to parchment paper then sewing through four layers of parchment paper with no thread in the machine to make a pattern. The parchment paper design was then attached to the quilt top and quilted on. This works well except I find removing the parchment paper bits messy and a pain you know where.
Here is my photo journal using tulle, permanent marker, Dritz purple fade away marker and an embroidery hoop.
Diane at Pine Point Designs used cardboard from a cereal box to make a permanent frame for her tulle stencil. Her idea is brilliant and I definitely plan to try it out.
Happy quilting all.
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