Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tulle--My New Tool

Yes, tulle is the newest tool in my quilting arsenal.

Plain, fine tulle is what I used to transfer the panto design to an odd shaped area.  I knew I couldn't do the design from the back of the machine and get it to stop and start where I wanted, nor could I do that from the front.  So, I bit the bullet and decided to transfer the design with a washout marker.
Yes, a washout marker.  Don't worry, I tested it on a scrap, letting it stay there for a week, and it washed right out.

To get the design on the tulle, a black sharpie was used to trace the design, with a piece of tissue paper between the original paper panto and the tulle, so that there were no stray marks on the original.  And two layers of tulle were used, so that I could see the design.  I had discovered on another project that one layer was not enough to see the markings.

Then using that washout marker, I happily marked away. Took maybe an hour, but the quilting was so easy!
If you look real close, you can see the faint blue line in with the stitching and without. Haven't washed it out yet, and I'm not worried.

And here's a picture of what I'm doing around the diamonds.
More diamonds!  With stippling as the fill.  I don't know about you, but I like stippling.  Some think it's old fashioned, but it really serves a purpose.  And when I was cake decorating, this fill was called Cornelli lace.

Have a wonderful day quilting!


  1. Clever idea!!! I don't do pantos, but this would be a great idea for repeating patterns...and I have tulle from my daughter's wedding!!!

  2. Thank you for sharing your pattern. From what we can see this quilt will be awesome and I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

  3. Would you identify the panto? Thank you.

    1. The panto on Diamond Chips is Brilliance from Urban Elementz.


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