Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

Making my mark on the 4th of July

Over the past week I have been working on a design for my “Henna Whole Cloth” quilt.  I spent several evenings making Google searches for Henna Tattoo designs and came up with TONS of great designs.   It was especially hard to whittle them down to the ones that would work on my quilt!!!

I cropped the images that I liked, used Power Point to print them in the size that I wanted and started working on my full size pattern.   I started with the original design that I tested and then started building out from there.   This is the final design……IMG_5505

I say that this is the final design…..there will be some echo quilting around the circle designs and also in the blank corner areas. 

So, today my plan was to begin tracing this intricate design onto the fabric.  In the past I have used a small (12 inch square)  lightbox and was really not looking forward to trying to do something this large on it.

But…..quilting friends to the rescue….. My friend, Sheila, had a large, flat light box that she allowed me to borrow for this task…..IMG_5509

….and boy did it make a huge difference!!!

There are two great features on this piece of equipment….first of all it is flat so that my pattern and fabric were able to lay flat and not slide around.   Secondly it has a dimmer so that the light doesn’t have to be so bright.   When it was on bright it looked like this…..IMG_5501

…..and I couldn’t see where I had drawn already!!    The dimmer function allowed me to see the lines and also see the blue oft the markers…..IMG_5502

So, after about 5 hours  and 4 blue pens later,  the main part was traced…..IMG_5504

My next step will be to make sure that the corners are going to be square and then I will add the four peacocks in the corners.

Now I just have to figure out how I am going to baste it!!!!!

One thought on “Making my mark on the 4th of July

  1. Wow, you will certainly have your work cut out for you, both in the quilting and in the rinsing out of blue markers afterwards. 🙂 Can't wait to see how it develops from here!

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