Oh dear. Another stash report, and another step backwards. I ordered 10 yards of black fabric last week, because I needed some for my April colour challenge quilt. That arrived on Monday, so up go the stash numbers. I did manage to baste and start quilting one quilt, which accounts for 4 yards of backing used. So, net 6 in this week
Total this year:
39 3/4 yards out, 75 1/2 yards in
Net for 2012: 35 3/4 yards in
I am having a heck of a time with this current quilt. I want to use a custom quilting design, but I can't figure out how to mark it easily. I used tracing paper for the blocks, and stitched through it. But it is such a pain to remove the paper later, that I hate doing that. For the borders, I can't figure out what to use. None of my pencils are showing up - plus the fact that I really can't freehand this design, so tracing isn't really an option anyway. I wanted to create my own stencil, but the template plastic I have is too heavy to cut in intricate (or even not so intricate) designs It seems to work best when cutting straight lines with scissors, which isn't what I want.
How do you mark your designs on your quilts? And do you make your own stencils, or purchase them? I hate to buy stuff I'm only going to use once, and (for borders especially) I can't see stencils being that easy to reuse. Every quilt seems to have different border sizes. And the design I want, if available at all, usually doesn't match the size of my border.