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    How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

    Stupid question of the day: I just have to quilt my 1st table runner. I'm very proud of how the piecing came out, I don't want to ruin it. So I thought I'd just follow a pattern/design when doing the FMQ. But how do you get the design onto the fabric without free-hand drawings it (because I stink at that)? HELP!
    ;)Nancy

    I got a sewing machine for my husband. Good trade, huh!?!

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    I havent attempted FMQ yet...but when I do get up enough courage to try it, I think I'm going to try the chalk and stencil method so I can brush it away as I go along.
    If anyone has tried this method and doesnt like it, I'd be interested in knowing why...I like to get all the info I can before buying or trying a new product!
    ~Mary
    As ye sew, so shall ye rip.

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      #3
      Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

      I tried a stencil recently with a chalk pencil and had trouble with it showing up. However, when I was in Joanns last time I noticed they have a 'spray' chalk and think that might work better with the stencils . . . didn't buy it. Has anyone tried this?

      I'm anxious to see responses, too.
      Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
      it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

      "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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        #4
        Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

        I just took an all day class on FMQ and it was worth every penny (even though I am not good at it yet LOL!). We did several different approaches: 1) use a stencil and the dissapearing marker. They come in both blue for light fabric and white for dark. 2) we used a stencil and chalk, but the chalk was a kit. It is called pouncing. The chalk is powder and you use the pouncer, which looks like an eraser to pounce the chalk lightly over the stencil. It stays until you was the quilt. I have to say the pouncer was my favorite method and I was disappointed that MSQ does not have it. However, Joann's does and I have a coupon! Hope this helps

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          #5
          Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

          THanks for all the great suggestions. I also wondered if you could have your design on apaper and pin it to the quilt and sew right through it all and just pull the paper away after??? Would that work? might slip around I think.
          ;)Nancy

          I got a sewing machine for my husband. Good trade, huh!?!

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            #6
            Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

            I bought the pouncer at the quilt show last month but I haven't tried it yet. I did buy some stencils at the booth also but when I asked the lady she did say (admit) that you could use the stencils that I have already for stenciling walls. I'm doing free hand FMQ right now with my new Flynn loom and I'm not quite sure how I like that. Though, I am getting better at it as I go thru the lap quilt that I have on the loom.
            Linda L Maurer, Peach Bottom, PA

            http://gardenquilting.blogspot.com/

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              #7
              Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

              If you use tissue paper or paper designed for paper piecing like Carol Doak's brand it is really easy to FMQ that way. It works best for me if I am FMQ a single block. I have not tried this method in a boarder. I just doodle a design I like on paper until my hand is comfortable doing it and then I just fo for it.

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                #8
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                I have used the disappearing ink pens, chalk markers and the chalk pounce. I have found different situations require different tools. You have to just play around and find what works for you. I have not used the paper stencils, but it sounds interesting. I spray baste my small projects with good success....why not try a light spray basting on the paper to keep it in place. Good Luck. Keep practicing, your work will get better with every project.

                Happy Sewing,
                Rae

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                  #9
                  Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

                  I just traced a stencil onto a quilt I am currently working on. I used a "pencil" made by Sewline. I works great. They have around 5 colors. The pencil is just like a mechanical pencil. You have to be careful with how much pressure you use on it though. The lead breaks easy.
                  Suzette

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                    #10
                    Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

                    Thanks for all fo the great suggestions. I too have wanted to try out FMQ but am afraid of messing up something that I have worked so hard on. Maybe I'll be braver now.

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                      #11
                      Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

                      I have used freezer paper. I just cut out the shape out of freezer paper pressed it to my quilt and sewed around it, move it each time and press. It worked great.
                      Saundra

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                        Originally posted by Lana Monteith View Post
                        Thanks for all fo the great suggestions. I too have wanted to try out FMQ but am afraid of messing up something that I have worked so hard on. Maybe I'll be braver now.
                        You could always quilt it with water soluble thread first and if you don't like it, wash it out and start over.
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                          #13
                          Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

                          Originally posted by craftyladysam View Post
                          I have used freezer paper. I just cut out the shape out of freezer paper pressed it to my quilt and sewed around it, move it each time and press. It worked great.
                          That sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.
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                          Michèle

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                            #14
                            Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

                            I just used a stencil for the first time and marked it with a wash-out blue marker. It worked so well. Easy to see on the quilt with the blue colour. Then I just used a spray bottle with water and the blue lines disappeared like magic! The important thing is to use a wash out marking pen!!! I found chalk difficult to remove.

                            Patti

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                              #15
                              Re: How do you get the FMQ designs onto your quilt to follow?

                              Originally posted by psha View Post
                              I just used a stencil for the first time and marked it with a wash-out blue marker. It worked so well. Easy to see on the quilt with the blue colour. Then I just used a spray bottle with water and the blue lines disappeared like magic! The important thing is to use a wash out marking pen!!! I found chalk difficult to remove.
                              Where can I get a wash out pen? I always thought that meant you had to throw it in the washer but if a spray bottle is enough it sounds like a great way to go.
                              ;)Nancy

                              I got a sewing machine for my husband. Good trade, huh!?!

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