At our Winona Area Quilters Guild (WAQG) guild meeting last week, we were discussing the kinds of tools that we use in our quilting projects that aren’t sold at quilt shops. Some of my favorite tools for this discussion are 1) Blue Painter’s Tape, 2) Tracing Paper, 3) FedEx Office, 4) Freezer Paper, and 5) Sharpie markers. As you can see in the photo below, I’m really a fan of the blue painter’s tape.
I’ve been working on a new quilt project, working from a photograph I took in Lake City, MN, on the weekend of our WAQG quilt retreat last month. It’s a photo of sailboats in dry dock, near the marina in downtown Lake City.
I printed the photograph out on my printer on 8.5 x 11 paper (it’s taped to the wall on the right). I then made a tracing of the major design lines in the photo. I took the tracing (along with two other tracings of other photos) to FedEx Office, where a man there was happy to enlarge my tracing to 36 x 48, and print it out for me. The enlargement of each tracing cost about $9.50, which I think was a deal, considering all of the work it saves to enlarge the picture. After taping the enlarged drawing to the wall, I covered it in more tracing paper, and have simplified the drawing some, so that it is pieceable. This photo shows freezer paper taped over a section of the tracing paper, so that I can transfer the piecing lines to the shiny side of the freezer paper with thin Sharpie marker, to make the fabric templates.
I’m almost to the part of the project where I get to play with color and fabric, but all of this setup work really does make the assembly part easier. All I need now is a really large piece of foam core, or some other substance that I’ll be able to pin the templates to as I audition fabrics. It might be time to head back to the hardware store and look at what might become my next favorite quilting tool.