Wednesday, February 15, 2012

STARTING TO QUILT ON GONE TO TEXAS

It doesn't look like it is a good time for me to use my friends quilting machine to quilt the Gone to Texas quilt, so I have started doing the quilting on my own machine.  I decided to quilt in the "Baptist Fan" design.  I wasn't sure how to do it, but I found a long arm quilter on Youtube doing it, so that helped.  She had some circle templates.  I made some half circle templates out of cardboard.

I started marking the archs with a chalk marker, but that didn't show up very well.  Then I remembered I had a hera marker, so I used that.

Here is the hera marker and the first template.

I am marking the first line.

I'm marking the second line.

I mark 4 lines with the templates.

Here you can see the indent left by the hera marker.
 After sewing the first 4 lines of the fan, I just "eyeball" the last line.  I mark one fan at a time, quilt it, then mark another one.  This is how it looks so far.  I have done about 1/3 of the quilt and I hope I'll be able to finish it on my machine


Happy quilting!

20 comments:

Angie said...

That is a wonderful idea, Ruth--thanks for sharing it with us. :)

~Joan said...

Necessity is the mother of invention, huh? That looks great. Your templates are something I would do. Using the Hera marker is great...no lines to worry about removing later!

You go, girl!

Karen said...

That looks pretty. I like to hand quilt the fan design but have not machine quilted it. How do you handle all the stopping and starting or do you travel back over some stitching?

Liriopia said...

Well done and great pictures! I will have to try that.

Liri

Barb said...

Love the fan quilting - it looks great. Great way to use the hera marking tool

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Great pictures..looks wonderful.

Carolyn

Lori said...

The fans are looking fantastic and will be perfect for that quilt!!

seventhsister26 said...

I've never heard of that hera marker...where would you find one? I think the quilt looks wonderful;) That template thing looks uber handy;)
Happy Quilting!!

Janet O. said...

Very nice job, Ruth. I am impressed. At the risk of sounding ill-informed, I have to admit that I don't know what a Hera marker is.
And I have the same questions Karen raised--do you do a lot of stop and start, or travel back over to create your fans? I am actually considering trying this pattern on a small quilt and I've had that question.
Again--your work is impressive!

Betty Lou said...

Baptist Fan is my favorite quilting pattern, I never thought you could use it for machine quilting. Anxious to see the whole quilt.

Randy D. said...

I really like that idea for marking the lines. I tried doing that freehand once and failed miserably!

Paula said...

I am a new quilter. Just in the toddler stage. I have never heard of the hera marker and I have the same questions as Karen and Janet.
I love the work you do and I so happy I found your blog.

---"Love" said...

There's more proof of your creativity! It looks great, both the method and the quilting! I love that Baptist fan pattern too, and have used my hera in a few small projects. ---"Love"

Marsha said...

That looks great! I will have to remember that. Do you start in a corner with the first fan and work out from there? I can't wait to see your finished quilt, it looks so pretty!

Katie said...

That looks great! I never thought to use a hera marker for quilting, but it seems to be working quite well. Those eyeballed fans look great, too. I never would have guessed ANY of them weren't done on a longarm with a template or program if you hadn't said so.

Beth said...

The fans look so great. I like how you marked them. I will have to try that soon. The quilt is looking awesome.

Michelle said...

Yes, thanks for sharing.
It looks great too.
Love the baptist fan pattern.

quilt32 said...

Thank you for sharing - I think that pattern and technique might be something I can handle.
Lillian @ lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

Pauline said...

Great idea on the templates and the hera marker! I'll copy you on that one. I've looked and looked for the pattern for "Gone to Texas" and can't find it? It also looks like one block done in multiple color pattern. Is this correct? If so, I think I can draw it out. Love your colors, and have been enjoying your blog.

Elaine Adair said...

Ruth - your quilting is looking GOOD! Keep it up and keep showing the rest of us, please. 8-))