Have you ever intended to quilt some beautiful straight lines on your quilted project with your domestic sewing machine and walking foot, thinking you can easily eyeball it from block to block, only to finish a few rows and find you wavered a bit? …that the lines aren’t quite as straight as you’d like?
I know I have. It’s not as easy to sew nice straight lines as you’d think, without a little guidance.
Sure, you can mark one straight line on your quilt and then use the edge of your walking foot to keep every consecutive line straight. But even so you might not keep the lines perfectly straight as you travel along. And maybe you don’t want your lines so close together.
Another option is marking the lines on your quilt using a long ruler & some kind of removable marker (like chalk, disappearing ink, water soluble ink, or pencil). But that’s time consuming and adds another step of getting rid of the marks after you’re done.
So, what’s the solution? My tip is to use good old blue painter’s tape (usually blue, sometimes green).
I just roll out a long piece and tape it onto the quilt, using the blocks (or a ruler) to make sure it’s straight and where I want the stitching.
Line your needle up to one side of the tape or the other and sew away!
Just be sure you sew close to, but not on top of, the tape! Remember, it’s not a race..you can sew slowly.
The strip is reusable…I was able to use the same strip of tape about 10 times or more, so I only needed a couple of long strips to “mark” the entire baby quilt.
And voila! Done in no time, with no marks to wash out.
That’s it for Tuesday Tips! Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!