Well, I've completed the full circle!
A couple of ladies in my quilt guild connected me to a local choir when I was looking for a fun and relaxed little choir to join, now I've met the sister of one of the choral singers, and said sister used to be president of my quilt guild.
I mentioned to her that I was interested in trying some plastic stencils for hand-quilting borders and two days later, she loaned me some - great! I didn't want to spend 10$ on a stencil (that's what they cost at the local stores) without ever having tried one, so this works out wonderfully.
I tried one right away on the border of the Wonderland Irish Chain baby quilt:
See the double winding braid on the blue border?
For the center of the quilt, I'm just outlinging white spaces about 1/4" in from the seams right now. About 1/4" because I'm just eye-balling :)
If the border stencil works out, I'll try a center piece stencil for the white space, or maybe something free-hand. I'm loath to mark the white area though, as I haven't tested my chalk, chalk pencils and marking pens on light coloured fabrics yet... It's just like washing a quilt for the first time ever, and I just am not really the 'testing' kind of person... I also don't test cremes etc on an "inconspicuous area" first, just lather it on and hope for the best or have a funny story to tell a few years down the road.
But seeing how many hours I've spent quilting this quilt already (that's about 1 hour's worth of border you see up there!!), I don't want to ruin it by using a bad fabric marker, so I guess I can take some fabric, mark it and see if the marker comes off again... sigh. So out of my element!
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