Marking a Quilt using Press ‘n Seal

Remember that link I told you about awhile back where the blogger uses Press ‘n Seal to mark her quilts?  Here is the link in case you need a refresher:  Well, I decided to try it on my latest quilt.

I’ve been working on one of my quilt guild’s raffle quilt, or as they like to call it, the “2013 Opportunity Quilt.”  I am letting the cat out of the bag here by posting pictures.  I am nearly done and want to have it finished by our next meeting on December 4th.  I just have a few more motifs to sew and a small border and then I can take it off the quilting frame, bind it, put a hanging sleeve and quilt label on it, and it’ll ready to be hung for “unveiling” at the December 4th meeting.  As you will see from the pictures, it’s an Asian themed quilt, with kimonos all over it.  I won’t put a picture on here yet of the whole thing, but will wait until after the official unveiling on the 4th for that.

I quilted interlocking circles along 3 borders.  It was a little tedious trying to do that around applique Kanji (above, shown before quilting the interlocking circles), but necessary to make it look okay.  Clam shells were quilted inside the kimono blocks and a different Japanese motif was quilted in the middle of each kimono.  I won’t tell you too much about the kimonos, because I want to save that for the final unveiling pictures.  But, I can post a picture of one of the kimonos.

I used the Press ‘n Seal that Rosemary suggested on the above block and the block pictured below.  Here are a couple of pictures of the process.


I had already copied all my patterns onto vellum paper and am planning on using those in the same way, but I wanted to give the Press ‘n Seal a try on a small area before I try it on a larger area.

If you know anything at all about Judy Lyon, you know she does amazing things with pantographs.  You can find her work here:  When I saw her pantograph “Geisha Garden,” I knew I had to have it, and I wanted to add it into this quilt.  But where?   I already had the whole thing planned out, so the only place it would fit would be on the bottom border of the quilt.  And, how on earth would I get it on there?   Unless you are Matt or Bradie Sparrow, who can quilt a pantograph from the front of their machine using a BobbinCam, then you need to come up with another way.   Normally a pantograph is quilted from the back of the machine, so I would have to be VERY precise with how I did this.  Plus, I had the quilt loaded to face the front of the machine, so that would mean taking the quilt off and reloading it the other direction.  That’s when I decided to just draw the design onto the quilt, but that, too, would be difficult.  I could use a roll of paper, but paper that is too big will get torn and mess up.  So, Press ‘n Seal was the way to go with this.  And, you know what?  It worked really well!

Drawing it onto the Press ‘n Seal… See why I HAD to put this design into the quilt?


Pressing it down along the bottom border – it worked REALLY well and stayed in place the whole time.




After I ripped the plastic off…

The only “con” for this, I think, was that it took a little longer for me to pull the plastic off than it did for me to run the stitches over the Press ‘n Seal.  Be careful of tiny little places where the plastic can get stuck.  Try to either sew those closed or make them bigger, more open spaces.




8 thoughts on “Marking a Quilt using Press ‘n Seal

    • Verna, I used a black sharpie marker. BUT, this was on dark fabric. I had no problems with it and found no residue. However, I have also tried this on a lighter fabric and found that it did leave a gray kind of residue on the thread. I then tried a marker that matched the color of the fabric and it worked much better. You can find white and other colored markers at Hobby Lobby and other art & craft stores.


  1. I tried this a couple of times and it failed so miserably on the last one I never tried it again. I was using it to quilt a designer on the outside border of a wall hanging. 3/4 of the way through the press n seal melted into the fabric. I ended up cutting off the border and redoing it without the press n seal. Never figured out what went wrong as this had not happened with other projects. Wouldn’t want to risk it again.


  2. Always looking for new options to improve my FMQ. Many thanks for posting the detail. Can you tell me what stitch length you used? I am wondering if, similar to FPP the press and seal removal would be easier with a shorter stitch length.


    • Deb, my apologies! I don’t remember what stitch length I used, but I suspect it was the shorter stitch length similar to FPP. I will tell you that not all of the plastic came out. There were tiny pieces still stuck in the stitches. I used an eraser to try to get those tiny pieces out. It wasn’t successful for the tiniest of pieces, but I was able to wash the quilt (for squaring) and I didn’t see the plastic in there anymore. For this technique, I would recommend doing it on darker fabric, as the ink from where you drew on the plastic may come off onto the quilt top.


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