My latest customer quilt is for Mary’s grandson. Mary has done a wonderful job of combining colors to match her black fabric with musical notes. I think she is using up her scraps; smart lady! Anyhow, she paired the musical notes fabric with another black fabric that has guitars on it. Here’s a shot of the whole quilt and a couple of close-ups. Mary was very open to whatever I wanted to quilt on this, but this time we were looking at quilting something other than musical notes. This is for her 10-year-old grandson. What kind of stitching would you quilt on this? The backing is a fire red, so I thought flames would work alright on this quilt.
I snuck in a surprise down towards the bottom in the middle. I put it in a place where it wouldn’t be obvious – you’d have to search to find it. I wasn’t sure if her grandson would be frightened by it or think it was cool. I’ll turn it over to the back so you can see what it is before I show you the front. The orangey-red (flame red) is the actual color of the backing, but you can see the picture better in the second picture.
I needed a template for adding this to the stitching, so I drew the flaming skull out onto vellum paper and then pinned it down before stitching it. I avoid marking on my customers quilts unless I can find no alternative. It’s just too risky.
As you can see (or maybe you can’t – that’s the idea), after pulling the paper off, you have to really look to find the skull.
If you are interested in seeing this process in action, I have a video of me doing this on my YouTube Channel. You can find that video here. I hope this helps you learn some strategies for marking (without marking ON) your quilt top for quilting.