A Hera what?
August 6, 2015 § 29 Comments
Over the years I may have tried nearly every way of marking a quilt in preparation to quilt it. Disappearing ink pens, tissue paper, masking tape, chalk pencils and more. But I have come to the conclusion that I really don’t like using most of those. If I must mark, then I most often use a Hera Marker. I am in love! Have you used one of these before? They do come in different sizes and shapes. I have another one that is smaller than this. They look sort of like a bone paper folder or scorer if you are a scrapbooker or book maker.
What it does is leave a crease in the fabric that washes away without leaving any trace of the previous marking. It’s almost like pressing a crease in a pair of pants only in reverse. The sharp edge of the curved point can be run along the edge of a ruler, or cardboard or even used free-hand. It leaves an indent in the fabric that you can follow for machine quilting. It can be a little hard to see on busy or heavily patterned fabric. But it works super duper great on solids! Here I am marking 1″ from the last quilting line or 1 1/4″ from the seam edge.
I’m trying to finish up this quilt so that I can free up my pins to pin baste the do.good.stitches quilt waiting in the queue. Or at least finished enough so that I have sufficient pins to baste that quilt next.
And finally… when do you like reading blogs? In the morning? At night? Or are blogs falling from favor? Lately I’ve been having a hard time mustering up the energy to blog. But maybe my rib accident & the hot weather has had something to do with that? Do you read many blogs anymore? I know my own blog reading has shrunk over the last couple of years. I’m just curious what the rest of you think.
On another note. It rained hard last night. Hurray! I think our hot & dry summer trend has finally been broken. It feels like the good ol’ Pacific Northwest again! I’m ready for the rains to return. And then maybe my quilting mojo will return as well?