In the process of hand quilting there are two tools which I've been using and I thought I would write about them today. The first is the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pick and the second is a Hera Marker.
I've had a Hera Marker in my tool box for more than twenty years and have used it for pin tucks and such but never thought about using it to mark a quilt until I read about it in Hilda's blog, Every Stitch. She has written about using a Hera Marker to mark straight lines on light coloured fabrics. The beauty of the Hera Marker is that it scores the fabric to create a visible line on the fabric but there is nothing to wash out.
It is simple to use.
I had quilted the triangles in the border along the edge of the seam allowance so I didn't need to mark but I wanted to echo those lines of quilting with straight lines.
I used my Hera Marker and a small Omnigrid ruler. I lined 1/4" mark on the ruler on the quilted lines and then scored the fabric with my Hera Marker. I made sure that I had my quilt on a hard surface and that it was smooth and flat. I scored the lines slowly and carefully. I find that if you go too fast it can create little pleats in the fabric which will skew the line.
I did this on each triangle along the length of the border and then hand quilted. It is the perfect tool for marking straight quilt lines.
The second tool that has come in handy is the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pick. I was working away on the baby quilt and discovered a dark thread trapped between the top and batting. I stuck out like a sore thumb so I used my Soft Touch Thread Pick to remove it.This tool comes with a protective sheath which you remove in order to use it.
Clover Soft Touch Thread Pick
At the tip is a very tiny crochet hook.
Here you can see a trapped dark thread.
Slide the tip of the hook through the quilt top and hook the offending thread.
Carefully draw out the hook through the point of entry and the thread will come along with the hook.
Time for me to get back to work on this little quilt!
Until I post again, happy sewing!