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chryster
« on: January 29, 2012 10:39:52 AM »

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I'm kind of new to quilting and I want to make a quilt for my very best friend who's really, really into his Kawasaki motorcycle. I'm planning on just sewing two lengths of yardage together for the black so it won't be traditional quilt blocks of any kind and then doing the big green K as an applique. The backside will probably just be more yardages of black fabric sewn together but I'm not 100% sure on that yet. What I really need help figuring out is the sewing of the tire tread pattern which will be green thread on the black fabric and black thread on the green fabric. Does anyone have any ideas on what the most efficient way to do this would be?
Thanks!

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Eamea
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2012 10:16:12 AM »

I don't know if it's the most efficient, but here's the way I would do it.  Wink

Construct your black top.  Divide the vertical space into four even parts for your columns.  The tread itself is made from just one motif.  It is flipped horizontally and vertically to create the different patterns.  Play with the size until you find something that looks right for the scale of your top.  I would make a cardstock template of it so I could just trace along the top and part of the bottom.  Use a ruler to keep them in a straight line and evenly spaced.  Here's a primitive Photoshop highlighting the parts in purple in case you need it.  Hope this helps!
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chryster
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012 06:10:58 PM »

Lol. I made that design in Illustrator. What kind of pencil/whatever would you use to trace the design with? Should I baste the whole thing and then trace or lay just the quilt top out, do the tracing, and then baste?
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012 06:43:24 PM »

I like to do any marking before basting, I find that I have a harder time marking with the squishy layers together.  I have washable fabric pencils I got at Joann, I have blue and white for different color fabrics (you would probably only need white since your fabric is dark).
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012 12:05:41 PM »

I like to do any marking before basting, I find that I have a harder time marking with the squishy layers together.  I have washable fabric pencils I got at Joann, I have blue and white for different color fabrics (you would probably only need white since your fabric is dark).
Agreed.  I can't seem to get a good line with the softer surface area if I do it after basting.  Chalk can be helpful when marking dark fabrics, but you can only mark a small area at a time otherwise it smears or brushes away.
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