Quilt Your Quilts, Without Marking Your Quilts aka Paper Quilting

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. We spend a lot of time making our quilts, from choosing the fabric, the pattern, making the quilt itself, and sandwiching that quilt to get it ready for quilting. There are a lot of different ways we can quilt it, and one of them is marking the top of the quilt. However, it is a little time-consuming and it’s very scary not knowing if those marks are going to come off or not. But there is another way that we can follow the lines—and tear our designs away. Tear-away quilting paper is a lot of fun to use and there’s a lot of different designs that you can get. You can get all-over designs or edge-to-edge designs, which means the quilting is going from one edge to the other so this is a continuation through the entire quilt. There’s lots of different sizes: 4.25″, 5.25″, even 7½”, 4″. You can also edge-to-edge designs and then have corners to match them, so if you wanted to take this and do it all the way the outside of the quilt, you’ll be able to get the corners to match. Just like puzzle pieces, they do match together. You can also get individual quilting blocks, so if you just want to do the individual squares, you can also do that with the tear-away paper. Today I’m going to work on a design called Cinnamon. It is considered a 4″ wide edge-to-edge. There are four pages in the package. We have long, 48″ pieces. In this particular design we have two rows that we’re going to get out of each of these long 48″ pieces. On each side we have these little marks. They’re going to help us match up the pieces so that we can build it wider and wider. On the bottom we have two line-up marks. Those line-up marks are going to let us line up the pages. So if we need to have those pages even longer, those two marks match right up to the top. This paper is going to be put right on top of the quilt sandwich that’s already been basted and ready to go. This has taken the work out of marking our quilt. We get to stitch right through this paper, and then after that the paper will come off. We don’t need to mark the quilt and we don’t have to worry about marks staying on the quilt. A fun way to use these patters is on placemats and table runners, but you can put them on as large a quilt as you want. The first thing I’d recommend is to press this paper. That way we get these folds out and it’s going to lay flat. The top portion of the patter has some written information for us, but we’re going to be able to use this and extend our quilting designs. Normally we would have this outside of the quilt because there’s no quilting design on here, but we’re going to put a quilting design on there. This is an extra three inches that we’re going to gain. Take one piece and leave it on the bottom. The top piece you’re going to be able to slide down until you find the match. You’re going to be able to see right through this paper. It’s not as thick as regular paper and it’s not as thin as tissue paper. It has a nice weight. We’re going to be able to hold onto it without it breaking and yet it’s going to be easy to take apart. Once I have found my match, I’m going to draw the pattern, covering this 3″ area. I’m just going to carefully copy this design right here. I now have an extra 3″ of quilting space. You never know; I might just need an inch or two, and this will definitely be helpful. You can do this to all of your pages. The paper is designed so we’ll be able to overlap it. That way we can be sure that the entire area is covered. By looking through that paper, it’s going to be very easy to line that up. You’re going to be able to continue to line up all these the papers until your entire quilt surface is done. For this project I’m just quilting simple placemats. I want to use one sheet per placemat. I’m going to be able to just take this page and divide it in half and have my placemat fit the paper. Take that first row of dots and line it right along the edge of that placemat. The second piece is going to overlap. With some patterns you’re going to need to offset. That way, the pieces match up. Once I have that match, I’m just going to center that fabric under this quilt paper. These are quick and easy placemats. I’m not going to worry about the size; I’m going to have the paper dictate the size of the placemats. From here I can glue these two pages together. I’m just going to use a plain child’s glue stick. If I was going to be making this for a large quilt, I would take a 505 spray, spray the top of the quilt, and then lay the pattern down and smooth it so it sticks. From here, keep building row by row. The next row I would take the 505 spray and just spray it on the quilt and a little bit of the overlap. Make sure you have your surface protected. Then I’d be able to match that up and smooth it down. You’d be able to continue building. But because I’m only making a very simple placemat, I’m not going to fuse them down. I’ll be pinning them. I’ll find my match and glue those two pages together. Be sure to put a row of glue right along that edge so that it sticks down, because as you’re stitching you don’t want the paper getting caught in the foot of the sewing machine. Now instead of two pieces of paper, I have one big paper I’m going to be able to work with. From here I can center this on top of the fabric that I’m going to turn into the placemat. By extending that little pattern up in that three inches, I’ve gained a little bit of space. Sometimes you’ll have a small piece; sometimes you’ll be able to use more. It will depend on the repeat of your pattern. You can still spray and fix this onto this placemat. Take your spray adhesive, spray it on top of your fabric, then center that paper and smooth it down. You’re set to go the machine. Because these are small, I’m going to pin-baste them. All of my layers are stuck together; I can now just take this to the machine and stitch it. I have my Bernina set up with my stitch regulator. Red thread on the top and the bottom. My feed dogs are dropped, now I can quilt. If you use quilting gloves, you can use gloves. If you use a hoop, you can still use a hoop over top of the paper. The paper will not make any difference as to how you’re going to quilt. Whatever you’re used to is the perfect thing to use. I personally like to take a pillow and put it between me and my quilting surface. That way it has extended the bed of the machine and I’m not going to have anything dragging down at the bottom. I do like to work from the center out. Bring up your bobbin thread so both threads are up at the top. That ensures that you have a nice, clean back to the quilt. We can start quilting. Quilt right over top of that paper. By gluing down those edges, that foot is not going to get caught. Just continue to follow that pattern all the way around. And if you go off the line, no one will know but you, because the paper is going to come off after. Continue following that line and stitch all your rows. I’m using a large needle, 11/16. That way it makes bigger holes and it’ll be easier to take the paper off. If you’ve put this paper on with any adhesive, I would definitely recommend the nonstick needle. When you’ve done all your rows, be sure to quilt inside along this edge. You’ll be able to follow the print that’s on the pattern and fill in the holes. By making simple placemats and table runners using these tear-away papers, it really helps us develop our free-motion skills. We learn to adjust the machine speed the way that we feel comfortable with and it helps our memory develop with these different patterns. To remove the papers is going to be very easy. That paper is just going to rip right off. You can use the end of a knitting needle because it’s not so sharp as to puncture your quilt. Get underneath and lift up some of the pieces to rip off. Or, you can use a sewing stiletto. This particular one is from Clover. It has a little hook on one end and a rubber tip on the other. It’s called Hold It Precision Stiletto. It has a nice hook so I’m able to get in and remove those pieces. That rubber tip also will just help take off the paper. I like taking off all the big pieces first, and then I’ll go in and remove the little ones second. That little hook fits under the paper. You can do a path ripping that paper, and then you’ll be able to get in with your hands. If you find you have little pieces still stuck underneath those seams, most times that little end will just rub them out. One more clean with the lint brush and it’s set to go. I’m going to be able to square this up, put a binding on it, and I have a quick and easy placemat. Sometimes the fabric is fun enough, you just really only need to quilt it. One sheet did a placemat 13″ by 24″, so from the one package I’d be able to get four big placemats. We have the edge-to-edge, the corner block, and the center block already marked for us. All we need to do is stick this paper down, stitch, tear, and we’re done. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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