Pieces of Pye

A machine quilters' passion

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Marking pencil

Since I began quilting 16 years ago I have always used a water erasable blue marking pen with no problems with removal. The biggest problem being pens drying out, it can become quite costly when you are marking a large quilt. While out shopping earlier this week I came across the Clover water erasable blue chalk pencil which I thought I would try. Below you can see a picture of my marked sample ready to stitch. The feather pattern is from Anita Shacklefords book Infinite Feathers.


I stitched the feather using Mettler Polysheen in the machine using a 70/10 embroidery needle and the Bottom Line thread in the bobbin. See photo of completed sample below.

photo of completed quilting

I was amazed at the amount of chalk dust that collected on my darning foot!

chalk collection on darning footAnd below we have the finished piece after soaking in cold water, unfortunately there is still evidence of the blue chalk …..has anyone else used this pencil who could offer ideas for its’ complete removal? I will stick with the old faithful, the water erasable blue marking pen!

finished quilting


Quilting Again

Silk finish quilting sample

The freehand feather sample above has been quilted using Mettler Silk Finish Thread

At last my sewing machine is back home. I spent a fabulous morning last Thursday with the technician working with various threads, needles and tensions to get the best stitch formation possible. He also taught me some neat little hints and tips so I can get the best out of my sewing machine. I learnt so much and just couldn’t wait to start playing with all the fabulous threads I have been collecting. It is the first time I’ve done any machine quilting since my hand surgery last September. All seemed to go well once I got warmed up, I got stuck in and started doodling with the needle. Here are some of the results, each of the pieces of fabric is about 12″ square. I really like to do a thorough test of threads I will be working on in a quilt on a good size test piece before I start quilting on the quilt proper. I file all my test pieces in a journal for reference when I use the thread again. It makes life so much easier!

KingTut quilting sample

This sample is a using King Tut thread, I must admit that the feathers were drawn look a bit unusual!

Robison Metallic quilted sample

FreeHand feather using Robison Anton metallic gold.

Polysheen freehand quilting

This sample has been made using Polysheen, the heart is a Sharon Schamber pattern.