I decided to do a giant X though the center of the top and then echo each section with V's. I tried a couple different ways to mark the top. If anyone has other ideas, let me know. I have mixed feelings on the methods I tried.
Method 1: Painters Tape. To use this method, you lay the tape on your top and then using it as a guideline as you sew. Since I was doing 2" intervals, I used my ruler to lay the tape down.
Pros: I didn't have to use the stupid marking tools (see below). It was also pretty fast to lay the tape down for long lines without having to measure all the time.
Cons: I found it to come up a bit when I sewed, or sometimes I would hit it with the needle. The biggest con was that I found it hard to mark where I wanted to sew - I would have to offset the tape from the sew line a bit so that I didn't sew on the tape.
Method 2: Marking Tools. These are pretty easy to use. They are pens or pencils made for sewing and quilting. I used a blue wash out pencil (shown in the first picture) and a disappearing ink pen (second picture). I would lay out my ruler and use it as an edge to mark the cloth.
Pros: I liked sewing over the links much better. I could mark exactly where I wanted to sew and then sew on top of it. It also was easy to mark and note the piviot while sewing with the marks.
Cons: Both tools I used were very light and I had to work to get a mark I could see. I found the marker was easier to use but also vanished within a few hours of using, making it impossible to mark the whole top before sewing (unless I wanted to quilt the whole thing in one day!).
|Blue pencil - pretty easy to see once marked.|
|You can hardly see the marker!|
Despite how much of a pain marking this top is, I really like how the sections are turning out! I have half of the top done now and plan to finish it up over the week.