Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Streaky Orange Cones

This week's goal for the Free Motion Project quilt along was to prepare a quilt sandwich and transfer our wholecloth design to the fabric. The first step was starching, which I had never done before. I looked up a recipe for spray starch online, and it turns out to be really easy to make. This is all I needed:

The starch worked perfectly on the fabric for the quilt back... but not so well on the bright orange front. I ironed it from the back, but I think maybe my spray bottle didn't mist it finely enough. It looks kind of tie-dyed now. I am hoping very very hard that this will come out when I soak it. Does anyone know if this is the case?

I taped my template and fabric to the front door in order to transfer the design with a water soluble marker. It turns out to be almost impossible to take a picture of the final drawing because of how light the markings are, but here is a shot of the design transfer in progress. (Ignore the text - I drew the template on the back of some old scrap paper.)

Now it's time to start quilting around these shapes. I've got my fingers crossed that they will still be recognizable as traffic cones when I'm done with them.


  1. I wish you a lot of succes with quilting.

  2. Love your traffic cones! What a cool idea. And I'm sure the starch will wash out, it's just cornstarch.

  3. I'm very anxious to see your completed project. I just LOVE your design, MC - be sure to post when you've completed it!