So here is what I did to get ready for the Quilt Along Wednesday.
BASTING MY QUILT:
MARKING MY QUILT:
First, I printed Leah's pattern x 4 and carefully lined them up and stapled them together
Then, I stitched on the lines ( with and empty needle and thread ) This took a bit of time, but I got four done at once. I took a little over an hour.
I then of course taped them together and laid it out on my fabric.
Next, it was time to pounce the chalk.
I basted first because because i used chalk to mark my quilt. I have no idea if i did this correctly, but I figured if I marked it with chalk first, it would all disappear when I smoothed my layers while basting. If my thought process is wrong, please let me know! Or, if there is an easier way, please let me know! I can't wait to quilt this sucker up!
QUESTION FOR LEAH: Where the heck did you get that big light box? Did you make it or buy it, and if you bought it, how much would one like that cost? I didn't have a need for a light box this time, but it would be nice to have in the future.
Also, how would you have marked dark fabrics? I know I didn't use any of your purposed methods, but I really wanted to try spray basting, and didn't know any other way to mark dark fabric.
Here is what I learned in this process so far. I would rather skip marking a quilt and just freeball it. I'm not saying I won't do it again. And I have marked reference lines before. But, whew, that was a lot of extra work!
Although the finished product of taking such a step will be magnificent, it is just one more step that slows me from the fun part. The quilting. ;)