Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Before

Now that you know about my torrid but brief affairs with various marking tools, I think you can handle some details about my current relationship with the washable markers. I've been silent on it thus far because we've been in the wait-and-see period. And while we aren't out of the woods yet (I don't know if it's really gonna wash out), I thought I'd let you know how it's been going.

I will admit that I had this idea that using markers on my quilt would inspire an unprecedented hand-quilting speed. I really did. I figured I would be fueled by a strong fear of ruining the whole thing by leaving the marker on too long. Well. Turns out I'm not inspired by fear. Good news in life. Maybe not such good news here.

I am very close to being done, though, and I will give you all the details in the "After" post. But in the meantime, I thought you might appreciate this little marking detail:


Let me give you a closer look:

This is the "wait, wait" portion of the marking. "Wait, wait, that's not the curve I want. No. Wait, wait. That's better. No. Wait. There!"

Isn't it gonna be hilarious when that orange marker stays on the quilt permanently? No, right? Do you think I could blame the baby for it somehow? No! What kind of monster am I that I would even think of such a thing?! Seriously. It's a baby! Hmmm.

How about this? I'll say it's a new trend in quilting. In baby-quilting in particular. Having lines drawn on it like that takes the pressure off the kid and the parents to keep the quilt in pristine condition. That's it! That's what I'm going with if this shit doesn't come out.

I hope you'll back me up on it.

9 comments:

Leslie said...

So, when is the washing machine test? Hopefully the marker will be a distant memory soon...

Cactusneedles said...

Use cold water, I think that's what the directions say. Anyway, follow the directions on the package! Hope all 'comes out' well! (sorry couldn't resist). :)

Ashley said...

I have anxiety hives on your behalf. Hurry up and finish and wash it before I have to bust out an epi-pen.

Carol said...

You can call it "distressed" if it doesn't come out...

tiennie said...

You're too funny! I have faith that the marks will come out.

Felicia said...

Love the quilt and the curves :)

secrethandshake said...

I am so nervous about this!

Genuine_Lye said...

Nice. I like the colors that you choose for your quilt, it's cool. And, come on, they're washable markers! They'll wash out...won't they?

Rani said...

That's the beauty of a hand made quilt. This was not done by a factory machine in China. It's a labor of love and labor can be messy.

If I received this quilt, it wouldn't bother me a bit. The quilt is too beautiful for me to even notice that.