Improvised marking

Sapphire StarToday was Craft Day at our little church. It’s a really nice time where the ladies can all gather together for food and fellowship. We each bring whatever craft we like and sit and work and chat. Ahhh…relax!

I grabbed the Sapphire Star quilt I’ve been hand quilting. It’s been sitting for several months and I really need to start working on it more regularly.

Anyway, I got to church with the quilt, my needles and thread, and my thimble and peacefully began quilting. I’m just doing a simple running stitch 1/4″ away from the seams. Nothing fancy. As I worked near the edges I needed to quilt 1/2″ from the raw edges so I could leave space for the binding. But, I didn’t bring any marking pens or pencils with me. After a brief look around the room, I decided to use a simple plastic spoon and a borrowed ruler to mark my quilting lines.


It worked as easily as the proverbial 1, 2, 3! The creases were so quick and easy to make and so simple to quilt along. And best yet, no marks to remove later! Sometimes the simplest methods are best. Now I just need to keep this quilt by the couch so I can work on it a little every night. I know just where I want to put it when I’m done!

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  1. …wouldn’t have believed it would work until I saw it in person! Necessity IS the mother of invention…..Love it….and it rekindled the idea of hand quilting again for me. Thanks, Maria!