The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilt Marking Tips

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Quilt Marking Tips

Super quick post today to let you know about the next step of the Prism Path baby quilt along. Learn how to mark the quilt top with straight lines and Matrix so the quilting process will be super easy from start to finish!

Click Here to find the tutorial.

Just in case you ever worry about it, no, marking your quilt top is NOT cheating. I actually find marking essential to take the guess-work out of what designs I'm going to quilt and how they will work on the quilt.

I've also found that marking the design makes it flow a lot faster. Instead of having to guess which design to quilt next or guess which direction I'm quilting, the marked lines are the perfect guide. The less I stop to think and brood about the design means more time quilting!

Do you like marking designs on your quilts? Or do you prefer to quilt everything free hand (without marks)? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. I’m seeing the benefits of marking on wide open spaces and am gathering my marking tools for that purpose!

  2. i'm pretty much "self taught", [meaning i have learned from all of you wonderful people who share your talent on the internet!!!], and the first few teachers hate marking so i a assumed i also would. then i watched judy madson who marks everything and thought, well i could try that and i love it!!!! not for each and every stitch, but as one more trick in my bag, great. it allows me to be much more exact which i want.


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