Monday, August 14, 2017

Quilting with pounce in circles

Working on another UFO.  Yeah! to work on more projects toward completion. 
These are 2 baby quilts about 36 inches square.

Love the bright colors and the piecing was so much fun... but that was last year. 

So I needed to quilt it.  And have had this spiral quilt stencil for a while. I thought it would be a good design for this quilt.

Then I wanted to try the Pounce that has been sitting in a drawer.  I checked websites and used instructions as suggested: You don't "Pounce" it.  You tap the applicator and then rub the applicator  across the fabric.  Yes it worked quite well.  I even have a blue chalk and 2nd applicator for light fabrics.(purchased at 75 % off.)

And here it is: 
Now for my advice:  I did first apply it on the fabric prior to layering it.  It worked fine. 
But it also works after layered and even on top or around my pins. It generally is easy to see, just not on my bright yellow. 

My only problems were more about following a spiral design using my domestic sewing machine. The center design was easy to manipulate and follow. But as it grew in size, I found it harder to evenly coordinate my quilt to follow the spiral. Part of that is due to the issue of  a blind spot behind the needle. And you really need careful and EVEN feed through the machine.   Part of it was due to not being able to see the Pounce design and judge the 1/2 inch lines. 

I unsewed: aka ripped out quite a bit.   I also re-stenciled the design as needed to complete. The large size of the spirals were just to unwieldy for me personally. I opted for smaller ones and had to add additional spirals to complete the top. 

 But all in all: I like the pounce.  ( Your hands get a little tacky from the corn starch/ powdery stuff.  I would use it as needed versus marking the entire quilt first.

Here is the mostly quilted top.  I think I will add a little in the open spaces.

My family went to the State Fair.  And I of course, went to see the quilts to get ideas. Several ribbon winners were from my guild. 

But here was a wall outside the cow barn that just spoke, "Quilting idea!"

Linking up with Small quilts and Doll quilts
 and Monday Making and Main Crush Mondays.


  1. Great quilt Deb. I wonder if you shouldn't add something different in those spaces. Like pebble quilting.

    1. Oh, my gosh! They are a wonderful addition and take up the space so well.

  2. What a fun bright quilt. I never could get my pounce pad to work correctly, so I just use a foam brush.

  3. Hi Debbie,
    What a pretty, colorful quilt! I'm glad you found the time or motivation to quilt it because it is a shame it hasn't been used - I really love it. I have done the spiral quilting using just the edge of my walking foot as a guide. Once you get beyond the really small center circle, the quilting goes much faster. You did a really nice job quilting this! ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Great baby quilt. I'm glad you were able to use your pounce tool. I've tried and tried and have never been successful. I like Vicki's idea of using a foam brush, though.