I have had a few questions about How I mark a grid on quilts. Here is How I do it. Let me say first that the way I do it does not have to be the way you do it….there are as many different ways to do things as there are quilters.
For a whole cloth quilt I find it easier to mark the entire top with a grid and then do the feathers etc. You can use the grid to help you layout the motifs.
The first step is to find the center of the top. Fold it in half and press then fold the opposite direction and press. Now you have a pressed x mark in the center.
I like the grid to be on the diagonal so I use a square ruler to mark the diagonals
Once the marks are on the corners you can draw in the lines
So you can see it in the picture I used a blue wash-away marker. I normally use a mechanical pencil with HB lead and press lightly…it makes a faint mark and washes out but does not rub off like chalk while I am quilting.
I use a yardstick to mark the lines. The yard stick is 1″ wide so it is perfect…no measuring, just line it up and draw lines.
I get the entire top marked and then hand quilted.
Then I go back and mark again to make the grid smaller.
It depends on how small you want the grid. I divide the grid in 1/2, marking the center of each square
then connect the marks
for the quilt I am working on I divide those again
I do the dividing by eye…since the quilt is already been quilted it might be stretched and no longer as accurate so it drives me crazy to try to measure and see that it is not perfect. If I just eyeball the center and then use the ruler to connect the dots I don’t need to know if it is off.
One thing I realized today is that the grid I am doing now is 3/8″. I had the first “big” grid marked at 1 1/2″ inches. 3/8 is still pretty small and I could easily have done it much larger and still had a very pretty quilt, but sometimes I just need to get crazy!
So that is how I mark a grid. Hope that helps