"Quilting it in a simple design (clamshells, baptist fan, etc.) would be best. And, as others suggested, perhaps do it from the back...but personally...I'd want to do it from the front, as I see a couple of places where you may get a tuck…"
"I use zippers on my leaders...saves a ton of time. I find the center of the backing (both ends) and also for the top. I put one pin to hold the top of the backing to the zipper on the takeup bar...and repeat for the one on the belly…"
"I use telephone book pages sometimes. I don't leave it in...I tear it out when the block is done. I've not had a problem. If I am doing paper piecing & have to print the pages...I print using a contrasting ink (blue,…"
"I have customers who send me sheets to use as backing. I don't mind using sheets..I ask them to use a cotton or poly/cotton blend with a lower thread count...nothing fancy...and wash it at least twice to soften the fabric. If I need…"
"I think some of the new "lead" pencils don't actually use lead (it's taboo now days)..
I use them a lot...the cheapo disposable pencils...have used them for years, no problems. I would not use them to mark a whole top…"
"I use a nice 104" wide muslin in both bleached and unbleached. It's one of the staples I keep on hand. It's not as expensive as some of the other brands...but it's not thin, and is of excellent quality. "
"I spent considerable time discussing this with an instructor about the backwards thing. She was teaching using symmetrical blocks and she just couldn't understand that a non-symmetrical block would be backwards.
"I think you must be my 'sister'. I keep thinking if I make some foundation pieces I'll learn to like it. I have a scrappy quilt that I work on when I don't have a project going. I've made several foundation…"
"I also use pencil and graph paper. I once took a class on basic quiltmaking...and it took me from Idea to binding (all by hand)...and it was the most helpful of any class I've ever taken. I've taken a few on technique…"
"I can do a quilt up to 108" on my 10ft frame...but that leaves no room to move the machine to the side for changing bobbins, etc...which is why I was floating my quilts...so I had access to the bobbin."
"Do you have any chalk around? Sharpen it in a pencil sharpener & use it. The silver pencils work on black, as will a white colored pencil (Crayola brand are on sale right now..and contain white). If you have access to Hancock…"