I keep seeing the question: "What is your favorite quilt making tool?" Over the years, I think I've tried them all; chalk pencils, chalk wheels, ceramic pencils, Frixion pens, Pounce pads, purple air erase pens, & blue water erase pens all clutter a drawer in my sewing room.
I never really found a marking system that would work for me or that I really liked. To that end, I decided that the majority of my quilting would probably be free motion. But I still need a reference point now and then.
This quilt has butted borders but I wanted to give the illusion of mitered corners. I needed a reference point so I drew it on with good old fashioned soap. I love using soap slivers because they wash out with no trace.
On this quilt, I wanted motifs and motifs need to be marked. So out came the soap slivers. The motif doesn't have to be finely drawn -- just enough to follow.
Now, to quilt it.