The main field of the MQ6 quilt is done in diagonal cross-hatch, and it looks pretty good. This week I started on the borders. I have some stencils that were inherited from my friend's mother, Shirley. She was a hand quilter, but I'm strictly a machine gal. Some of her stencils can be adapted to machine work, but marking has been a problem.
I've tried pouncing chalk, what a MESS! and it makes me sneeze. I've tried tracing in the stencil grooves with a chalk pencil - it keeps breaking. Tried a washable blue pen, but I have to go over each line three or four times to get it dark enough to see and the borders on this quilt are royal blue. Time to try a new idea.
In a catalog I've seen paper quilting guides. Pre-printed guidelines on paper which you pin on your quilt and then you stitch along the lines. I decided to try printing my own paper guides and see how that works. Since our kids are now all done with school, we seem to have an overabundance of partial packages of filler paper and spiral notebooks that are half empty. The paper isn't as heavy as copier paper, but not as thin as tissue paper which clogs up in my printer.