Thank you to Caron for allowing me to post on the hand quilting blog. I always enjoy reading the postings here and wanted to contribute to the blog and be part of this wonderful group of hand quilters.
My friend Pat always uses 1/4" marking tape to quilt her grid lines against.
In the past I have probably tried all the tools and marking devices that you have tried. On this large quilt I used pencil to mark the bows on the peach coloured border, and soap slivers to mark the bars/lines in the outside border. I enjoyed the "aromatherapy" of the soap, but found the lines quite wide, which wouldn't work for closely spaced lines.
I have also used the Hera marker, which I loved for working on white fabric because there were no lines to worry about removing (but I had to quilt under really good light).
But as I finish each hand quilted project I find myself starting to dread the marking of the next one.
I have experimented with the technique called "no marking" or "eyeballing it"!
I want to call it "organic" quilting design, but don't know if it really is?
I don't want to have to mark or trace any lines, or do any planning for the quilting. Am I just lazy? Maybe! But it has been soooo much fun!
The current project in my hoop is called Journey of a Quilter (pattern by Leanne Beasley) and I decided not to mark one single quilting line on it. All the quilting is intuitive, "loosey goosey" and "eye-balled".
And I love it!
I would encourage quilters to try this method of quilting lines. It allows for more relaxation and enjoyment on the quilting journey!