Saturday, July 22, 2017

Victoria's Tumbling Blocks Quilt Top

About 3 ½ years ago, Victoria started making a Tumbling Blocks quilt.  It was pink and green, and she planned to give it to her sister Lydia if her new baby was a girl.  But Lydia had the audacity to have a boy -- and the Tumbling Blocks quilt project stalled.

Well, Kurt and Victoria are now expecting a baby girl, and I, disliking half-finished projects, am finishing the quilt for their baby.

Problem:  the block tops were cut from the same fabric as the background, and thus blended in and foiled the effect of the blocks.  Letraset Promarkers to the rescue!  I first painted Bubble Jet Set 2000 onto the patches I planned to dye, let it dry, then used a light pink Promarker on them.  

It's ready to load on my frame for quilting now.

Here are before and after pictures:


  1. Very nice job on the 'save'. It made all the difference in the world!

  2. Thank you, Donna and Susie Rose! 😊

  3. Wow! What a difference! Will the Promarker wash out! Or does the Bubble Jet set it?

  4. I did several samples on scraps, and then tried to wash out the dye: Promarkers alone, Promarkers heat set, Promarkers on Bubble Jet, Promarkers on Bubble Jet heat set. Promarkers are pretty much a permanent dye, but I managed to get some of the pale yellow color out of the fabric when I didn't use the Bubble Jet Set. *With* Bubble Jet Set, however, it didn't even look like it faded, though I used plenty of detergent and scrubbed and rinsed it good and proper.

  5. Wow! What a difference a bit of color makes to the look. Victoria is going to be so surprised.