Painter's Tape as a Quilter's Tool

 I know folks have mentioned using painter's tape for marking straight lines on quilts, but below is my favorite way to use it. The adhesive grabs those threads off my not so smooth hands and keeps them tidy until I can throw them away.

Right now I am working on a customer quilt, ever so slowly but steadily, and I needed to mark some circles. I hate to risk marking anything on a customer quilt, especially on black wool. Painter's tape saves the day!

marking circles with tape for free motion quilting

I'm using my ruler to do a line of quilting 1/4 inch in from the straight side, then freehanding the 1/4 inch line around the curves with a nice looped circle. It's looking great! Don't ask me to get a picture of that black thread on the black wool, because it just isn't happening. I tried!

I'm linking up with Connie's Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River. Go visit the party where she's also featuring Leslie from MarveLes Art Studios. Leslie is one of my favorite quilty people and a mentor though we've never met in real life.

Got any great tips for using painter's tape?


  1. You are the clever one!!! Painter's tape has so many uses and you've just add some more uses! Way to go!!!! Hugs.......

  2. Beautiful work and a great idea with the painters tape! I use a vintage Singer and painters tape to mark my 1/4 inch seam. Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  3. I could have used round stickers but I didn't have any, so I used what I did have.