Quilter's Preview Paper

See Your Quilting Design Before Quilting Your Quilt


Quilting makes the quilt!

  • How do you know what quilting motif or design to use? PREVEW or AUDITION your design first with Quilter's Preview Paper.

Why use Quilter's Preview Paper instead of other clear films?

  • Clear films are so clear, you can't see the edges. We wrote on our quilt tops not once, but twice with permament marker because we were using clear paper.
  • Quilter's Preview Paper is printed with a line on the edge to define the edges so you'll know the boundaries of your drawing surface.


Instructions For Use

How to USE and RE-USE Quilter's Preview Paper

AUDITION Quilting Designs

Make a STENCIL to MARK Your Quilt

Make a TEMPLATE for APPLIQUÉ Placement


How to USE and RE-USE Quilter's Preview Paper

Draw on Quilter's Preview Paper using ultra fine point or fine point permanent markers.  Use a light touch when drawing. We do not recommend washable markers or dry-erase markers.

To re-use Quilter's Preview Paper, use rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth to remove permanent marker. You can also use wet-erase (overhead projector) markers to draw on Quilter's Preview Paper which can be removed with water. We strongly recommend taking the paper to a flat surface, away from your quilt, before removing either permanent or wet-erase marker.  

Mark on only one side of Quilter's Preview Paper to avoid ink transferring to project.


AUDITION Quilting Designs

  • Lay Quilter's Preview Paper on project or design to be traced.
  • Trace or freehand design.
  • Advance paper to draw another design (view multiple designs prior to choosing final). Use Quilter's Preview Paper to determine placement of quilting design and to see where thread will lay on your project.
  • Choose final design.

  Here's an example of several quilting designs for one block:

Design 1 - Traced Quilting Stencil

What we like: The heart motif and triple loops are nice elements and fit the piecing of the block. The design isn't large enough but could be echoed between the design and the block edges to fill up the space.

What we don't like: Look at the line from the heart to the triple loops. See that the line crosses from dark to light to dark to light fabric. What happens if you use white thread? The design lines in the white fabric will disappear and the lines in the dark fabrics will scream, leaving an awkward looking quilting design. The opposite happens if dark thread is used. If this design were used, monofilament thread would be the really the only choice.


Design 2 - Traced Quilting Pattern

What we like: We loved the design on paper.

What we don't like: This design competes with our patchwork and does nothing to complement it. Even if we enlarged it, it has the same thread color issues as Design 1.

Make a STENCIL to MARK Your Quilt

    1. Trace design onto Quilter's Preview Paper using permanent marker.


    1. Cut Quilter's Preview Paper about 2" larger on all sides of design.


    1. To perforate, free motion machine stitch along the design with large unthreaded needle (size 90 recommended). Clean or change your needle before it using on fabric.


    1. Place perforated Quilter's Preview Paper on project.


  1. Mark using chalk pounce or cotton batting dipped in loose chalk. Work chalk into perforations by rubbing pounce or batting over the perforations. Marking works best when project and paper are on a flat, hard surface.

HELPFUL HINTS:*Because of variations in temperature, humidity, markers, and other factors, Quilters Touch recommends testing all markers used in this process. Mark on scrap fabric first.

*We highly recommend using the Miracle Pounce Pad filled with Miracle Chalk. If using blue chalk as shown in the picture, use a lint brush to remove excess chalk from fabric.




Make a TEMPLATE for APPLIQUÉ Placement

    • Trace appliqué design onto Quilter's Preview Paper.

  • Place appliqué onto background fabric piece by piece, checking for accurate placement by laying Quilter's Preview Paper over your appliqué. Adjust appliqué as needed.

     Do not iron Quilter's Preview Paper!


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