I can't remember if I've ever marked an entire quilt before basting it together and in readiness for the quilting phase. Usually, I have some kind of idea of what I want to do, then I wait until the quilt is sandwiched before I do some marking on it. This was how I learned when I was hand quilting. When I started machine quilting on my domestic machine, I sometimes drew a pattern on thin paper and quilted right through the paper. This time, though, I decided that I would mark the entire top with water soluble blue pen before the quilt got basted together. I knew intuitively that it would be easier to mark while it was still only a top, and that I could use my light box to trace the intricate designs.
I played around a little bit with different quilting ideas. I liked the feathered wreath for the center blocks the best. And I liked that each hexie wheel could be slightly different.
I drew the feathered wreath onto freezer paper and traced it onto the quilt top.
Then I got out my drafting tools and spent a week drawing in different designs. This was really fun. And even more fun while I was catching up on all my podcasts. Too bad I didn't have an audio book!
I wonder how you mark your quilts? Do you, or would you, spend a fair amount of time marking your quilt top ahead of time?