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Thread: HELP PLEASE!! Alternative to Pounce Chalk

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    Senior Member cmw0829's Avatar
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    HELP PLEASE!! Alternative to Pounce Chalk

    I finally chose a pattern for the borders of a quilt and now need to mark it and start quilting tonight and find myself unprepared. My LQS is closed today and my two other alternatives don't have the Pounce pad in stock.

    Can I use something else in place of the chalk? Baby powder perhaps?

    Thanks in advance,
    Cathy

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    eleanor burns has said that you can slightly dampen your fabric and use baby powder. i think they used a disposable foan brush to apply it. hope this helps
    Nancy in western NY

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    One of the gals on another board uses cinnamon. I read that you can also use cornstarch.
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    You guys are lifesavers! Thanks so much.

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    Cornstarch is a real bug magnet so, if you use that, make very sure you can get it all out...even what's under the stitches (not even thinking about what may be punched into the batting). Baby powder sounds like a much better idea, or talcum powder.
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    The baby powder made with talc is supposedly harmful if you inhale it. And the other type of baby powder is made of corn starch, so you're back to the possibility of bugs. I wonder what's in the pounce?

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    And I have discovered Press 'n Seal Plastic Wrap and colored Sharpie markers. You trace your design on the plastic with a sharpie, press it by hand (keep the iron away from plastic) onto the quilt sandwich, and proceed quilting. I use a well ventilated area when tracing the design to the plastic.

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    I've used the Press n' Seal plastic wrap also. I FMQ my first quilt using this. It peeled off easily after stitching. Please let us know what you used and how it works.

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    At a class recently, the instructor said we could use the cheap chalk, she said the 19 cent box not the 99 cent box. grind it up with a mortar and pestal. I think the 99 cent box is called dustless, and you want the dust. She said to go to the dollar store. Then use a powder puff to apply.
    Jean in MI

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    Although I've never done it, I've read that if your working on light colored fabrics you can use cinnamon- anyone every try this?

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