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Thread: Inexperienced Quilter, But Learning!

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    Inexperienced Quilter, But Learning!

    I recently completed a wall hanging. I want to fill in the "white" space with hand quilting. I am an avid scrapbooker and used chipboard to cut a design I could find in my home rather than going out and purchasing a pre-made plastic template. I need to draw the design. I have read numerous reviews of chalk, so-called disappearing ink, etc. A little scray. I did not wash the fabric before using. I am afraid if I apply water for it to dry away, the fabric dyes may run. What suggestions can you share with me? Thank you. Karen
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    I love your wall hanging! It is darling. Sorry, can't offer advice on marking for quilting.
    Lynda Rae

    "One who makes no mistakes -- never makes anything!" Author Unknown

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    There's a quilting marker that just fades away on its own. I think they're the purple ones. Wal-Mart should have them.

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    you can pick up a fine point (ceramic lead) marking pencil --- i think Fon's & Porter has one out- that has an eraser with it---after marking/quilting you simply erase the marks...i used one on a white whole cloth- used the green lead- it erased away quite easily....now it is my favorite marking tool!
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    My wonderful husband gave me some great marking pens for Christmas. They are called Frixion by Pilot and come in a variety of colors. You can mark your fabric for quilting and then remove the lines by going over the quilt with a warm iron. It's magic! LOL The funny thing is that my husband was at my local quilt shop buying a gift certificate and happened to see these pens next to the register. He had no clue what they did, but knew that I always love quilting gadgets. I had 3 pens in my Christmas stocking! I love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    you can pick up a fine point (ceramic lead) marking pencil --- i think Fon's & Porter has one out- that has an eraser with it---after marking/quilting you simply erase the marks...i used one on a white whole cloth- used the green lead- it erased away quite easily....now it is my favorite marking tool!
    Sewline mechanical pencil. Green, pink, yellow, white, and black ceramic lead refills. Many of our favorite online shops sell them. You could get the refills and use any .9 mechanical pencil. I prefer the real thing as it has some weight to it and is very comfortable to use. Comes with 'special' eraser for erasing the ceramic lead markings. Walmart sells a white pearl eraser that works fast and easy.

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    Thank you so much. I have no clue what I am doing. I get ideas and run(sew) with it. I learn as I go. This is a wonderful place to learn from you the experts. I thought about leaving the empty space...empty. Just feel like I need more hand stitching on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    There's a quilting marker that just fades away on its own. I think they're the purple ones. Wal-Mart should have them.
    The purple ones do not get good reviews on the internet searches. Have you had good luck with them?

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    I love your wallhanging. If you want to quilt straight lines you can lay down painter's tape to quilt along. You can also cut shapes from contact paper for a re-usable quilting motif.

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    I love your design! I'd go with the sew line pencils too.

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