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Thread: Marking your quilts

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    Senior Member Gail B's Avatar
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    Thanks for all of your comments. I ironed the Frixion & it came out. It doesn't say that on the instructions. It just says friction removes it. I'm also going to try the soap slivers.

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    I bought a pkg of pencils where you push the top to bring down more lead. When I wash the quilt, I just spray it lightly with Spray n Wash. Hasn't failed yet. I'm tired of buying all the fancy tools for quilting. Would rather spend my money on more fabric!
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    I like the dissappearing ink pens.
    Of course you do have to do the quilting before the ink dissappears.
    I also like the purple wash out pens.

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    I, too, use a plain old mechanical pencil with #2 lead on light fabrics. I have been using the Bohin white mechanical pencil on light fabrics and really like it alot. No issues with either of these washing out. I hand quilt - usually in a hoop - and generally mark as I go. The #2 pencil doesn't rub off or disappear but the white definitely does if rubbed with fabric or hands. Glad you got the marks to come out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I, too, use a plain old mechanical pencil with #2 lead on light fabrics. I have been using the Bohin white mechanical pencil on light fabrics and really like it alot. No issues with either of these washing out. I hand quilt - usually in a hoop - and generally mark as I go. The #2 pencil doesn't rub off or disappear but the white definitely does if rubbed with fabric or hands. Glad you got the marks to come out.
    ditto, i use a mechanical pencil too. no problems yet with it not washing out. i hand quilt in a hoop. it does get a little hard to see it on dark fabrics, but it still works. when the quilt is done, it gets thrown in the washer, and it all comes out.

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    I have used chalk, but it doen't remove easily for me, also have tried the colored pencils, don't like them, can not get rid of the lines afterwards. I like to use the Dritz dual purpose mark8ing pen, blue on one end and purple on the other end. They also come in just the one colors for the total pen, all blue or all purple. The blue must be washed out with a damp cloth sometimes more than once and sometimes that goes through to the backing, so check that. The purple dries in the air, and don't mark all of your quilt at once, because the air will dry the pen color out before you complete your project. I haven't tried this yet, but plan to on my next quilt using an eraser pink large one like students use or the eraser on a pencil. This should mark things and would be easily brushed off. I don't know if this will work or not, but definitely plan to give it a try. Good luck!!

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    I use regular writing pencils if I can't get my quilting pencils to work...I figure, if it rinses outta clothes, it should rinse out of my quilt. If not, try shout stain remover.
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    I am of the old mechanical pencils school. In a class I took a long time ago, that's what the teacher advised us to use. At the time, I thought it was a strange thing to have on the supply list. She's a past winner at Paducah, so I figured she must know what she's talking about. I've never had any trouble with the markings coming out. The lead is so thin, it gives you a tiny line, and by using the mechanicals, the line doesn't get any wider because your point doesn't get dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
    Iron your scraps; the lines should come out. It is actually the heat that removes the lines.
    I will second that just used them the other day to mark my quilt line. What I like about them the best is that they don't fade in a day or two like the purple and blue do.....just need heat from the iron to remove
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    I have used the frixxion pen in black for quite a few quilted items with no issues on light colored fabrics. But need to find a similar pen that marks in white for dark fabrics.... does anyone know if the frixxion pens comes in white?

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