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Thread: Marking your quilts

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    Super Member Gail B's Avatar
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    Unhappy Marking your quilts

    What do you use for marking quilting lines on your quilt? I have Frixion Pens & tried them today for the first time. Thankfully I marked on scrap fabric. I cannot get the lines to disappear. The instructions say it comes off with friction but it does not work for me.

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    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
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    I use white soap slivers to mark dark fabrics. Haven't found anything I really like for light fabrics.

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    Super Member Pickles's Avatar
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    I use the Crayola colored washable felt tiped pens and have never had any problems with it washing out.
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    artists washable crayons for me easy to use and come of with a damp cloth or by washing

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    Iron your scraps; the lines should come out. It is actually the heat that removes the lines.
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    Senior Member stillclock's Avatar
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    i use hb pencils and pray it comes out. so far, so good, but i am nervous about the one i am currently hand quilting.

    i have tried so many things. the pens fade, and the chemicals make me a little nervous. plus, if your design is intricate they can get a bit pricey. they don't go very far....

    i quilt in a hoop, so chalk, soapstone and even soap wear off. and i'm not a great quilter yet, so i need a line to follow. giving myself the vague idea of where to go just looks like i had a vague idea of where i was going....

    not my favorite part of quilting, the marking....

    Last edited by stillclock; 10-03-2012 at 08:45 PM.

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    Super Member busy fingers's Avatar
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    I use Frixon pens all the time and the lines just disappear when I put a hot iron on them. I have a pink and blue pen and used them on both light and dark fabric.

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    I like the chalk wheels in the pen, also the Ultimate Quilt Pounce white powder, if using a stencil. Had a problem with the blue Ultimate powder coming out once, so now it's white or blacklight (also white) powder only for me. Roxanne's silver and white pencils are great, too.

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    Super Member 117becca's Avatar
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    The frixion is my favorite - as others have said - use a hot iron on them. People have said that on dark fabrics the lines turn white. They also say that washing it will cause the white line to go away - I have never gotten around to testing that by washing it. Someday....I like it best because if I start marking and change my mind or realize that my vision isn't going to work - a quick swipe w/ a hot iron allows me to start over.

    People complain about the frixion coming back when quilts are put in freezer - but I won't have my quilts in really cold places. But when i wash the quilt when I'm finished - the pen comes out anyway...

    My 2nd favorite is the Fons and Porter pencil. I like the white lead to mark on the black fabrics...

    As w/ anything used - always test it first.
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    i'm with Prism99, i use soap slivers to mark the fabric. my soap is beige, so it shows up on white also. i only mark small areas at a time.
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