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Thread: My Chalk Won't Come Out Of The Quilt!

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    I tried my hand at stenciling in quilting designs into my new quilt and used this rolling chalk that I found at Joann's. It brushed off of the fabric scraps fine. But when I went to brush it off of the quilt after I'd quilted, it didn't come off of two of the fabrics. At first I thought it was trapped beneath the monofilament thread I'd used but it's on either side of the thread. So, I got a wet washcloth and tried to wipe it off since that's worked for friends. It didn't work for me. :cry: I've tried putting it in the washer on a rinse cycle, twice. Then I tried laundering it with soap and even another time with Shout! Nothing is taking it out. One of the fabrics it's on is a tan and the chalk is yellow so it blends all right but the other fabric is a dark purple! Any thoughts or ideas to help out?

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    try dawn dishsoap....
    I would try it on a scrap of purple first to make sure it doesn't remove the color....
    I have found that I can get stains out with Dawn that nothing else will

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    I have no idea..but wondering what kind of chalk it was so none of us will ever use it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I have no idea..but wondering what kind of chalk it was so none of us will ever use it!
    I believe it was Dritz brand. It comes in a little tube of powdered yellow chalk and rolls out onto the quilt like you're writing with a pencil. But, I've used it on a few other quilts this week (it's been a quilting marathon week) and it brushed off of them all without a problem. My LQS suggested that perhaps these two fabrics have a different finish than the other fabrics. :?

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    ackk wont never use that brand of chalk. Can not ever take a chance with others quilt tops.

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    another case of pre-washing and testing was needed.
    i know the whole pre-wash/don't prewash topic is on-going and futile; but there are times when you should ALWAYS pre-wash. and one of those times is ...
    when ever you plan to use an (additive)
    if you plan on marking, fusing, starching, dyeing, painting ect, ect...you should pre-wash your fabrics that way what ever technique you are using is not going to be adversely affected by any chemicals or oils in the fabric. and you should always test any (marking-tool) on each fabric being used, if you use 50 different fabrics in a quilt but only check your chalk on 2 of them you have no idea if it is going to come out of the other 48. some of the dyes in chalk are harder to remove than others and when they (react) with the chemicals in the fabrics you never know what is going to happen

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    how about a " TIDE" stain out pen??? I've used it to get old set in chili stains out of a white table cloth

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    I just ordered chalk form Joanns yesterday since it was free shipping. I better check the brand.
    Sorry you are having this problem. Did you try Arm and Hammer Washing soda or 20 Mule Team Borox? Those get even the dirtiest diapers clean maybe it will remove the chalk.

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    I made a tablerunner for my sister for christmas. Almost done and iron spewed rusty brown on the light green/pink block. I made a paste with powered oxy - came out great.
    It did it again all over the block when I was doing my final pressing. This time alot worse. It took 3 applications, but it all came off. I just rubbed it on with washcloth.

    Hope one these ideas gets it out for you :D

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    I wonder if the chalk you bought was heat-settable and it got set when (if) you ironed the seams? Do you still have the original packaging to check?

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