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Thread: Texas Newbie with a question

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    Hello from central Texas. How do you get chalk lines off muslin fabric?? I've never quilted, but when I saw my first Crayola quilt I decided to start small with a wall hanging. After completing the top, I chose to quilt using straight,cross-hatch stitching since I don't know how to do free-motion yet. I used a chalk marker to draw the stitching lines on the muslin panels that contain the crayoned designs; messed up some of them & have a few double lines, and can't get the mistakes to come out of the fabric. Tried a dry toothbrush, which only faded it a little. Then tried a soft wet cloth & no luck. On advice from a quilter friend, I washed it on gentle cycle with a bit of detergent, which faded but did not remove the chalk lines. Since it's muslin surrounding the design, it's still pretty noticeable. Is there any hope?? Thanks!

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    Sorry, not sure! Just wanted to say Welcome!

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    I think is really depends on what color of chalk was used. White seems to always come out. The color additives in other chalks can stain just like any paint. Always test a scrap of fabric before using. Not every brand of chalk marker is as good as another. When dressmaking, I prefer to use a watercolor pencil to mark things but that is on the inside of the project).

    Did you by any chance iron or use the dryer on the chalk marks? You might have accidently set the color onto your project.

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    I would have suggested a good brushing, but now that it's been washed, I'm not sure. It sounds like it was a chalk for quilting, yes? It should wash out, maybe wash again, not on gentle? Hopefully, more experienced quilters will jump in soon.

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    prehaps if u soak it for a spell ?

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    I talk a piece of scrap fabric as an eraser. Works well for me.

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    If it is not an oil - based chalk, you should be able to remove it with brushing and washing - before you wash or iron it. Dritz fabric stain remover can help and fabric erasers or artist putty erasers are good as well. You dab with a putty eraser, and be careful that it does not have a lot of oil in it. Failing that, using Fuller's Earth can be good. All of these things should be done before you 'set' it with washing and ironing.

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    Hello and welcome from Bluff Dale, TExas SOuth of Ft. Worth. Everyone gave you my suggestions already. Hope you get it out.
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    I don't have any other suggestions either. Sure hope you can get it out.
    Welcome to the board from Michigan!

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    I was given a topper to quilt,once that had blue marks on it from when my friend was going to quilt it herself and changed her mind.(I think what she had done was ironed over it and set it) After I was done quilting it, the marks she had put on would not come off. I asked my mother what she thought. She took it home with her and soaked it in Murphys Oil Soap. She also used Oxy-clean. Don't let the name scare you.It cretainly did me!!I thought for sure it would leave a greasy or oily something on it. It didn't But after many times of using a small brush and scrubbing it, the blue did come out. Much to my friends happiness.
    I have one that I used yellow chalk on white fabric,(I don't use yellow anymore & have never used the blue pen for this reason) to mark the design and it won't come out but am going to try the Murphy's Oil Soap. I hope this helps you too.

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