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Thread: Blue fabric marker - help please

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    Blue fabric marker - help please

    Sure could use some input. I just finished hand quilting a lap quilt. Used the wash off blue marker for my quilting lines and never had a problem before. As per the directions on the marker package, I gently rubbed with a wet clean cloth. Most came off without a problem. A couple of areas (on a bright white on white fabric no less) left a brownish/yellow cast. At no time did I apply any heat to it and the markings were on less than one week.

    Only thing I can think of, it before I marked the quilt top, I pressed it using the Bounce Ironing Spray. Do you think this was enough to cause a chemical change? Odd that it isn't reflected through the entire white on white fabric.

    Any suggestions? Should I soak the entire thing? In just plain water? I need to bind it before I do anything involving full submersion though. Thanks for your help.

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    It is possible that it reacted with whatever is in Bounce, but who knows. I would finish the quilt and then wash it. Good luck. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
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    I marked a quilt recently and when I went to wash it off with a cloth, most of it did not come off. It really alarmed me so I thought I'd wash it and it came out perfect. Try washing your lap quilt, hopefully you will have the same results I did. Like you, I did not iron anything on the blue. Have no idea why it did not come off as normally as it did before. Good luck.

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    I have read that vinegar will remove blue marker lines that seem to be permanent. I would try that first on a small area.

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    And I heard that it is water that removes it so no detergent before you get the marks out. I will be interested to see what really works!!

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    To me wiping the blue marks off or spritzing with water is a myth. In either case some of the color is going to penetrate the fabric. Sometime what we think are short cuts are not effective. I always recommend washing to be sure all the color is out from top and what seeped into the batting. This also goes for the felt tip pen that disappears in the air. The color might disappear but the chemical is still in the fabric and might cause cause in the future.
    Yes, I know that many quilters say they have success with wiping or spritzing but I want to be sure all the color and its chemical is out of the quilt.

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    Found this website:
    http://www.dreamweavers-quilts.com/q...ashout-marker/

    Maybe try soaking just a small area in a bowl of cold water first. That would show whether full submersion in water will work.

    Also found this Youtube video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RUskTryETA
    Maybe try an ice cube first?

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    Thank you all. I specifically marked the quilt top before I basted it together so that none of the blue marker could have soaked into the batting. Not to say it couldn't permeate the bat and possibly the backing once water is used to remove the mark. It may remain one of life's little mysteries. Hope to bind it in the next couple of days then wash/soak it. I'll let you know how it turns out. Again, thanks for your help.

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    I just finished quilting a whole cloth quilt made with an old hand embroidered sheet and marked with blue wonder marker. I thought I would be smart and soak it in quilt soak to try and get the yellow spots out at the same time I would get the blue lines out. Ouch! BIG mistake. I now have brownish green feathers and cross hatching. I am very interested in how I can remedy this. I now have recreated 4 sample yucky permanent marks on scrap white fabric. One is soaking in lemon juice, one is soaking in peroxide, one in vinegar, and one in pure rubbing alcohol. If any one has any other suggestions I am all ears. I will turn in my results as soon as I have any. Nothing has happened so far but it has only been a few min.

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    I thought vinegar was sometimes used to set colors. I don't think I'd be brave enough to try it to get color out.

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    There is a recipe for this but its on my pc at home. I do know that when you use the blue marker it is suggested to soak it because the marks or remnants of it will show back up. So at least soak it in cold water, I do mine for at least 15 min. I have used it on starched fabric before without any problems; no heat or starch after the marker though. I'll try and remember to get the recipe. I think it had baking soda in it. Can't remember, it's been a few yrs
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    This has happen to me!! I googled "brown marks on quilt". I got instructions for washing the quilt in a Mixture of white vinegar and water. I have forgotten the exact mix but I think I used at least two gallons to a washer full of water. IT WORKED!, I thought the quilt was ruined so I went for it!! I was amazed. My mistake??? I washed with soap and oxyclean. It caused a chemical reaction with the blue marker. Now I soak in water til marks are gone. Then I wash with soap. No oxyclean. I was saved. Hope you are too!

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    Thanks everyone.

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    Try washing it in Baking Soda, this should nutralize the blue marker on the quilt. There is also a new bottled solution to wash the blue marker out of textiles, it is called Blue Line Remover and understand it is available on the internet.
    OzarksGma

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    I just had same problem with a tablerunner cream print fabric I even did a test on an extra block came out fine on the test but after I did the actual quilting on the runner I didn't come off from the stitching the thread it self I sewd directly on top of the blue line so I don't know.... and it was 100% cotton thread came off the fabric but not the stitches

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