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Thread: Easy, Cheap, Removable Marking

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    After reading the posts on cost of marking pens and chalk marks not coming out of the fabric, I got to thinking about teachers. They use chalk everyday, invariably wipe off their hands on their clothes, and that chalk washes out.

    On my current piece - I'm at the hand quilting stage - I marked the motif I wanted to use with white, 99 cents a box chalkboard chalk on the dark blue and red fabric. Quilted, and to my delight (and relief) the marks came right off. Used both methods - dusting it off and also water wiping it off.

    Worked like a charm! And I have plenty left for drawing on the sidewalk!

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    Smart thinking Nina!! Did you have a problem keeping a sharp edge to draw with?

    Thanks for the tip!! Did you try any of the colored chalk on light fabrics?

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    No problem with sharp tip - used a crayon sharpener. Used one with a piece on it that catches the shavings - am going to try to put them in flannel and try pouncing to get the pattern once I collect enough. I use that method with baby powder on my ceramics.

    Didn't try colored chalks - figured the dye might leave a permanent mark. I've got some my grandkids use on the driveway. Will try on a scrap and let you know. Hopefully tonight.

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    I'll wait right here... :lol:

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    Well, the pink and green came out. Didn't try the blue.

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    Thanks Nina!

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    Haven't tried this myself but a quilting friend swears by the new chalk markers by Fons and Porter. She says the lines stay in place until you want to remove them. I plan to get same but haven't seen them advertised or in the shops. Anyone else out there who has tried these markers? Suzanne

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    I haven't tried them either, will be at JoAnn's tomorrow, so will see if they have them there, and if so, use my 50% off coupon, since all the fabric types I like will already be on sale. They had all the quilting notions at 50% off not long ago, but they always exclude Fons and Porter, that's when I whip out my coupons, unless the fabric isn't on sale that I want, but I can use 3 coupons, as long as they are from a different source (e-mail, newspaper,mailer) they filled me in on this at one of the other stores not so close to me, that I can buy 3 different cuts of fabric, using 3 different coupons

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    I've just started using a new (to me) chalk marker by Dritz and I think I'm going to like it a lot. A friend of mine at my small guild swears by them. The package contains several white, and a variety of other colors for marking light fabrics. The chalks are thin, and are placed in a pen-like holder for marking. It has a little pencil sharpener too. So far I've only used the white, and I like how it marks and comes off fairy easily. I found it at a JoAnn's while I was in Little Rock for the Quilt Congress. Wish we had a JoAnn's close by!

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    I feel soooo silly. I tried usung chalk for chalk board. The only thing, I could not get a thin line, WELL HELLO- never thought of using a pencil sharpner :roll:

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    don't feel lonely Chunkymama, I didn't think of it either, ( I'm chunky too) LOL

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    Thank you for the tips on using regular chalk, I like being able to save money on notions so that I have more money left for fabrics and thread :D

    I seen on a tv show that instead of using the pouncers, this quilter had the loose chalk powder in a rubber maid container and used a foam brush. She just dabbed a very small amount on the brush and lightly brushed it on her stencils, a little really went a long way. This method also kept the chalk dust down to a minimum, she showed how pouncing made the dust fly all over the quilt and surrounding surfaces, but little went anywhere other than the stencil using the brush. I have been trying to figure out the easiest (and not so messy) way to make chalk dust out of regular chalk, now. :D

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    try the zest side of your grater. the chalk in those pouncer is a little pricey but it stays put untill you iron it off, it doesn't rub off (too much) from handling

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    ewwww doesn't sharpening the chalk give you hideous chills?? sounds like a great idea, but i'm afraid i'd have to bribe the girls to sharpen it for me in the other room! LOL

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    Except, by the time they got done, you'd probably have a pretty little pile of chalk dust jbs! :lol:

    Doesn't bother me to sharpen chalk, but I never liked writing on a blackboard. ~~~~s~h~i~v~e~r~~~~ :mrgreen:

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    I bought the Fons and Porter chalk marker, works fine for straight lines but not well for curves. I have the pounce and like it very much. I did learn that you can use corn starch in the pounce when you run out of chalk. Cheaper.

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    Cinnamon works well in a pounce bag as well, I also save soap that gets worn down to very thin and it works great on dark fabrics as well. When it looses it's edge I just keep turning till edge is gone and get me another thin piece, when there is no edge left. I make sure I clean my machine out well after using cinnamon , and the smell is an added bonus, for me anyway.

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    all good suggestions. I just bought the ones from Fons and Porter, but haven't tried them out yet.

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    Hi!> I have a set of these chalk markers. Bought them at a JoAnn's in New Jersey

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    Got mine at JoAnns too, took advantage of the 50% off coupons I had, the fabric was already on sale.

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