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Thread: Have you used Pounce and stencils to mark your quilt??

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    Have you used Pounce and stencils to mark your quilt??

    I am preparing to machine quilt a quilt, finally finished piecing the crazy thing. It has a lot of black in it, so I am wondering if the Pounce method would work well for marking my quilt. I usually use either disappearing pen or washable. Don't think they will show up on the black at all.

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    I use it at times but I found for me it is better to mark small areas at a time as the chalk seems to wear off as I manipulate the quilt under the machine. It does show up well on black.
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    I have wondered the same thing. I've thought about using it but haven't so far. I tried using the "press and seal" wrap but it kept causing my thread to break. I ended up tracing the stencil onto some really old stationary and quilted that way. The paper was so old, it tore off real easy.

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    Someone said to spray lightly on the quilt with water (mist) and then use the pounce. Also, make sure you swipe across and don't just pound it up and down.

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    I have used it several times and as said, do small areas at a time but it worked very well for me. Has helped me to learn to meander and don't need to use it now!

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    I'll have to try dampening the fabric, because it didn't work well for me at all...

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    I use the iron off white pounce whenever my fabric is dark enough to allow it. I mark a section or swath at a time. It is so much faster to mark this way and so much easier to remove than the markers. I have not had a problem with it coming off but do not mark the entire quilt at once.

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    I use and love the white powder. I no longer use the blue since I once couldn't remove all the blue marks.

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    Try using a small foam paint brush to apply the powder instead of pouncing...I am a long armer and it works much better

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    Quote Originally Posted by DianneK View Post
    Try using a small foam paint brush to apply the powder instead of pouncing...I am a long armer and it works much better
    I took a class from Craftsy and she recommended the foam paint brush. Now I use it all the time.

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    There are two kinds of "pounce" type powder. The regular pounce which is chalk. This will come off very easy while quilting and usually needs a bit of airspray to keep it from rubbing off while quilting. The second which I believe is better is the "Miracle Chalk". This is the one that can be removed with steam iron. It stays on longer and will brush off. I use this for machine quilting but as previous posts indicate has to be done a small amount at the time.
    I quilt 50x60" pieces in the Baptist Fan design and will pounce across the width of the quilt. The lines will stay on enouch for me to see it. I then mark the next line. To mark with this you should just rub the pad across the stencil like you would erase the chalk off the blackboard. You don't have to pound the pad.
    The Miracle Chalk only is available in white.

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    When I had this problem I used a piece of chalk I found it was easier to use .but I have just watched a.crafsty quilting video where she uses the pounce powder but puts a little on the template using one of those foam paint brushes. Look very economical and with on very little powder left on top.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    I hate that pounce and powder. What a waste of money!

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    Wish I were brave and confident to just meander. Think I need something to follow.

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    I also heard that if you lightly dampen the top with water from a spray bottle the chalk will stay better and still removes with steam. That is if your using that special chalk. I would do a small test to see if it works.

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