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Thread: heat set crayons on quilts

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    Senior Member DebJ's Avatar
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    Has anyone used any of these heat set crayons? I bought some but THEN I read the packaging only to find out they are supposed to be used on synthetic or synthetic blend fabrics. :( Then futher down says you can create your own designs on: names several things including quilts. :? So I thought I would ask to see if anyone has tried the on the 100% cotton and if so how did it work? :?:

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    Hi, I have done a couple of quilts using crayons, one with my children and my niece and nephew for my mother's 65th birthday, and one I made with my DD's grade 7 class for an auction.

    I cannot remember if I used a synthetic, a synthetic blend, or just regular cotton. But I do know I experimented first, so that is what I would suggest. Play with the crayons on a piece of fabric that you want to use them on.


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    We used them on white cotton t-shirts and they did just fine. The color faded a little with the first washing but then I started washing them in cold water and hanging them to dry and they've lasted for quite awhile now.

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    Nothing to ask about heat setting crayons but sure would like to know the name of the quilt/block pattern for the quilt displayed on your replies. I've been looking for the pattern for sometime with no luck because it's difficult ask anyone without the name. Thanks for any help you can send my way.
    Keep those needles rocking! DottieK [email protected]

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    here's one version. i'm still looking for the other one i saw somewhere.

    http://mccallsquilting.com/qb/pattern_899_1/

    there's another similar patter at freepatterns.com. it's called Frannie's Flowers

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    Hi, I just sent you a PM, it's called the Quadrille Twister, if you can't find the pattern PM me again, and I'll try and hook you up.

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    Hi Deb, I made a heat sealed crayon quilt for my GD when she was three.. I heat set the colors with an iron per instructions. She's now a senior in college and still has the quilt. It has been washed to death and the colors are faded to a pale pastel but still visible. I used a cotton-poly fabric.

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    A friend of mine did one with my class when my mom died about 10 years ago. The blocks are cotton. It has faded some, more from being hung on my classroom wall for 9 years than from washing. She outlined their drawings with some kind of black ink that helped their designs be a little more defined. It is one of my greatest treasures!

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    I'd love to see a photo of your quilt. would you consider posting it?
    Deb :mrgreen:

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    She is in Tallahassee and I'm in Orlando so don't get to see her very often. The quilt I did was of s series of stick figures like a child would draw. Wish I had a picture too. I am now taking pics of all my work for posterity. :lol:

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    Can you use plain old crayons? seems myMIL's quilt pals did with designs from their kids color books.?

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    Yes you can use Crayola Crayons........... they work very well.
    Make sue the fabric you are using has been washed...... and color what ever you are doing a little darker then desired color as when you heat set it the color will be lighter.
    I have had very good luck with the crayon quilting.
    Scrap Quilter

    Will be watching for your quilt..............

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    I've got 10 year old sweatshirts from when my Girl Scout troop used heat set crayons. They've been washed many times. We have napkins for every holiday the kids designed with those crayons. They've also been washed many time. We've got socks, bandanas, hankies, head bands......


    Ummmm, yeah, well you see, my daughter went through this stage where she wanted to use those crayons to put designs on EVERYTHING!!! They really do hold up pretty well.


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    Never done this, but saw it at a show last month. The lady said to use only Crayola Crayons and her items were all done on cotton. She said the items have to be heat set after coloring, but her work was extrordinarily(sp) good.

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    you can also put difrent things under what your coloring an get diffrent textures for your coloring quilts.like adia cloth,an plastic canvas,I even have a box of texture things for scrap booking I would use when I get
    to do one.

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    You can use oil/wax/chalk pastels, colored pencils, get pens, Sharpies, crayons, paint, anything that will mark fabric will work. To keep colors from running into each other apply fabric medium first. Next time you are in a store with great art supplies look at what is available these days. I found fabric color blending markers at Hobby Lobby.

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    You can use the paint they have at Walmart they have a textile medium in the smaller bottles that you can mix with the paint an make your paints for fabric out of acrylic paints.An it works great>when I get this camora
    charged i'll take picture of what i've done an show you.You can use coloring books to get pictures out of or get books that have iron ons in them an paint them in.I happen to have gotten three from my oldest sister an am doing pictures out of them.

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    Good luck coloring. Looks like you had alot of great responses.
    I've done a few coloring projects. I posted a couple of Roosters I did a month ago or so if you would like to see that I'll re-post it.
    1 tip though. If you warm your fabric with your iron first just set the iron on for a second the crayon will glide on easier so you don't have to press at all. I found that out after doing my Roosters. I wish I had found that out sooner it sure helps. I'm now doing a B.O.M. using crayons.
    Have fun. Would love to see your quilt

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    I made a stick figure quilt for my GD when she was five. She's now 23 and still has the quilt. Yes, it's faded but it surely was loved.

    I used plain old crayolas. Covered them with a press cloth to heat set and it worked fine. My DIL is Korean and they do believe in clean so that quilt was washed to death.

    I used an off white muslin for the base. I washed the muslin to get any fabric finish out of it.

    Have you tried crayolas over sandpaper. Quite unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    Good luck coloring. Looks like you had alot of great responses.
    I've done a few coloring projects. I posted a couple of Roosters I did a month ago or so if you would like to see that I'll re-post it.
    1 tip though. If you warm your fabric with your iron first just set the iron on for a second the crayon will glide on easier so you don't have to press at all. I found that out after doing my Roosters. I wish I had found that out sooner it sure helps. I'm now doing a B.O.M. using crayons.
    Have fun. Would love to see your quilt
    Thanks for the tip about warming your fabric first. I am just starting my first "crayon quilt ".

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy
    you can also put difrent things under what your coloring an get diffrent textures for your coloring quilts.like adia cloth,an plastic canvas,I even have a box of texture things for scrap booking I would use when I get
    to do one.
    Cool idea! ;)

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    Im getting ready to do a crayon colored quilt too, Good timing on this topic.

    Thanks for the tip on heating the fabric.. Ill try that one for sure

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    Have used crayons on cotton fabric with great results.

    You can even use thinly shaved pieces of Crayola and then heat set them. It gives a neat effect.

    Remember to use Crayola as the cheaper brands just don't do as well. For the pennies Crayola costs, it is well worth it.

    ali

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    My DGD is a kindergarten teacher. She had all the kiddos color a block. The art teacher is retiring on Thur. She picked up the quilt yesterday. She helped me put it together and we had a great day doing it. She said "hey gram, this is fun". Maybe I will get a quilting partner yet... Here is a photo of her and the quilt. She had 88 blocks when she had all of them done. These were colored by 5 yr olds.
    This was done on 100% cotton.

    Nikee's crayola color quilt
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    I have taught this class...

    first wash some regular muslin to remove oils, dirt finishes, etc..
    the iron onto freezer paper...
    use only real crayolo crayons...trace your design onto the muslin using a sharp #2 pencil, or a micron pen if you want the black to show...like a stained glass, etc.

    color lightly building up color as you go..you can even shade if you like...mixing colors, etc...

    the place a thick white paper towel over the crayon and press...not too hot, but hot...let cool and color again...
    you do this until you achieve the look you want..
    I just love it..great for holiday stuff...

    you can get millions of designs at color book pages online..FREE

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