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Thread: HELP!!!!!!!! Marking Removal on Quilt Issue!!!

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    Super Member Quilting Aggi's Avatar
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    Hi everyone!!! I'm in desperate help for suggestions or advice.

    My Mum recently made this GORGEOUS black/white/Red Log Cabin. She decided she wanted to hand quilt it in the white area. She started a marking a beautiful feather stitch design only to realize 3/4 of the way down the first long line that it was going off center. She wasn't happy with the results and so we decided to put the quilt top into a zippered laundry bag and machine wash it on a gentle cycle.

    Well when we took it out of the machine, the zipper of the bag came undone and the quilt fell out of the bag. Luckily after much cutting of ravels on the back of the quilt and a good pressing job the quilt survived!!!! Unfortunately not all the markings came out. At the moment she is gritting her teeth and painstakingly using a sponge and some "Quilt Care" and water solution and lightly scrubbing it out. She is getting a bit disgruntled thinking it might not work.

    Is there ANYONE out there who can give us some good ideas to help remove the remaining markings so she can remark it again?

    The marking pencil she is using is a Fons and Porter Watersoluble All surface Pencil "black". We appreciate all help and suggestions!!!!

    I am enclosing some photos of the issue.

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    While I have no experience in trying to remove the pencil, if it is water solulable, try using a spray bottle filled with just water. Sorry, I hope you find something that works.

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    Contact the company maybe they might have some answers so sorry!

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    Would dipping the affected areas in say the bathroom sink work better? Wish I could help.

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    Wal-Mart and The Dollar Tree sell some stuff called AWESOME and it gets ink out, so it might work.

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    I would contact Fon's & Porter. They may not be aware that the company that makes this product with their name on isn't putting out a usable product!! Linda B.

    Here is an email address for them
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    if the fabric is all cotton try peroxide

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    Try using an eraser, not the red ones, or colored ones, but the square ones that look like clear rubber. I've used rubber bands to erase the kids mistakes on their homework.
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    Several "recipes" for marking pencil removal through Google.
    1/4 cup water, 3/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 7-8 drops Palmolive liquid detergent. OR: 3 oz rubbing alcohol, 2 tablespoons water, 3 drops ivory dish soap and apply with soft toothbrush - no need to rinse-dries quickly. Other suggestions included clear windex or 409 spray - gently rub and rinse. I have not tried any of these and none of them addresses a situation where you have already tried to get the marks out by machine washing it with little success. Do like the suggestions that you contact Fons and Porter. Surely they will have some suggestions. Let us know what works.

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    I feel your pain! Can she be happy with adding additional feathers to disguise the off-center design? The only other thing I can think of is continuing on with the product you are using and hope for the best. When you mentioned ironing the quilt, perhaps the heat has set the marking lines?

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    Thank you sooo much for all the suggestions!!! I will be passing these on to Mum this morning after I get all the baby's bottles washed and refilled for the day!!!

    Cheers
    Andrea

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    As I lay in bed, pondering your problem.....quilters do that, don't they? I thought if the pencil lines do not come out, she could do red work over the lines. It would match in with the colours and if she did a few feathers scattered around, it would look like she planned it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    As I lay in bed, pondering your problem.....quilters do that, don't they? I thought if the pencil lines do not come out, she could do red work over the lines. It would match in with the colours and if she did a few feathers scattered around, it would look like she planned it.
    I don't think Mum would go for that one as she likes her stitching to blend into the existing colour.. She is not a big fan of redwork... But if it was me, I would go yeah, there's a good idea!!!!! Thanks for the idea though!!!

    And yes, we quilters are like that!!! My head hurts sometimes from all the quilting thinking lol

    Cheers!
    Andrea

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    If you ironed after drawing with the pencil, bad news your stuck with the markings, yes even with the fons/porter pencils.

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    i had to soak yrs old pencil marks with Oxi Clean. rubbed also. it worked.

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    i've used spray and wash to remove marks with great success but i too worry that you've ironed it and heat set in the pencil now.

    as a rule i won't even put the item in the dryer if the marks haven't disappeared yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswordwiz
    If you ironed after drawing with the pencil, bad news your stuck with the markings, yes even with the fons/porter pencils.
    Actually, Mum noticed the markings are coming out even though it was ironed. I think she might try the Dish detergent method as she is a bit weary about using chemicals on her quilt. She and I thank you all for all the great suggestions, advice and concern.

    Mum says she will just take her time and work away little by little with the quilt til she gets the markings out. She is also going to use a toothbrush to help with the removal as it will give a good lather when brushing the markings out.

    Cheers
    Andrea

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