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Thread: How do you mark your quilts?

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    When marking your quilt top for quilting, how do you mark your quilt? :?: :?: :?:

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    Hi Stephanie, I'm a hand quilter so I use chalk or pencils specifically made for fabric.
    Not sure if this is what you wanted though. :)

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    I use silver, yellow pencils and chalk and I have started using the new Pilot Frixion pens. They are fantastic. I get then in a pack of 6 colors. Just be sure you read and follow the directions. I am also a hand quilter. I have had bad experiences with the blue and purple pens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jquilt214
    I use silver, yellow pencils and chalk and I have started using the new Pilot Frixion pens. They are fantastic. I get then in a pack of 6 colors. Just be sure you read and follow the directions. I am also a hand quilter. I have had bad experiences with the blue and purple pens.
    I just purchased my first Frixion while on the Shop Hop this month. Are you finding any problems with them? Or do all colours just disappear with the heat of the iron? How have they worked on the dark fabrics?

    I love the one I have so far .... though I'm totally scared it'll not keep working that way!! :)

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    Disappearing ink pens and Ponce Chalk pad for stencils

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by jquilt214
    I use silver, yellow pencils and chalk and I have started using the new Pilot Frixion pens. They are fantastic. I get then in a pack of 6 colors. Just be sure you read and follow the directions. I am also a hand quilter. I have had bad experiences with the blue and purple pens.
    I just purchased my first Frixion while on the Shop Hop this month. Are you finding any problems with them? Or do all colours just disappear with the heat of the iron? How have they worked on the dark fabrics?

    I love the one I have so far .... though I'm totally scared it'll not keep working that way!! :)
    I love the Frixion pen! It irons out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Hi Stephanie, I'm a hand quilter so I use chalk or pencils specifically made for fabric.
    Not sure if this is what you wanted though. :)
    And stencils for the design. I hand quilt too.

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    I'm just finishing up a king on the frame. I made the motifs with paper and traced around them with a sliver of soap. this only works on darker fabrics.

    the L shape paper is to center the flower
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    Where do u buy friction pens??

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    SewLine markers

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    Beware of the Frixon pens. The ink doesn't really fully disappear when ironed. It just isn't visible. Put the fabric in a cold place and the pen markings will reappear.

    Kids love to use them for making 'secret messages.'

    ali

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    I love the Frixion pen! It irons out![/quote]

    Me too! I just wish they would come out with a white one

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady
    I love the Frixion pen! It irons out!
    Me too! I just wish they would come out with a white one[/quote]

    Ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
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    Thank you. I just bought one last week but haven't used it yet. I'll have a conniption fit of epic proportions if it doesn't 'air' out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDog
    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
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    Thank you. I just bought one last week but haven't used it yet. I'll have a conniption fit of epic proportions if it doesn't 'air' out.
    They don't "air out" ... it disappears when you press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady
    I love the Frixion pen! It irons out!
    Me too! I just wish they would come out with a white one[/quote]

    There were several lighter colours for using on darks. Yellow for sure, and I can't remember what other colours.

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    I use Derwent watercolour pencils - mainly a dark or light grey they come out either by using a damp cloth or washing the whole quilt

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    I also use the Derwent watercolour pencils for dark fabrics. For light fabrics I do needlemarking.

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    If you're doing MQ I would say try to do as much as possible freehand. I find this easier than following a marked line anyway. If I DO mark, which is rare (perhaps a circle for a flower centre for eg) I use a blue pen. I've also made freezer paper templates to iron on then sew around (not THROUGH).

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by jquilt214
    I use silver, yellow pencils and chalk and I have started using the new Pilot Frixion pens. They are fantastic. I get then in a pack of 6 colors. Just be sure you read and follow the directions. I am also a hand quilter. I have had bad experiences with the blue and purple pens.
    I just purchased my first Frixion while on the Shop Hop this month. Are you finding any problems with them? Or do all colours just disappear with the heat of the iron? How have they worked on the dark fabrics?

    I love the one I have so far .... though I'm totally scared it'll not keep working that way!! :)



    I got some 'bout a month ago. Of course I had to choose the package with a purple one! (It has red and green, too.) I've used them a LOT and no problems whatsoever. Comes right off with an iron. So easy. Way better than dealing with smearing chalk or markers that disappear before you've finished quilting.

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    I make a stencil of my motif and mark it with dressmakers chalk. Now if I could just get that sewing machine to accurately follow the chalk lines! One would wonder if I have been QUI (quilting under the influence) :oops:

    To remove chalk lines, you can either rub them off with old pantyhose or you can wash your quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegsAnn
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by jquilt214
    I use silver, yellow pencils and chalk and I have started using the new Pilot Frixion pens. They are fantastic. I get then in a pack of 6 colors. Just be sure you read and follow the directions. I am also a hand quilter. I have had bad experiences with the blue and purple pens.
    I just purchased my first Frixion while on the Shop Hop this month. Are you finding any problems with them? Or do all colours just disappear with the heat of the iron? How have they worked on the dark fabrics?

    I love the one I have so far .... though I'm totally scared it'll not keep working that way!! :)



    I got some 'bout a month ago. Of course I had to choose the package with a purple one! (It has red and green, too.) I've used them a LOT and no problems whatsoever. Comes right off with an iron. So easy. Way better than dealing with smearing chalk or markers that disappear before you've finished quilting.
    Thanks for the info! Plus they are such a nice fine point. Have you tried the cold test that someone mentioned as a problem? Also, have you tried any lights on the dark fabrics ... always such a problem when marking!

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    I usually use chalk (white only) as this is the easiest to remove, I use the one by Clover. I have also used a pounce pad, but be very cautious of the blue, never use full strength or it will not come out, also be sure you get the iron off kind much easier to remove. I have used the blue water soluable marker, don't leave on too long and just spritz with water to remove. Just remember it might come back later it will sink down into the batting.
    Jo

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    I love the ones that are purple and they air out. It's wonderful to quilt with. for some of my FMQ I just wing it. I don't mark for meandering.

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    I am a hand quilter and use either the Silver or white Berol markers or the Ultimate pencil marker for quilts. They all wash out, have never had a problem. I can even rub the markings off with the rubber fingers I use on my quilting hand.

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