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Thread: Marking with Pounce - Suggestions?

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    I have 2 different pounce pads - one white and one blue- for marking quilts for quilting. I also have several stencils. I have tried and tried to get the chalk to saturate the pounce pad enough so that it is easy to use the stencils...but I just can't seem to get it to work. It's really difficult to get the chalk to come out enough to make clear marks.

    Any suggestions? I saw a video once that said to really smack it hard inside a bag, and then throw that bag away. I tried it, but can't seem to get enough chalk into the pad. I know I must not know enough to do it right...hopefully that's all the problem is!!

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    the video I seen had you smack it multiple times to prime it... Did your chalk draw some dampness?

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    Living in Bakersfield you may have that very problem Amma mentioned - dampness. I used to live in Ridgecrest and had family living in Bakersfield so I went often and I know it can get very humid there. Is there a way to check the chalk inside the pounce pad and see if it is still silty and at the right texture?

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    At times we get so humid that my disappearing ink pen doesn't stay showing for 10 minutes LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    the video I seen had you smack it multiple times to prime it... Did your chalk draw some dampness?
    Hummmm---actually I don't really think humidity is my problem....we are extremely dry this year. What chalk I do get out seems the right texture, just not enough. They were brand new when I got them, so maybe I haven't really pounded on them enough. I have plenty of chalk, so maybe I'll so pound my pouncers to see if it helps.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    Living in Bakersfield you may have that very problem Amma mentioned - dampness. I used to live in Ridgecrest and had family living in Bakersfield so I went often and I know it can get very humid there. Is there a way to check the chalk inside the pounce pad and see if it is still silty and at the right texture?
    I have to tell you...my DH lived in Ridgecrest before we got married, and then moved to Bakersfield with me. He complained of it feeling humid to him for about two years, till he got used to it. Me, I came from L.A. and moved to Bakersfield because it's drier and helps my sinuses. Go figure!!

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    I really like Pounce. I use the white on all my dark fabrics and it is great and washes out real nice. I do not overfill the pounce with chalk and never ever had a problem from day 1. Fill it and then bounce it a few times on another piece of fabric until it works well...I never tried other colors. I use the wash out marking pens on my light colors and it is more time consuming.

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    While I am not real crazy about the product, I do have 2 Pounce pads, white and grey. A hint I received was to lightly "mist" the fabric with water before applying the design. This helps the chalk cling to the fabric when you are applying it and also cuts down on the tendancy that the chalk has to bounce off the fabric from the vibration of sewing. Still, I find that I can only mark a small area at a time. Also, please be sure to pre test your fabric with the blue chalk before you use it. The blue chalk does not always wash out!!! For light fabrics you are safer using the grey color. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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    I've never tried the pounce...I have a draw full of marking pens that don't work...such a waste of money, tried 3 last night and don't know if they are dry or what...makes me mad

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    instead of pouncing on the fabric drag it lightly across the stencil, after misting the fabric.
    To make the blue easier to remove mix it with 2/3 of cheap talc powder before putting it in the pounce pad.

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    I do use the pounce powder but I not longer use the pounce pads for the very reason you speak. Put the powder into a bowl and use the cheap foam brushes to brush it over the stencils.

    You can also use baby powder, corn starch, or regular flour for marking. I prefer baby powder then give it a light spray with AquaNet hairspray to hold it. But you will have to wash the quilt when you are finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have to tell you...my DH lived in Ridgecrest before we got married, and then moved to Bakersfield with me. He complained of it feeling humid to him for about two years, till he got used to it. Me, I came from L.A. and moved to Bakersfield because it's drier and helps my sinuses. Go figure!!
    Now that is funny! At least hubby escaped from Ridgecrest! Horrid, horrid place. :thumbdown: My daughter and son-in-law live there with my grandson. He is being layed off (SIL, not grandson; job got eliminated) & we are trying to get him a job up here so they can move here. Quick, everyone pray they move up here please!!! I can't begin to tell you how excited I would be to have my grandson around all the time. We are best buds, talk almost daily on the phone, & I bet he would be more interested in learning to quilt then either of my daughters were. :D

    You are right, R/C is very dry, only about 30% humidity at the most. I used to swelter when going to Bakersfield. Is the Strawberry Patch quilt store still open?

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    Woo Hoo!!! Prayers being said!!! Find DS a job quick!!!:D:D:D

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    i use the pounce pads and when i start with a new pad i run an old brush back and forth over the pad to loosen up the fibers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Woo Hoo!!! Prayers being said!!! Find DS a job quick!!!:D:D:D
    Thanks Amma!! From your mouth to God's ears! :-D

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    Prayers are going up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
    Prayers are going up.
    Thanks Leota!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    the video I seen had you smack it multiple times to prime it... Did your chalk draw some dampness?
    Hummmm---actually I don't really think humidity is my problem....we are extremely dry this year. What chalk I do get out seems the right texture, just not enough. They were brand new when I got them, so maybe I haven't really pounded on them enough. I have plenty of chalk, so maybe I'll so pound my pouncers to see if it helps.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Did you do like Bob Ross the painter always said? and "Beat the devil out of them?" LOL Are they working for you yet?

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    Would it work to take a fine needle and poke a bunch of little holes in the pounce pad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    Would it work to take a fine needle and poke a bunch of little holes in the pounce pad?
    I like the hint to run an old brush over the pad to lossen the fibers. I think that would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I've never tried the pounce...I have a draw full of marking pens that don't work...such a waste of money, tried 3 last night and don't know if they are dry or what...makes me mad
    Yeah, me too. I'm so tired of spending money on pens and markers that dry up before I get my money's worth!!! :x

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchhappy
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I've never tried the pounce...I have a draw full of marking pens that don't work...such a waste of money, tried 3 last night and don't know if they are dry or what...makes me mad
    Yeah, me too. I'm so tired of spending money on pens and markers that dry up before I get my money's worth!!! :x
    Maybe you should quilt faster? :lol:

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    This past week I actually used a washable marker to mark around a plastic template onto my fabric. I know it will wash out, and it will be inside a seam, so I am not concerned. It worked really well!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    I do use the pounce powder but I not longer use the pounce pads for the very reason you speak. Put the powder into a bowl and use the cheap foam brushes to brush it over the stencils.

    You can also use baby powder, corn starch, or regular flour for marking. I prefer baby powder then give it a light spray with AquaNet hairspray to hold it. But you will have to wash the quilt when you are finished.
    That is FANTASTIC!!! Thanks so much for that tip.

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