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Old 01-18-2019, 01:13 PM
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I Am making a quilt as you go Dresden Plate quilt. Is there a good marker for marking the quilting design to quilt by. Straight line quilting is all I can do. I need to mark the design to quilt it. Thank-you for your help
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:31 PM
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My favorite markers are Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable markers (the thin ones.) I've drawn all over quilts that I'm working on, and even ironed over the marks and let them set for weeks, and they've always washed out, every single time.

Good luck with your Dresden Plate!
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Old 01-18-2019, 03:07 PM
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For darker fabrics, a white chalk like the Bohin refillable cartridge marker is good.

For lighter fabrics, one of the blue water-soluble pens like Dritz Mark B Gone.
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Old 01-18-2019, 03:35 PM
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I like white chalk on darker fabric. Whatever you decide to use, mark and remove the marks on scrap fabric before using it on a quilt.
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Old 01-18-2019, 03:46 PM
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I use Crayola washable markers and have had no problems, but I also starch the crap out of my quilts for easier FMQ so I am actually marking on the starch and not the fabric.
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:21 AM
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I use a product called Magic Chalk on dark fabrics. It goes away with steam. It comes in a square or in pencil form. I also use Crayola Ultra clean and have never had a problem with them not washing out. I do avoid using the yellow. My biggest problem is marking items that won't be washed before going to their new home-some of my guild work. There are some who feel that the recipient will think the item is "used" if washed. That idea limits the use of some very effective tools.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:04 AM
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If you are doing all straight lines, you might consider using painters tape or a cheap masking tape, if you are just putting it on and stitching right away. I do this, but I never leave the tape on for longer than just that sewing session.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:21 AM
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I have used all of the above and an old bar of soap on dark tops.
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:30 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I am using a disappearing pen {blue{ it goes away when spray so far so good but it is running out and wondered what to buy next. The block background that I am marking is white, I do not want to wash it before I give it to my sister.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:37 AM
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I just used the Clover wash away pencil (blue) on my last quilt and I loved it. The blue pens don't last me through a quilt. This was easy to sharpen and dark enough for me to see. Normally I used the Crayola Ultra-Wash but you said you didn't want to wash before gifting.
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