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Thread: Marking a quilt top.

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    Hi, I am new to this message board, or any message board for that matter. I have had trouble finding a good product to mark with. Has anybody ever tried a chalk line from the hardware store. This was a sugguestion from a friend of mine and it sounds like an excellent idea for straight lines. What do you think?
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    For straight lines I use masking tape! for some reason I just don't trust chalk, I know many people do but with the tape if for some reason (I have three kids so thats reason enough) if I have to stop in the middle of a line I don't have to worry about the chalk getting brushed off while I am away! the tape stays in place pretty much no matter what, I had some tape on a quilt until just the other day, it had been on for at least three months folded up in a box, i pulled it out put it in the machine and stitched the line! removed the tape and nothing was left behind and the tape had stayed in position!

    You can also get tape in many different widths to get different width lines!

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    Hi and welcome. Teat it out on a pice of srap that you are going to use first to make sure it will washout with out leaving a mark. I love my sewline pencials(?).

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    I will definetly try the masking tape. I never even thought about tape. Thank You very much.

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    I have the sewline pencils , but I must not be using them right because I have a hard time seeing the line.
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    I liked my first sewline pencil so much, I bought a second. With the first, it came with fine, graphite looking leads, and I purchased White and Yellow refills. I bought the second pencil so that I could keep a white or yellow lead in that, and the grey, graphite lead in the other pencil, to save having to change over each time I wanted a different colour. With the grey line, you have to draw softly, i.e a fine line, otherwise it's harder to erase if you need to.

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    Has anybody ever tried a chalk line from the hardware store.
    I'd hesitate to use this. Would it wash out afterwards? Others have mentioned washable Crayola markers and I'm going to give them a try.

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    markers ? I wouldn't do that. I just doesn't seem safe. Do not use pencil either ,that will never come out. I use tape for stright lines and a pounce (powder chulk) for stencils,however that doesn't work for all cases. I think we all have a problem ,when it comes to doing our own quilting.

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    I use snap lines all of the time, but not for quilting!!! The chalk used in those would probably stain your fabrics. Unless you can find a "clean" one with no chalk/chalk residue in it and load it up with a quilting chalk :wink:

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    Welcome to the board from southern California. I use tape to mark my straight lines, especially if they are diagonal across the quilt. Just be sure to use the blue painters tape. It comes off easier. I pull the tape up as I come to it, never stitch on the tape. I have had a time or two where some stickiness from the tape stayed on the quilt and it caused my sewing machine foot to sorta drag and messed up the quilting. It is now in the garage (the tape not the quilt) so I won't use it again. I guess I just had a really sticky roll of tape

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    I mark my quilts several ways---

    A water erasable pen
    A hera marker
    A marking pencil
    Pounce chalk and a stencil

    Each quilt may require a different method because of the size of the quilt, the quilting pattern you choose, the color of the fabrics, etc.

    Good luck and keep experimenting until you find what works for you.

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    I would worry about that chalk from the hardware store not coming out of the quilt.

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    I've used the crayola washable markers - the marks wash right out! Now I'm not marking and leaving it for months, I don't think that would be a great idea.

    With any new method I do test samples before I mark the quilt.

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    I have heard that instead of pounce pads people have used baby powder in a sock and they pounce it on the stencil.
    For drawing designs I use a marker (from walmart) that is blue (water sol.) on one end, and purple (disappearing ink) on the other end. It comes out really easy as long as you do what the directions say. I find that the blue end does not last long though! They are fairly cheap too though, I keep three around so I can swap them out by the time that the last one "runs dry" the first one is "juicy" again! lol

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    Tape! Yippee, a good new idea!! THANK YOU,

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    I use a disappearing pen. I just can't mark too much at once or it disappears before I get it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    For straight lines I use masking tape! for some reason I just don't trust chalk, I know many people do but with the tape if for some reason (I have three kids so thats reason enough) if I have to stop in the middle of a line I don't have to worry about the chalk getting brushed off while I am away! the tape stays in place pretty much no matter what, I had some tape on a quilt until just the other day, it had been on for at least three months folded up in a box, i pulled it out put it in the machine and stitched the line! removed the tape and nothing was left behind and the tape had stayed in position!

    You can also get tape in many different widths to get different width lines!
    well, I'm a masking tape-r too! I have a whole box of kids colored chalks, but ever since I read somebody had trouble getting the blue out, and eventually they did, after many soakings, tried vinegar on a suggestion,...I haven't been brave enough to use it.
    I might start with it in my seam allowances on a tote or a garment, and see how it goes.
    My hubby uses a chalk-string, and i just asked him if he thought it would wash out, and he thinks it will. A quilter he ain't though, just so you know. He says if you mark tar ppr and it rains, it's gone, so...
    (I had to add that before he left, he was getting his feelings hurt...he may be right though...thank you, honey :wink: )
    I'd use a scrap first, as I don't like washing right after I'm done. I like the crisp look, not the hmmm, scrunched? antique? get my drift, lol?

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    I use the water erasable pen. Mark one cross-hatch line at a time. Occasionally I use quilters' chalk (on the darker fabrics).

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    I did some hand quilting and used Glad Press and Seal. I stuck that on to the fabric, its a very thin plastic wrap that isn't sticky but sticks when you press it down, if that makes any sense. You then mark your quilting pattern on it and sew through it. It tears off easily when you are finished and doesn't leave any sticky residue behind. Hopefully it is still available over there, it should be with other cling wraps, as I can't find anyone who stocks it in Australian anymore.

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    I use painters tape

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    Charlotte Warr Anderson's new book "One Line at a Time", has directions how to use the 8 1/2 by 11 removable paper backed labels for straight line quilting. The book has designs that can be printed on the paper, cut into strips and reused many times. You don't sew on the paper.

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    I have a "Chaco Liner" i bought at a quilt shop. It has a tiny wheel on the end that you draw you design with. When it gets empty, instead of buying refills I put cornstarch in it and it works fine for me. I also have a purple disappearing pen that I like a lot. But seems everyone had there own way of marking a quilt. Marge

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