Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 29

Thread: Marking your quilts

  1. #1
    Super Member Gail B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Smoky Lake, Alberta, Canada - Coolidge, AZ
    Posts
    1,539

    Unhappy Marking your quilts

    What do you use for marking quilting lines on your quilt? I have Frixion Pens & tried them today for the first time. Thankfully I marked on scrap fabric. I cannot get the lines to disappear. The instructions say it comes off with friction but it does not work for me.

  2. #2
    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    11,890
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use white soap slivers to mark dark fabrics. Haven't found anything I really like for light fabrics.

  3. #3
    Super Member Pickles's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    3,448
    I use the Crayola colored washable felt tiped pens and have never had any problems with it washing out.
    May you always have Love to Share , Health to Spare, and Friends that Care!

  4. #4
    Super Member janedee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    canterbury uk
    Posts
    1,030
    artists washable crayons for me easy to use and come of with a damp cloth or by washing

  5. #5
    Super Member Krisb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Asheville, Lake Vermilion, Tarpon Springs
    Posts
    1,066
    Blog Entries
    27
    Iron your scraps; the lines should come out. It is actually the heat that removes the lines.
    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

  6. #6
    Senior Member stillclock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    766
    i use hb pencils and pray it comes out. so far, so good, but i am nervous about the one i am currently hand quilting.

    i have tried so many things. the pens fade, and the chemicals make me a little nervous. plus, if your design is intricate they can get a bit pricey. they don't go very far....

    i quilt in a hoop, so chalk, soapstone and even soap wear off. and i'm not a great quilter yet, so i need a line to follow. giving myself the vague idea of where to go just looks like i had a vague idea of where i was going....

    not my favorite part of quilting, the marking....

    aileen
    Last edited by stillclock; 10-03-2012 at 08:45 PM.

  7. #7
    Super Member busy fingers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    6,261
    I use Frixon pens all the time and the lines just disappear when I put a hot iron on them. I have a pink and blue pen and used them on both light and dark fabric.

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    2,417
    I like the chalk wheels in the pen, also the Ultimate Quilt Pounce white powder, if using a stencil. Had a problem with the blue Ultimate powder coming out once, so now it's white or blacklight (also white) powder only for me. Roxanne's silver and white pencils are great, too.

  9. #9
    Super Member 117becca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    dayton OH
    Posts
    1,875
    The frixion is my favorite - as others have said - use a hot iron on them. People have said that on dark fabrics the lines turn white. They also say that washing it will cause the white line to go away - I have never gotten around to testing that by washing it. Someday....I like it best because if I start marking and change my mind or realize that my vision isn't going to work - a quick swipe w/ a hot iron allows me to start over.

    People complain about the frixion coming back when quilts are put in freezer - but I won't have my quilts in really cold places. But when i wash the quilt when I'm finished - the pen comes out anyway...

    My 2nd favorite is the Fons and Porter pencil. I like the white lead to mark on the black fabrics...

    As w/ anything used - always test it first.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

  10. #10
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,536
    Blog Entries
    43
    i'm with Prism99, i use soap slivers to mark the fabric. my soap is beige, so it shows up on white also. i only mark small areas at a time.
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak THINK
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


  11. #11
    Super Member Gail B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Smoky Lake, Alberta, Canada - Coolidge, AZ
    Posts
    1,539
    Thanks for all of your comments. I ironed the Frixion & it came out. It doesn't say that on the instructions. It just says friction removes it. I'm also going to try the soap slivers.

  12. #12
    Senior Member cizzors's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    580
    I bought a pkg of pencils where you push the top to bring down more lead. When I wash the quilt, I just spray it lightly with Spray n Wash. Hasn't failed yet. I'm tired of buying all the fancy tools for quilting. Would rather spend my money on more fabric!
    Never outsmart your common sense.

    Karen

  13. #13
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,223
    I like the dissappearing ink pens.
    Of course you do have to do the quilting before the ink dissappears.
    I also like the purple wash out pens.

  14. #14
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    4,590
    I, too, use a plain old mechanical pencil with #2 lead on light fabrics. I have been using the Bohin white mechanical pencil on light fabrics and really like it alot. No issues with either of these washing out. I hand quilt - usually in a hoop - and generally mark as I go. The #2 pencil doesn't rub off or disappear but the white definitely does if rubbed with fabric or hands. Glad you got the marks to come out.

  15. #15
    Junior Member cad_queen_2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    soutwestern ontario
    Posts
    141
    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I, too, use a plain old mechanical pencil with #2 lead on light fabrics. I have been using the Bohin white mechanical pencil on light fabrics and really like it alot. No issues with either of these washing out. I hand quilt - usually in a hoop - and generally mark as I go. The #2 pencil doesn't rub off or disappear but the white definitely does if rubbed with fabric or hands. Glad you got the marks to come out.
    ditto, i use a mechanical pencil too. no problems yet with it not washing out. i hand quilt in a hoop. it does get a little hard to see it on dark fabrics, but it still works. when the quilt is done, it gets thrown in the washer, and it all comes out.

  16. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Some where in way out West Texas
    Posts
    2,890
    Blog Entries
    3
    I have used chalk, but it doen't remove easily for me, also have tried the colored pencils, don't like them, can not get rid of the lines afterwards. I like to use the Dritz dual purpose mark8ing pen, blue on one end and purple on the other end. They also come in just the one colors for the total pen, all blue or all purple. The blue must be washed out with a damp cloth sometimes more than once and sometimes that goes through to the backing, so check that. The purple dries in the air, and don't mark all of your quilt at once, because the air will dry the pen color out before you complete your project. I haven't tried this yet, but plan to on my next quilt using an eraser pink large one like students use or the eraser on a pencil. This should mark things and would be easily brushed off. I don't know if this will work or not, but definitely plan to give it a try. Good luck!!

  17. #17
    Junior Member QuilterMomOf3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Tulare, CA
    Posts
    199
    I use regular writing pencils if I can't get my quilting pencils to work...I figure, if it rinses outta clothes, it should rinse out of my quilt. If not, try shout stain remover.
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
    "Just keep in mind that your function here is to have fun and not to be someone else's interior decorator! So ... go forth and have fun!" ~Krystyna
    I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet.

  18. #18
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Southeast Georgia
    Posts
    2,526
    I am of the old mechanical pencils school. In a class I took a long time ago, that's what the teacher advised us to use. At the time, I thought it was a strange thing to have on the supply list. She's a past winner at Paducah, so I figured she must know what she's talking about. I've never had any trouble with the markings coming out. The lead is so thin, it gives you a tiny line, and by using the mechanicals, the line doesn't get any wider because your point doesn't get dull.

  19. #19
    Super Member Deborahlees's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Wine Country-Southern California
    Posts
    1,455
    Quote Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
    Iron your scraps; the lines should come out. It is actually the heat that removes the lines.
    I will second that just used them the other day to mark my quilt line. What I like about them the best is that they don't fade in a day or two like the purple and blue do.....just need heat from the iron to remove
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

  20. #20
    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Monroe, IN
    Posts
    2,285
    I have used the frixxion pen in black for quite a few quilted items with no issues on light colored fabrics. But need to find a similar pen that marks in white for dark fabrics.... does anyone know if the frixxion pens comes in white?

  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    metro Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,278
    I use the old fashioned way, soap slivers, if I am marking my lines. Just mark a few at a time.
    http://www.oregonquilting.net
    I choose to give my life away for things that last forever

  22. #22
    Super Member Deborahlees's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Wine Country-Southern California
    Posts
    1,455
    [QUOTE=Buckeye Rose;5563968]I have used the frixxion pen in black for quite a few quilted items with no issues on light colored fabrics. But need to find a similar pen that marks in white for dark fabrics.... does anyone know if the frixxion pens comes in white?[/QUOTE

    That is a most excellent question.....anyone know that answer ?????
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

  23. #23
    Senior Member Hinterland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    943
    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    I have used the frixxion pen in black for quite a few quilted items with no issues on light colored fabrics. But need to find a similar pen that marks in white for dark fabrics.... does anyone know if the frixxion pens comes in white?
    Clover makes a fine line white pen. The marks take a few seconds to develop but once they do, they don't rub off. They can be removed by ironing or washing, and they do not return again. I use this to mark dark fabrics all the time and never had a problem with them.

    Janet

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    311
    I haven't quilted anything yet but I have used soap slivers and crayons before and they worked. I have never tried tailors chalk, would it work? Or is that the chalk everyine is refering to?

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Ontario Canada
    Posts
    460
    you can use a pounce pad just rub it on your stencil and Iron away the marks

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.