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Thread: Pencil Marks

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    Pencil Marks

    My dear grandmother made a beautiful cathedral quilt many years ago. She has been legally blind for many years before she died at the great old age of 98,... She had made many a quilt in her day. The cathedral quilt was made out of muslin & green. It was all hand sewn. She did a wonderful job on it .The only thing she did tho was she marked all her line in lead pencil where she could see them. This is a queen sized quilt . I can't get the pencil marks off..... Help... I have tried about everything I can thing of , on spot tests nothing works .. No even goof off. Please help.... Darla

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    When I was a child, my mother always marked her quilts with a pencil. That's all she had, but the marks always washed out in the laundry. I don't think she did anything special. Some people have suggested Grandma's Secret.

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    Did you try Zout? I have no experience with it on pencil marks, just know that it's the best laundry stain remover I have found.

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    when the quilt is completely finished- quilted & bound- launder it- very good chance the pencil will wash out. I used pencil to mark quilts for 30+ years- never had one the pencil did not wash out of. I launder all of my quilts when they are finished- in the washer- with detergent- if I have anything I am concerned about coming out I give it a spritz of 'Shout' or 'Oxyclean spot cleaner. check to see the marks are gone before drying
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    Grandmas Spot Remover will take it out! Hancock Fabrics sells it or youcanget it online
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Grandmas Spot Remover will take it out! Hancock Fabrics sells it or youcanget it online
    I was close . I got the grandma part right.

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    Retro Clean works wonders on old quilts. I can speak about pencil marks because I've not had that issue but it will take out those nasty brown "age" spots on old quilts.

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