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    I am going to go buy a pounce pad tomorrow. I heard the pounce chalk, or what ever you put in it comes in white and blue. My question is does the blue wash out. I am stenciling alot of white and light colored blocks. The marking pencils I am using just doesn't show up so I thought I would try this option. thanks for any input.

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    I have thought of buying these too. Will see what others say about it.
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    several have offered to sell theirs as they no longer use it. U might post an ad on the classified section and get a good deal on one.
    I had looked into getting one but was kinda talked out of it as it did not seem to fit my needs.

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    You can buy Pounce Pads that disappear when you iron it.

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    I'm going to watch this post because I am interested in the pounce pad too.

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    I took a class on FMQ recently and there was quite a discussion about this and a lot of the gals had already had experience with the white and colored chalks.

    First off, the new white chalk is an iron off chalk. It will iron off with a dry or steam iron. I played with it and it did disappear, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, but it always disappeared.

    Now, be sure you get the new chalk. They are still selling the old chalk, it does not say iron off on the package.

    Several of the ladies had tried the colored chalk and they all complained that it did not come off easily like the white chalk did. It's cranky and no one recommended it. The general opinion was that something in the coloring process gave it an "iffy" property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    Several of the ladies had tried the colored chalk and they all complained that it did not come off easily like the white chalk did. It's cranky and no one recommended it. The general opinion was that something in the coloring process gave it an "iffy" property.
    I found that the blue pounce powder does not come off easily, sometimes not at all. I have used the white that comes off with a spritz of water and a bit of a wipe...no problems there. When all of my "old" powder is gone, I will switch to the iron off powder, especially for customer's quilts since I really don't want them to bleed and ruin their quilt on my quilting frame!!!

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    the company has not yet developed an iron off colored chalk so bet not to try.
    Have you tried the Multi Pastel Chalk pencils. They will mark on white and light colored fabrics and will erase and wash out Alto the new ceramic pencil is also good. There is another that has several colored leads like chalk made by Bohim and is available in JoAnns and other stores. Supposed to erase and wash out.
    The regular pounce white chalk will come off as you work with it. I have seen it used and the demo showed spraying it with hair spray to keep it on while you worked.
    The pounce is rather expensive so suggest you try it first if possible before buying it. Or get a good recommendation. I use the Multi Pastel in white and light grey only.
    Remember most of the chalk will come off in the work if machine quilting as the rubbing will take it off.

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    Thanks everyone, I think I will look into the pastel chalk pencils

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    Quote Originally Posted by timepasser
    I am going to go buy a pounce pad tomorrow. I heard the pounce chalk, or what ever you put in it comes in white and blue. My question is does the blue wash out. I am stenciling alot of white and light colored blocks. The marking pencils I am using just doesn't show up so I thought I would try this option. thanks for any input.
    I have one with white chalk. I can not use it, it makes so much dust that I start choking. And to top it off, I couldn't see the stencil lines when I went to quilt it. Way too frustrating for me, I'll keep using my HB #2 lead pencils, they never give me grief.

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    I bought a pounce and didn't like it at all. It didn't make clear lines, and I felt like it came off too easily from the time I did it til I got the quilt in position to quilt it.

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    I have the pounce with both the blue and while 'old' chalk. I've never had any success with getting the stencil lines marked clearly with it. And I agree that it does create quite a bit of dust. That said I also never had an issue with the chalk coming off of any fabrics - sometimes too quickly! I don't think I'd want a chalk that I needed heat to make it disappear. I also use the multi-colored chalk pencils and have much better luck with those. I've also migrated to using a #2 mechanical pencil except when it doesn't show up on the fabric I'm working with. Never had an issue with either the chalk or the #2 pencil washing out.

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    Thanks for the info...not buying it.

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    If you prime it real good, you don't really have to "pounce" the chalk onto the stencil. I use it quite often with regular stencils too since they really don't have the kind of stencils I require at the Pounce website. I kind of smear it onto the stencils and it works fine. It irons off prett quickly for me too. I got the blue one that is supposed to wash off, but haven't used it yet.

    The lines are clear enough to know where you are going with it, they are slightly wider if you use their stencils, but if you use regular plastic stencils the lines are clearer. I'm a new FMQ'r and found this to be the easiest way to do larger areas faster than using a pencil.

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    Instructor for a class I took says she used talc powder rather than chalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    several have offered to sell theirs as they no longer use it. U might post an ad on the classified section and get a good deal on one.
    I had looked into getting one but was kinda talked out of it as it did not seem to fit my needs.
    I got a good deal here!

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    I have the regular pounce pads in blue and white and have no problems with either. One thing I feel I should mention with the regular chalk is first washing to remove any marks that remain should be plain cold water wash with NO SOAP. Some detergents have chemicals that will actually set the colored chalk. I have successfully used the regular blue chalk on a WOW fabric and the blue washed out no problem in a plain cold water wash with no soap.

    I am getting a feeling a lot of posters are using the product incorrectly. You are supposed to take the pad with cover ON and give it a good rap against a hard surface, cover side down. This primes the pad full of chalk. Then you RUB the pad over your stencil. The name of a product is a bit of a misnomer because you do not pounce it. You RUB it over your stencil using the same motion you would use erasing a chalkboard. Using the product this way always produces a very clear, easily visable line for me. That said, the chalk does come off very easily. When using with a LA just the hopping vibration of the machine is enough to make the chalk marking release from my quilt. I can imagine how easy it will rub off when doing FMQ on a DSM. I will have to try the hairspray trick.

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    I also read (haven't tried) that you can use cinnamon in the pounce. When I told my friend about it she said, "Oh, that's great. But then how do I stop from licking my quilt." LOL.

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    I have the white pounce and find it messy and if I didn't get to the quilting fast enough it would fall off. I have been using the blue pencil that washes out and have had no problems. of course, I test it on the fabric first, to be sure.

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    I use Miracle chalk in mine (white only), it goes away with the heat of an iron. Have never had good luck with the blue.

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    If you want to use the pounce chalk, instead of using the pad, of which I will send you free of charge, I put the chalk in a bowl and use those cheap foam brushes from the paint department. Works much better.

    I know I will probably hear some flack for this one, but I prefer to use Crayola's Washable Markers with the fine tip. Knock on wood I have not had any issue with the marks not coming out.

    My second choice for marking is the Bohin or SewFine mechanical pencil leads. They are made from ceramic and mark very easy. I have used all colors of the leads and have only had an issue with the graphite/black lead. It did NOT wash out at all! All the other colors have washed out nicely.

    My third choice is the Blue Water Soluable marker. I have had good luck with this marker as well. Just DO NOT use any kind of heat after you have marked. Heat will set the marker.

    My last choice is the purple air soluable marker. Being air removes the markings you can take it from there. I have had the markings disappear as soon as an hour or as long as 48 hours. It all depends on your weather at the time.

    I hope this helps.

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    the Meacle chalk pounce which is the iron off......swipe the eraser over it don't....pound the chalk in.

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    You might also show the spray stencil marking. It works but needs to be used in a venelated room.

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    Getting a good "pounce" to show is really getting a good prime on the pad. I have used it and really like it, much less time than a regular draw on. The white goes away quite easliy. As someone mentioned its best to smear it over the stencil rather than a real pounce. The blue is not an iron off. ... and there is a toss up , get a really good line to follow and then its more work getting the chalk off, or go with a faint "pounce" and its easy to get off ... but may not stay for quite as long as you would like it to.

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    I always "cut" the blue chalk with white chalk. I mix the white chalk with about 25% to 30% blue and I pounce very lightly. When I'm finished, I use a Swiffer cloth to remove the chalk.

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