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Old 12-24-2006, 08:50 AM
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I'm from Wyoming; right now we're having a light snow, will definitely be a white Christmas!
Have a question: how can I get rid of the light pencil marks from marking a border with a stencil? Have tried the Magic Rub eraser which takes some of it off, but not all. Hate to give a gift that has pencil marks on the border.
Thanks for any help.
Have a Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-24-2006, 06:49 PM
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Karen, I've washed my quilts in the past and all of the pencil marks did come out--course that could be just luck too :!: , but anything's worth a try! I'm in Northern Colorado and it was snowing here earlier too. Good luck and Happy Holidays :D


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Old 12-25-2006, 04:41 AM
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Karen...........a WI gal here...........SNOW......what's that?? Nothing here for Christmas! :roll: Merry Christmas to you and yours!! nanner
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Old 12-25-2006, 01:34 PM
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I always wash my quilts prior to giving as a gift. Could be that I just love the look when taken the quilt out of dryer, as it crinkles around the stitching, giving it an old comfy feel. Have a lovely holiday.
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Old 12-25-2006, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Boo
I always wash my quilts prior to giving as a gift. Could be that I just love the look when taken the quilt out of dryer, as it crinkles around the stitching, giving it an old comfy feel. Have a lovely holiday.
Boo -- I am the same way! I use 100% cotton batting to help it crinkle.

As for the pencils marks.. I strongly suggest not using regular pencils, but using quilt pencils. I used regular pencils for a while and had no trouble with the marks washing out.. then one day I used them on a quilt and they never did all wash out! PTL it was a quilt for us and not a gift and the marks are not that noticable.. in fact, I suspect you wouldn't see them if you weren't looking for them... but I know they are there! I quit using regular pencils then!

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Old 12-26-2006, 08:47 AM
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Karen,
We should not use regular pencils as they contain graphite that is waxy and difficult to remove. Suggest you use the blue markers next time as they disappear with a spritz of water.
I believe Fons and Porter had a solution for this removal problem. Don't quote me on this, but I recall 1T of WHITE kitchen dish detergent, 1T of alcohol and 3T of water. Mix together and use a Qtip and stroke the lines until they disappear. Then use a Qtip with just water to rinse. -- Please try this on a scrap before using it on your project since I am not sure of the exact formula.
Please advise the rest of us about your results. Suzanne
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This is a very interesting article! Thanks
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