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Thread: A Water Soluble Marker That Lasts?

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    A Water Soluble Marker That Lasts?

    Any recommendations? I've been all about whole cloth quilting lately and I can't seem to make a water soluble pen last through an entire quilt to save my life. I've only used Dritz and Clover - is there a good one out there I can order that would actually make it through marking an entire whole cloth quilt?
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    Afraid I am hooked on the Frixion pens, after trying everything else on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee in Richmond View Post
    Afraid I am hooked on the Frixion pens, after trying everything else on the market.
    Me, too! Frixion marks will iron off. Some worry about remaining residue but I always wash quilts after they're finished and have had great success.
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    I use Crayola Washable markers and haven't had a problem yet. I haven't done a whole cloth quilt with it yet though. If you use them make sure you soak the quilt in cold water for at least an hour without soap before washing it. Then wash it as normal.

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    I, too am thrilled with them. Thanks for the tip about soaking!!

    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymom14 View Post
    I use Crayola Washable markers and haven't had a problem yet. I haven't done a whole cloth quilt with it yet though. If you use them make sure you soak the quilt in cold water for at least an hour without soap before washing it. Then wash it as normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymom14 View Post
    I use Crayola Washable markers and haven't had a problem yet. I haven't done a whole cloth quilt with it yet though. If you use them make sure you soak the quilt in cold water for at least an hour without soap before washing it. Then wash it as normal.
    I appreciate this tip. I used them once and had a hard time getting the marks out. I was sick. But then I was trying to wash a king-size quilt in a rather small washing machine, so I don't think it was agitating well enough. They finally came out when I washed it in a front-loading machine.

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    Sewline ceramic pencils wash off, but do not rub off while you're quilting. They've lasted for me with hand quilting, machine quilting, and longarm quilting, even when I've used a light hand to draw the lines.

    They are sold as erasable, but I just use water instead since erasing can stretch the fabric if you're not careful.
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    I'm a frixion fan, too. I take the iron to it - and what doesn't get ironed off, will wash out when i wash it after i'm finished. I've been working on a king size quilt since Dec and my marks are still there.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I am thinking you mean last to MARK the entire quilt. I still love those blue mark - b- gone but they lose their marking capability quickly without a bit of a cap on recharge. Expect to go through several in marking one quilt. Green Fairy has blogged about that and Diane Gaudynski mentions it in her books too. So I do what they did. I dedicate 3 to 5 pens. I mark with one until it quits making a bright blue mark then switch to the next, capping the first one and letting it "rest", etc. I keep rotating them and I can usually get a whole quilt marked with 3 but I have several new unused ones in reserve. On one quilt I had to switch out again but I didn't start with brand new pens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Sewline ceramic pencils wash off, but do not rub off while you're quilting. They've lasted for me with hand quilting, machine quilting, and longarm quilting, even when I've used a light hand to draw the lines.

    They are sold as erasable, but I just use water instead since erasing can stretch the fabric if you're not careful.
    GhostRider ... I'm still looking for the ultimate marker. When you say the Sewline needs to be washed off ... washed as in the washing machine? Or does it disappear with a spritz of water? Please? and Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KR View Post
    Me, too! Frixion marks will iron off. Some worry about remaining residue but I always wash quilts after they're finished and have had great success.
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    I have been using Crayola Washable markers too. I usually mark my quilting lines with them and have been doing mostly QAYG blocks so sometimes they sit for a while before assembling and finishing the entire quilt. I don't mark them lightly either -- I use a ruler and really draw on them so I can see where I'm going when quilting. By the time the finished quilt is washed, the marks have been on the fabric for quite a while and have also been ironed several times as well! I don't know if it matters, but I use all 100% cotton fabric, thread and batting (no poly or blends). I've used almost all of the colors and have found no difference -- they have all washed out without a trace. I love them and they are probably one of my least expensive quilting "tools"!

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    I use any water erasable I can find. I find that my marks have spritz off for me to iron. I do wash finally as well.
    I have 2 friend , one who wrote her label ready. For quilting next day. When she got up couldn't find her writing on a label.
    The other friend marked her quilt ready for quilting the next day. You know the rest.
    I personally used one had dinner at a class and had to remark so not my favourite, stick to water erasable.
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    I also am a fan of the ceramic pencils- a very nice fine line- available in multiple colors (I have green, yellow, pink and white) a light-fine line shows up well & lasts until you remove it. I have erased (pencil comes with fabric eraser) a few small lines- but generally-since I wash every completed quilt- I just leave the marks until the quilt is finished; quilted & bound; then I wash/dry it- the marks are gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    GhostRider ... I'm still looking for the ultimate marker. When you say the Sewline needs to be washed off ... washed as in the washing machine? Or does it disappear with a spritz of water? Please? and Thanks!
    The marks can be made "locally" wet, QuiltE...spray, dab, brush, etc. I use a small artist's brush to wet just on the lines and then blot dry.
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    just be careful of Crayola markers. I used green on yellow fabric. I did test but on my quilt- it took six washes with everything I had on hand to get those marks out. normally I soak makers out, spin, refill the tub and soak and spin. done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    The marks can be made "locally" wet, QuiltE...spray, dab, brush, etc. I use a small artist's brush to wet just on the lines and then blot dry.
    Kind of like localized rain showers!!

    Thanks Ghostie ... now I need to find one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    just be careful of Crayola markers. I used green on yellow fabric. I did test but on my quilt- it took six washes with everything I had on hand to get those marks out.
    Lots of people say they've had problems with one color or another, but I think it is the combination of the fabric/color/etc. (which varies from quilt to quilt) that causes the problem. That said, every time I use a new color on a new quilt project I always think in the back of my mind, "Will THIS be the one that won't come out?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Kind of like localized rain showers!!

    Thanks Ghostie ... now I need to find one!
    We have a Shop Hop coming in July ... and will add that to my Mission List!
    I had one all set aside in a box to mail to you, label and all, but I had an emergency and had to use it when mine jammed up suddenly (due to operator error). My bad. Let me know if your quest is unsuccessful, 'kay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    I had one all set aside in a box to mail to you, label and all, but I had an emergency and had to use it when mine jammed up suddenly (due to operator error). My bad. Let me know if your quest is unsuccessful, 'kay?
    Will do! I kind of like going on the Hops with a Mission (or six) ... if they have what I want, then great, I get it. If they don't, then it shows that I wanted to do business but they couldn't provide it for me! It helps me feel less obligated to buy, just for the sake of ... and even leave sometimes with nothing (not often, of course!!). The other thing on my list ... Dear Jane book and software. (What am I thinking?)
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    Thanks guys for all of your suggestions - sorry it took so long to reply - but I think I'm going to give the Frixion pens a try!
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