Marking quilts for quilting

It’s no secret that I’ve been wary of the Frixion pens that a lot of peopleĀ rave about. Just after Christmas, I bought a couple of colours from Paperchase and tried them out. They worked great; the lines went white and only vanished completely when well pressed but that was fine. I then tested my fabric in the fridge and the lines didn’t come back, excellent, but in the freezer? This is what the once completely white scrap looked like…

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Yep, the marks came back, not as strong as they were originally but quilt-ruiningly there all the same. Which is fine for most people I would think, I mean, who keeps a quilt in the freezer? My issue is if I leave one in a car during winter snow, or in my conservatory with all the heating off if we go on holiday, does it get colder than the fridge in those situations? I could re-press, but I don’t really want to, actually I don’t want to iron any quilt sandwich to be quite honest, due to size and also due to the fact I don’t want to compact the wadding any further.

DSCF8521So I decided it was time to try these! Yep, bog standard kids washable felt tip pens. I tested all the colours on white unwashed cotton and it came out of the washing machine completely clean!
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So I’ve used them on a real quilt. With a bit of stain remover as well as standard detergent, I’m confident this is the best way for me. I always wash my quilts after binding anyway so it’s no extra work, plus these markers have nice thick lines that I just cannot get from standard fabric markers. I used the green one this time as I’m still a bit scared of the mighty black one. I’m getting nearer to completion and nearer to wash time, wish me luck…

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