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From: Snow Keeper
Date: 03-23-2005, 02:20 AM (1 of 2)
I am about to start marking a quilt for hand quilting.
But before I start, I'd like to hear some of your opinions on preferences of types of pens, pencils etc that you use to mark your quilts.

I did buy a washable pen, but before I use it I thought maybe I'd better see if there is a better option. Im hand quilting on a piece that is White-on-white.

This quilt I am doing needs the design drawn on it in full. So as I quilt, I will be handling the One Piece Quilt alot. I am guessing I will want a mark that will last through much handling without smearing or dissapearing.
Any suggestions or experience with this type of quilting?
Thanks for you help!
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User: Snow Keeper
Member since: 12-26-2002
Total posts: 14
From: joannequilts
Date: 03-23-2005, 10:27 AM (2 of 2)
There are many ways to mark a quilt. Some good and some bad. These are some of the better ones that the professionals use:

Dixon wash out markers. These are chalk based and sold in the Clotilde catalog

Artists graphite pencils (they contain no wax,oil, etc.)

There is always debate on the prewashing of fabric. I for one always wash so that shrinkage is then and not after I am done. You can try washing in hot water, that will help a little. It's usually the dryer that shrinks it. To help fraying snip each corner diagonal.
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