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Is this the best way to mark a quilt and what stencils do you use?
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Date: 2/4/12 0:05 AM

Hi everyone,
I am looking for a new way to mark and top quilt my quilts... Have been considering the Pounce product and acrylic stencils, but was hoping to get a review of this product from someone who has used it but also suggestions for other ways to do this. If you do use pounce and stencils - where do you get your stencils??

I have used disappearing ink before, but had a quilt where it didn't totally disappear, so looking for other options. I also don't like using regular lead pencils, though I've seen people do this too...

All input appreciated!
Thanks!

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Date: 2/4/12 1:08 PM

Yes, the problem with disappearing ink is that the quilt has to be washed to make sure all the ink comes out. I use it and wash the project after it is complete, but can see where that might not be desirable for all projects.

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Date: 2/5/12 6:43 PM

I have used the Pounce with white powder as well as blue. This was after I got frustrated spending all my time tracing out a stencil with a water erasable blue pen and then having to take a damp washcloth to everything when I was done. PITA.

I buy my stencils at any quilt shop or Joann's. I can buy the long narrow ones for borders and the square ones for allover quilting.

A tip when using Pounce: DON'T rub!!! It's meant to "pounce", and lightly. Some powder might come off, but that's only excess. It does work well--better than anything else I've tried. I pounced my quilt after I pinned it, and one time I thread basted it instead of pinning. If you pounce it before you pin it, the chalk will rub off.

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Date: 2/5/12 9:10 PM

I have tried pounce chalk, as well as the type pounce chalk that disappears when you hold an iron over it with a shot of steam.
Personally, I disliked both and gave it all away to a fellow guild member who loves the stuff.

I buy my stencils anywhere I can: local quilt shops, quilt shows, internet vendors. I have even cut my own from manila file folder cardboard after tracing a printed quilting design to the cardboard. There is a small hand-held electric stencil-cutter tool that will melt/cut plastic sheets. I tried that, too, but the vapors/outgassing of the heated plastic made me sick. I've developed a fair amount of respiratory chemical sensitivities over the years, so I stick with the more ... organic ... methods.

My absolute favorite way to mark a quilt is the green Flair felt tip pen at Office Depot. IThey're only sold as a box of one dozen from Office Depot, online only, and to me it's worth the money spent. It washes out very well. (Test first on your project fabric)

My last quilt had a lot of dark colors and the green Flair pen ink wasn't going to show up. With that one, I cut squares of water-soluble machine embroidery stabilizer (WSS) --- the kind that looks like pellon interfacing or Do-Sew --- and used the green Flair felt tip pen and my stencils. Then, I used the spray temporary adhesive (used for machine embroidery) to affix each square to the appropriate block. When the quilting was done, I trimmed down the excess WSS, put the whole business into the washer and it worked out beautifully.

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Date: 2/6/12 7:04 AM

I discovered these last year and never use anything else now, they are fabulous!

Clover Trace n Mark air erasable pen

There's both a thick and thin tip, and I confidently use these on white fabrics all the time, and have never not had one disappear. They stick around for a day or two, so plenty of time to sew over the lines before they disappear on me.

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Date: 2/6/12 11:14 AM

I have used the blue quilt pounce pad for marking. After marking the pattern on the quilt I lightly sprayed it with very cheap hairspray (aqua net) to "hold" the chalk on the quilt. It worked pretty well. I quilt on my home sewing machine, so the quilt gets handled quite a bit, which means the chalk tends to get "smudged" up but it stayed on. It all came out in the wash so I was satisfied. I used the new Frixion heat erasable pens I my last quilt and loved it. I purchase stencils from my LQS or Hobby Lobby or JoAnns. I think you can also purchase them online. Bernie

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