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I *intensely dislike* marking quilt tops!
I SO WISH I could draw!
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Date: 4/28/13 4:56 PM

Uggg what a tedious annoying process to mark the quilting lines!

I can't use frixion pens because I am using Dream Puff batting, can't iron it.

So I have some disappearing ink pens. Which are fine, for about 30 seconds. Then you can't see the lines well enough to sew on them!

So I have another water soluble pen, just about out of ink and useless. One that blends too well with the fabric to be seen clearly.

The disappearing ink WOULD be more tolerable if they really completely disappeared. But they don't. They just mostly disappear.

The stencil is not hard to use, just so time consuming to get it lined up right, then draw it in, tyhen go bacl and re-line it up when the %^&*%^&* lines fade.

I ENVY people that can just DRAW what they want on a quilt top!

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Date: 4/28/13 5:47 PM

I have tried the chalk and pens but I find just a pencil lightly, or tracing paper with the design pinned over it.

I wish i was one of those people who have it all planned in there head and dont need marking. everytime I think I have an idea of what i want to try, i go blank and end up doing the same stuff or making mistakes.

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Date: 4/28/13 5:47 PM

me too Cat.

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Date: 4/28/13 7:49 PM

Agreed. It is a huge pain.

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Date: 4/28/13 8:15 PM

Not sure where I read the tip but some people are using Crayola washable markers. I have never been brave enough.
These days I mainly FM freehand and might markthe odd straight line as a reference point.

When I was learning I did use Glad Press'n'seal but it can be time consumming picking off the bits of plastic. I now use it to rehearse a pattern on a quilt to see if I like it or to get a made by me pentagraph scale and proportion right.

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Date: 4/28/13 9:16 PM

I use crayola washable markers for all my dressmaking marking. I have a chaco liner and a soapstone pencil for marking quilt tops as well. I've never had an issue with the crayola markers on anything I've made. I've used green, blue and orange and it always washes out. They come in 465748392 colors too. I find them cheaper than the sewing pens and they work better for me as well. I like all my tools actually. I don't like the air-soluble pen things either.

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Date: 4/28/13 11:01 PM

Thanks for the hands on experience report Amina! I HAVE washed Crayola markers out of clothes, but never tried them on a quilt.

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Date: 4/29/13 7:34 AM

My husband's maternal grandmother was an esquiste quilter. She quilted by hand. The one quilt that was given to me still has a slight marking of pencil lines that she used. I just marvel at the tiny stitches she used and the precise meeting of all the pieces. I just do not have her patience. What an artist she was and the gifts she left behind after she died. They are treasured items.

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Date: 4/29/13 8:36 AM

They ARE treasured items!

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Date: 4/29/13 9:12 AM

Cat have you ever tried quilting through the paper stencils? It's like paper piecing after your finished just tear the paper off. I got a whole book of designs and just copy them onto plain newspaper print.

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