Did you find the “perfect” washable markers for quilting?
In the past I rarely used markers for my quilts. The ones specifically designed for quilting were expensive and I had to order them abroad. Now I can find them in Romania too but they are still expensive.
This reason and the fact that marking a quilt top for quilting takes time made me completely ignore this option.
Then a little nephew arrived into the world and I bought him some washable markers.
And I tried them on my quilts and I am extremely happy with them. I tested them …
and I tested them again recently.
I had to mark a top then to fuse pieces on the marked top. You know what this means- ironing over the marking!!! I even forgot water in the iron and I pressed with steam!
I washed the quilt and all the markings completely washed out.
Try the washable markers for kids that many brands have (I saw some on Crayola website too). Someone told me that she has the same brand as mine and they did not wash out. I heard about Crayola the same thing: for some they work, for others not. I think they were not exactly the same products.
The only way to found out is to try it for yourself.
If you mark your quilt top, then it is best to wash the quilt. Some quilters are afraid to wash their quilts; I wash everything I quilt and never had a problem. I hand wash the small quilts but the large quilts I wash in the washing machine. I always use a small amount of gentle detergent.
It’s essential to have a marker you trust in. Sooner or later you will need one.
I love the freedom these markers bring me! I love that they are cheap and available in many colors!
I hope you will find your favorite markers too!
PS. Now you know what my new quilt is all about! I will show you next week!
Edited to add
See here the finished quilt
Bouts Choisis says
Following your recommendation I bought some of these pens and they certainly work well. (Like Lori I find the blue ones expensive and they dry out very quickly. The mauve "vanishing" pens disappear within an hour or so, instead of the 48 hours claimed, in our damp Normandy climate). I shall be stocking up on the Bic pens at "back to school" time when they will be even cheaper in the hypermarket! Thanks for the tip.
Thank you Geta, this is one of the best tips I have read in a long time. Of course, if they wash out of kids clothes and your tablecloth, they would wash out of a quilt top, and they come in many fun colours and are very cheap. I am going to test out a set for me.
Kati from Kati's Quilting says
I agree with you Geta, I use crayola markers constantly, and always wash my quilts when I finish. Never had a problem with the marks not coming out. I didn't try going over it with the iron though :)))
Juni Biscuit says
Obrigada pelas dicas!
If you have difficulty marking your fabric with them, try washing the fabric before marking. Many chemicals used in the dyes and finishing products on fabric resist marking tools of all sorts. Geta: did you try leaving a quilt sample in the sun after you washed out the markings? UV light sometimes makes various markers "reappear", and can even result in a brownish tint that is nearly impossible to remove.
Lori Kennedy says
Geta, I will definitely try these pens, too. Thanks, Sally for your advice as well. I don't think THE PERFECT Pen exists, so it's nice to have many options. Lori
Have you tried mechanical pencil? It comes out pretty easily in the wash as well.
Terri Dunning says
Thank you for the tip I will buy some and try them out. I am like you I find quilting supplies to be very expensive…take care