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I've been trying to figure out a way to mark the quilt lines on my quilt. I have several tops that I want to get quilted and I've worked out the designs that I want to use but my problem is marking them.  Sence they are bed sized quilts I could spend hours with a light box and the blue marking pen, but marking them could be hours for me or would turn into days, months, years, who knows around here.

I've used the chalk marking method before but the result was less than favorable.  The lines didn't wash out the first or second time I washed the quilt.  I have tried the paper method as well but centering the design in the space, not so well.

I've considered the pounce pad and chalk but I've never used this before and I don't know how well the lines would come out.  So If you have tried this method, was it quick and easy? And how well did the lines come out?

I would be using a midarm brother sewing machine and getting my hands over the lines as well so I would like to know if the lines stayed put until you've sewed over the design as well.

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Comment by Terry F on January 19, 2014 at 4:42pm

I have never heard of Golden Thread before.  If it is a paper type product placed on the quilt, they should make them water soluble.  I use WS stabilizer for ME and it washes right out.  Maybe they will..... 

Comment by JB on January 19, 2014 at 10:42am

I won't use Frixon any longer...a quilt I am currently working on has hours upon hours of machine embroidery on white fabric.  The Frixon marks go away when ironing, but I have had some come back.  I have spent hours trying to get them to go away permanently by using Clorox2 but am still having some shadow marks.  I'm still hoping to get them out in the wash but not counting on it.  Joleen

Comment by Pam/NY on January 17, 2014 at 7:00am

I have to agree with Jody...just too risky to ruin a piece that you have put so much time and money into...

Comment by Jody Davis-Wood on January 16, 2014 at 8:17pm

For those of you that may be interested about the Frixion pen check out this site http://mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com/2012/05/pilot-frixion-pen-sewer...

Comment by Debra Miller on January 16, 2014 at 8:05pm
I did not know about the freezer thing. Hum....
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on January 16, 2014 at 4:46pm

I agree 100% with Jody.  I don't do any log arm quilting but quilt by hand and with my home bernina... I only mark utilitarian quilts and I use the Frixon pen.  The lines go away with and iron.  I hated my pounce pad.  I had trouble with the blue chalk on the white fabric not going away with washings plus I had dust everywhere...spent more time cleaning up afterwards.  Try the Frixon pen on something smallish and see if you like it.  All my guild members are sold on them. I use the light colored pens on light fabrics and the black on darker fabrics.  I've never used a black pen on light fabric though.  Let us know what worked for you.    

Comment by Jody Davis-Wood on January 16, 2014 at 4:38pm

I have been long arm quilting since 2005. I would not advise using anything to mark a quilt that you plane on keeping as an heirloom quilt. Anything that you mark your quilt with will over the years show back up. The chemicals never go away and they will eventually rot the fabric or show up. The frixion pen being mentioned. I used a pink one to mark some dark batik and when I ironed it it left a white line that I could not get out even with a hot steam iron. The fact that it reappears when put in the freezer means that it is still there.  Someone mentioned golden threads paper this at least does not leave any chemicals on your quilt. It however is a pain when it comes to using tweezers to try and pull all of the paper out of your stitches. I no longer ever mark a quilt all my work is freehand, or with the use of rulers as guides. I don't know about a mid arm but my long arm has a laser light that allows you to follow a pattern on the back table called a pant-o-gram. I personally don't care for them but if you have pattern you want to put in a certain area it is one way to do it. I would just use a dry erase board and practice your pattern free hand once you have the muscle memory of the pattern you just put the needle down and pull up the bobbin thread and start drawing with the machine. That way nothing to remove.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on January 16, 2014 at 11:31am

I have been using Golden Thread - I trace the pattern on it and then pin or baste it on the top and machine quilt. Beats tracing the pattern on the top itself, and the paper comes off so easily; any tiny pieces of paper left I pluck them off with a tweezer.  What I do is I trace a template for one block, then I cut as many Golden thread pieces as I need, using a size 16 needle on my machine, I then 'sew' the pattern on the rest of the paper. 

Comment by Connie/KS on January 16, 2014 at 8:19am

I like the Frixon gel pens also. One thing Debra did not mention is that if you accidentally erase your markings from these, just put your project in the freezer and the marks will come back until the object is laundered. I have mostly used mine for marking lines that need to be hand embroidred after applique. But I have used them for other things and really like them.

Comment by Debra Miller on January 16, 2014 at 4:44am
Thanks Dawn. I have been looking for them in stores locally. My LQS does not have them.

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