29 January, 2014

Washable markers for quilts

Some time ago I told you that I use these ultra washable markers to mark my quilts.

These are markers for kids, I found them in a supermarket, 12 pieces for about $4!
 
I already use a few on my quilts, but I thought it is time for an in-depth testing. I read that some markers disappear after washing but become visible again if the fabric is exposed to low temperature.
So I marked a piece of fabric then I pressed it very well.

Then I washed and dried it and then I forgot it in the freezer for a few days.
Today I remembered about it and with some emotions I removed it from the freezer. I pressed it again!
And I am happy to report that I have an immaculate white piece of fabric.

Now I am happy that I have 12 markers for the price of one of the old markers I used before!

The brand I found is French, but I suppose other brands have similar markers too. If you buy them, test them before using them on your best quilt!

Geta

20 comments:

Nilya said...

Oh, cool, good to know, thanks!

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Wow! Thank you Geta - we have those markers here in the states. Much appreciated.

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Yes, very good to know. Thanks for sharing!

dq said...

so good to know! I had given up on water soluble markers. I will try it out.

belanix said...

great tip!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Thanks for sharing!!

legato1958 said...

What a great tip! I am always worrying about marking fabric. I will look for these!

Susie

Sylvia said...

I think it's the iron-away Frixion pens that are a big problem with reappearing in cold temperatures. Using these is a great idea if you're planning to wash the quilt anyway--I'm going to have to look for some!

"laugh yourself into Stitches" said...

thanks for the test!!! great news for all us quilters! :)

Barb said...

I need to go check out those markers, thanks!

Hannele said...

So the quilt has to be washed, not just moistened with water?

Kelly Sas said...

Are these the markers that at first don't really appear to have any color but then color shows up in about 3-5 seconds? Thanks, I always learn so much from you!

DeAnna S said...

Thanks for the test and the tip! I've not bought any because of the cons you pointed out.

Elsa said...

I've been using the Frixion pen for a while now and it does the same thing. These pens are less expensive than the Frixion ~ money saved for more fabric!!!

tomomi mcelwee said...

That is a great find! Thank you!!

treadlemusic said...

Thank you so much. I've been hearing about alternatives but haven't tried any. The Frixion pen is ok but leaves a faint white/gray line that I don't like. Will be purchasing these this week.

Bouts Choisis said...

I bought some today to try! Thanks for the recommendation. Lynne.

Chirpy said...

I love everything you do! Your work is stunning, and I can't get enough of you. You have become my daily stop and I just want to commend you on your work. I would love to see it in person, maybe some day.

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Great idea, Geta. My daughter has the same markers, but I am not satisfied with them. I had problems during washing my fabric. Colors are still on the fabric :(
Maybe I bought a defective product.

Lynn said...

Have always been a little afraid to try the washout kids markers but maybe I will have to give them another try.

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