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    Good afternoon. Could you please tell me the best way to mark out stencils onto fabric. Also can you advice me on what is the best chalk I should use. Thank you julia

    #2
    Sorry, I'm no help, because I don't use stencils. When I first started to quilt, I used them on practice sandwiches, not quilts, so I used a pen that didn't matter if it erased. I've never used any of the chalk products. I'm sure there will be others who can give advice. I didn't check, but there might be something on YouTube.

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      #3
      I seldom use stencils but when I do I use the Crayola washable pens. I find that they leave crisp lines and always wash out. If in doubt, test a piece of fabric first. I do not use chalk so no help there.
      Last edited by Granny Fran; September 23, 2020, 12:06 PM.
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      • auntstuff
        auntstuff commented
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        Another vote for the Crayola, and I use stencils a LOT! Make sure it is the Crayola Ultra-washble ones.

      #4
      chalk or pens, test on fabrics first.

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        #5
        Auntstuff got me hooked on Crayola Washable markers and they are great, always come out even if they are on your quilt a long time, for me that was 8-9 months. None of them show up on really dark colors like navy and black so for that I either use Fons & Porter white ceramic pencil (I think from JA) or white or silver chalk pencil called The Generals Chalk Pencil from fqs.

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          #6
          I vote for the Crayola Ultra washables as well. I use stencils all the time, and unless I’m quilting on a solid, I find the chalk too difficult to follow (it gets lost in the design). Sometimes the marks stay after the first wash, but if I use a non-chlorine “bleach” it comes right out the first time. I love Molly’s suds for that - it doesn’t fade the colors, but gets all the marker ink out.

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          • jjkaiser
            jjkaiser commented
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            What is Molly's suds and where do you buy it?

          • auntstuff
            auntstuff commented
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            A cold soak with no detergent, spin it out then was as usual will get it all out. Soap seems to set it a bit if too strong.

          • Mdtrimble
            Mdtrimble commented
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            “ What is Molly's suds and where do you buy it?”

            Molly’s suds is an “oxygen whitener” - essentially sodium carbonate (NOT bicarbonate) with fragrance, if you are into the whole chemical thing. I order lots of my cleaning supplies from Grove Cooperative, but I’m sure you could search it up online and find other suppliers.

          #7
          I like the purple air erasable pen for marking stencils. But just mark what you can quilt at one time rather than marking the whole quilt.
          Lori Kennedy just did a review of different marking pens. https://lorikennedyquilts.com/the-be...hine-quilting/

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            #8
            just avoid yellow in any kind of marker. it always seems to cause trouble.

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