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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Miscellaneous Wednesday Giveaway

Here is something that just might change our lives! I am being a little dramatic but hey you never know! It is a gel pen by Pilot called Frixion. I learned about this from Barb at my class I took last week. Here is the amazing part-----you draw your design (embroidery), pattern (quilting) or whatever you want on fabric. When you are done you IRON it and it disappears!!! I tried it and yes it does work.
Now this goes against everything we have ever heard about not getting heat on any kind of markings or it will NEVER come out.
This being said I am not sure what the long term effects are, so maybe you don't want to use it on your hand quilted Baltimore Album quilt!
Leave a comment, become a follower and tell me if you ever had any disaster using marking pens, pencils etc. I will pick a name next  Monday. You will get 3 pens, black, blue and red.

Linda from Flourishing Palms said that you must be sure to wash it after you iron off the marks or they can return. Thanks for the heads up Linda!!

Also have you seen this book? A read an article in the paper and it was real interesting about why certain colors were popular over the decades. My favorite line was "the '60s were a party and the '70s were a therapy session!" A good library pick.


My sewing room is a mess. I am getting close to finishing the blocks of my mystery quilt. I have set a goal that no other projects (except the diary quilt) can be worked on until this is done! My deadline to have this complete is April 1, I am hoping for this weekend!

Kelly

23 comments:

  1. I am a follower - gfc an g. reader. These pens look great.... too good to be true? I have not had a disaster w/ a marking tool but have not found one I am crazy about either! thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  2. Am already a devoted follower. I've had all the usual disasters of leaking permanent pens, blue lines that don't wash out and purple ones that reappear intermittently. This pen sounds intriguing as does the book suggestion. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  3. REALLY??? The ink erases??? You know how much embroidery I do and I can scarcely believe this!!! My big challenge is making sure the lines are so faint that you can barely see them (which usually means tearing stitches out at some point because they are in the wrong place). This is AWESOME!!!

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  4. I love these pens, have blogged about them, and have demonstrated use to two different groups of quilts. Please note! If the ink isn't washed out of the quilt, marks WILL return when the quilted item is exposed to very cold temperatures. I recommend testing this, as I did. Put your piece in your freezer and watch the marks come back! No problem though if you wash the item.

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  5. My sewing room looks just like yours if not messier!
    I have not used many marking pens in my work. Good to know what works and what doesn't.
    Thanks for experimenting!

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  6. I am fortunate that I have no disaster stories to share when it comes to marking pens....but then I am very cautious of them and don't use them very often. I do have a great story that Karen McTavish shared in a retreat where we were designing whole cloth quilts using templates and blue marking pens. Apparently she had a student who spent a day (at least!) designing her whole cloth and when she woke up the next morning, all the markings were gone. She had bought a disappearing pen and it had faded out during the nite. YIKES. Jan

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  7. I haven't really used a marker on my quilts. I guess i havent done much appliqué, but would like to.. That book looks great, I'll keep an eye out for it. I always wonder how they pick the colour of the year. My sewing room was a huge mess until last night, I had a bit of a cleanup and put everything in cupboards, my cupboards are now full of things but at least my cutting board is clear. Good luck with getting your quilt finished! Are you quilting it as well?

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  8. Great tip! Thanks! I have not often marked my quilt tops, although I do have one marked now and used chalk. The problem with chalk is that it is easily brushed off.

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  9. I love these frixion pens for marking my needleturn applique. I have heard that the lines will return at very cold temperatures and for that reason I wouldn't use them to mark quiltings lines but if you are trying to hide the lines anyway then they are great. I have been using them for almost a year and so far no problem. I am already a happy follower.

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  10. This pen sounds great. Julierose

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  11. I saw this pen at Steve's , but I wasn't brave enought to try it. But I would love to. I am a follower. My one disaster was when I used hand dyed thread to stitch some leaves, rinsed out that blue marker and the dyed thread ran. RIT color remover removed the excess dye and a bit of the color of the background fabric.

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  12. Inter sting pen - I wonder if we have them in Australia?

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  13. I am a follower!!!! ok I Just loved seeing the picture of your sewing room, made me not feel a lone when I am working on too many projects at once!
    Kathie
    thanks for the info about the pens! don't include me in the giveaway though...

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  14. I'm a follower! =) I've never used marking pens...so no specific disasters. =) Thanks for a chance to win.

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  15. I've never tried these pens. I did have a small problem when I first learned to hand quilt. Seems I'm a bit heavy handed with a lead pencil. It took many many washing for the pencil marks to finally come out.

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  16. I'm a follower. My son left a pen in his pocket, and I washed it. It made a huge mess. He claimed he would never wear the jeans again, but I got most of it out.
    I saw these pens at a quilt shop, but I was hesitant to buy one. It's good to hear a review, and I would love to win the giveaway!

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  17. Wow - reading my mind on what I need now - a marking pen! I'm putting my name in to win.

    : )

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  18. I clicked to be a follower of your blog!

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  19. I haven't had a disaster - mainly because I have only used a regular pencil for practice pieces - but I'm getting ready to mark on real projects! These sound like they would be good for me to start with...

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  20. This is great to know! I've never had any marking mishaps, but I've also not had that many opportunities to make a mistake as I'm fairly new to quilting. I am a follower.

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  21. My husband bought me the Pantone book for Christmas. I've recommended it to all my artist friends. It's such a great inspiration point for when you want to consider a "new to you" color palate.

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  22. I'm a follower. Can't say that I have ever had a pen disaster, just the annoyance of having a pen dry out just when I need it to work. These pens look great!

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  23. I have used Crayola washable markers with great success, but I always wash my quilts once they are quilted. I live in Japan now and use Frixion pens for general use (I would say they are the most common pen here, and my kids and I love them!) but have never thought of using them for fabric!

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