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Should You Mark On Your Quilts?

Spoiler Alert: I DO!

The verdict is still out in the quilting community on whether it is harmful or good practice to mark on your quilts. I see this debate frequently on different quilting groups. Some swear by it and others chose to never pick up the marker. Today, I want to express to you why I chose to mark on my quilts and how it may improve your accuracy more than you think.

Don’t worry, it’ll all come out in the wash.

I’m sure if you’ve been in quilting Facebook groups you’ve noticed by now that members love to share horror stories of ruining quilts using one product or another. I’ve seen a few related to marking pens, but each time I scroll through the comments I find that most people were using a water-soluble ONLY pen. Which washes out in 95% of cases. Not many of those with horror stories had used a combo air erase + water-soluble.

Use a disappearing ink + water soluable pen.

I primarily work with white fabric, specifically the white 100% yardage from Walmart or Kona Cotton Solids. These two fabrics are of varying degrees of quality and have all responded AWESOMELY to disappearing ink (quilting specialty) pens. Plus when you pop it in the wash for the first time, any marks are SURE to be gone.

You know, come to think of it, I can’t remember the last quilt I made that wasn’t mostly white or neutral! I think it’s time for me to break out some deeper colors going into Fall…. but that is for another blog post!

What I Use: the Clover Dritz Dual Marking Pen

What I love about this pen is that it has both water-erasing ink and air-disappearing ink for quilting fabric. It works like a charm on white fabrics and is excellent in disappearing quickly.

How Marking Improves Accuracy

  1. Keep those seams lined up.
  2. Half-sqaure triangles and flying geese are so EASY with the marking method.
  3. You don’t have to constantly refer back to your ruler!

Other Methods

Chalk Marking

Iron Erasing

Let me know in the comments below what you do to mark on your quilts to improve your accuracy!

xoxo Quincy with The Contemporary Quilter