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Been wondering how others are marking quilts with the pounce chalk. Do you mark the quilt as you go or do you mark it all then load? If you mark it before do you load the quilt any certain way to keep the markings from disappearing? I guess this is why I don't usually use the chalk. I have to use it on certain things because I have issues with removing the markings with water. I just had to replace a whole square in the middle of the quilt because I spritz it with water and the red bled in to the white that I had sprayed. I know they should have prepared the fabric before hand but I figure that is their problem I am only quilting it and will let them know about the bleeding. How ever my problem is marking this thing and not using a marker that requires water to remove it.  :huh:

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I just use white chalk in my pouncer. I pounce the area I am working on as I go, 1 roll time. I don't use any water or spray because I use a cotton cloth or a clothes brush to brush the chalk off after I quilt it before I move on. The chalk wears off fast. I don't think the chalk would stay on if you marked it all before you loaded the top.

I bang the pouncer on my table with the lid on and the pad down. Then you RUB the pouncer over the stencil to push the chalk into the cut design.

Good luck!

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I don't like using the pounce pad.  Too much mess and the chalk doesn't stay put well.  I use Miracle Chalk - great stuff.  Stays on the quilt better and you can steam it off instead of trying to brush or vacuum it off.  Put your stencil down, then use the chalk in a small dish (I put mine in a pyrex custard cup) and use a small foam paint brush.  I works so much better.

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there is a web site with some info on it

miraclechalk.com

mow they do use the pouce system for there chalk I have not tried it but

they also have a crayon shaped pencil it is a bit thick but works good

also have the slivers of chalk to mark fine lines.

But the best thing I have done with their chak is filled my rolling wheel from clover with this chalk to remove you just iron it off and you can mark dark fabric

this is my go to item for dark fabric not so good for light fabrics but ....make sure you do not have any original chalk in your wheel they do not recommend mixing the

chalks. Hope this helps. 

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Be careful with colored chalk, test first, they don't always come out. I would recommend the purple air erase marker for marking on your white. Having said that if you have a humid area it will be gone before your done marking. Like right now we run a swamp cooler and the marks might last 3-4 minutes. I only use white chalk, air erase, heat remove able white pen and blue water soluble pen.

Shirley

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I use chalk and I do use the pouncer but the trick is wipe and not bounce.  I bounce it with the lid on my bars and then wipe.  I like Sue Pellon's chalk.  It doesn't tend to bounce off.  I use a micro cloth to wipe it off but you can also use the iron.  I always mark it on the frame.  I make sure I mark my halfway points or qtr points before I load the quilt if I need to fit elements into certain spaces.  I like to put my ironing board under the quilt sandwich and this gives me a perfectly firm surface to mark on.  I lower the board to get it under the quilt rails and then raise it to the sandwich.

 

White is always hard and I tend to use the marvy marker or blue washout marker.  You can also use Crayola washable markers but make sure you test and they most definitely have to be washed.  

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I love the Miracle Chalk, but hate that big old pounce pad that comes with it. So I make my own pounce pad. White pane velvet makes a great pounce pad. To make it take a 4" x 6" piece of the fabric and one of cotton batting. Sew it together to make a little pillow, fill with the chalk and stich it closed. I put the batting in there because the velvet is so porous it needs something to slow down the chalk. The nap of the velvet is just the right length to push the chalk through your stencil and into your fabric. These last a long time. Store this in a plastic bag when not using. It will keep it clean and you don't get chalk everywhere. If you don't have the velvet, flannel works pretty well too.

 

I have marked an entire quilt like this before loading on the machine. Most of the chalk stays on, and if some is rubbed off, most of the time you have enough left to get the stencil to align well to re chalk.

 

Hope this will help someone.

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