Good Morning, Quilters!
If you are like me, you are in constant search of the perfect quilting marking pen.
Quilt marking pens need to be easy to see, easy to erase and not dry out or break too easily.
The Best Quilt Marking Pen for Medium to Dark Fabrics
My favorite marking tool for medium to dark fabric is white chalk in any form. White chalk is easy to see, erases with a wipe and never dries out. White chalk is the perfect quilting marking tool for dark fabrics!
I like to use the Dritz Chalk Cartridge (white only)
or a white Tailor’s Chalk Triangle.
The Search for the Best Quilt Marking Pen for Light Fabrics
However, I have struggled to find the perfect marking pen for light colored quilt fabrics.
Several weeks ago, we had an Open Line Friday discussion about quilt marking pens and several of YOU recommended Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers. So I decided to give them a try.
I set up a little experiment to test the markers based on problems I’ve had with other quilt marking pens.
One thing I’ve noted is that some quilt marking pens disappear when pressed, while other pens are set when pressed, so I created two columns labeled “Pressed” and “Not-Pressed”
Next, I thought about Frixion Pens by Pilot which are used by many quilters. The Frixion pen marks are removed when steamed, but I had trouble removing some of the marks when I stitched over the marked line. So I tested for that too. I stitched over the lines in one column of my test project- the “Stitched, Not Pressed” column.
The Control Strip
Finally, I cut off one section of the quilt marking pen sample to save as my “Control”.
Then I put on my white lab coat….