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Thursday, November 24, 2011

One More Marker

by Sharon T

Thanks to Caron for setting up this blog for hand quilting and allowing me to participate. I live in the NW corner of WA, and I was bitten by the quilting bug in 2002. When I started, I thought the only reason you pieced a top was so you could hand quilt. After a few years, that got a bit old; too many baby quilts were being done by hand! In 2005 I purchased a longarm to quilt for others, yet I continue to have 1 or 4 hand quilting projects on the go at any given time. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting and stitching.

Here is my fav marker. It is made by Prismacolor Verithin color 753 Metallic Silver. It's similar to the Roxannes white or silver pencils, but I don't have the breakage issue with this pencil. It also has a thinner lead so I can get a sharper point. Speaking of that, I love my Clover sharpener. I keep it in a film container, (remember them) and it travels with me all the time.

I've also shown a white marker from the same company, but I haven't tried it yet. The great thing about the silver marker is that is shows up on most everything. However, it does rub off. After marking four columns of feathers and watching the feathers rub off after quilting for a while, I ended up only marking about 6" at a time. Now if you are quilting in a floor frame, I'm sure it would be different, but I quilt in my lap.

All the other markers that I use have been mentioned, blue Mark b Gone and the white Clover. Alas, there is no one great magical marker that is perfect for every project, so I always tell my students, try them all, but TEST, and use the ones that work for you!

Happy Thanksgiving to all,


  1. Thanks for the info, I too use a silver pencil but have had problems with it breaking so I will give this one a try.

  2. These pencils are very inexpensive and most art supply stores sell them.


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