Top Fabric Marking Tools for Quilters

| Quilty | Episode 239

Mary goes through some of the different fabric marking tools quilters should have in their toolbox. Heat erase pens, ceramic pencils and chalk pencils are just a few of the tools she talks about. For more quilting tips and techniques pick up Quilty magazine, visit or watch more Quilty episodes at or on DVD!

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  1. For the beginning quilters, I suggest showing how the purple and the blue fabric markers work. The purple is air-soluble and the blue one is water-soluble. There can be pitfalls using these however, so perhaps a future show could address these concerns and show the viewers how to use and remove the marks these pens leave. Thanks, Mary!

    Sandi Baier, 2 years ago Reply

  2. The friction pens are so hot right now (pun intended). They’re not specifically produced for quilters, but they’re an ink pen and the ink comes out with heat. Basically an erasable ink pen, there’s a little nub eraser on top that applies heat with friction and it magically comes out. You can also use a dry iron and it does the same thing! It comes in purple, blue, and black and my quilt shop sells them for like $2. I believe they are manufactured by pilot.

    Laura, 2 years ago Reply

  3. I recommend quilty to all new quilters. This is one of the best written magscfor newness.
    Please keep it coming
    Thank you

    louise sutara, 1 year ago Reply

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