Before I share my absolute favorite marking tool, I have a bit of travel information I’m excited to share. Back in March I did a post about my next quilter’s adventure – I will be leading a tour to the International Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo, Japan this winter.
At that time I didn’t have the dates for my trip, but now I do!!! We will be touring from January 22 – 31, 2020.
We’ll spend 2 days at the quilt festival and then travel around Japan seeing the sites,
eating the food,
and taking classes with Japanese artists!
I would love to have you join me, whether you have a roommate or not – because I have a quilter looking for someone to travel with.
To open a full brochure with all the details and a booking form click here!
Bonnie Hunter did a spectacular video of the quilts at the Tokyo Quilt Festival in 2019. The artistry, workmanship and creativity of the quilts on display was amazing. To watch her video via YouTube click here and enjoy!
And now for this week’s blog topic:
I have a favorite quilt marking tool and I share it readily with all my classes. I was sure I’d done a post about it on my blog, but a search revealed I haven’t so… here it is:
Ta Da – a sliver of soap!
It is really inexpensive (virtually free), shows up on anything but white, and comes out easily! So when the bar of soap in the shower gets so thin you’re tempted to slap it onto the new bar… STOP! Set it on the counter to dry and you’re ready to mark. There are many advantages:
- The thinner the soap, the thinner the line.
- The lines remain visible until removed with water.
- When the soap breaks you have more marking pieces!
- The marks will disappear with a spritz of water from a spray bottle, or a wipe with a damp cloth.
- I’ve never had a soap mark not come off completely with water.
Be aware: liquid soap won’t work :-). I actually love to use hotel soaps and grab the extras whenever I travel. They are freebies and they turn into slivers quite quickly.
Soap slivers are my favorite, but another marking option that’s worked well for me is Crayola™ washable markers. You may have noticed in a post I wrote in April, that I marked my Modular Log Cabin base quilt with a pink marker (to read that post click here).
They come in a variety of colors and I’ve had no trouble washing them out of cotton fabrics. But please, please, please do test all marking tools on your fabric before using them!
Have you used soap slivers for marking? Do you have any favorite marking tools to add to my list?