Open Line Friday–Does the Perfect Marking Pen Exist?

Quilt Marking Tools

Happy Friday, Quilters and welcome back to Open Line Friday–where everyone asks and everyone answers.

I’m happy to hear that so many of you enjoyed my daughter’s colorful blog:  Color Route Co.  I love the gorgeous photography and the colors.  It’s always inspirational!

Speaking of inspiration…The Inbox Jaunt Quilting Guild is now open for business on Flickr.  See link HERE.  There are several photos of quilts and projects from readers of The Inbox Jaunt.  You’ll love how they used the free motion quilt patterns in their projects!  Please check it out and ADD YOUR PHOTOS, too!   If you’d like to share photos taken from your smart phone, we are now on Instagram.   Add #theinboxjaunt to your Instagram photos and we’ll all be able to see your progress!

Quilt Marking ToolsOn the docket today:  Does the perfect quilt marking pen exist?  

If it does, I haven’t found it…  There are four things I am looking for in a marking tool:

  • Easy to see
  • Easy to remove
  • Creates a fine (not too thick) line
  • Does not break or run out of ink readily

I have tried a lot of marking utensils, and have narrowed my favorites to a few:

Quilt Marking Tools

I like the Clover chalk wheels whenever I am drawing a straight line with a ruler or stencil.

Quilt Marking ToolsI like the Clover White Marking Pen for use with stencils. The odd thing about this pen–it takes many seconds to show up after you’ve drawn with it.

Quilt Marking Tools

I also like the Fons & Porter mechanical pencil.  It is always sharp, however I have had some problems with the lead breaking.

Quilt Marking Tools

I also use chalk a lot because it is so easy to remove.   The down side to chalk–it creates a  thick line and it isn’t easy to sharpen.

Quilt Marking Tools

I do as little marking as possible on my quilts–I’d much rather be stitching than marking!  I will discuss more about marking on our next episode of Open Line Friday–airing November 1, 2013!

What’s your favorite marking tool?  (And where can we find it?)


Halloween Reading


Halloween ReadingWhen I’m not quilting or doodling, I love to read.  My daughter is reading The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.  My son is reading Dracula, by Bram Stoker, and I am trying a little Halloween poetry.

Halloween BooksWhat’s on your nightstand this Halloween season?

If you are in need of a little color or seasonal inspiration, pour yourself a cup of tea and search around my daughter’s blog, Color Route Co. HERE  It’s visual poetry-you’re sure to enjoy!