Quilt show booty and a quilt marking pen review

This weekend is the Columbia River Gorge Quilt Guild’s annual show, held in Stevenson, Washington. It’s a beautiful drive:

gorge

Usually this time of year the weather is sunny and gorgeous, but I didn’t mind the clouds. They suited my mood.

I’m working on getting my pictures of the show quilts organized and sized for show-n-tell on the blog, but in the meantime I’ll show you my haul from the vendors. I really didn’t need to buy anything, but I found some irresistible treasures.

A couple of batik fat quarters in a lovely soft sea green.

fat quarters

A notecard with this year’s show picture. Apparently, this year they didn’t bother to print up posters for the show, maybe it’s the economy. But they did print cards, so I purchased one. The artist, Gayle Weisfield, has her own website here, if you’d like to check her out.

card

Some more irresistible fabric, this time a panel and matching print:

fabric

Last are some interesting pens. The vendor was selling them as quilt marking pens. The vendor demonstrated how you can simply iron the spot you marked, and the ink disappears. Amazed and hooked, I bought 4 of them.

pens

The pens are called “FriXion” by Pilot. I did some test samples on cotton scraps:

pen before
before pressing

pen after
after pressing

The red and the blue on the left and center of my scrap are the “disappearing” inks, the purple on the right is my control pen, a Sharpie. You can see how the red and blue pen ink disappeared after I pressed the fabric. HOWEVER. I went to Pilot’s website and read the information on this pen. It says if the pen is left in a hot area (like a car on a warm day) the ink will be colorless. To restore this, cool the pen in the freezer. So, I took my scrap cotton and put it on an ice pack, and sure enough:

frozen

the ink returns. I had made a new red scribble, but you can still see the first one right next to it.

Pilot is marketing this as an “erasable” gel ink pen. Gel pens are the same ones that law enforcement recommends you sign your checks with because bad guys have no way of bleaching the ink out and repurposing your checks for nefarious purposes. Erasable or not, that fact combined with the realization that these are probably not archival inks has me giving these pens a thumbs-down for quilt marking purposes.

Coming up next: Quilt show pictures!

peggi large sig

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