Good Morning sweet quilting friends! Today I'd like to share with you my recent battle of the WATER SOLUBLE BLUE MARKING PEN. I love them so much whenever I see a new style or brand I purchase one. Here are just the few I had on my cutting table pen holder.
I use them almost everyday to mark sewing and quilting lines. I've never had any issues with them until now. While doing a quick cleanup in the Studio I happen to notice a brown mark on my cute little wall hanging. The light must have been hitting it just the right way because it looks good from here, right?
But lets take a closer look...AKKK! WHY! HOW! OH NO! See the light brown line above the green?
And more brown lines a little farther down on the flower pot area. Obviously this one was never washed only spritzed with water. How could I forget to wash it? Whats a gal to do but run to the computer and google how to remove this ugly brown mess. After about an hour of research online I found nothing about removing these hideous little ghost residue lines. Of course they all said to wash the quilt as soon as its complete. To late for that!
If this were a new blue line the plan of action would be to wash in cool water. Since there is a lot of red in this wall hanging I was leery of cold water. So here's the plan. Soaking in cool water and vinegar is supposed to help remove old blue marks. Then I added blue Dawn Dish soap to help with the possible bleeding reds, and a couple color catcher to catch any red that might bleed off. How much of each?...I just squeezed in some Dawn I would say about 1/4 a cup, about 2 cups of White Vinegar and 2 color catchers.
Giving it a quick swish to mix it all together.
The bottle of vinegar was set on top to submerge the entire thing. Then it was left to set and work it's magic for about 12 hours.
Well there was no magic in this mixture, it looked a little fainter but the marks were still visible. So I scrubbed...still visible. If I dry this they may get darker and they would definitely be set in by the heat.
Plan 2...Hydrogen Peroxide. A quick soaking, a light hand scrub and let it stand for about 2 hours.
It didn't do anything.
Plan 3...dump the original mixture in the washer along with a half gallon of vinegar. I let it stand for a few hours then run a gentle cycle.
STUBBORN stain! It barely made a difference but it seemed a little lighter.
Plan 4...About 1/2 cup of Dawn dish detergent and Hot Water in a heavy duty cycle.
It looks like it might have worked! But is it all really gone?
Maybe, It sure looks gone.
But I'm not taking the chance and putting it in the dryer. So I hung it to dry in the studio in front of a fan.
After drying it looks good, but we'll see if the stain returns after hanging on the wall for a few months.
~ Lea Anne ~