Thursday, 19 January 2012


I'm not feeling very creative at the moment. Everything is piled up in the sewing room and the sewing table has become the family dump table (sigh).

I suppose it's called the January Blue's. Did you know that last Monday is known as Blue Monday (woot! Wikipedia is back)?

Occasionally I get my Liberated Amish quilt out and do a bit of hand quilting, and I've been thinking about the border whilst waiting for my bargain copy of Quilting with Style by Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham to arrive. I found it second hand on Amazon for £5, plus postage. Bargain!

Anyhow, this is my latest idea.

I think it might work if I can redraw the leaves so they are a bit closer.  Thank goodness for chalk wheel markers. Rub it out and start again.

I also ordered a Hera Marker (which was expensive as I forgot about the postage from the UK. Sssssh don't tell The Old One!).

I like using my chalk wheel marker for doodling, but for straight lines I think I'm veering towards the Marker.

Have you tried using the Pilot Frixion pens for marking fabric?

Courtesy of Google Images

My friend Pippa sent me one to try and I must admit they are brilliant, but I find there is still a faint trace of a line left and all that rubbing tends to loosen the stitches a bit.

So the Hera Marker it is.

Hurry up Mr le facture!

I'll be back as soon as the goodies arrive from the UK. Got some yummy presents from the Christmas and birthday haul to show you.

More soon.


Quiltdivajulie said...

Did not know about Blue Monday . . . glad I have good things planned for that day to offset the blue karma!

I agree -- January is a mixed month (clearing the decks, dealing with the clutter, recovering from the holiday frenzies, catching our collective breath ... all are hard work).


Paula TheQuilter said...

The heat of an iron will remove those pen marks. Sub zero temps (Fahrenheit) will bring it back. I use these pens to draw the diagonal line on the square for half-square triangles.

Bridget said...

I am feeling the same way, Clare. For me, I think it's because I have a "must do" quilt in the works that is not particularly interesting. ((Well, the messy sewing room has something to do with it, too!)

At least you are doing a little something, which may grow into a larger something, and that's half the battle. Feel less blue, soon...

Kathleen said...

I'm with you when it comes to January, I don't like dark, cold days. I have found that working with bright colors helps alot.

Belinda said...

Me too....kinda....just been wrestling with my applique quilt on the hand quilting.......sigh....

Thanks for the heads up on the markers!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I did a post about those pens if you fancy a look..

I would be very careful what you use them on..

homeschooled said...

Hmm must be the season.
When my children were small and we lived in the UK I realsed that is the whole point of "the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".
Imagine always Winter but never Christmas.
We are having a winters day but it's the middle of Summer!

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

The friction removes the ink by heat (actually it turns it invisible, not removes is) so an iron does the job too

Lynda said...

Markers are so tricky. I've gone back to pencil and tailors' chalk - they're foolproof.