Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Trying Something New

Rolling out the Mistyfuse on an Ikea paper roller, found in the children's section of the store.  It is meant for paper, but works great for the 12" bolt of Mistyfuse. 

Covering the hand-dyed fabric with Mistyfuse on top with a Fat Goddess Sheet, which is also made by Mistyfuse.  I will use a hot dry iron all over the top of this, bonding this Mistyfuse to the fabric.

This is how the Mistyfuse should look after being bonded with the fabric, shiny.

I cut the fabric a certain size, and if I could remember, I would tell you. But, really the size is insignificant in the big scheme of things.  Might be around 12x13

I backed it with a piece of pink felt

I was given this pen - Frixon.  You write with it on fabric, and then the ink disappears when you iron it.  I should give it a try.  Just imagine the detailed designs that you could get with free motion machine quilting, if this works.

So, I decided to draw a house, from my sketchbook.  It is quite similar to a house that I designed for StencilGirl, and I used some of the same design elements.  If you click on StencilGirl above, you can see the stencil.  I am thinking that this is pretty great to draw out my design. But, where will the pen residue go, when you iron it?

Free motion machine quilting on my Bernina 750 QE.  I have my Ambassador hat on today!  Check out the We All Sew site where the BA's have many cool tutorials, including me.

The house is done!  I cleaned my iron completely before I used is to erase the pen drawing.  Feeling a little apprehensive about this.

As I was ironing this, I found out where the pen residue goes.  My answer was on my fabric. So disappointed.
The residue is stuck to my quilt.  I don't wash my work, so if I had made a huge wall quilt, I would have been pretty devastated.  This is small and a test, and it is a failure. According the manufacturer, this pen was not intended for fabric, but for paper in the scrapbooking industry.

So, into the trash it goes!  Too bad, so sad.  This started an excellent discussion on Social Media, and Jenny K. Lyon did a great blog post about this pen.  Click here to view her blog.

This is the back on pink wool blended felt.  I think I will finished it and sell it as is - the back side.


  1. I've read bad news about this before and resisted following the siren song from others who say it's wonderful! I believe you; not wasting another moment thinking about it. I use a pencil and an eraser.

  2. The other side effect of these pens is that the color comes back if the fabric gets cold -- as could happen shipping a quilt to an exhibit. Good decision to toss it -- I did too.

  3. I've had my doubts, thanks for confirming them.

  4. Another piece of bad news: the marks will reappear if the piece is exposed to any significant cold. Hello? Not cool!

  5. It might be fun to paint over the quilting. Put some paint on a brayer and roll over the surface. The paint would cover the stray pen mess, but not seep into the valleys created by the quilting creating some interesting layering.

  6. Too bad...thanks for letting us know. I do like the pink side though :-)

  7. I've always felt leery about those pens and other "disappearing pens" for marking.

    Sorry to hear that your lovely piece was ruined.

    Personally I'm a fan of just plain chalk markers.

  8. I am so glad to see this review. I came across some reports of how great the disappearing ink is with the Frixon pens, but during the same research I found that some people felt that the ink had to go "some where" if it didn't stay in the fabric. Experience is always a good way to learn. That pink really pops with the design!

  9. I have used Frixion pens many times with no bad luck. Also have many fellow guild members who use them regularly. Your pen looks very different from the ones i have used. Could it be a Knockoff or maybe they make some that are not removable. Have not had any marks come back, except when i put a piece in the freezer for several days, and it goes away again if ironed again.

  10. I have used Frixion pens for a couple of years with great success. Your pen looks very different from all of mine. So sorry you did not have a positive experience, very disappointing.
    Wishing you continued success in all you do,
    LuAnn Kessi

  11. I'm wondering what type of fabric you were marking/quilting on. I mark my 100% cotton quilting fabrics and have never had that happen. But I tend to only mark as much as I need and not extremely heavy.

    Jenny Lyon had a great write up on how these pens work (and where the ink goes ;-) you can see it here: http://quiltskipper.com/2015/08/13/frixion-pens-all-you-need-to-know/

    On the other hand, if you don't use on your fabrics, they're still great writing pens.

    I'm loving your quilted houses!! Gonna have to give that a try.


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