A few weeks ago I went to Staples to buy some markers to use on fabric squares I would be assembling for a Prayer Quilt for a dear Friend who had just announced she was diagnosed with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. I told the store assistant I was looking for permanent markers to use on fabric to make a quilt. He showed me the marker section. The Sharpies had the sets with the most colors. That would be great to have such a variety of colors. I have used Sharpies for years. I thought I knew their product. I got the biggest set.
Because my Friend said that the only thing she wanted were prayers, it seemed like the obvious thing for me to do was cut some pre-washed fabric squares so Friends could write their prayers. I led 2 workshops. The squares made were WONDERFUL. Very colorful, creative and I thought just the thing to remind our Friend that she was loved and being prayed for.
Unfortunately, I did not test the squares for color fastness until after the second workshop. I only did it then because someone sent in a square they had created which bleed volumes when it was submersed in water. After that incident, I ironed all of my stack of creative squares, then tried them in water. The water ran RED. It was so horrible, I just wanted to cry.
Although all ran to one extent or another, here is what resulted from a few squares.
In all cases, it is important to me that the person connected with this square not be identified. Therefore, I did some editing in the squares to eliminate identification.
After emailing Sharpie from their site, I waited almost 2 weeks to receive this reply,