Saturday, November 25, 2017

The PROBLEM with Sharpie

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,  


Dear Ann,

Thank you for choosing Newell Brands Office Products. We 
appreciate your interest in our products.
Unfortunately, our standard markers are not recommended for 
fabrics. The only markers we recommend for fabrics are our 
Stained by Sharpie markers. Any other makers can cause 
bleeding and may not stay permanent after washing.
If I can be of further assistance, please reply to this email 
directly so that we can see all previous replies. You may 
also receive a survey, regarding the service I've provided.
Thank you,
Newell Brands Office Products"

I replied that I thought the photos were misleading.  It has been 
less than 2 weeks, so perhaps I will get a reply sometime later.  
will post it if I do.

These are a few of the photos they post on their website.

Most people are going to have to wash white sneakers.  All will 
want to be able to wash their jeans.  These are the same 
markers I used on the fabric squares except that the ones 
I chose were Ultra Fine Point.

This is far beyond disappointing.  Now I have to find 
Washable Markers then ask people to do this all over 
again.  That is of course after I have cut some more 
squares.    . . .

Shopping online:  I am now in the process of testing markers 
made specifically for fabric.  Be alert.  Even some of these 
have a caveat that he markers may 'bleed'.  
I did not buy those.

However, buying in a store is much harder because all of 
the information  is not as easy to find.  I guess this is 
one time that shopping online shows more needed 

More to follow.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Book for a 1 year old = Kai

I am going to preface this with a quote from a recent Quiltart post.

Lorraine Edmond Nov 22 at 11:46 PM
"I belong to an art quilt group that has an event called a Showcase (formerly show-and-tell, I think). If you bring a piece to show, you sign 
up on a clipboard, and check one of two categories. One category is “I just want to show you this” and the other is for (respectful) critique. Everyone knows what the expectations are. Skillful critique is something of an art in itself, but if that is not the objective, better that everyone knows it going in.

Thank you Lorraine.  Sometimes I just want to share what I am doing.  Especially when, at this time, it is not a quilt, it is also not a work of art.  It is however very precious to me.  Hopefully to the recipient also.

I had multiple problems with making this little book.  Printing problems were helped with encouragement from Gloria Hansen.  Thank you very much Gloria.  The other major problem was that I did not have a working sewing machine.  Finally, I do have one machine that sort of works.  Not wonderfully, but it will sew a little.

This is a little cloth book for my first cousin twice removed = the grandson of my first cousin Tom.  He is my closest communicating relative so it is very important to me to keep up this conversation.

I carefully cut out each page as exactly as I could.  [However as you notice, the end product does have a lot of misalignment.] Then printed the images after they were 'worked' in both Picasa and Paint.  I have no typesetting applications because the typesetting I had on my old machine was on a 3.5" floppy disk.  This was frustrating because I could only look at a page at a time with no reference to text size.

This was however, a labor of LOVE.

The page edging is longer at one end to facilitate turning/finding a page.
The 'loop' at the top is for carrying the book around.  This is similar to the book I made for my other 'First Cousin Twice Remove = Alex'.

However, I found a lot more animals starting with 'A' than 'K'.

Back page - Cover page

Page 2-3

Page 4-5

Page 6-7

Page 8-9

Page 10-11