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Sandy posted on Mon, Mar 25 2013 9:05 PM



Well...... I decided to wash a baby quilt I made for my grandson that will be 1 year old Saturday.. just wanted it clean so he can use it right away, I have cat helpers :) who shed .  And I am now putting labels on my quilt because I have been told that it is a good idea also my daughter wants it on here :) Sooo....  I took it out of the washer and the label is very light, so I checked the pen I used it is for quilt labels brand "Collin"  but this is on flannel is that making it do that?  I hope the other quilts I have given away when washed did not do this. (I will follow up and ask)   I am going to go over the writing once it is dry but bummer :(   

what should I do differently?  is there a better brand of pen to use?  do you use a fabric pen or do you embroidery? 

Thanks for any helps




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Angele replied on Mon, Mar 25 2013 9:25 PM

Sandy, did you heat set the ink before you washed it? Usually in order to make the inks permanent, they need to be heat set.  I use a permanent fabric pen, I just don't remember the brand, but I do heat set it.

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Sandy replied on Mon, Mar 25 2013 9:33 PM

Yes, I did heat set it... and it has been finished for a month so it had time too.  

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Nana replied on Mon, Mar 25 2013 10:48 PM

i use pigma pens and haven't had a problem

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