Things I Learned in Kindergarten

Robert Fulghum is the author of a number of my favourite books.  I was reminded of the book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten this morning as I was tracing through the stencil onto one of the quilting projects I am working on.  It reminded me of tracing pictures onto those colouring books that had parchment paper in between the pages or the ones that were a series of dots or dashes that became a picture when joined.


I am free motion stitching the traced pattern.  It is turning out very well.  I went to my local quilting store to pick up another pen, just in case.  The owner shared some alarming information with me when I asked about them.  The pens are called FriXion and I bought two colours from a quilt shop.  They ‘erase’ when you apply a hot iron to the lines.  Really cool!  However, the shop owner informed me … cold is not the temperature you can expose the quilt to using this method.  The lines … miraculously reappear.  Not cool.

I conducted an experiment.  I used some of the neutral printed fabric and wrote on it with one of the pens and then ironed it.  Lines disappeared.  I then put the fabric in the freezer for only a couple of minutes.  The lines came back, not as dark as before, but they were back.  I submitted it to the iron again, and again, the lines disappeared.  Whew!  When would conditions ever be such that a quilt would get cold enough for the lines to reappear?  Funny you should ask!  I went to the quilt shop today to share the results of my experiment with the owner.  In the store a shopper was nodding her head as I relayed my findings.  “I’ve heard of that happening in Yellowknife when people leave quilts in their cars in the winter time.”  Great.  I suppose it would also occur if you mailed it to someone and it went in an unheated truck in the winter or by air in the cargo hold.  Not the most attractive first impression when the package was opened.  At least it can be corrected by throwing it in the dryer.

I’ve tried to find more information on these pens online, particularly wondering if the ink washes out.  Anyone know or have a similar experience?

Job 6:17  In time of heat they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place.