A new way of marking: Pilot Frixion Pens??

I love that my bloggy friends are also my eyes and ears. I really appreciate how you would email me about my quilts in magazines before I even see them, or cool tips and tricks, or about the cool products out there I might like to try out. Linda had email me many weeks ago about the Pilot Frixion pens. I contacted Pilot, and was graciously sent the following samples (thanks, Pilot)!

The concept of these pens are super cool. The ink is thermo-sensitive, and is removable by erasing/friction (because friction generates heat). The little nubs at the end of the pens are the erasers.

They aren’t made specifically for fabrics, but look at their performance on fabrics. Now you see it… on fabric,

Now you don’t, after I dab the fabric gently with a warm iron! No snake oil salesman’s gimmick here… these pens work for real! How cool is that?

Onto the finer points about these pens, specifically related to quilting:

1. I think these pens are definitely assets to quilters!

2. When to use…

a) Marking on quilts, especially when dealing with stencils. I oftentimes have trouble centering my stencils exactly because most stencils are opaque rather than see-through. So, if I find that I have to re-trace the designs should they not line up exactly where I want them to be using these pens, easy peasy, dab with a warm iron, you are ready to start again, and again if necessary!

b) Marking applique placements for hand-appliquers. I have in the past used washable fabric markers to mark the placements for applique pieces. I can definitely see myself using these pens to mark as well.

c) For quilters who are on a run. If I don’t have time to wet my quilt to remove markings after quilting a quilt, these pens would certainly come in very handy. I can just use them to mark and quilt. After the quilting is completed, I just dab with a warm iron to remove the marking, and I will be ready to bind the quilt!
d) These pens make it easy to audition quilting motif RIGHT on my quilt tops because, again, if I don’t like what I draw, I just break out that iron!

3. When not to use…

a) Whenever an iron or heat is involved. For example, don’t use these pens to mark placements on an applique background fabric if you are using the fusible method — BAD idea, unless you are confident all the pieces are where you want them to be, and you don’t need the markings anymore (then, it becomes a good idea!)

4. At this point, probably the gel and fine tip pens are most useful for quilters.

The Pilot representative also discolosed:

We will have an on-line coupon for FriXion pens coming up next month, if you or any of your readers are interested. You can sign up on www.notjustapen.com and will get an email letting you know that your coupon is ready to be downloaded. There are a limited number of coupons available, so the early birds get them first!

Please feel free to leave in the comment section what other uses these pen are good for, and what you think of them. I have to admit I haven’t exhausted all the goodness of these pens yet, considering the fact that they are rather new to me too!

Alrightie, that’s all from me for now. I am off to do some commissioned designing! Be good till I return tomorrow! Hugs!

Update: Thanks to Polly’s alert, I did look up the thread on Quiltropolis! Below is an excerpt from Thread#469762005…

” I tried eight colors of the roller ball style pen and six colors of the
felt-tip type highlighter pen. All of the colors disappeared with the
application of heat – those they did leave a white “ghost” of themselves on
the surface.

All of the colors re-appeared when put into the freezer.

All of the colors washed out easily with a light hand-washing using a little
bit of liquid hand soap or dish soap and did not reappear even when ironed
dry and then frozen. There was no “ghosting” visible and no trace of the
pens’ colors, either. “