Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Last of the Houston Purchases

These photos are the remaining items I purchased while at the quilt show in Houston. First up are some gel pens.  These aren't like typical gel pens, however.  These pens are thermal sensitive and if you use them to draw on fabric, you can remove the marks with heat, also known as your iron.  I bought two packs, each one had different colors and I was hoping that the pack with the pink and orange pens would work on dark fabrics.  I tested them on black fabric and they really didn't work well.  I do, however, have a white pen that does work on black or dark fabric and it is marketed by Clover.  The pens are by Pilot and are called Frixion Erasable Gel Pen.  There are times when I like to make guideline markings on my fabric and these will be handy for that purpose.  I prefer to iron away my guidelines rather than using a pen that you need to wet or dampen the fabric in order to remove the markings.

My next purchase is a set of rolling rulers.  I will use these when creating borders on drawings when I create quilt designs and any other times when I want a straight line.  I also think they may be fun when doodling or playing in my sketchbook.  You can make circles and ovals with these as well.  Abby is always curious as to what I'm doing in my studio.  She is the one cat that usually ends up in my photos because of her curiosity.

Another purchase I made are these Smooch Spritz bottles.  They have a shimmery substance in them and when you spritz them on fabric they leave a subtle shimmer and a subtle color.  I chose to get the clear shimmer, an olive green shimmer, an orange shimmer and a red violet shimmer.

I also had to get some templates.  I love layering designs on my fabrics when I am painting and these will add some great interest.  There were so many template designs to choose from and I would have loved to have more, but I called upon my willpower to help me through.

I've tried transfer papers in the past and my friend, Margaret Applin, recently told me she uses this one...TAP.  So I noticed a booth that was selling it and decided I'd give it a try and see how I like it.

And that concludes the purchasing spree in Houston.    I'll leave you with some parting shots of Abby.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!  Meow!


  1. great finds Terri, and Abby is beautiful!

  2. What a great haul!

    Abby is so beautiful and it looks like her eyes are blue. Is she a mixed breed kind of a kitty or something else?

  3. I can't get over the color of Abby's eyes, beautiful! Nice treats too. :)

  4. REALLY looking forward to seeing more on these items as you use them. They all look very VERY interesting, and quite foreign concepts to me. My mind is a whirl with hmmmmmm. What? I gotta know!!

  5. Bari J. turned me on to the Frixion pens for transferring embroidery patterns. I love how they's magic.
    I now use them for quilting patterns too, especially with hand quilting.

    I've seen some people say that the marks can return in freezing temps, but others say they have tested it in their freezer, and all is ok. *shrugs*

    I guess almost everything is a crap shoot when you think about it. :)

  6. Great stuff! We talked about the pens at our group meeting and they rated high. I need to look for the spritz bottles. Layering is such a great look. Can one have too many stencils???

  7. I think the instructions with the pens mentions that the colour returns in a cold environment. Our local quilt shop as advised us not to buy them. It can get pretty darn cold in Canada during the winter.

  8. Looks like you had a great time in Houston.....4 days without your computer seemed to lead to a bit of shopping therapy LOL

    You may want to "test" those pens before using them on a project you DON'T want the marks to return on.
    They are not quite the marvel they are being marketed as

    Check these posts if you want to see what I found with them

  9. Abby really is a great model! What gorgeous blue eyes. I bet she missed her mommy.

    Very fun "toys" you brought home.

    auntie jude

  10. that's a great pile of goodies you got - I think I might need a set of those rulers too.

  11. I looked for you when I went through the Twelve by Twelve exhibit. Unfortunately, I only got to be at the Quilt Fest for six hours so I really had to zip through the place. I loved the exhibit though! I bought some of the Smooch Spritz bottles too. My colors are Grape Burst, Gingersnap, Green Olive, River Mossy, Pralines & Cream and Electric Blue. I hope to try them out soon, and I look forward to seeing what you create with them!

  12. Fun new tools .... and wow on Abby's photos, just look at those eyes!


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