Many thanks to those who contacted me with pencil removal ideas. I started with Suzanne Kistler's recipe that she located in an old guild newsletter.
3 ounces rubbing alcohol
1 ounce water
4 DROPS liquid dish washing soap (Bette Beebe used Palmolive)
Directions: Dip a CLEAN toothbrush in the solution and brush onto the fabric. Blot dry.
After using up two recipes worth, the marks were indeed faded to a very light silvery gray. Then I decided to try my Old Faithful stain remover, Sew Clean, which is a citrus-based all-purpose cleaner. I sprayed LOTS of it on, brushed a little more, and the marks were totally gone when it dried! Yippee, a blank canvas!
I heard about Sew Clean from one of the Pam Clarke long-arm quilting videos. She uses it to remove any excess chalk dust when using the Pounce stencil powder. I have never seen it in the stores, but you can order it from Pam's website .
Now. on to the quilty goodies...
You may recall that I entered a quilt in Sew Cal Gal's Virtual Christmas Quilt Show, and won a lovely door prize from Cozy Quilt Shop in El Cajon, California. Well, that's not all I won. In fact, it is almost an embarrassment of riches!
I received a lovely big package from Sew Cal Gal herself, loaded with nice prizes!
I have been buying myself a Quilting Arts calendar for about the last ten years, but this year I gave my copy to a bee member for our Christmas gift exchange. I am so happy to have one included in this prize package! Lots of yummy fruits and other "fresh-picked" quilts.
A beautiful selection of "quilty" stationery...
and an adorable pink purse...