Clorox Pen Vacation Quilt

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This is a quilt my family and I made on a vacation to Southern California…back in 2006…eight almost nine years ago!  It’s so sad this 12 block memory quilt has taken me so long to finish quilting!

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I bought fabric for this quilt in Orange County, California when the six of us were on vacation (my three kids, a friend of my children,Tim and me ).  Each of us had two dark blue blocks to draw something that was memorable about the trip. I had extra blocks on hand for any false starts.  It took me a while to sew the top together and then to put it into the quilt frame. I’ve set the quilt in the frame three or four different times, –not to finish it.

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Ten Hints To Making A Clorox Pen Project Like This:

1.  Protect the table space the blocks are made on. I used plastic garbage bags to cover the top of a table.

2.  Do this project near a sink to be able to wash the bleach off. Use cool water to rinse the blocks.

3.  Protect your clothes. Don’t do this project in your best dress clothes. It is wise to put clothes on that can get markings on them like sweat pants and sweat shirts.

4.  Wash your hands and your children’s hands right away after the block has been designed with the Clorox pen.

5.  Use dark colored fabric for the blocks.

6.  Have extra blocks of fabric cut out ahead of time for each person to use for false starts or goof ups.

7.  Don’t keep the Clorox bleach on too long, around a minute is enough. The blocks I rinsed in cool running water just over a minute had a nice fading blue color to them. The longer the bleach stayed on the block, the more the bleach spread and lightened the fabric.

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8.  Once all the blocks are rinsed, put them in the dryer until they are completely dry to set the design.

9.  I don’t recommend doing this project with a child under 10. Making these blocks requires lots of supervision for the parent. It could be frustrating for a child to try to squeeze and draw with a clunky pen, drawing with accuracy, not touching their clothes with the bleach pen, not getting bleach on their hands then touching their eyes, and not wanting to draw on the people around them. The youngest person in our group was 11-12 years old at the time.

10.  Have Fun!  Enjoy the process of making a memory together!

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With a little more time, I will have the quilting finally done on this quilt. Then I will put the binding on, because I’ve had the binding cut, waiting to be pressed, and put on for years now.

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I think I’m finally in a place to finish the hand quilting now. 

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