Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
The only thing I can think of is talc. I think I remember my grandmother using it in her quilting. And it washes out really well. You may have to make a template where you would mark the pattern from the inside of the template instead of around the outside edges. Take a cotton ball and lightly dab the powder on the fabric. Hope this makes sense. PS... a q-tip may work also. You're just trying to make your outline with it.
Do you have any chalk around? Sharpen it in a pencil sharpener & use it. The silver pencils work on black, as will a white colored pencil (Crayola brand are on sale right now..and contain white). If you have access to Hancock or Walmart, then get the silver marking pencil (2.00 or so)..but the colored pencils work just as well.
There is a pounce block out there but I don't know if Hancock's or Hobby Lobby carries it - I know they don't in my area. It is a "box-like" contraption that you can fill with pounce (a chalk-like powder) that you just pat on like you are cleaning a chalk eraser. I have bought pounce at an art supply store, too. Try a Berol Prismacolor silver pencil. These are awesome on dark colors.
I use Fons and Porters they make a mechanical pencil for quilters. you can buy white chalk leads or dark leads. since they are made for quilters by a well-known name I am comfortable that they are safe to use.
I have a pounce and when I sat in on a demonstration about marking quilt tops, she recommended to bang the pounce and get the powder all ready to sift out then drag it over your template rather than pounce it. Works either way.
Lately I've given up on marking a top since it is so time consuming and been working on developing my free hand machine quilting techniques.
Thanks Lana. I went to Hancock's yesterday and got the chalk pencil. I love it. It is GREAT! It came with 8 white chalk pieces and 7 different colored pieces. I also bought a refill pack with the same thing in it while I was there. I can't believe I haven't used this before. The white works great on the black but since I have black and white in the fabric, I'm using the purple and it shows up on both wonderfully. I ended up getting the first 1/2 of the middle of the quilt done last night. It went really quick once I had the right tool.
I too love to do the free motion quilting. It is so quick and easy to do. But this quilt is for my daughter and since it's a musical quilt, she wanted a musical symbol quilted on it as well.