Quilter’s Caulk

Do you know about quilter’s caulk? I heard about it from a quilting friend who in turn learned about it from a fellow quilter. Here’s what it looks like:

Quilter’s Caulk??

Yep. That’s right. You’re looking at a collection of Sharpie Ultra Fine Point permanent marking pens. Calling one of these pens “quilter’s caulk” is a misnomer, really. You can’t use it to fill a gap or seam, which is the definition of the verb “to caulk,” but you can use it to color correct a seam or some other part of an item made with fabric.

I’ve had occasion in the last couple of days to use quilter’s caulk, so let me show just how handy it is. While stitching in the ditch around the borders of a baby quilt, I wandered out of the ditch and onto a border. My thread is light aqua, and those five stitches really showed up on the bright pink border:

Errant Stitches in Border

Now here it is after applying fuchsia-colored ink on the offending stitches:

Errant Stitches Minimized

On another project, I was using red thread to sew pockets on an apron because I wanted the thread to blend into the background. I had trimmed the top edges of the pocket with black bias tape. Just look how that red thread pops out against the black bias tape:

Red Thread on Black Bias Tape

Quilter’s caulk to the rescue:

Bias Tape After “Color Correction”

Quite an improvement, wouldn’t you say?

Be sure to test the ink color first to make sure it’s a good match. And don’t forget that these Sharpie Ultra Fine Points are permanent markers.

“Quilter’s caulk.” Pass it on.




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3 Responses to Quilter’s Caulk

  1. Gail says:

    Great idea ~ and I already have sharpies!!

  2. Jojo says:

    Caulk caught! Clever:) Thx!

  3. Charlotte Quiroz says:

    Such a good idea!!!

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