Well it’s easy… I get up super early so I can stitch with no distractions!!!! Always schedule time in your day to sew…and you will get those quilts done!
There were a lot of questions regarding the use of Starch/Size when piecing. Starching/Sizing fabric helps aide in better piecing.
Starching obviously makes a stiffer fabric…I love to use starch with the flannel…for sure…Some people are afraid of the starch…saying the bugs love starch and they will eat your fabrics…if this is something that you are concerned about…it all can be eliminated with washing your quilt after it is quilted. Sizing is not as stiff as starch but it still works adding a little more body than nothing at all…
Here is the step by step.. I buy starch by the can…Yes lots of it..its cheap. I know that it would be cheaper to make my own…but I have not had time to do that yet…the cans work great with the spray paint can handles. I will try to make my own someday as I hate all those cans in the garbage…
Completely saturate your fabric from the wrong side..it will soak through to the other side. It will be very wet. (I used to iron them dry at this point with a hot dry iron…this takes LOTS of time and the fabrics shrink up a lot because of the high heat.)
Hang the fabrics to dry several hours or over-night.
Iron the fabrics they will be very stiff use a little steam if needed. (There was no shrinkage with the jelly rolls at all they are still 2 1/2″…if I would have ironed them dry they have shrunk. To be honest this was the reason why I didn’t use a lot of precuts before…now with hanging them to dry…I’m using them!!!)
Now cut your fabrics as your pattern states…
If concerned about all the starch in your quilt…wash it after it is quilted and bound.
I hope this answers all your questions…
Love from the Lake..LB
Just thought I would share how we starch now…,I used to spray and iron all my fabrics dry… Now we starch…,and hang them to dry…press them when dry and then proceed to cut out the quilt… They become nice little stiff pieces to stitch with… For much more accurate piecing… Two jelly rolls starched and drying in my the work studio…
OK….I’m crazy “In Love” and I have to introduce you to my first grand baby…Jace James Neubauer…Born Feb, 3rd…6lbs 11 ozs and 19″ long…He is so perfect…a little man…who I just want to snuggle with…I finished his 2nd quilt and brought it over to him on Sunday to try out…I brought Great-Grandma Teri with and I didn’t like sharing!!! But “little man” seems to love his new snowman quilt…hopefully he will be snuggling on Sunday mornings at Grandmas house with it for years to come!!! He may have to grow into it…while it sells some kits and fabric for my newest line of fabrics from Moda…Snowman Gatherings II!!!
Quilt is called Mr. Snowman…will be coming out in May 2015, quilted by Valerie Krueger LVegas, NV, who has a quilt in the current APQ magazine!!! Made from Homestead Gatherings YAY!!!…other quilt on the couch is Prairie Bride…Jake and Lauren’s wedding quilt. Jace’s little Buddie Romie…was very protective of his little brother…I’m sure you will be seeing lots of LM as he grows up!!!
I am very excited to share with you the 2015 Designer Mystery Block of the Month that Fat Quarter Shop is running….I have participated in previous years but this year is pretty special…The quilt is made using my next fabric line…Snowman Gatherings 2 due out in quilt shops in May. SG2 has a few new colors…grey and light powder blue!! along with the same navy, creams, tans and medium blues…so its a great line like the first one with an updated twist with some new colors that will blend right along with the previous ones!! How fun is this not only to be asked to do a block this year…but to use my fabrics!!! Super cool…over-the-top!
The 12 blocks are designed by my fellow Moda designers and I co-designed the setting along with the gals from the Fat Quarter Shop…they are awesome to work with and we just spent some time brainstorming and throwing ideas around until we came up with the final product! Which is a mystery….so we can’t do a total reveal…but it is a very neat and different quilt with lots of personally…and if you are a snowman lover???…well lets just say this is a “no brainer” you have to sign up and join in all the fun…the details for this quilt are on the Fat Quarter Shop Site HERE Make sure you check out the finishing kits and backing options as well…
We can give you a sneak peek of our block (meaning not the whole block)…mine is the bakeshop…perfect if you know what a sweet tooth I really have!!! I am a snob about it though…only bakery or homebaked goodies for me, (no packaged preservative sugar snorkels)…a girl has to have some standards…
Here are some more photos of this quilt…without showing you the whole thing!!!
One of the questions we are supposed to talk about was…what is our favorite place in the world…Mine is actually HOME…but I know that is not very exciting for you as it is for me…but besides HOME…I spent some time after Chrismas in Jamaica this year…Nick and I ran away from it all and relaxed and had a blast…One of the things we did was visit..Rick’s Cafe…in Negril…home of cliff diving….I have to say the minute I layed eyes on that cliff..the water…I knew I was jumping! Nick thinks I am crazy, but hey…I can’t help it…I am very adventurous, and I love doing things that are a little dangerous!!! Here is photo of this amazing place…it is also listed at one of the top 10 bars in the world! I know why!!! and it not the alcohol!
As I stated earlier this DM was a collaboration from a bunch of cool women who I get the opportunity to be associated with…They are my Moda Sisters…they are very special to me because… they know…you know…they just get it…we get each other…we are not the same…we are all totally different…be we all have that something in common…we know each other pretty well with only spending a little time with each other a couple of times a year.
1. Bonnie & Camille
2. Me and My Sister Designs
3. Primitive Gatherings
4. V& Co.
5. Kate Spain
6. Bunny Hill Designs
7. Pieces of My Heart
8. Minick and Simpson
9. Pat Sloan
11. Laundry Basket Quilts
12. Fig Tree Quilts Here is a QUIZ you can take to see which block is the most like YOU!!!
Again…stop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop to join in the fun!