Working on some quilts from jelly rolls…

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…

I’m stitching at the Lakehouse today… Nick caught his first fish through the ice here today after two winters of never getting anything!

Have a good weekend!

24 responses to “Working on some quilts from jelly rolls…”

  1. Synthia Avatar

    Starching……just like my Mom used to do back in the day…..! (grin) Everything good comes around again, eh???

  2. suejean1 Avatar

    Looks cold up there! I think you chose the better place to hang out, a nice cozy quilt studio beats ice fishing hands down. Enjoy your time at the lake house.

  3. Ethelann Wood Avatar
    Ethelann Wood

    Did you spray or use liquid starch? Nick is a dedicated fisherman!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I spray…

  4. Laura Taylor Avatar
    Laura Taylor

    What a lovely, large space you have for your workshop! I’m afraid that would beat ice fishing for me. Congrats on his first “ice” fish!

  5. Patricia Streeter Avatar
    Patricia Streeter

    What dilution of the starch do you use?

    Hope you can cook up the fish YUM! >

  6. Elaine Avatar

    That’s a determined/patient fisherman! Congrats. 🙂

    Wow to the starch operation! I’m a newish quilter, so it is really interesting to see the behind the scenes things quilters do. A lot of bloggers only show the glamorous stuff, but this is how you get there. Great space to work in too. Thanks for sharing.

    Ps. I’m afraid of starch because I’m sure I will scorch my fabric.

  7. Becci Havig Avatar
    Becci Havig

    My, I see you have geraniums blooming already! LOL That’s the kind I should plant.

  8. Janet O. Avatar

    At first glance, before I read anything, I thought this was a shot of the household stockings hanging to dry in the basement of Downton Abbey (and I have never even seen the show). : )

  9. Marcia Avatar

    Lisa, I love your starch method. I’m going to try it too-thanks for the tip! Nick, I personally think you’re nuts to be out fishing in that weather, but then that’s why I live in GA and you live in WI!

  10. Jackie Avatar

    Hi Lisa, love your idea. So you buy spray starch in a can and not sizing and spray and let dry? I didn’t know we should use starch. I am new to quilting. Love your idea. Nice fish Nick!

  11. Dee B. Avatar

    I’m curious … do you find that the strips shrink when you starch them? The last time I tried to starch and iron a jelly roll, the strips shrunk to less than 2.5″ and I had a hard time with the pattern.

  12. Michele Avatar

    Hey there – you teased us with the starch thing – so… how do you REALLY starch?! Spray each strip individually, then hang up? Sprayed on a towel or something like that? We want the deets!! (And thank you for them in advance!!) 🙂

  13. Michele Avatar

    BTW – I keep meaning to ask you this – the red basket quilt that you are using in the weblog header photo – what quilt is that? I’m assuming it is one of yours, but have not found a pattern online for it… I LOVE it!!!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Michele…it is a pattern in the Summer Gatherings Book…see if you can find one…they are out of print…but just recently…

      1. Michele Avatar


  14. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    Love the starching tip, I used to do that with my Air Force uniforms when I did them myself I’d spray them until they were saturated and then after they were dry iron the daylights out of them… and yep they could stand on their own!!! What kind of fish is it that Nick caught (you can tell I don’t know much about fishing)? I’ve only seen people ice fishing in the movies and in Maine when I was stationed up there… LOL I always just thought it was really a place for the guys to hang out and have a beer not that any real fishing took place.

  15. Mary Andra Avatar

    I’ll give the starching a try. Congrats to Nick on his fish catch.

  16. Lori Albrechtsen Avatar
    Lori Albrechtsen

    Hi Lisa! Sounds fun! I thought of you today when we took our boat to Lake Elsinore. So close to PG yet so far. I would NEVER be able to convince all my boys to make a pit stop there. When will you be back in CA? Also, I think there is some confusion about the starching. Would you elaborate on why to starch and how it’s different from the spray sizing which is what I thought you used? I have a jelly roll project I want to start but need to know about this first. Do tell….. 😉

    1. Lori Albrechtsen Avatar

      Oh……and nice fish Nick!

    2. lisabongean Avatar

      I’m coming back to CA March 26-April 3rd…Am I going to see you?

  17. Dorothy Fitzpatrick Avatar
    Dorothy Fitzpatrick

    What product do you use for starching?

  18. michele Avatar

    Thanks for the info. I’ll give it a try. Can you share the project you are using the two jelly rolls for?

  19. Karen Waraksa Avatar
    Karen Waraksa

    The Primitive Gathering Shop.

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