Since studying Sharon Schamber’s tutorials, I starch all my fabrics at least twice before cutting. Fabric is more manageable and less likely to stretch. Prior to using starch, my blocks were never square and often needed a lot of prodding and fudging to square up.
I’m currently working on a new quilt using two jelly rolls of Oh Deer! by MoMo and Kona Snow yardage. I’m starching each and every jelly roll strip twice, does anyone else do this? The finished size will be 80″ x 80″ without borders.
- Glueing long and bias seams with Elmer’s School Glue and heat setting prior to sewing;
- Wetting seams with water using a paint brush and pressing to make them ultra flat;
- Truing up each and every 4-block, all 320 of them. It takes a little longer but I’m trusting that my quilt will be square;
- Pressing with a dry iron.
I started using commercial starch but at $4.00 per can and using 1 can every 3 to 4 days, it’s just too expensive! Yesterday I made my own mixing 2 heaping table spoons of starch in one pint of water. It sometimes leaves white splotches on the fabric but will wash out in the laundry so it really isn’t a big deal.
My husband and I are still wrestling with the Gracie Queen quilting frame, hopefully we’ll have the bugs worked out soon!