and settle down for a long read involving kitties, the amazingness of fusible web, terrifying wonder-clips, the glorious fun I had playing with Deco Foil, and rubber ducks. Are you ready?
Firstly, Spud says hello and thank you for your well wishes. He is much better and whatever poisoned him, whether it be beastie or veggie, has been cleared from his system.
Do you use the fusible web method when you are appliqueing?
I first stumbled across fusible web almost 25 years ago when I was asked to participate in a class to bolster the numbers. It was love at first fuse and it has been my favourite method of appliqueing ever since.
I am enamoured at how easy it is to create with this product. My creative spark leaps from idea to idea, from project to project, and fusible webbing allows me to keep up. I’ve never come across a shape I couldn’t fuse, and I love it.
One of the questions I’m asked the most is how well does it wash and last. There is a misconception that fusible web applique doesn’t weather as well as needle-turn applique, but that’s not true at all.
I’ve made hundreds of quilts using both the needle-turn and fusible methods, and the fusible quilts have stood the test of time and family living extremely well.
I’m a hard task-master when it comes to my quilts. I expect them to be washed, roughed up, dribbled on, and washed again. As long as your original work is sound, the fusible webbing will survive.
My Scrappy Daisies quilt is nearly 10 years old, it was the first ever quilt pattern I wrote. This quilt has been dragged about and drooled on by three kids, two cats, and a husband who doesn’t really give a hoot about quilts.
It’s been washed so many times that the colours are no longer true and bright; but as you can see from the picture below (don’t look at the cat fur!) the fusible webbing has stood the test of time very well.
The flowers on Scrappy Daisies were stitched by machine and I have no fear of whacking it in the washing machine and pressing the go button. Hand-stitched blanket stitch needs a little more care. I wash my hand-stitched quilts just as much as the machine stitched ones, but treat them a little more gently.
I normally blanket stitch around my shapes, but recently the fabulous Fiona has been playing with a different stitching method for some of my quilts.
I fuse the shapes and Fiona stitches around the edges as part of the quilting process. I love the back of this quilt! It’s a commission for Quilters Companion magazine and I’ll let you know when it’s published.
Remy-the-Lion started kicking up a fuss when I put it on our bed. He was spitting and hissing and generally making a scene. It was the Wonder-Clips! Apparently they are terrifying ROFLOL .
After a good ten minutes of swatting them and putting them in their place, he gave the quilt his stamp of approval and has been snoozing ever since.
Recently the lovely people at Thermoweb sent me some Deco Foil to play with. OMG this product is so much fun, I giggled my way through the afternoon. I was having so much fun I forgot to eat lunch, then I burnt lunch, then I almost forgot to pick Kelly up from school.
First up I gave it a good testing. I followed the tutorial to fuse it to the fabric, then gave it a good wash in my shake-n-wash test kitchen. I put it in warm water with detergent, gave it a good shake or three, then left it for 20 minutes. After another good shaking I took it out to dry.
All good so far and wow! Then this bright spark decided to iron it dry without a pressing sheet. I swear I was high on shiny foil goodness, I didn’t even stop to think that it wasn’t a good idea to put a hot iron on top of foil. Duh.
The resulting mess was surprisingly easy to clean up LOL. The funny thing is I kinda like the effect. It would look great on hair, giving it movement and shininess, without the total gloss of the foil. The things you discover when you goof!
You can see that I also tested it on the sewing machine. There is absolutely no need to stitch around the foil, but me being me, I gave it a try. A sharp needle and the right thread should see you right, but I wouldn’t bother.
So the next step in the fun was to make a Prince and Princess. If you resize the super-hero templates in Happy Quilts to approx. 87% of their original size you will be able to use them to make a Prince or two to go with the Princesses quilt. I fused them up using HeatnBond, but left the crowns off.
Then I followed the tutorial to make two crowns.
Wow! I’m impressed. I wish I knew about this stuff before I finished the book.
All in all Deco Foil was super easy to use, just follow the instructions and don’t iron the finished foil with a hot iron! Practice first with simple shapes to get the iron at the right temperature and then you won’t be able to stop shiny-ing things! Imagine ROBOTS made using this stuff!! I will be writing a full tutorial over the next few days.
Phew I’m done! It has been a long, fun, happy day. I’m putting my feet up and having a donut and a cup of coffee. Happy Friday Peeps! toni xx