The Jelly Roll Waves Quilt Along is running from July through August.  Get the pattern and join us in making this fun and easy quilt. The pattern includes 6 sizes from baby to king. It's jelly roll friendly for traditional piecing and yardage friendly for strip piecing.  The next two weeks we're making half of the blocks.  Go HERE to show us your blocks.

April 13, 2015

Starching Fabrics {My Favorite Method}

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This past week over our spring vacation, I began starching and cutting fabrics in preparation for the upcoming GRAVITY Quilt Along.  I started out with regular aerosol starch from the grocery store and found the fabrics took a long time to dry, like over 30 minutes!  Eeek, that is a long time to wait!  The fabric also ended up with white flakes which put a gummy residue on my iron. Not so good!

While in a quilt shop searching for fabrics for my next custom order, I picked up a bottle of Best Press since I have heard so many good things about it.  I'm excited because it's not aerosol!

After switching to Best Press, I am hooked!  It isn't leaving white flakes on my fabric or gunking my iron, it doesn't need to dry before ironing, and it even smells nice.  I also like that it leaves the fabric with a softer hand, not stiff like a towel that's been on the clothesline in the summer, which is what the aerosol starches tend to do.

I found Best Press on sale this week!  It even comes in a pack of six small bottles, perfect for a gift set or to use at a quilting class or retreat!

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The Gravity Quilt Along officially kicks off on Friday, April 17th!  I hope to see you there!


Terri Ann said...

I use best press when I'm making something that I won't wash when it's done like crafty items and handbags but have always found Niagra to be my go-to when I'm piecing a quilt top, I really like that stiffness when I'm piecing. I do love those small bottles cause they are great on-the-go!

Shannon said...

I have never used starch when quilting before. Thanks for the info. By the way, I saw your beautiful quilt on Quilt Story today. Let me say again - it is beautiful!