I am torn between two modes - the first being what is known as "The Galloping Horsewomen" and the second aspiring to the heights of "Extreme Quiltmonship" of some of the most beautifully made and designed quilts that are presented at the Guild. My mantra has been "If you couldn't see it from a galloping horse, then don't worry about it." or a simple way of explaining it "Turn off your Critical Ear" - in my case my brain, my eyes and my spirit quilter. I have left so many other crafty pursuits because of my own self criticism; I am grim and determined not to leave quilting. My friend Ethel was the one who drummed the Galloping Horsewoman Mantra in my head and without her I would have stopped quilting. So the other part is the critical part of my brain. They talk about left brain and right brain thinking, well I have decided I have middle brain syndrome. The most beautiful unfinished quilt top I ever saw was done by Beth who owned a quilting store. I can't remember what the pattern was, I know it was in shades of green and blues stripes, Many many stripes, but why I remember it so vividly is that it lay quiescent on the table top like a lake without a single ripple in it exactly pieced together at peace. My tops tend to look like the the ocean 10 miles off shore during a hurricane. One of my favorite free motion quilters said that heavy quilting tends to mask all kinds of problems. I can attest to that.
|Block of the Month |
Sept 2011 - Leaf in Block
|The fabric block is so stiff it|
practically stands up straight.
|This is a vast improvement on what I usually get.|
Because every seam is relatively flat and facing the right direction.
4. The seam allowance on the back of the quilt are all laying in the correct directions and the entire top will be flatter on the front.
5. The starch keeps the seam allowances in the back of the quilt in the right place for many hours, several days and even longer.
I found this blog in which they were discussing the starch issue.
1. It keeps bias edges from stretching (as in Lone Star diamonds).
2. The pencil marks wash out better because they are on the starch, not on the fabric.
3. Zig-zag-edged applique pieces don't bunch, fray or shift when they are being sewed down.
4. Backings don't get puckers in them as readily. ( A terrible problem I have)
Here are the cons that I came across:
If you store your quilt with the starch and don't wash it, If the starch you use doesn't have a mildew inhibitor or you also don't use a mildew inhibitor two things can happen. The starch is a good source of food for mildew and silver fish love eating the starch which can cause damage to the fabric.
round her neck.
For years I taught in one of the most rural school district in South Carolina. The children's clothes and uniforms were extremely well pressed and starched. In middle school we made an annual trip to Washington DC and the students brought irons with them and they were constantly pressing their clothes refusing to leave the hotel until their clothes were pressed. Even when their britches were down lower then what I called the Mason Dixon Line, their boxer shorts were exceptionally well starched. They ballooned out but they were not ever wrinkled. I learned to take more pride in my clothes and the iron which I had put up came down and was available on a daily basis. When I saw a child in school that did not have ironed clothes, I knew to take that child aside and find out what was wrong or to refer that child to the guidance counselor.
This is a Niagara Trading Card. It is worth about $65.00. See, it pays to starch. It is available at this website if you wish to purchase it.
This card might be a wise purchase to offset the future cost of the Niagara Spray Starch bottle, non aerosol if you decide to use it when you sew your blocks.
So how do you feel about pressing, ironing, or other helpful hints which you can see I can use and grateful for your help. If you would like to leave a comment, please mash, not press the blue word comment. A new window will open up and you can leave your comment. I really love reading your comments.