What a pleasure it is to have serious studio time! It has been quite awhile since I've had the luxury of dedicated time in the studio and I'm loving every minute of it!
Today's weather cancelled my afternoon plans so I had another wonderful day of playing with fabric. The photo below doesn't show how windy it is. White outs and cancellations today!
|The view from my studio windows.|
I am often asked what type of adhesive I use for this type of work. With lots of trial with several different types of fusibles I have settled on Misty Fuse. It is very fine so when it comes time to do the free-motion quilting, the threads still create shadow and the needle doesn't get gummed up. My Polar Bear Family quilt was made with Steam A Seam and the quilting threads have stayed on the surface of the quilt instead of embedding in the batting. It doesn't have as much shadow as I would have liked.
Before I begin fusing Misty Fuse to the fabrics for the quilt, I pin a large piece of Parchment Paper to the ironing board surface. This protects the ironing board cover from any stray adhesive.
When fusing the fabric, I cover the fabric that is sitting on top of the parchment paper with a teflon pressing sheet. This keeps the Misty Fuse from getting stuck to the iron. Make sure that you have your teflon sheet labelled so that you know which side is up. If you don't, you'll spend ages cleaning your iron!
|Labelled Teflon Sheet|
|Gooey Teflon Sheet|
|Iron with an old towel.|
|Rub with warm towel to remove excess adhesive.|
Lots of quilters spend a fortune on their irons but I have found that I like to use the old, heavy metal irons like the Proctor Silex iron pictured above. They get really hot. I never use steam for quilting for many reasons I won't get into here, so these old irons are perfect. They don't have auto-shut off however so I have devised a plan to remind me if the iron is on or not. When I plug in the iron, I put on the night light. When I unplug the iron, I turn off the night light. I can see at a glance whether or not the iron is on.
|Iron is ON!|
|Iron is OFF!|
Happy Quilting everyone. I hope that January will get you some much needed studio time too!