Back in July I shared a couple of pictures of my son and daughter in law’s wedding quilt. It really is just so beautiful (if I do say so myself!) Though it was started 2 years ago, before their wedding, it got put away for most of the last 2 years.
I pulled it out a couple of times, planned some of the flowers and then promptly put it away again as other projects demanded attention.
So, when I decided in May that it must be done and brought to CT in July, I was really under the gun.
At Quilt Market, while Elizabeth and I were looking for our notion for the Notion Commotion Blog Hop, I came across a Fabric Folding Pen at the Clover booth.
The woman demonstrating it made it look so easy and so helpful. So I decided to see if it was really was helpful!
I had a lot of flowers to appliqué. And given that I had less than 2 months to add the borders, make the flowers, appliqué them, get it quilted….. I was looking for anything to make the process go smoothly and easily.
For the appliqué, first I drew and cut my flower shapes out of freezer paper. Then I ironed the freezer paper to the fabric and roughly cut the fabric about 3/16″ bigger than the paper template.
Then it was off to the ironing board.
I tried three methods.
For some of the flowers, I ironed the fabric around the template, removed the paper and pinned the flower piece to the quilt.
For others, I used fabric glue to help the fabric stay down.
Then I tried running the fabric folding pen on the fabric around the edge of the paper and then ironing the fabric.
What I found was the pieces I made using the Fabric Folding Pen stayed pressed better than those without anything. The glued ones stayed too, but it was harder to remove the paper.
This was the piece without anything.
See how the edges are unfolding already?
This was the piece with the Fabric Folding Pen.
It stayed nice and flat even after I removed the paper.
The pen comes with this liquid, and you add just a few drops to the barrel of the pen and then fill with water. The package says the resulting solution makes the fabric pliable and easy to fold.
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OK- off to do some more sewing… I love my job!