Did you ever find something so simple
you were almost silly about it?
Monday's post was about list making, and one thing on that list was to start on a charity quilt for Hands2Help. The quilt was the first thing I put my mind to, and I'm well underway.
This is a 100% scrap quilt using an elongated hexagon shape I found while trying to make a real hexagon with just straight rulers. I will give you more details about how it came about, and what I've learned later. What I want to share immediately is the technique I learned about pressing all the straight sides under to applique it on the yardage.
My very stitchy friend, Irene, is laid up with a bum knee so she's been brushing up on technique with books and YouTube. We've had several conversations this week comparing notes as I've been nose deep in many books myself. I told her about having all my Y-seams sewn, and needing to get the 1/4" edges all turned under next. She said she had just read about a technique to iron round shapes easily using aluminum foil. While she was talking, my mind was going a mile a minute.
Off the phone, I flew into action!
My old painting edger was dug out of the garage, and given a scrubbing. Then I wrapped it in a layer of aluminum foil. *This is not labelled or intended to be heat proof, but it is what I used. Ideally, this should be metal, and you may come up with something much better.
Lay your block on a piece of aluminum foil on your ironing surface. Using your flat edge, test where to position it gauging to have a little less than 1/4" of fabric showing.
Now wrap your bottom sheet of foil up and over the edge, bending the fabric over your flat edge. Press for only a few seconds. I used a cotton setting and no steam.
Open the foil, remove the flat edge, and press
flat over the foil again.
Isn't that pretty? And straight!
I pressed every other side, then went back around to the in between sides. Even the corners are great!
These are the edges that all need done, but I think this method will make it a breeze.
And that will leave me time left to clean up today.
I hope you're thinking about new techniques, and how you can be a better quilter, too. I'd love to hear any hints you have regarding pressing under edges.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.