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Thread: Need Help on Wavy Butterfly Blocks,no they aren't trying to Fly.

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    Super Member Bill'sBonBon's Avatar
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    HI Everyone,
    Desperatly trying to get this quilt finished. I appliqued the Butterflies on a 10" Block. Finshed Bock is 9" I used Pellon for stablizier. Not the Tear and wash that will tear easily. Didn't have enough for that,went to 2 different stores and couldn't find any. So I used the regular Pellon Stabilizer. Hard to get off. I finally got all I was going to off this afternoon. There are 15 Blocks in all. After I got all the paper I could off and I was setting up to square the blocks I noticed they were wavy. Now should I Press before I square? Or Not press,Square and put sashes on? I have appliqued before but only on a whole cloth quilt.
    Anyway I want to do it the best way. PLEASE let me know what you have done or not done on something like this. Posting a Picture. Will not square until I here from you.
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    The best thing to do is block them. Sharon Schamber has great videos on Youtube that demonstrate how she blocks. One shows how to stretch out a too-small block, while another shows how to shrink a wavy block. Here is a link to one of them. Sorry, I don't remember which video this is. If it's not the one you need, look for another one by her on YouTube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3RIWhBvcA

    I know Sharon says to use a hard pressboard (she has another video on how to make one of those) but, for the type of applique you have, I think I would use a towel underneath when blocking so the satin stitching has something to sink into.

    When I do satin stitch applique like yours, I don't use a stabilizer at all. I starch the background fabric very heavily instead. Before cutting the background fabric, I mix a 1:1 solution of liquid Sta-Flo starch and water. I put the fabric on my kitchen island and "paint" the fabric with this solution using a large wall painting brush. I throw the saturated fabric in the dryer, then steam iron. The fabric comes out nice and stiff and will keep its shape through all kinds of handling. I have had no tunnelling with satin stitch using this method. I always wash my quilts when they are finished and, of course, the starch just washes out. HTH!

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    I would give Sharon's tute a try also!
    I use spray starch like Prism99 uses the liquid. I soak it well, only I usually line dry mine and then press it. I like it better than trying to remove stabilizers. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    The best thing to do is block them. Sharon Schamber has great videos on Youtube that demonstrate how she blocks. One shows how to stretch out a too-small block, while another shows how to shrink a wavy block. Here is a link to one of them. Sorry, I don't remember which video this is. If it's not the one you need, look for another one by her on YouTube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3RIWhBvcA

    I know Sharon says to use a hard pressboard (she has another video on how to make one of those) but, for the type of applique you have, I think I would use a towel underneath when blocking so the satin stitching has something to sink into.

    When I do satin stitch applique like yours, I don't use a stabilizer at all. I starch the background fabric very heavily instead. Before cutting the background fabric, I mix a 1:1 solution of liquid Sta-Flo starch and water. I put the fabric on my kitchen island and "paint" the fabric with this solution using a large wall painting brush. I throw the saturated fabric in the dryer, then steam iron. The fabric comes out nice and stiff and will keep its shape through all kinds of handling. I have had no tunnelling with satin stitch using this method. I always wash my quilts when they are finished and, of course, the starch just washes out. HTH!

    Thank You,Thank You Prism99. I looked at Sharons utube Tute. That is what I am going to do. Next time I do this I am going to use your way. I am bookmarking it and printing it out so I can have it in my files.
    No more stabilizer for a big project like I have in the Butterflies. Fingers are sore from tearing out that paper.
    BillsBonBon

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    I found her other video on squaring up a block. This might be the one that is more useful to you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6apl...eature=related

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