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    Senior Member allie's Avatar
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    Have any of you all ever done a dryer sheet quilt where you can use your scrap they turn out so pretty

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    You mean sew the scraps to dryer sheets? I hadn't heard of that before.

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    It is a great way to recycle those sheets!!! Just make sure all of the oil is out of them first. It can stain your fabrics :wink: that is why they do not suggest using them on anything but damp fabrics :D

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    just start in center of dryer sheet and sew until you have it cover then square it up to 6'' by 9''

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    you use used dryer sheet ironed them out flat then start sewing on them

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    I use to save my dryer sheets but now I use the four month Bounce insert in my dryer, so no dryer sheets. I use plain interfacing for strip piecing. It's dirt cheap. :D

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    I use old sheets that I buy at rummage sales. I can usually get them for 50 cents or a buck.

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    Strippy quilts or string quilts can be foundation pieced like that. Good luck.

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    Here I have went and learn't something new again, thanks
    everyone I'll have to try this .

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    Quote Originally Posted by allie
    just start in center of dryer sheet and sew until you have it cover then square it up to 6'' by 9''
    I did the very same thing only I used the pages from all the catalogues we get in the mail. Free and I'm recycling too!

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    I use the used dryer sheet to clean my iron. It gets the gunk off so it glides nicely.

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    amazing what I learn here.

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    I stopped using the dryer sheets when I read how it causes dryer fires and also burns up the motor on the dryer by overheating the dryer. I went back to downey. I have bought two expensive gas dryers in seven years and I went searching for some answers. That is what I found out.

    I have used the interfacing for this type of piecing. It does work good.

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    I have just been reading that these dryer sheets are very flammable... I think tomorrow I will try to light one and see what happens.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I have just been reading that these dryer sheets are very flammable... I think tomorrow I will try to light one and see what happens.....


    IS YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE??????

    just kidding Merry Xmas!

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    Although I have belonged to two quilt guilds and still a non-attending member to the other and taking college course I have learned more from the quilting board than I have for year of not belonging.

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    Should have said for years.

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    what a neat idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    I stopped using the dryer sheets when I read how it causes dryer fires and also burns up the motor on the dryer by overheating the dryer. I went back to downey. I have bought two expensive gas dryers in seven years and I went searching for some answers. That is what I found out.
    I got this from several people in the past and checked it out on Snopes. Since then, I try to remember to wash my lint filter in warm soapy water at least every couple months.

    http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/dryer.asp

    I found a non-woven foundation (made for paper-piecing) that comes in 8-1/2 x 11 sheets that you can run through your printer at WalMart. It's the same type of material as the dryer sheets, except it's a little thicker, and it doesn't have the chemicals on it. Otherwise, I cut muslin into squares and spray starch the heck out of them and use them for foundations.

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    Where in Wal-Mart did you find this product and what is it actually called? I sometimes have trouble finding things at Wal-Mart, they don't seem to be too logical when placing items in the different departments.

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    I found it in the sewing and crafts section on the same wall as the rotary cutting tools. I'll try to remember to look at the package tonight and post the name tomorrow.

    If your store doesn't carry it, maybe you'd be able to order it online and have it delivered to your store for you.

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    I keep a close eye on the dryer's lint filter and periodically wash it as it can get coated with the chemicals that comes off those dryer sheets. This can cause your dryer to heat up and then become dangerous. Also check the dryer's vent hose from time to time as it can also have build up. Used dryer sheets can also be used to clean off TV screens to reduce some of the dust collecting static.

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    If you take your empty lint filter to the sink, fill it with water often you will watch the water barely trickle out, even when it looks like it's clean...it means the screens are clogged with those chemicals. Soak in dish soap and lightly scrub with a brush. Then try filling it back up again :wink: A clean filter allows for better air flow, good to keep a dryer fire at bay, also good because you will use less power and cut down the drying time to dry your clothes :D:D:D

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    Many art quilters use used dryer sheets and/or used color catchers in their pieces. Color catchers dye, paint and print like fabric but rip like paper. Dryer sheets dye, paint and print beautifully and the result is quite luminous due to the web-like texture. You can also sun print on them. Both stitch easily and can be collaged with some great looking results.

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    I have used them for applique. Just sew the pieces on right side down, then cut out, make a slit in the back and turn. Works great!1 I will have to try the scrap thing, alie, sounds neat!

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