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Thread: Postage stamp block with stabilizer?

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    Postage stamp block with stabilizer?

    I'm thinking about doing this Mario quilt a long, but definitely not interested in dropping $100 on wash away stabilizer.
    http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2012...ilt-along.html

    Has anyone done a postage stamp quilt using Elizabeth's method from oh fransson?
    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransso...he-block-.html

    Does it make for a super stiff quilt top? My son is almost 4, southish quilt would get lots of use for years to come. It seems it might actually add some strength in the long run anyways. Would it wash well and soften up?

    Thanks!

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    You could use the lightweight or featherweight fusible interfacing. I think this is an awesome idea when working with lots of really small pieces of fabric. I have a pattern for a Mondo bag and it uses 2 1/2" squares but came with the printed interfacing to make the sewing of all those blocks easy. The lightweight or featherweight don't had very much stiffness. These are used in garment construction when just a little bit of stiffness is needed. I have lots of it as I used to sew mainly garments. I'm going to use it when I get around to making my postage stamp quilt.
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    I have not tried it myself, but have seen some quilts done using that technique. If you use the lightweight iron on, after it is washed a time or two, it gets softer to where you don"t notice it is there. Show us pictures.

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    I made a doll quilt using that method. It did seem a little stiff. If I do another I'll try to find the lighter weight fusible. Don't know how it's holding up with washing as it doesn't live at my house anymore.

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    Can't help you with the Mario quilt, but I have done the postage stamp quilt, and yes, it does turn out quite stiff. Better for wall hangings, in my opinion. I much prefer to make PS quilts with strips.

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    I love this method, I first saw it on Terri Sandelin's blog "Bits and Pieces" about oct 2011, she does minis and so do I. I just finished about 15+ mini tops. So I love this method and paperpiecing. Using the light-weight fusible will just make it last longer i think. So do it!

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    Those are lovely! Thank you for sharing! I found the fusible quilters grid at Joann's. It's very lightweight and think it will work well. It's only 1" squares and my pieces are 1.5 but that will work fine. I will still have 2 lines per square to use and won't have to draw my own grid.

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