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oksewglad 01-05-2020 08:07 AM


Originally Posted by luvstoquilt (Post 8347779)
I made the quilt. It is a lengthy process thoug nut hard. The little 9-patches are made using 1 1/2 strips ant then cut down to 2 1/2 ..finish at 2 when sewn into the quilt. I really enjoyed making it and also the 6 little quilts Pam Buda shared as we progressed. I made this with a group at a LQS which met once a month. I am naturally competitive and mine was finished first. The shop won a first place award which competed with quilt shops across the country.

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.


SusieQOH 01-05-2020 05:16 PM

Sharon, that's beautiful! I love it. (and your kitty)

Teen 01-05-2020 07:36 PM

Sharon....gorgeous quilt! Kudo's for sticking with it. I'm currently making and collecting 2" 9P as I work on other projects. The pieces sit by machine and I just whip them through the machine as I sew other stuff ( the regular 9P..not with the rectangle borders) Not enough yet to do anything with so I just place them in a project box until I figure it out. I don't have the fortitude for this to stick with it until done. Kudo's for staying disciplined and committed.

Christine & LynnBBQ....this quilt project is stunning, too. Lynn...Thanks for the tips on small piecing. It is a challenging a precise process. Good luck and can't wait to see both your finished quilts.

LynnBBQ 01-07-2020 06:59 AM


Originally Posted by Christine- (Post 8347806)
Wow Sharon, your quilt is beautiful.

Lynn, thank you so much for the advice. I just bought a large jug of starch last night and plan to starch well. What kind of starch did you use? And if you used liquid, what was the amount you mixed with water?

Sorry for the delay... life got in the way. I used some older aerosol cans of Faultless Heavy Starch, but they don't make it any longer. In the last year they replaced it with "Ironing Spray," whatever that is... and it does not make the fabric stiff at all. Totally useless product in my opinion. But I did find the Faultless Maxx Starch in a pump handle can - maybe 12 ounces? - and it seems to work like the old Heavy Starch. I'm happy with it so far. For pressing the blocks and rows once they are assembled, I'm using Best Press.

I know I should probably make my own starch but I have not attempted it yet.

KalamaQuilts 01-07-2020 08:20 AM

canned starch is cheap, relative to how expense making a quilt is, but the one time I bought 4 cans so I wouldn't run out, by the time I reached for them the other three wouldn't spray at all. This was a few years ago.

This month I bought some Stay-flow (not sure that is the right spelling) and when this current can runs out I'm going to try my own. In one of those neat mister bottles. We'll see how that goes...

I did try best press, hated the smell and decided it was the 'emperor's new clothes' as far as I was concerned. and way too expensive.

Christine- 01-07-2020 09:58 AM

I'm going to use liquid starch and dry the fabric on a clothing rack. I've never used liquid before so I'm looking for advice from anyone about how to mix it up and how to apply it. Someone told me to dampen the fabric first before immersing it in the starch mixture so I'm going to do that.

oksewglad 01-07-2020 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by Christine- (Post 8348612)
I'm going to use liquid starch and dry the fabric on a clothing rack. I've never used liquid before so I'm looking for advice from anyone about how to mix it up and how to apply it. Someone told me to dampen the fabric first before immersing it in the starch mixture so I'm going to do that.

I have a 20 oz spray bottle that I put in 10 oz ( 1 1/4 c) StaFlo, then slowly fill with water. Put in sprayer and shake. I spray this to the back of my fabric, fold in half and check for dry spots and spritz on them. Continue folding and spritzing until fabric is damp...not dripping. Let it "rest" a while, unfold it and let it dry. I like pressing it when slightly damp, and if it dries I will lightly spritz with water before I iron. If you think this is too much starch next time use less (1 c or 3/4 c). I hope this helps you.

zennia 01-07-2020 12:32 PM

Thank You for the site. I have a ton of small scraps so I may jump in and try this one. I like working with small pieces so this should be fun.

Christine- 01-07-2020 01:01 PM

Thanks for the info Gladie! I'll try using a Salon spray bottle, I can get a 16oz. bottle at the beauty supply.

Christine- 01-07-2020 01:03 PM


Originally Posted by zennia (Post 8348645)
Thank You for the site. I have a ton of small scraps so I may jump in and try this one. I like working with small pieces so this should be fun.

Do let us know if you start this quilt? I found a facebook group with a ton of good tips for making this quilt if you'd like to check it out. It's called The Circa 1880 Nine Patch Club.


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