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Thread: You've Got Mail Quilt - Bias

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    You've Got Mail Quilt - Bias

    I am interested in making one of those envelop quilts as shown by Jenny Doan on Missouri Star, but I am concerned about the bias edges on each block when they are made her way. I would like to hear about your experiences with this technique.

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    I have made many of Jenny Doan's quilts with the biased edges and have never had a problem. I must confess that I heavily starch the fabric before using. I now use a mixture of 3/4 Sta-Flo to 1/4 water and put the fabric in the refrigerator or freezer overnight before pressing. That makes my fabric very stiff. I do handle it gently.

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    I did the Dissappearing Hourglass with bias edges. I did starch well but the bias helped me with geting the intersections to match up perfectly. I have never had such a perfect top.

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    Everyone is different! I seem to have problems with bias edges, however, I do like many of her quilt designs. I just calculate the size of the cuts needed to create the right size HSTs without bias edges. Since I usually don't use precuts, I'm cutting yardage, so this isn't an issue.
    I sure would try it her way at least once, however, as it's a lot quicker than my method!
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    I think the bias edges are not a problem at all if you starch heavily before cutting, as others have mentioned. It is probably a manageable issue if you use unwashed fabric, as there is typically a lot of sizing in it straight off the bolt, which helps keep the fabric stable. The bias edges could present a real problem for quilters who like to prewash fabric and do not starch it before cutting; the prewashing takes out all of the factory sizing, so there is nothing left in the fabric to prevent bias edges from stretching wildly out of shape as you work with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    I have made many of Jenny Doan's quilts with the biased edges and have never had a problem. I must confess that I heavily starch the fabric before using. I now use a mixture of 3/4 Sta-Flo to 1/4 water and put the fabric in the refrigerator or freezer overnight before pressing. That makes my fabric very stiff. I do handle it gently.
    I don't piece but my sister (a perfectionist) does. She is now using Terial Magic instead of starch. I just bought her two gallons of it for Christmas as she puts it in a big pump up spray bottle and a little goes a long way! She loves that stuff.
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    i just got that pattern i want to make that one too. thanks for the tips

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    I don't starch but am very careful not to handle the pieces more than necessary and never to pull them when sewing and I don't seem to have any problems.

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    Starch, starch, starch. I starch before I cut, and I starch when I press the block before joining. Starch.

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    I agree with PaperPrincess. I don't particular have great results with bias edges either.
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    Guess I live on a different planet. I have never had any problems with bias (knock on wood) I always start out matching top ends, let the feed dogs handle the feeding and make sure I pinch the bottom ends so they end up the same. Actually, when I need to match any points, I find it works to my advantage.

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    I recently made MSQ Sunday in the Park quilt. It also had bias edges. I had no trouble with them and found that the bias was an advantage in matching seams.

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    The first bias-edge-blocks quilt I made had all of the classic problems, wavy edges, wider on top and bottom with a more narrow center, etc. I learned that starch is my friend! Starch (or use sizing) before cutting your fabric, then handle each piece as if it were a butterfly. I also straight stitch around the entire edge of the quilt before pin basting and quilting. Once you get the hang of it, you will love this technique.

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    To me it's too much work to babysit bias edges. I can do them but I prefer to use straight cut edges that I can handle, press and sew without too much thinking. For MSQ patterns I just use a different method to do the HSTs.

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    Thanks, everybody! I think I will give it a shot. I will maybe do 8" squares instead of layer cakes and make a lap robe to begin with.

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