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Thread: Butterfly Block Before and After Starching,Thank You Prism99

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    Just wanted to Thank Prism99 for the help and show the difference in the Block. I now have to square all 15. Next time I will do as Prism99 Suggested starching before Appliqueing. I love the way sharon does the Resizing and Blocking on Her Utube video. I am going to Square these blocks that way. Thank you again Prism99.
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    Wow!! :D What a difference the
    starch has made. I am so glad
    to learn this. Your butterfly block
    is absolutely darling!! Thank you
    for sharing with all of us.
    :D :D :D :D

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    Bill'sbonbon that's really pretty! Do you mean that you starched the background fabric and the pieces before doing the appliqué? Sorry to be thick! :shock: :lol:

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    I've had the before happen to me too! This is great!!

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    That looks so nice and crisp! Great Butterfly!

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    I am glad it worked out for you and it is a very pretty block.

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    What a fun block! The starch did make quite a difference. The colors are fun and the butterfly is well done.

    Isn't starch great? I enjoy starching my fab before cutting and piecing blocks. Spray right after pre-washing and before the first ironing and while fabric is still slightly damp. Makes lining edges easier when sewing the pieces.

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    WOW! What a difference. I'll have to remember this. Love your butterfly.

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    Nice one!

    I wish I'd known about starch years ago too.... it makes such a difference.

    Someone on here said once, when doing tiny little bias pieces, that she starched the little suckers till they were like sewing cardboard. I've been doing the same, and it makes life SO much easier!

    The butterflys look gorgeous, can't wait to see it all done. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Bill'sbonbon that's really pretty! Do you mean that you starched the background fabric and the pieces before doing the appliqué? Sorry to be thick! :shock: :lol:
    I didn't on these blocks and when I pulled the stabilizer off I saw how wavy they all were. Prism99 suggested I use heavy starch and then Press not iron them. I did and look how nice and flat. Prism99 Starches before the Applique and I believe it will make things so much easier as I will not have to use that darn stabilizer. Woohooo!!! I am happy about that.
    I did starch the Butterflies when I was cutting them out. It made it easier to hold and cut with scissiors. Don't know why I didn't dawn on me to starch background also. But It didn't and they were wavy.
    I used the directions from Sharon( can't remember her last name.) for Blocking and squaring. I have done 6 so far and they look so nice and even. I am squaring all the blocks tonight and starting sashes tomorrow.
    BillsBonBon

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    There is a big difference, and it turned out great!

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    What great info, I attempted to do that with applique once & decided because they were SO wavy, maybe that was not my thing, I will have to try again. Those look great!

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    Great stuff, Bill's, what a difference a bit of starch makes. And the name you couldn't remember is Sharon Schamber - her free tutes are really informative and very helpful. Since seeing some of them, I use Elmer's School glue in lots of situations, though not as much as she does, quite yet! LOL.

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    What a difference. Your butterfly is really great!

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    Wow! thanks for showing the difference! I will have to try that because I have not enjoyed applique. This may makeit more enjoyable for me. :?

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    Wow! What a difference!

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    Wow -- thanks for showing us! And your block is beautiful! :D

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    I LOVE STARCH :) :) :)

    Edited: Any the butterfly is sooooooooo cute :)

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    Good Call Prism!!! That sure made a big difference :D :D :D

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    Wow...what a difference! I have been using the heavy weight spray starch on all my fabrics for awhile now and it does make a difference. I'm thinking about trying the stuff you mix up and then paint on...have many of you used that and is it better or worse than the spray stuff?

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    That sure made a difference. I love your butterfly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Wow...what a difference! I have been using the heavy weight spray starch on all my fabrics for awhile now and it does make a difference. I'm thinking about trying the stuff you mix up and then paint on...have many of you used that and is it better or worse than the spray stuff?
    I like them both, but if you use the mix might I suggest you refrigerate what you don't use and spray on the back in case of flaking :)

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    Thanks for the advice Sharon, thats good to know.

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