Lay flat! Gosh Darn it! Pressing Issues – Part 1

Proper pressing is essential for accurate quilting.  Before I get into hows? and whys?, I want to share my favorite tools for pressing.  The first two are required and the last one is optional.

First, you have to have a pressing surface.  It should be hard and stable and, um, that is about it.  I have a standard ironing board, Walgreens style.  I also have a small, DIY one that I made.  I take it to classes and it works really well.

Made with materials you have, RIGHT NOW, in the perfect size and totally portable.

Made with materials you have, RIGHT NOW, in the perfect size and totally portable.

To make this custom pressing pad, I measured the size I wanted to cover.  I layered muslin, batting, tin foil, batting and muslin and trimmed the sandwich to the proper dimensions.  (Instead of tin foil, I bought the special material made just for pot holders, but I could not find it when I was ready to make it.) Then I quilted channels so there would be no shifting.  I bound the edges with scrap binding.  The really cool things about this method is that you can make it the PERFECT size and use stuff you already have. Yahoo!

These are my favorite irons, one for home and one for the road.

Delongi Iron

This is my star-at-home iron. Ain’t she pretty?

This is the Delongi Ironing System.  It runs about $250 but is totally worth it.  It gets hotter than a hootenanny, doesn’t leak and STAYS hot!  I know the new auto-shutoff on many irons is a safety feature but just when I am ready to press again, the iron has to heat up, again.  Grrrrrr!

Oh, are you worried about me leaving the iron on? I have a solution.

Problem solved!

Problem solved!

Every time I turn the iron on, I put my stick note on the door that says, “The Iron Is On.”  That way when I leave the room, I see it and check the iron. (I also think leaving notes is a good habit to get into, as I get older, I think I will need more Post-its, just saying.)

When I am on the road, this is my favorite, the Steamfast SF-171 Travel Iron. I LOVE it!

Perfect little iron.

Perfect little iron.

It is easy to pack, heats up quickly, stays no-fooling-around hot, uses steam, all-around great iron.  Love it.

The optional pressing tool is starch. My favorite is Faultless Spray Starch.  It is easy to use, easy to fine and inexpensive.

My favorite starch.

My favorite starch.

I DO NOT starch everything.  I use it only when I want to minimize stretch, say for piecing curves and bias edges.  Or when the fabric just will not LAY FLAT!  Somehow, this magic spray makes fabric fly in proper formation.

In Pressing Issues – Part 2, I will cover the hows? and the whys?

What are your questions about pressing?  Leave a comment or question below.

See you soon!

Thanks,
Jenny

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The Quilter’s Bucket List

Anyone who has been quilting for a while has a list of quilts they want to make.  They may even have several in progress!  I have my own list, my Quilter’s Bucket List.  These are the quilts I want to make, at some point, in my quilting career.  I also include which stage I am at in the process (idea, pattern, stash, cutting, piecing, quilting).  The quilts below are the works of others and are great inspiration.

1. A Lone Star  – I am in the Stash stage, 17 yards of it!

2. Grandmother’s Flower Garden – I am in the Piecing stage.  And as soon as I can find the box I have all the pieces in, I might finish.

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3. A Postage Stamp Quilt, a quilt made with 1 1/2″ squares and no two fabrics the same. I am in the Stash stage.  I am VERY certain I have enough scraps to make several king size quilts, just saying.

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4. A Double Wedding Ring – I have the templates so that is the Idea Stage

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5.  A Jinny Beyer quilt. She is my color mentor and I just love her stuff. Check out her website. Jinny Beyer

So what is on your Quilter’s Bucket List?  Post your comments below.

Thanks,
Jenny

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Machine Quilt Binding Webinar

If you are like me, you spend hours picking the perfect pattern and fabric.  You spend more hours cutting, piecing, pressing, perfecting the top.  Then, you spend even more hours basting and quilting.  But there is one last hurdle between you and the finish line, binding!

Percentage-wise, we don’t spend anywhere NEAR the time learning to bind that we spend on every other aspect of quilting.  No wonder we struggle, forget how we did it last time, try tool after tool and never feel it is quite right.

I feel your pain.

I made this quilt for a friend of mine.  I love the copper and the green together.

The Lost City of Z

However, the only thing I notice when I look at it is this!  Look at how uneven the binding is.  This, my friend, is just a cry for help!

Cry for Help  Cry For Help 2So I devoted time just to finding a binding that was fast, uncomplicated and beautiful.  Voila!   What do you think?  Aren’t they gorgeous?

Macnine Binding Webinar

This is, by far, my most requested technique.  In fact, I show it in almost every class I teach!

And now, you don’t have to come to my class.  You can learn my binding methods in you own home with my binding webinar, “Machine Quilt Binding Made Easy”, coming up on February 17th, 5:00 to 6:00pm EST.  Even if you can’t attend, you can purchase the webinar and watch it whenever you like!

Click here to learn more and buy the webinar.

If you have any questions or are planning to attend, please post a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

Hope to see you soon,

Jenny

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