The process is quick and easy, and the results are excellent.
How many quilts have you pin-basted in the past? Do you get tired of doing that?
Are you also weary of of hand-basting with large stitches?
Have you ever felt apprehensive about applying an adhesive spray to your quilts? I have found a technique that may work for you and your quilts, and you may want to try it.
I would like to introduce you to Mistyfuse, a two-sided fusible web with a spiderweb thin texture. Neither does it stiffen the fabric nor does it alter the way it drapes when it is used. When your quilt is quilted, you won’t even know that it’s there once it’s been finished.
After using Mistyfuse to baste a quilt, quilters often become hooked and never want to go back to traditional basting methods. You can achieve a perfectly basted quilt in no time at all with this simple, quick process.
The best thing about it is that you can sew through it without clogging up your needle or harming your machine in any other way.
You can use Mistyfuse to make small quilts by simply spreading it on the batting, attaching the quilt back and using an iron to fuse the two layers together. Then, flip the fabric over and fuse the top to the other side of the batting in the same manner. Voila. You are now ready to start quilting. In the following article, Bradie Sparrow shows you how it’s done and how you can do it as well.
In order to layer a larger quilt, you will use a similar process, though you will have to fuse both the top and the backing in sections, as well. In another article by Bradie Sparrow, you will find an excellent process for how to do so.
Click here for the “Basting Large Quilts with Misty Fuse” article.
It’s also possible to rip or cut Mistyfuse into little squares, which could be a more economical way to use it. On the batting, arrange them in a grid format (4 inches – 6 inches apart is the recommended spacing). To fuse the squares to the batting, you can use a silicone press sheet or even parchment paper to achieve the best results.
It is then necessary to spread the backing over the batting and press it to fuse it in place. The top should now be flipped over and the same thing should be done to fuse it to the batting. In the following article, Jenny Lyon shows you how she goes about doing this.
Click here for the “Basting a quilt with Mistyfuse” article.
To fuse the top of the quilt top to the batting, Judy Coates Perez uses sheets of Mistyfuse and to tack the backing to the back of the quilt top, she uses small squares. You can find out more about this by reading this article.
Click on the links below to find Mistyfuse and pressing sheets that you can use.
- Goddess Sheets – these are the ones that Jenny Lyon prefers, and she basically says that although it looks just like any other fusing sheet, it transfers heat faster and better than the other ones.
- Silicone and Teflon Pressing Sheets
- Parchment Paper