Here’s a tip brought to you by the Chicago School of Fusing. When adding another piece of fusible web to fabric, don’t overlap the fusible web papers like what I’ve done above. This is a no no!
Instead, do this: abut the 2 edges of the fusible web paper. This way when you fuse, you don’t get glue on the paper underneath. If you overlap the papers, you get glue on the paper. Your iron picks up the glue on the paper when you use it later and then transfers the glue to your beautiful quilt top. The paper that comes with the fusible web (release paper) is so useful. You can fuse fabric to release paper over and over again and it always releases the fabric.
So save the release paper that comes with fusible web. By placing the release paper on your quilt top, you protect the iron from fabric shapes that are place upside down on the quilt. Remember: protect your quilts from filthy irons and don’t tempt them with glue on the paper.
This flower looks rather forlorn, doesn’t it? But you’ll note that the tips of the flowers are rather jaunty. That’s because they are cut with a pinking blade used on a standard 45mm rotary cutter handle. (If you want to see how similar flower petals are made with this blade, check this out.)
To give our flower a little flair, long embroidery stitches travel from the peaks and valleys of the pinked edge to the center of the flower. This is done with the Sunflowers colorway in a size 8 pearl cotton thread. That same thread couches down the long strands of thread holding them in place.
French knots added to the pinked flower tips dress up our bloomers even more and our forlorn flower is now fabulous!
More tips on adding hand embroidery to pinked fabric edges coming up soon!
Ready for a fabric cutting challenge? With a little forethought, you can cut fused fabrics with decorative rotary cutter blades and create perfect fabric shapes for hand embroidery. Here’s a good example of planning ahead: the 1/4″ green stripes in this wallpaper fabric are cut with a pinking blade.
Each cut of the blade is off set with the previous cut making a “rick rack” edge on the fabric strip. Stitching across the strip with a size 12 thread creates a pleasing diagonal stripe across the fabric.
You can see that I didn’t always align the blade on the fabric consistently when cutting the strips. So some of the stitching appears off on the wall paper. My excuse: This is hand work. Made by human hands not a machine.
Stay tuned for more stitching of pinked edges tomorrow!
A favorite tool for those making fused art quilts is the decorative rotary cutter blade. Decorative blades come in a variety of shapes (pinking, wave, scallop) that add a delightfully embellished edge to fused fabrics. Decorative edges add movement and interest to quilt designs.
But how do you add hand embroidery to that decorative edge?
Vase on the Table #3 by Laura Wasilowski
This quilt shows a variety of ways to add hand stitchery to the pinked edge. You can see fabric cut with a pinking blade in the wallpaper stripes, flowers, vase, and top edge of the table cloth. Each fabric shape is stitched in a different way. Over the next few days I’ll show you how to hand embroider the pinked edge. Please stay tuned!
Have you tried cutting your fused fabrics with decorative rotary cutter blades ? Most decorative blades like pinking, wave, and scallop can be used on the same handle used for your straight blades.
But did you know you have to load a decorative blade in a special way to get a clean and easy cut?
Check out these directions on how to load your decorative blades on my Tutorial Page.
Whimsy Lane #8 by Laura Wasilowski
Do you have a binding on your quilt that you just don’t care for? You may want to check out my We All Sew blog article the next time you add a Blanket Stitch to your quilt binding. It’s a handy tip used on this quilt binding to give it some ummph.