A Quilty Kind of Girl

April 20, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday – Basting Large Quilts with Misty Fuse

Filed under: Quilting,Tutorial Tuesday — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am
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Are you excited? Have you been looking forward to learning how you can baste a larger quilt with Misty Fuse, and ALMOST no pins? 😉 It’s really close to pinless, HONEST!! So I’m going to show you how to baste a backing to batting using Misty Fuse. Now it really doesn’t matter, if it’s the quilt top or the quilt backing, because both sides have to be done right? and the trouble here is that I can not show you this quilt, as it is my next Bake Shop goodie, and well, you all know that MUST remain a surprise!!

FYI – The table I did this process on, is exceptionally wide. A typical ironing board might work depending on the size of your quilt. The batting will be layered up which will protect your surface, but chose where you baste your quilt wisely. You are pressing, and dealing with high heat. If you had an area large enough to lay out the entire quilt, it would save you from having to fold.
This quilt backing measures 44 X 55.

A few abbreviations before I begin…
H = Horizontal
V = Vertical
MF = (guess?!) Misty Fuse

MistyFuseBaste1

Fold batting in half horizontally. Pin the left and right side to mark the vertical centers of the batting. Also place a pin at the horizonatal center. This will assist you to line up the layers of your quilt accurately.

Yes! This IS two photos spliced together… what mad photo editing skills right? 😉
Misty Fuse Baste 2

Roll out Misty Fuse horizontally along the fold, from edge of batting to opposite edge of batting.

MistyFuseBaste3

The backing fabric must be folded with right sides of fabric together. Find the horizontal center before placing quilt. LIne up the H center of batting and backing then pin. Smooth fabric evenly to one side and pin the V center of batting and backing. Repeat for other side. Press evenly starting in center, working out towards the sides. Do not allow iron to contact MF.

Misty Fuse Baste 4

At the edge of the fused area, fold back the backing. Roll out another layer of MF as close to the edge as possible.

Misty Fuse Baste 5

Flip the backing fabric over the MF to press in place.

Misty Fuse Baste 7

The top half of the backing is fused in place. The lower half has been unfolded and now needs fusing.

Misty Fuse Baste 8

Fold back the fabric which needs fusing. Lay out MF along the previously fused edge. Fold fabric back over MF, smotthing out evenly from middle. Press in the same manner.

Misty Fuse Baste 9

Place MF under the remaining area in need of fusing. Fold fabric over, and press to finish fusing the backing to the batting.

Once you have basted the backing, you may then flip the whole thing over, and carry on to baste the front. Do not forget to center the top onto the batting. If you have any questions at ALL, do not hesitate to ask in the comments, or even send me an email. I’m always happy to help. 🙂

Now for the REALITY CHECK!!
Here in Canada, I can purchase a meter ( hehe an extra 3 inches!!) of Misty Fuse at my local quilt shop for $5.
39 X 20 inches = $5.
My quilt = (40 X 50) + backing (44 X 55) = 2.56m + 3.10m = 5.56 m of Misty Fuse
5.56m X $5/m = $27.80

$27.80 to baste a crib size quilt. Seems a little pricey, but consider, if we bought the large 100 yard bolt, directly from Misty Fuse, the price drops to $2.25 per YARD ( so a slight difference in calculation.), which would make the price roughly HALF! Considerable savings right? PLUS!! I just noticed that MF is ALSO available in 35 inch wide! *SWEET*

What it all comes down to my Quilty Friends, is how much do you HATE to baste quilts with pins?! Is it worth the investment? Personally, I think so, but this is a choice you will need to evaluate for yourself. 🙂

Before I sign off, don’t forget to enter the Make Life Layer Cake Giveaway.….

Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

April 6, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday – Pinless Basting (and Misty Fuse Giveaway!)

So What is Misty Fuse? you ask….

“Mistyfuse®

Use paper-less Mistyfuse® for all weights of fabric from velvets and cottons to delicate tulles and organzas. It’s a dream to work with—it handles well, is incredibly sheer, doesn’t add bulk to your fused piece and bonds firmly once cooled. And since there is no added adhesive, it will never gum up your scissors or quilting needles. Each package comes with simple instructions for easy fusing with no waste. Mistyfuse White is perfect for fusing with any fabric.”

(shhhhh. I stole that straight from the website. :P)  http://www.mistyfuse.com/

I first discovered this amazing substance a few years ago. A customer had come to the LQS where I played around worked, and was looking for an alternative to pin basting her quilts. ( Seriously, aren’t we all?) So the owner showed her Misty Fuse. The customer loved it so much, she was back the next day to order several bolts. Something about the whole situation just made me want to try it. This is NOT the only use for this product and I plan to show you more fabulous things you can do, but for now, enjoy the idea of painless basting your quilts.

50 yards of Misty Fuse

This is the 50 yard bolt of Misty Fuse that I won on Facebook!

Misty Fuse is very light and sheer.

You can barely see it, as Misty Fuse is so lightweight. You will never know it is inside your quilt!

Batting laid down with Misty Fuse layered over top.

I have laid the batting down first. Next I laid Misty Fuse over top. Batting and MF are larger than my quilt top.

Quilt top finishes part one of the sandwich.

Now the quilt top goes on top of the Misty Fuse. At this point I will press the top starting in the center and evenly cover the entire quilt top. Do not allow the iron to contact the Misty Fuse.

Misty Fuse has done it's job.

I am lifting the edge here to see if the MF has fused the layers together. If the layers still lift, simply continue to press until the layers are fused. Trim away the excess Misty Fuse. I save these small pieces for future projects.

Step two of fusing the quilt sandwich.

Flip the entire sandwich over. Place another layer of MF on the backing side of the batting, then layer the backing on top. Repeat the pressing to fuse the backing to the quilt sandwich.

The finished fused quilt.

My little quilt is now ready for quilting. The entire process took a few minutes and not a single pin was involved!

I wish you could feel how light the quilt stays, even with two layers of fusible in the quilt. Better yet, it will not affect your needle in any way. No thud, thud, thud as you are sewing, no chunks of fusible gluey residue. Misty Fuse is a wonderful fusible web product and I can not sing it’s praises loud enough! In fact, I want you to know just how fabulous this stuff is… I am GIVING AWAY 5 YARDS OF MISTY FUSE to one of my readers. Here’s what you have to do….
Subscribe to my blog and leave me a comment. That’s all! ( Gets you one entry.)

For chances at additional entries you can:
Follow me on Twitter, and Tweet this contest including @quiltcetera in your tweet. (and leave another seperate comment.)
Blog it. (and leave another separate comment.)
Join my Facebook Fan Page, A Quilty Kind of Girl (with a separate comment)
Join the Misty Fuse Facebook Fan Page (with a separate comment)

It is really important to leave each entry as it’s own comment here on this blog post, so I can keep track of each time you enter! You wan to win right? 🙂 Contest is open until Monday April 12 at midnight MST. Winner to be chosen by random number generator and announced next Tuesday. Good luck!

Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

September 10, 2009

Lovin’ the Misty Fuse!!

Filed under: Quilting — quiltcetera @ 4:08 pm
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Last night I laid out the little mini quilt that I have been working on. Since it is so small I choose to baste it using a product called Misty Fuse. I hate am not a big fan of pinning, I simply lose my mind!! haven’t got the patience. The first thing I did was lay the top out on the misty fuse. Then I placed those two layers on my batting. I lightly pressed the layers together. Next I did the same with the backing and another layer of misty fuse. The entire basting process took less than five minutes.

One thing I noticed as I pick up the quilt sandwich, was how the layers were held in  place perfectly. I am certain that I experience no shifting or wrinkles during the quilting, but I will update on that once the quilting is complete. Another good point was the drape of the quilt. There was no stiffness, and the quilt was still soft and pliable.

The only draw backs that I could think of is the need to careful when pressing. If any Misty Fuse is hanging out, the iron should not touch it. It will melt on contact and leave a sticky residue on the iron or ironing board. Also, Misty Fuse is about 20 inches wide. This must be considered when buying enough for a larger quilt.

I will certainly be using Misty Fuse again. It is ideal for quilting on my domestic machine, and the needle had no problems penetrating the extra layers. The biggest plus for me was the speed of basting, with no smelly sprays. I am evening considering buying a roll so I will always have it on hand. Plus it is even available in black! What is your experience with Misty Fuse? Feel free to leave your comments especially if you have used it on a larger project, I would love to hear from you!

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