Saturday, January 19, 2008

Update to Fusible Rickrack--

Hello All--

I just finished fusing my rickrack onto my McCall's quilt and I decided that for long lengths I prefer to place the 4" strips about 2" apart rather than the 4" that I stated yesterday. It just holds it a little more securely.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Fusble Rickrack

As many of you already know, I'm a rickrack fiend! I absolutely LOVE the way rickrack and feedsacks look together. They were made for each other!

As I work on my new McCall's quilt, which of course has rickrack on it, I wanted to pass on to you an idea I had. The one thing I don't like about working with rickrack is pinning it. It just never seems to end up where you want it. So I tried fusing and it works beautifully!

I cut a 1/4" piece of lightweight fusible web x the length I need and iron it to the rickrack. Be sure to use a teflon sheet since some will come through between the peaks. Then peel off the paper and place it wherever you want it to go. Because of the lightweight fusible, it's still very flexible and will bend where you want it to. When it's placed, iron it on as usual following the manufacturer's instructions. It's fabulous!

If you are using a very long piece of rickrack, cut the fusible in 4" lengths and place them about every 4" or so. This will still be plenty of fusible to hold it in place. I normally tack the inner and outer points by hand to hold them forever, but you might want to do it by machine.

Speaking of fusible, I have fallen in love with a Japanese product called Vilene. It's expensive, but worth it. It's so light that when you iron the rickrack on, the area around the rickrack just melts into the fabric.

That's it for today! Happy fusing!!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fat Quarter Shop Blog

WOW! I just read the Fat Quarter Shop blog. How exciting and what a nice thing to see! Thanks so much to my friends there who have done such a great job. Check it out at

I'm working on a new quilt for McCall's right now using the Bees Knees fabric. They are doing a magazine that features only precut bundles such as fat quarters, Sweet 16s, jelly rolls, and charm squares. It should be out this summer. Sounds like a lot of fun!

This morning I'm off to take my mom (she's 96) to a funeral and the doctor. Tough day for her I know.

I hope the New Year has brought you time to quilt and get some of the things you want to do accomplished!