am always searching for quicker and easier ways to do things. Recently Iwas reading about Lapel Stick, a glue stick for fabric that has been generatinginterest on some quilting blogs. Lapel Stick works just like the glue sticksyou nd in every kindergarten classroom. It is a semisoft solid which spreadssmoothly when rubbed on fabric. Apply the glue, press two pieces of fabrictogether, wait for it to dry, and it creates a temporary bond until the pieces arestitched together permanently. Lapel Stick is nontoxic and acid free. It can beremoved by laundering, or according to the manufacturer, it may be left in placewith no negative long-term effects.
Hearing about this product mademe wonder if I could make anentire quilt without using any pinsor fusibles. I went to my drawingboard, jotted down as many ways asI could think to use Lapel Stick, andbegan sketching ideas that wouldincorporate a variety of them. Mysmall journal quilt quickly grew intosomething a bit larger. You see, the“Quilt Queen” (opposite) just wantedto be bigger!
So how did I use LapelStick?
Using a glue stick madeboth raw-edge and traditionalappliqué easier. I had to be carefulwhen I spread the glue close to the cutedge of the fabric because the rubbingaction can distort or fray certainfabrics. Because this is a temporaryglue stick, I also had to think abouthow I would stitch down the appliqué.I used both straight stitching and atiny zigzag stitch with invisible thread,and had no trouble with the needlegumming up or the fabric being toostiff to stitch. Lapel Stick even heldUltrasuede
and fused Angelina
bers rmly until I could stitch themdown. However, it did not do verywell holding sheer fabrics and nettingsin place.
I had hopedthat using Lapel Stick would make iteasier to match stripes. Usually whenI pin intersections the fabric stretches,and I end up with shifting or littletucks. For this quilt I used a black-and-white striped fabric to create thecheckerboard. It was simple to cutstrips, apply Lapel Stick, match thestripes, and sew. I was thrilled thatthere was no slipping or puckering.
I was interested to seeif Lapel Stick would keep variousyarns, laces, and ribbons in placewhile couching them down, so Icreated gentle curves and angles andlet the glue dry for a few minutes.Generally this method worked well foreverything with the exception of fuzzyyarn and a string of pearls.
Yes, I even used Lapel Stickto hold the button eyes in place so Icould machine stitch them. I imaginethis could be a great way to teachchildren to hand sew buttons.
By applying Lapel Stick tomy backing fabric and quilt top, my24"-square quilt was layered and readyfor free-motion quilting in less thanve minutes. Happily, the glue bastingkept the quilt sandwich just as stableas if I had pin or hand basted.
From now on I am denitelyusing Lapel Stick when binding quilts.I machine stitched the rst part of the double-fold French binding asusual. Then I used the glue stickalong the seam allowance and foldedthe binding to the back. I especiallyappreciated not being poked and nothaving the thread tangle around thestraight pins while hand stitching thebinding.
SLEEVE AND LABEL
Again, it wasa joy to hand stitch the sleeve andlabel since with Lapel Stick I was notgetting poked by pins.
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