I have mentioned before that I love my Modern Quilters guild. Everyone is very helpful, unselfish and sharing. Last week one of our members, Anita, taught us how to slash and insert fabric. The trick to Anita's method is water soluble glue, your choice of brand.
I am working on two Halloween quilts for my grandchildren. I want to have a block in each quilt with either a Z or an H so there will be no confusion as to who owns each quilt. I decided to make them funky.
I started with green polka dot fabric and a black on black cat fabric. I slit the fabric apart randomly. Then I sewed in two black strips.
I now wanted to add in the middle diagonal piece to complete the Z. I did not want to use my "hope it lines up" method. Nope, I had a new technique to try.
I had the black piece but I was lucky it worked out.
It is always better to cut bigger, longer and wider when inserting. Why? Because it's really easy to trim.
Scissors are great little inventions!
Fold the fabric over a quarter inch.
Stitch right sides together, quarter inch seam.
Use the water soluble glue of your choice, Elmer's school glue works great.
Apply a small amount all along the folded edge of strip you just stitched.
Fold the glue side carefully over onto the right side.
Finger press and then press with iron.
Flip the block over.
Cut the seam you sewed open towards the glued side.
Use the stitch line as your guide.
Make sure by feeling for bulk of glued down strip.
Open up the seam
Sew along the press line.
The glue basting should keep the seam in place.
And your fancy insert is in and perfect.
The glue will wash out.
You are all done with this block. Now you can add it to your other Halloween blocks and try to figure out how you are going to put this Halloween block together.
Thanks so much, Anita M., for teaching us how to do this. I am thrilled with the funky look. I can't wait to finish the quilt.
But first, I am going to make an H block for Henry!
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I made a bunch of Halloween blocks last year that I am using here. You can check out that post by clicking here.