I finished Block 2, Sawtooth Star, in the Curve It Up pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
Assembly of the sawtooth star was very traditional. If I wanted to complete a whole quilt of this design, I would definitely change the cutting and assembly of the half square triangles and center checkerboard block. Half square triangles can be assembled two – four at a time, and the checkerboard would be easier to work in strips.
The QCR (Quick Curve Ruler) allowed me to cut gentle concave and convex curves for the curved half square triangle blocks. Notice how the pattern had me cut the tips of the triangle off?
This allowed me to align the curved slot to a corner on the fabric.
Just like block 1, the fabric for the curved pieces is oversized so that it can be squared up after sewing.
The curves on these blocks do not lie as flat as I would like after pressing. If I clipped the curve, they would, but I wanted to leave the edge alone.
I “resorted” to a new product I had been meaning to try, Terial Magic by Terial Arts. This product is meant to replace stabilizers and fusible for quilters and embroiderers. It also can help keep fraying in check. Best of all, it is water soluble and can be washed out. I can’t wait to try it for cutting appliqué items using my Silhouette Cameo!
When used by itself per manufacturer directions, It makes fabric VERY stiff and paper- like. However, I diluted the solution 1:1 with tap water in a small, fine mist spray bottle. I gently sprayed the back seam, and then pressed it. This made my seam lie perfectly flat, and gave the blocks a slightly firmer hand. As an added bonus, my blocks will not stretch out of shape now when handled!
Good news: I sprayed this over my fabric and let some of it get on my new ironing board cover. After I was finished, I damp wiped the surface of the cover, and there was no indication of staining or residues! I’ve ironed on the board since, and there is no scorching or discoloration which you tend to see over time with other starch sprays.
I’ve sent an email request to the manufacturer for the SDS. I am interested to compare it to starch. Bonus, my regular starch is in an aerosol can and this is not!