I have a brain full of hand applique tricks, but this one just came to me a couple of days ago and I want to share it with you. I have been working on a UFO I put away about 5 years ago because the fabric I fussy cut to applique on two of the borders FRAYS LIKE CRAZY!!!!! I just touch the raw edge of the fabric and it spoings out of control, spraying little bits of white "dust" all over my quilt! What a mess!
But! This fabric is what I WANT TO USE! So, I fought and struggled with all these little flowers and butterflies. I used, and I am NOT kidding here, 1/2 bottle of Fray Check to try to calm the fabric down so I could at least get some semblance of points and smooth curves. I got discouraged and put the quilt in the cupboard for "another day". I got it out a couple of weeks ago to torture myself some more! Haha! Then I had an epiphany - What if I????? Well here is the Trick:
- Pour a little - about a teaspoonful at a time- of ironing spray into a small dish.
- With a small paint brush, "paint" a line of ironing spray along the edge of the seam allowance for about an inch or so.
- Turn under and stitch as usual!
Note: Did you notice the basting stitches on the seam line on my applique piece? Watch for another tip soon on Front Basting Needle Turn Applique.