‘Wildfire’ is almost finished. I will have to do some quilting near the top and bottom, but I’m going to leave it on my design wall for a few days while I decide if it needs any more flames.
As I said last week, I’m sewing the flames without fusing them first – just pinning them in place, then straight-stitching close to the edges.
But for the tree, I wanted to finish the edges because if they fray, it will really show against the lighter background. I discovered Terry Grant’s fusing method and thought I would try it for the tree.
I couldn’t find any Liquid Thread in the local stores, so I ordered some online. While waiting for it to arrive, I decided to try using what I had on hand, which was Fray Check. (Then I ran out of Fray Check, so I had to wait until the Liquid Thread arrived. The Fray Check didn’t fuse as well as the Liquid Thread, but it is a fair substitute in an emergency.)
I didn’t dilute the Liquid Thread because I didn’t have another container with a fine tip, and I didn’t want to wait. I will definitely get a smaller container and dilute the Liquid Thread next time.
I used parchment paper instead of a teflon ironing sheet when pressing with a hot iron to fuse the Liquid Thread – that worked fine.
I trimmed the edges of the tree, cutting through the fused Liquid Thread. Then I fused the tree in place, and straight-stitched around the edges. I like this technique and will definitely use it again.
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