Hey y’all! Today I’m delighted to be part of the Fabulously Fast Quilts book tour. Amy Smart’s new book is full of beautiful colorful quilts that come together quickly.
What a great concept! We could all use more time and anything that helps me create more efficiently is a good thing.
Amy is super sweet and really talented. In fact, I learned how to quilt from one of her tutorials almost 4 years ago!
As part of the tour, Amy asked each of us to share a sewing or quilting tip with you so today I’m sharing my secret weapon with you: STARCH!
Piecing Quilts with Starch!
Yes, starch! I’ve recently started using it but the key is to spray your fabric BEFORE you cut it. Sometimes if you starch after you piece, your blocks can get wavy and puckered.
I know a lot of folks love Best Press (which is very nice) but I use Faultess Premium Starch that I buy at Walmart. It’s inexpensive and smells good. 🙂 A win-win!
Starch makes your fabric stiffer which is easier to work with when piecing. Don’t worry, when you wash your finished quilt, it will get soft and crinkly. If you add some Downy or other fabric softener to the wash when you toss in the quilt, it will be extra soft!
So there you have it! My secret weapon.
Want to see more of Amy Smart’s beautiful quilts in the book? Check out these beauties:
Now be sure to check out all the stops on the Fabulously Fast Quilts book tour (below.) Everyone has a great tip to share with you that is sure to make your sewing life easier!