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Monday, September 20, 2010

Adventures in Fusing

After meeting Laura Wasilowski last month and seeing her wonderful quilts, I was inspired to pull out and work on one of my kits that involves fusing. Given the time of year I decided to work on a Halloween kit that I bought last year at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. 

Several hours of intricate cutting later, I had a fused wall hanging with borders! 

I did have some learning while I was fusing that I thought I could share. I used Wonder Under for the fusing (thanks mom for sharing your stash :) and followed the directions on the package only to have wrinkles (for lack of a better word) in the moon. I was a little frustrated because it wasn't crisp, but it also did give the moon some neat texture, so I wasn't so bothered that I was going to toss it (especially not after all the intricate cutting, did I mention how long that took?). Last night as I was pressing the borders, I mistakenly got part of the moon under my iron. A few minutes later, I noticed that part was now smooth and crisp. So, I hit the rest of the moon with a hot, dry iron and now it looks the way I want it to. 

Now, I just have to quilt it! Any suggestions?  


Moneik said...

It looks great. I haven't used Wonder Under in years, so glad you had some good luck with it. Have fun quilting it. I'd use a dk purple verigated and go all over it.

Cheryl Willis said...

looks good, I have always had success with the wonder under.

jillquilts said...

I love it!! How about a clear thread so that it doesn't take away from all of that work that you put into it? :)

Gari said...

This is a great wall hanging. And I love the purple. I probably would quilt zig-zag lines in the orange and wavy bark-like lines in the purple. Deciding on the quilting is always a task for me.

orchidlover said...
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orchidlover said...

I'll try again.

I'm with Gari as I think an all over pattern would ruin it. I'd be very tempted to use a bit of metallic though. Maybe on the moon. A dark metallic would look goood on the witch aswell.

Love and hugs Gina xxx