Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
The dryer sheets are so fine, they can be left in place. I'm sure they eventually fall apart, but by that time
everything is secured in place. Don't touch the dryer sheet with a hot iron; it will shrink.
When I iron the front "fabric" side, I use the cotton setting an everything is fine. If you need to
iron the dryer sheet side to smooth before using it, use a cooler iron.
they can also be used in applique. i was given pattern by quilt teacher i met years ago. she used it in her applique techniques classes. like make a sunbonnet character. instead of stitching individual pieces to back ground fabric. she stiched whol character together. then right side down to dryer sheet. she stitched around border, leaving area open to turn it right side out. stitched that closed when she machine appliqued the whole thing to her background fabric. she had been telling me about it. i was pretty...noveryskeptical [being die-hard traditionalist] so she brought me the pattern technique information and two blocks that she had made for me...still have them ...they are a great way/shortcut..to doing applique. my friend in holland says they use a similar technique over there...but instead of dryer sheets they use 'nappie' liners. ????? so she sent me a box...they are even better than dryer sheets...thinner...they are used to line baby diapers over there.
sooooo many quilters out there with sooooo many COOL!!! ideas..love it!!!
Eleanor Burns does this techinque but uses stablizer but dryer sheets would just as well. I am working on the saving the stings and hope to make a string quilt in my lifetime. LOL
I like this method also, but I use old yellow pages, cut to 8 1/2" square. drop the stitch length a bit and press the block with steam - it helps the paper tear away easier
Hi Judy . Do dryer sheets distort when string piecing on them ? I had heard of this technique but haven't tried it . I paper pieced on lightweight interfacing . I was making fall colors of maple leaves . Every darn one of them was distorted . Wasted my fabric , which I can't afford to do . I have a very small stash and am unemployed . That was very disappointing ! I used what fall colors I had which were mostly scraps .