Ok! The Zelda Quilt Along is right around the corner. The pattern for our first block will be up on the blog by tomorrow morning so that you can spend the whole weekend working on it! It might even be up later today if the nap gods smile upon me and the sun stays out long enough for me to snap some decent pictures! In case you’ll be using fusible backing method (highly recommended but in no way required), here’s a few tips and tricks to get you off on the right foot!
- Our tutorial based on Elizabeth Hartmen’s genius fusible backing method is available here. Give it a quick read and if it’s a new-to-you technique, maybe make a quick little practice project.
- All the original tutorials say to draw a 1 ½” grid on your fusible backing, using the lines on your cutting mat (not the lines you’ve drawn on the backing) as guides. The line drawing is my least favorite part, so after making two Mario blocks, I switched to drawing a 3″ grid. I found that two lines were sufficient for lining up my fabric squares.
- Because the fusible backing only comes in 20″ widths, we have to use four pieces to put our blocks together. In my experience, it’s WAY easier to seam these four pieces (after fusing the fabric pieces) into one piece FIRST before even attempting to start all the horizontal and vertical seams. Less thread fringe + fewer seams to line up = awesome. Oh, and YES! Do take the time to pin the four pieces together at the fabric intersections, even if the edges of your fusible pieces line up perfectly. Trust me, the extra few minutes of work is totally worth the effort!
Rob: “You mean I actually have to use pins for this projects?” Me: “Yes dear.” Rob: “Well, I’d better get a beer.”
- As tempting as it might be to use larger fabric pieces for the solid areas, trust me: you’ll loose your nice crisp seam lines and end up with some wonky blocks. It’s much, much easier just to use all those little 1 ½” individual squares.
- Lastly, make sure that you are properly attired when putting your blocks together. Our resident expert tells me that it enhances your piecing skills. 🙂
So … that should be enough to get you started. My Mario peeps: if you have more suggestions for successful fusible backing construction, please share below! Back soon with the first block – YAY!