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May 06, 2015



I'm looking forward to your updates. I hand quilt and am curious what impact such heavy starching would have on hand quilting.


I've read about this method but have never tried it. Looking forward to your follow up on how this technique worked for you.

Mary Kastner

well I can't wait to see what you think about this idea. I read about it and dismissed it as a "too much work" but I will definitely be waiting for your consensus. PS- I am glad YOU tried it!



I buy old fashioned liquid starch in the grocery store. I dilute it with water and use a spray bottle purchased at a big box or hardware store. If I have a large piece of fabric I put the starch in a box like container and place the fabric in there until it is "wet". Let the fabric dry a bit and iron. I do use a piece of muslin between my fabric and my iron as a press cloth if the fabric is too wet.
Much cheaper than the spray can.


I use a lot of cheap sizing to process all my fabric before I cut it whether it's purchased scraps or F8 or FQs. The whole quilting process just works better for me when my fabric has more body and crispness.

Laura Valdez

I also find that steam iron pressing helps a lot.

Barbara Anne

Very interesting! Thanks for the link, too.

I like Barbara's idea of buying the liquid starch and diluting it so she can either spray or dunk the fabrics.

Count me in with all what cannot wait to know if this process is worth the time and effort.


pam Hansen

While I've never saturated my fabric with starch I do give every piece a light spray and then press immediately with no steam. This has always made a positive difference. I await your opinion of the Carrie technique. I've seen what her cut fabric looks like and even the back of a finished quilt top with nary a stray thread.


I read Carrie's post earlier & if she says it works, it must work! She's proven over & over again she KNOWS what she's doing! I especially like her use of 'lots of steam' because that's always been my method. I'll be interested in reading your opinion about the spray starch method once the sewing is underway.


I definitely agree with your statement that Carrie and Lisa know what they are doing. The only issue I have with this process is that I want to start cutting and sewing!


I've been using this method for quite some time and love it! It makes the fabric crisp, it cuts much easier and more accurate and sewing is a breeze. Wouldn't do it any other way now that I've been using this method.

Loris Mills

I didn't see the part where she said how wet she gets the fabric with the starch. I'm curious about that.

Jennifer Gwyn

My problem is that I use precuts in patterns that call for their size (2 1/2" squares or strips, or 5" squares). If I starch too much, I would have to adjust the entire quilt pattern down because my precuts would be just a bit too small for my comfort and seam allowance. I do starch if I'm cutting yardage and especially if I'm doing very small piecework.

Lynda Lincoln

I really appreciate these handy tips you share! I am not able to access the Moda Blog or the Carrie Nelson post. Can you help with that?

Robin Chapa

Ok-- I gotta know.... Are you taking them right out of the bundle, dry, and then drenching them in starch, letting them dry, and then pressing? Or are you prewashing, letting them dry, then starching them?
Sounds sooooo fun :)

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