Many art quilters find fusible web indispensable for quilt making. Fusible web is basically a sheet of glue that melts when you press fabric onto it with a hot iron, sticking the pieces of fabric together.
|Quilt artist Jamie Fingal uses Mistyfuse
fusible for all her quilt making.
Because art quilts are not meant to be washed, fusible web gives you the freedom to cut and press on small pieces of fabric without the fuss of turning under or satin-stitching the edges. You fuse your fabric, cut it as you wish, and make a quilt with little or no measuring or endless seaming.
Every quilter has his or her favorite fusible, depending on the types of fabrics they use, the kinds of quilts they make, and often personal preference.
On the sturdier end of the spectrum , fusible interfacing lends structure to quilts and 3-D fiber art projects that need more support.
Mid-weight fusibles that often come with a paper backing work well for general art quilting purposes. Fusible fleece provides lightweight loft and can be machine washed and dried.
When fusing sheer fabrics, fabric that you want to drape or shape on a quilt, or quilt art with many layers, many artists choose Mistyfuse®. Mistyfuse is a gossamer fusible that virtually disappears when ironed onto fabric and doesn't change the hand of the cloth.
It comes in white, black (good for dark fabrics) and ultraviolet. It comes in sheets or on a bolt, and there is no paper backing. You just cut the size you need, lay it on your fabric, cover with a silicone sheet (baking parchment or a specially made reusable "Goddess Sheet") and press with a dry iron.
Jamie Fingal always uses Mistyfuse when creating her art quilts, because the product allows her a lot of versatility with her fabric choices, she says.
"It fuses beautifully to wool felt, other felts, silk, sheers, photo transfer fabric, cotton, metallics, and even leather and velvet," she says.
|Mistyfuse fusible web is so sheer you can clearly see the silicone
Goddess Sheet and a cutting mat below.
Jamie offers the following advice for using Mistyfuse to make a quilt:
1. Use the ultraviolet variety on sheers because it disappears when you layer the sheer fabric onto another piece of fabric
2. Save all your leftover snippets for future use. "I store all of my Mistyfuse scraps in a gallon zipper bag that I keep at the outer edge of my table-away from the iron-because you never know when you will need a small piece."
3. Pre-fuse several pieces of fabric at a time and store them for later use so you are ready to go when you want to start creating. "I store all of the fabric that has been Mistyfused in bins by color, for easy retrieval."
To teach you how to make quilts using fusibles–including Mistyfuse–we've put together a Fabric Fusing Fun: Complete MistyFuse Kit. It includes Mistyfuse, a Goddess Sheet, and three Quilting Arts WorkshopTM videos that teach you how to quilt with fusible web, by Jamie, Sue Bleiweiss, and the team of Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson.
There are limited quantities, so be sure to order your Fabric Fusing Fun: Complete Mistyfuse Kit now.
P.S. What's your favorite fusible and why? Leave a comment below.