A Cautionary Tale for Fusing!

I have not been doing any quilting for a long time and today, I got my comeuppance! When I teach fused appliqué , I ALWAYS tell students to make fusible fabric BEFORE cutting out shapes! You can surely see why?? When you are working with frilly, fanciful shapes , you DO NOT want to cut out your fabric shape and then stick the fusible on the back and have to cut ALL OVER AGAIN_ DO YOU????? You want to use a piece of your fabric large enough to cut your shape from , iron some fusible material to the wrong side using parchment paper so nothing sticks to the wrong place and THEN cut! Cut only ONCE! Easy peasy, eh? Well, guess who had to cut twice today? Guess whose trigger finger will be very stiff and sore tomorrow? Guess who is a total eejit?

Here is where I am headed. See the little squiggly patches which will represent the stamens? I cut those all out of Reemay last night with a soldering gun and a piece of plate glass on my light box.There are about 15 patches, some large, ALL intricate shapes!!!

This morning, I remembered the Steam a Seam ! Here is an 8.5"x11" photo of my peony with colours enhanced to help me see shapes and contrast. That long white thing is one of the patches- the largest one. You can see my problem!

My little pin box for scale and that same piece of cut Reemay . GRRRR!!!

You can see my problem and I decided to bare my soul and bear my shame for YOUR benefit. DO NOT FORGET TO PUT THE FUSIBLE ON THE BACK OF WHATEVER FABRIC YOU ARE GOING TO USE BEFORE YOU CUT! I am going to post this on the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com I can almost guarantee that there will NOT be any more silly persons posting this week but check it out, just in case! Remember, forewarned is forearmed.


  1. Trust me...you are not the only one who has done this. Oh yes...many a time:(

  2. :) Will remember that! :)

  3. Yes, I've done this. grrrr!

  4. oh yes, I know that feeling! Have to say it was never quite that small and intricate though. Would you be able to use something like a basting temporary glue to hold them in place rather than re-cutting them all?