|Can Pattern Ease be used instead of Voile?|
|Yes! Laura is starting to use Pattern Ease as the foundation for her collage quilts now as it is much easier to find and is less expensive than cotton voile. Both products can be found on our website.|
|What is 'Painterly' collage?|
|‘Painterly’ is the term Laura uses when she cuts strips of fabrics in her collages to achieve the look of brush strokes in a painting. Some collages use the floral and ‘painterly’ technique together; others are just the floral collage.|
|What is Fabric Fuse glue?|
|Fabric Fuse is a product that Laura found to replace Steam a Seam 1/4″ tape called for on some of the supply lists on older patterns. Fabric fuse glue works better! Just simply run a bead of the glue on the backside of your collage and press it to your background fabric and wait six hours to dry before you iron or quilt it. We have found no other glue that has all five qualities we look for - it's permanent, stitchable, washable, dries clear and ironable!|
|Can I get permission to reduce my pattern?|
|As of 09/2018 we are no longer granting permission to reduce or resize our patterns.|
|I have a quilt shop and I would like to order your patterns wholesale. How do I do this?|
As of January 2019 we have added wholesale to our website. Please complete the "Wholesale Signup Request Form" found under the wholesale tab to receive your login information. Only patterns and books are offered at wholesale!
|What is Woven Fusible?|
|Woven Fusible is a thin woven fabric that is fusible that we use to stabilize fabrics for hand embroidery. It can also be used to stabilize t-shirts when making t-shirt quilt. It irons to the back of the t-shirts or to the back of a fabric and stabilizes it for stitching. It will stay in your quilt, it does not wash out or is not taken off. |
|Why do you use Steam a Seam 2 as your fusible for making the collages?|
|We only recommend using regular Steam a Seam 2 (NOT LITE) for the collage quilts because it is repositionable and is permanent once the final fuse is made. To my knowledge there is not another fusible that has these two qualities. It must be repositionable because you have so many different little pieces in your collage that need to stick in place while you are creating the collage. They stick and can be movable on the foundation until your entire collage is completed. Once your collage is completed and the final fuse is made, it is a permanent fuse.|
|What is the Woven Fusible used for in the Mushroom hand wool applique quilt?|
|The woven fusible is used to stabilize the background fabrics for the hand embroidery. Piece all of the backgrounds together, trace your hand embroidery lines to the background fabrics then iron the woven fusible to the back of the pieced background. This will stabilize your background while you do the hand embroidery. It will remain in your quilt. |
|Do you use Fabric Fuse glue on all of your collages?|
|No. Some collage quilts are entirely collaged, meaning the backgrounds of the quilt are collaged just as the image is collaged. These quilts that are totally collaged do not require Fabric Fuse glue. |
|Does it matter what width of Steam a Seam 2 you use for the collage quilts?|
|On my supply lists I indicate if you should use 12" wide of 24" wide. Sometimes the pieces fit better on the 24" wide fusible. If you have larger pieces of fabric, larger than 12" wide you will definitely need to use the 24" wide Steam a Seam 2. I do not use the single sheets of Steam a Seam 2 because they are not cost effective and you would need LOTS of sheets to complete one project. |
|Where do I find "Wash Away Applique Paper" for your patterns that call for it.|
|Unfortunately the wash away applique paper has been removed from the market. You could use freezer paper and remove after you applique the pieces to the background. Cut the background away under each appliqued pieces at least 1/4" in from your applique stiches. Remove the freezer paper.|
|Tips for Quilting a Collage Quilt |
Using your Machine:
First try heating up the area you are woking on using a hot iron with steam (you cannot overheat Steam a Seam 2). Second, use a nonstick needle; we have nonstick needles in both 90 and 100 in size here in our shop or on our web stie. Thrid, make sure you are using a good long stapled thread such as the Signature 100% cotton thread - again sold in our shop and on our web site.
Using a Long Arm:
Follow the same tips as a machine but you will want to use a MR5 needle.
Last but not least: Laura likes to use the Signature variegated thread using a cross hatch pattern to add more interest to her collage quilts! She also prefers the Quilters Dream Cotton (100% cotton) N3 - thickness. We sell this product in the store, either by the yard or prepackaged sizes, but not on our website. If you cannot find it elsewhere and you would like some please give us a call.
|Can I use something other than a black sharpie to draw the pattern onto my pattern ease or during the |
|You will need a sharpie with darker fabrics to see your lines to cut. Another tip is to draw your underlay, lightly iron your fabric back to the SAS paper backing (making sure you can still see the line) then retrace your lines to the outside of the SAS paper. You can then iron it back in place and your lines will not disappear into the darker fabrics. |
Light fabrics you can trace with a number 2 pencil. When tracing your pattern to pattern ease, you can decide if a sharpie or pencil will work best depending on the fabrics.
|Can Collage Quilts be washed?|
|Collage Quilts are intended as wall hangings but yes they can be washed. We would recommend cold water on delicate setting then lay flat and air dry. They should not be repeatedly washed. Repeat washings could cause some of the edges to lift. If this occurs and it bothers you, you can use Fabric Fuse glue to adhere back down. |
|Should the collage fabrics be pre washed?|
|No, it is not recommended that the fabrics you are using in collage be prewashed. This does contradict with what the Steam a Seam 2 directions say, but it is not necessary or recommended.|