Perfect Patchwork with Quilt Fuse

Fabric Depot patchwork bannerWe recently made up a new banner for the Northwest Quilting Expo--and it turned out great!  When we had discussed making it in patchwork, we all agreed that it was a wonderful idea. But sewing together more than 1000 two-inch squares sounded like a fairly miserable task. Making sure that all those seams matched up would have been a struggle, but then our notions manager reminded us of this great tool for creating perfect patchwork: Quilt Fuse fusible grid.

It worked beautifully and would be great for making pixel quilts or for designing quilts with children. Here's how we did it: 

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Use 2" squares to create a custom patchwork with Quilt Fuse. Each square finishes at 1 1/2".

Cut the Quilt Fuse to the right size. You'll want to make sure that there isn't extra fusible along the edges since it will stick to your iron. 

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Arrange your squares of fabric to suit your design.

Press with a hot dry iron, being careful to avoid gaps between fabric. This will keep your iron clean and prevent overlap on other areas.

quilt fuse 3 Fold along parallel dashed lines. Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance, backstitching at either end for seam strength.  
quilt fuse 4 Clip at intersecting dashed lines. Press in opposite directions from back and from front of fabric.
quilt fuse 5  Nesting seams together, pin in place and stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.
quilt fuse 6 Using small, sharp scissors, cut open the seam allowances and press open. This will reduce the bulk. You can do this on both seams, or just on the second pass, it's up to you! 
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Press from the front of fabric and admire your perfect seam joins!


Quilt Fuse fusible grid is available in-store and online.  

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