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Introducing the 2013 TQS Block of the Month designed by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly! It's called "TWO OF US" and was created by the two of them. The quilt measures 79" x 79" and was completed just in time for Houston.

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Re: Diana Gaudynski's starch recipe 24 Feb 2013 07:15 #97939

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In a 4 cup glass measuring cup, add:

1 tsp ordinary cooking cornstarch (NOT Sta Flo laundry starch)
(You can add a bit more or less, but if you get white flakes while ironing, you have added too much!)
1 c boiling water
Stir well til the mixture is translucent.
Add another 2 c cool water.
Stir well again.
Put into fine mist sprayer bottle.
Shake well before each use.
Use within 1 week or it will develop mold.
She says that this starch re-activates with a mist of water, so once your fabric is starched at the beginning of the project, you don't need to use more starch during construction - just mist with water.
She especially recommends starching logs for log cabin blocks, borders and quilt backings.
Last Edit: 24 Feb 2013 07:17 by BethMI.
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 15:16 #97922

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Vodka...well, generally made from potatoes ? And there is chocolate vodka...think it'd work best in a glass ! :lol: hic !
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 14:14 #97918

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suehenyon wrote:
It enables you to iron for long periods of time :D other than that, it acts as a preservative.
Anything that helps me to iron for long periods of time gets my vote :D . Does it come with chocolate? :wink:

I have powder starch and the instructions on my tub for about a tbsp of powder is first mix in 1-2 tbsps of cold water, then add about 1/2 pint of boiling water, mix well then top up to 1 pint with cold. You need the boiling water to cook the starch and it will go mouldy - I left mine too long and it smelt yuck when ironed. Alternatively I believe that you could use rice water.

I suppose you could use a couple of drops of teatree oil in it for preserative - if you like the smell.


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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 13:55 #97915

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What is the vodka supposed to do?


Vodka has starch. You can make the spray with just vodka and water.
It presses really well, but I like a little more stiffness so I add a little liquid starch. You can also add several drops of essential oil and it will smell great.

Erica
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 13:51 #97914

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AndreeBergeron wrote:
Good evening to all! Does anyone know where I can buy Sta-Flo in Canada? I couldn't find it at Wal-Mart - it seems as difficult to find as Reynold's Freezer paper, which I buy in the USA when I travel!

Thanks for your help!

Oh, and did anyone ever tried that homemade recipe that has vodka in it? does that really work? I read a few blogs on this, and I don't know if its just a joke!

Andrée


I use home made spray. I take a spray bottle, add a shot glass of vodka and 1 or 2 of liquid starch. Then fill the bottle with water. You have to shake the bottle every time you use it. It works great and is way less expensive than the brand name spray. And I don't have the flaking problem.

Erica
Thank you Erica. My problem is that I can't find "liquid starch". I have "corn starch powder" (Benson's brand), can I mix this with water (until I buy a huge bottle in the USA)?
Andrée

I haven't used corn starch powder but hey it's worth a try. Try it out on a scrap of fabric and see if it works!
Erica
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 10:00 #97911

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Oh ! This is such a good start to the day !! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 09:16 #97910

Margo wrote:
suehenyon wrote:
It enables you to iron for long periods of time :D other than that, it acts as a preservative.

:lol: :lol: :lol:


I had been thinking that with enough Vodka I wouldn't notice the wrinkles in the fabric much - or in my face either. :lol:
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 08:14 #97909

Sounds like some of my memories of washing and starching and ironing. Don't remember the corn starch part. You all are so helpful to everyone. Love the quilt show......
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 07:16 #97908

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suehenyon wrote:
It enables you to iron for long periods of time :D other than that, it acts as a preservative.

:lol: :lol: :lol:


It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter
That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived !
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 07:15 #97907

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idaho wrote:
When I was a kid...Mom made just enough starch on wash day and we starched, rolled and put the
wash that was for ironing in the 'fridge waiting to be ironed as we had time. Just reg. corn starch..cooked on
the stove and thinned a bit when cooled. No mister/sprayer...just a pop bottle sprinkler ! Can't say I
liked that chore.!! :mrgreen: Funny...now I do that with the quilting cotton ..not the sheets ! :shock: :twisted:

Me too Marilyn! In fact I still have Mother's "sprinkler"! The rubber on the cap is all dried out and doesn't stay in the bottle well enough to use it now, but it is a real treasure for me and stays with my ironing supplies. We also kept rolled up starched clothes in the 'fridge. Hanging clothes on the line on cold winter days was the worst!
I have a brother who is 14 years younger than I am, and hanging his diapers in the winter is something that I'll never forget!

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It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 07:11 #97906

RicaWil wrote:
AndreeBergeron wrote:
Good evening to all! Does anyone know where I can buy Sta-Flo in Canada? I couldn't find it at Wal-Mart - it seems as difficult to find as Reynold's Freezer paper, which I buy in the USA when I travel!

Thanks for your help!

Oh, and did anyone ever tried that homemade recipe that has vodka in it? does that really work? I read a few blogs on this, and I don't know if its just a joke!

Andrée


I use home made spray. I take a spray bottle, add a shot glass of vodka and 1 or 2 of liquid starch. Then fill the bottle with water. You have to shake the bottle every time you use it. It works great and is way less expensive than the brand name spray. And I don't have the flaking problem.

Erica
Thank you Erica. My problem is that I can't find "liquid starch". I have "corn starch powder" (Benson's brand), can I mix this with water (until I buy a huge bottle in the USA)?
Andrée
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 07:05 #97904

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I have finished my Month 2 and took out the papers on the triangle units. I made sure they were left alone(not touched too much) and just before I attached them to the stripped units I pressed and starched with best press - both units.

When piecing the stripped section I made the mistake of not pressing as I went so I had a big job to do once I was done with the first small unit. For all the next units I pressed each seam open as I went and it worked much better. Having said that I was still 1/4 in short so I went back to the pressing station and carefully pressed again.

I marked the center of each strip on the units and then pinned the triangle section at the intersection so the points would be centered. This after I had ripped out a large unit because it didn't quite look right. The more units, the more likely they will shift a bit and look off when done. :(

I am very happy with the results which means, measure carefully, press carefully and mark & pin carefully to achieve success. This quilt is not a quick project. It's a way to hone our skills and figure out what works best for you. All these things we can use in the future and teach others along the way.

Happy Quilting.

denise
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 06:56 #97903

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It enables you to iron for long periods of time :D other than that, it acts as a preservative.
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Re: Month two 23 Feb 2013 05:45 #97901

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What is the vodka supposed to do?
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