You seem to be all about the school house Glue - What’s up with that?
When the idea of using glue on quilts was first introduced to us - we pooh poohed it as well. After decades of pinning and basting we really didn't see a reason to change anything.
Then one day, while fighting with binding, I realized that ripping out the seam I was fretting over one more time would make the fabric not worth using. In a frustrated frenzy I thought “why not give the glue a try”?
Off to the store I went. It was the beginning of September and school supplies were on sale. I convinced myself that if I acted like a believer - the process was going to work much better. I bought three bottles of glue because they were just so darn inexpensive.
It took me awhile to figure out how to get my stainless steel, flow reducing tip* attached to the glue bottle, but once I did - I was ready to roll. I will never forget squeezing out that first thin bead of glue right along the top of my beautifully embroidered Asian quilt that was going to be a wedding gift for one my life-long friend’s only child.
Once the glue was applied I skeptically positioned the first section of my binding and then pressed the binding to make sure the glue was set. I turned out the binding to critique my positioning. Wonder of wonders - it was perfect.
I sat down at my machine - no pins to fight with and I found that the dried glue gave the binding additional stability. I stitched directly to the corner, took my quilt out of the machine and positioned the miter. I got that glue bottle out again and ran my second bead - this time for the miter and the second side.
I returned to my machine, stitched directly to to the next corner. My inspection showed that the second side was also perfect.
Although I was close, I did not become fully hooked on the glue until I reached the fourth side of the quilt. I approached the part where the beginning and ending of the binding are joined together with confidence. Using the glue to attach the binding to my quilt was going well and this was my make it or break it moment. I glued the the edges to be joined and flawlessly stitched the joint on the first try.
Queen of Stitching blocks have built several stitching guides into each block. Use the guides to make sure your positioning is PERFECT before you stitch. If you find that your alignment is off, pop the glued seam and try it again. You will be surprised by how easily the "glue" process is to master and how much easier quilt construction becomes.
I’m hooked because my results with the glue have been brilliant and I am sure yours will be as well.
Go ahead - break out of your mold and give the school glue a try. Remember, you will never grow if you don’t tackle things that are outside of your comfort zone. Also the glue washes out with water so you can’t ruin anything.
Note: Always remember to use glue sparingly (so that it does not soak through your fabric) and press to set. We recommend that you attach a flow reducing tip to your glue bottle. The ones we use are identified in the footnote below. Other tips are available and may be fine. Since we have never worked with them we cannot recommend them.
Stainless Steel Flow restrictors are available in our Palace Store. Click Here to be taken to the correct page.