I Mistyfuse basted my recent Morning Hosta quilt and loved the method. It’s super simple as I’ll show you here.
Mistyfuse is a unique product-a two-sided fusing product that does not alter the hand of the fabric. Additionally, its melting point is low, allowing its use on even delicate fabrics. I used it to fuse the poly sheer border on “Emerge“.
It’s so easy to use! I bought a 100 yard roll and used a good bit of it putting my kits together to teach at Houston last year.
Mistyfuse can be used to baste your quilts together in preparation for quilting. To Mistyfuse baste your quilts, this is all you do:
Cut your Mistyfuse into little squares of 1 1/2″ ish size.
Simply place them upon the surface of whatever you are basting. Place them no more than a fist width apart across the surface.
Use the Goddess sheet to fuse. The Goddess sheet is a Mistyfuse product. It looks like any other fusing sheet but it actually transfers heat better and faster than the others.
Once it’s fused, layer the next piece on top and apply heat-you’re done!
I have used it on wool batting with success also. I wondered if it would work on wool since wool is made from loose fibers-it worked as well as on other batting choices.
When I double batt, which I do frequently, I fuse the two battings together first, then fuse the batting to the backing, then that layer to the front.
The advantages of Mistyfuse basting over other methods are many:
Pins actually add a lot of weight to the quilt. Remember, you have to move every bit of that quilt under your needle many times and any extra weight can be burdensome.
Pins get hooked on your presser foot as you move the quilt-highly annoying.
Pins get in the way when you’re quilting-have you ever quilted so close to the pin that you can’t get it out? I have-many times.
Some quilters are bothered by the spray in the air.
It can be tricky to spray baste a quilt by yourself.
Spray baste stains silk, which I use a lot.
Hand basting just does not hold the quilt sandwich in place very well.
I’ve even tried Sharon Schamber’s method of hand basting and did not have success with it-my sandwich was still a little fidgety.
I tried these and it did not work at all for me. I could not get a straight pin to dip in and out of the sandwich without bending.
Water Soluble Thread
This is the method I have been using: pin baste as normal. Then machine sew a grid using water soluble thread top and bobbin and remove all the pins.
This method holds very well and eliminates the need for any pins.
You do need to immerse the piece or unpick the stitches when the piece is finished.
There may be a bit of movement within the squares you basted, but less than the above methods.
Mistyfuse basting eliminates every single issue with all of the above methods:
Your quilt sandwich is absolutely secure and will not move around.
You do not need to immerse your quilt afterwards.
There is nothing in the way of your needle or hands.
What I can’t show you in photos is how securely the Mistyfuse holds the sandwich together. Even when I had an island of unquiltedness surrounded by heavily quilted areas, the sandwich did not pooch or create the dreaded “snowplow” effect that results in tucks. I’m a fan!