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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Parlan help? :)



Well, now that I have all 60 of my Shoo Fly blocks done, I'm ready to start the embroidery.  I have a question though...I'm wondering what others in the U.S. are using instead of Parlan?  I have purchased three products so far, and I'm not liking them.  The first was a supposed light weight fusable batting, but it seems quite thick.  I have also purchased featherweight iron on interfacing and that is nearly impossible to hand stitch through.  So, my question is...what is everyone using instead of the Parlan, and could someone post or email me a picture of what Parlan actually looks like so I could try and find something similar?


Thanks for your help! --Kristen  http://meadowbrook-Kristen.blogspot.com/

8 comments:

  1. Hi Kristen, I have emailed you with some photos of the parlan I use, hope it helps. Your shoo fly blocks are gorgeous by the way!!

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  2. I am using a very nice white flannel - soft and easy to stitch through. Learned from Bunny Hill.
    t

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  3. Waohhhh !! Your shoo-fly blocks are beautiful !!
    Florence

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  4. Really great looking shoo-fly blocks! I am also using white flannel - so far, so good!

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  5. Thank you all for your lovely and helpful comments and emails! Hopefully I can get started on the stitchery this weekend!

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  6. I am not using parlan as I plan to add wadding behind the whole quilt and then have it quilted later on. I use an iron on cotton interfacing (labelled G700) behind just the stitchery fabric to add a bit of a stabilizer. I also cut the stitching fabric a bit bigger to allow for a hoop. I do my stitching before I piece my blocks so am attacking it all a bit differently. I didn't put anything behind the stitching on the patchwork pieces and it was OK. Hope that helps.

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  7. I have used a thin cotton wadding with 505 spray which is a temporary adhesive and the stitching has been super easy. I have blogged about it here http://www.sewhappy.me/tutorials/vignette-mystery-quilt-tips/with a few other useful tips in case you are interested. I am only concerned about the method of piecing all these blocks together and hope that I won't encounter any problems.

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  8. I'm using fashion fuse behind my stitcheries. It's similar to whisper weft. Happy Stitching,

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