Another question I would like to ask – Do you use starch on your cotton quilt fabrics? If so, at which stage? Before cutting out or after?
I do use starch sometimes, it goes in phases for me, just like a fashion trend I suppose, I feel that trend is about to start again.
It makes sewing together easier. I suppose that makes sense as it stiffens the fabric, less drape the better it behaves. It gives the sewing machine something sturdier to grip onto. I have also found that construction marks show up better. Having said that, there is then even more need to wash the project after construction but I do that as a matter of course anyway as I like the feel/texture of washed quilts. Although I wouldn’t wash a hanging for example, in this instance I would use the fabric as fits with my design, for example to increase the ‘weight’ of a fabric to match others I would use Vilene or something similar – but that is a whole other ball game.
So to starch or not to starch? (In your quilt projects)