I recently embarked on the wild adventure of fostering five adorable kittens. It's safe to say I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting into, but these little furballs have brought a whole new level of creativity to my quilting journey. You see, my sewing room has become their favorite playground, and they've left their mark on more than a few projects.
Picture this: batting being unraveled like a game of hide-and-seek, pins scattered like confetti across my carpet, and the ever-present worry of a misplaced pin finding its way into a curious kitten's mouth. Thankfully, my furry companions emerged from their escapades unscathed.
Now, let's talk about my not-so-stellar track record with sewing needles and pins. I've had my fair share of broken needles thanks to less-than-perfect pin timing and a need for speed. But necessity is the mother of invention, right?
Enter glue pinning! It's a technique I stumbled upon to keep my points perfectly aligned when piecing. While in the midst of crafting a snowflake quilt (made up of countless squares and triangles), I decided to give it a whirl. And guess what? It worked like a charm!
Here's the lowdown on glue pinning:
- Opt for a water-soluble glue pen. Trust me; you don't want to risk using some random glue stick you found lying around. I recommend the Fons and Porter water-soluble fabric glue pen or the Sewline water-soluble fabric glue marker.
- Just use a tiny dab of glue at the point where your seams intersect. You don't need a lot to hold it in place while you sew.
- Unlike liquid glue, these glue pens create a bond with a bit of finger pressure, eliminating the need to pause and iron each point along the way.
This little quilting hack has been a game-changer for me, and I have my mischievous kittens to thank for leading me down this creative path!
P.S. I must confess—I ended up adopting three of the kittens. I guess you could say I'm a foster fail, but they've added so much joy to my life! 😺😻
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