Tuesday, September 04, 2012

How to Fuse on the Curve

The potential of bias fusing boggles the mind! It's a really cool way to build a collage with curves. And having a mind that is easily boggled helps too.
Cut your fused fabrics into strips on the bias.
Bias fusing begins with fused fabric strips cut on the bias. The bias is the 45 degree angle to the grain of the fabric. The neat thing about a bias cut fabric is that it doesn't fray, a real bonus for us raw edge fusers. And a bias cut fabric also bends. Will wonders never cease!

Here's how to create your next curved strip-fused collage for that hill you've always wanted.
Curve the strip as you fuse.
To make your collage you'll need release paper and a set of bias cut strips measuring about 1/2" wide.  Fuse-tack the end of a strip onto the release paper. Now hold the other end and curve it as you iron it into place.
Build a curved collage.
The next strip of fabric is over-lapped onto that first strip about 1/8" to 1/4". Follow the curve of the first strip as you fuse-tack the second one into place. Continue to add strips until you build a hill for your landscape quilt.
Add more hilly collages, some trees, and a house or two.
After the collage cools, peel it off the release paper and add it to more collages you've made on another piece of release paper.
Nice Neighborhood by Laura Wasilowski
Peel your amazing construction off the release paper and place it onto a really wonderful green background (Sprouts colorway). Now isn't that mind boggling!


CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Sep. 04, 2012. Thanks again.

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful tutorial, I love how that looks in the scene.


Beth said...

What an awesome neighborhood. Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

I love it! Thanks for boggling my mind. I may never be in my right mind again....or is it my left mind? I'm too boggled to know... lol

Judith said...

Great ideas! Just in time. I am just about to jump into a fusing project and the bias strips will be great. I know mine won't have the wonderful perspective yours has, but it's a a terrific technique. Thanks!

Quiltingdaisy said...

Release paper is that the same as freezer paper?

Laura Wasilowski said...

Hi Little Miss Quilting Daisy,
Noooooo! Please don't use freezer paper. The fabric will just glue on to it.
Silicone release paper is the paper that comes with Wonder Under fusible web. After you fuse the fabric take the release paper off in one sheet and save it. This paper has a coating on it that allows you to fuse fabric to it and remove it many times. I use it a lot to build collages, components for my quilts, and quilt tops.
Thanks for stopping by!