In 2003, while making the Storm at Sea quilt,
it was recommended to use spray starch to stabilize the fabric so it would not stretch on all the bias pieces.
This quilt was made on my old Viking machine and I am amazed that it is still in one piece. I starched and starched to make sure that the edges would not stretch on the bias cut pieces, but it was a wavy mess.
I decided spray starch was worthless, too perfumy and expensive and stopped using it.
Fast forward 9 years and I have evolved as a quilter. I read a ton of blogs and gather as much knowledge as is humanly possible for my brain. I have read that the idea behind using spray starch is to use it BEFORE cutting the fabric. What a huge difference it makes! It does stabilize the fabric, making for less stretch and more perfect points. I have been starching the fabric before cutting while making my Swoon quilt
and all those granny squares.
but I still hate the perfumed smell of the purchased spray starch.
So I searched the internet and found lots of information for making your own spray starch. Who knew it could be so easy? Here is a great article on using spray starch. There are different ideas but I like this one the best and now I am an avid starcher! is that even a word?
2 cups boiling water
2 Tablespoons corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water.
Mix the cold mixture into the boiling water and allow to cool.
Put into a spray bottle and you are all set. Shake before using.
The rules are, only starch the fabric before you cut it and only starch what you are going to use soon. Since spray starch is a food item it can attract little bugs, so you don't want to store fabric that has been starched.