than a box of rocks?


Nah. I am, however, quitting before I get any further behind vis-à-vis using Lite Steam-a-Seam 2. This is a double-stick fusible web. The best feature is that you can position your applique shapes until you are happy with the placement and then press it all down. My battle with this product started in 2016 with this self-portrait. Notice all of the small applique flowers, dots and swirls. Guess how many times I had to stop to clean the goo from my needle!

Self-Portrait/Sugar Skull, quilted/embellished

Self-Portrait/Sugar Skull, quilted/embellished

This weekend I decided to give this product one more try. I cut out some circles, placed them on background fabric, covered with a WET pressing cloth and pressed from both sides until dry. Then I pressed some more. I let the shapes cool overnight; the edges were glued down. This morning I stitched around one-quarter of the small circle before I noticed goo on the needle.


I finished the circle, cleaned the needle, and went back to the ironing board. I thoroughly wet my pressing cloth and turned the iron to the highest setting. The fabric ran even more, the background scorched, and the needle still gummed up. My job here is done.


That is my sad story for today. Next post, I’ll be talking scissors and sharp objects in the studio. Till next time–

About bycandyp.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

Posted on December 16, 2018, in Lite Steam-a-Seam2, Miscellaneous and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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